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Prevent E-Bike Rust With Proper Cleaning, Bicycle Cover

If there’s any upside to this pandemic, it may be America’s renewed zeal for the bicycle. Sales have surged exponentially as folks sought any excuse to head outside and go… well, anywhere else. And it’s not just traditional bikes either. E-bikes (short for electronic bicycles) have gained ground too. Market research firm NPD Group reports sales of electronic bikes shot up 91 percent in March compared to last year and an incredible eight-fold since 2014.

Considering a decent electronic bicycle can run anywhere from $700 to $2,000, it’s an investment you want to protect. One of the greatest e-bike enemies? Corrosion. But you can prevent e-bike rust the same as you can with push-pedal bicycles: With proper care, cleaning and storage cover.

Zerust offers bicycle covers that protect e-bikes from rust and other types of corrosion just like they do traditional bikes, with a rust-inhibiting inside surface that is water-proof and mold-proof. You simply roll your cleaned e-bike into the cover face-forward and zip it up. The corrosion and rust inhibitor woven into the cover remains active for up to five years from the date of purchase.

How to Prevent E-Bike Rust

Despite some of the early stigma of e-bikes being that they were primarily for cyclists who were lazy, the reality is they simply make cycling more accessible. Users still pedal, but doing so is made much easier. Acceleration occurs with the quick press of a button, which transforms the experience of cycling from strenuous exercise to an easy ride. That makes it ideal for those traveling longer distances, making more frequent trips or transporting kids, groceries, gear, etc.

But if you want your e-bike to last (and be safe at the higher speeds at which it’s capable), you’ve got to take care to prevent e-bike rust. You will want to examine the manufacturer’s guide, but here are some general care provisions:

  • Try to avoid riding through slush. Riding through snow and even wet conditions can be fun. The problem is that the water and salt can splash up into the gears, seeping into areas that are hard-to-reach – and potentially causing rust to form. If you must ride through those kinds of conditions, make sure you take extra care to clean, dry, lubricate and store your bicycle.
  • Keep your e-bike clean. E-bikes can get just as dirty as traditional bikes. The more grit, grime, mud and salt you encounter, the more at-risk for rust your bike will be – if you don’t clean it. Use a damp cloth to wipe your bike down regularly, with gentle motions for the frame. For the chain and more stubborn dirt, use a gentle de-greaser (diluted soap will do), applied with a soft brush before rinse. After each wash, lubricate the chain. Same with studded tires if you’re riding your e-bike in the winter.
  • Proper storage is essential to prevent e-bike rust. Bikes should be stored in a cool, dry place and inside a rust cover.

Overall, e-bikes are pretty robust – but almost nothing is impervious to the elements. Given the amount of investment and the fact that Zerust bicycle covers last for a full five years, it’s worth it to take a few extra steps to protect your ride.

Contact Zerust for information on how to prevent e-bike rust, bike rust or Zerust bicycle covers by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

E-Bikes Are Having Their Moment. They Deserve It. By Brian X. Chen, June 3, 2020, The New York Times

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Zerust Bicycle Covers Shield Against Bike Rust, April 25, 2020, Zerust Prevent E-Bike Rust Blog