Winter e-biking: Learn from my mistakes and falls

Richard McGuire rides at Kettle Valley Recreation Area on his Rad Power RadMini with knobby tires and chains for winter conditions. (Richard McGuire photo)

By Richard McGuire

Most years, the first snowfall has signaled it’s time to put my bicycle away for the winter.

But last summer I bought my first electric bike, and I was having too much fun to put it away when we got an early snowfall on October 23. Besides, my sister in Halifax, who commutes by bicycle through the winter, encouraged me to keep going. Just watch for ice, she warned.

So although I’m an experienced cyclist, I’m a newbie when it comes to winter cycling. I hope that you can learn from my mistakes and falls.

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My e-bike is a Rad Power RadMini with four-inch-wide fat tires. The fat tires are good on snow, but their 20-inch diameter limits their ability to ride in snow deeper than a few inches.

The South Okanagan of British Columbia, where I live, has mild winters by Canadian standards, and its semi-desert climate means there’s often no snow, or the snow isn’t very deep. But with a short drive, you can be at a higher elevation and real winter conditions. Continue reading “Winter e-biking: Learn from my mistakes and falls”