If you’re looking to purchase a cargo bike and wonder if it’s safe and reliable to use during the winter months, the answer is yes!
If you’re adequately dressed and prepared for the variability of weather conditions winter brings, then you will enjoy riding your cargo bike in the winter.
Although riding your cargo bike in the winter is totally possible, there’s a chance you’ll want to follow a few tips to enjoy it and ride safely, as the conditions are considerably different than during the summer months.
How do you keep warm riding your cargo bike in the winter?
Layering is a great way to ensure you have a few layers to cover all parts and protect from a variety of ever changing weather conditions. Make sure you wear both durable and comfortable base layers and weather protective outer layers.
If you’re travelling with kids, keep your kids at bay from the wind. Ensure you pull down the cargo tent (or cover) to protect them from the elements.
How do I know if my cargo bike is winter ready?
Happy kids, now that you’re still riding your cargo bike. Has it happened to you, that your cargo bike won’t move after a cold night, or the brakes stop working?
Your brake cables are probably frozen. This is not an uncommon issue for bikes, caused by moisture in the brake cables. On a summery day you won’t even notice, but in the winter it’s a different story.
If your bike has picked up some white grime and lost its shine after some rides through the snow, then carefully spray the bike clean and wipe it dry with a soft, dry towel.
Electric cargo bikes in the winter
Do you have an electric cargo bike?
Make sure you store your battery in a frost-free place.
Even if you’re about to go biking, or are charging your battery, your battery will function best at room temperature. For more information, visit “How do I maintain an electric cargo bike battery?”
If you’re ready to take on the journey to ride your cargo bike in the winter, make sure you consider the climate, conditions, apparel and accessories required to ride safely and comfortably.