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Can You Ride a Superhuman E Bike In The Rain?

Jan 30, 2023

Can You Ride a Superhuman E Bike In The Rain?

Can You Ride an FLX Bike in the Rain? - Superhuman Blog

The answer to this question lies in Superhuman's ingress protection rating...

What is an ingress protection rating? Ingress Protection rating (or just IP rating), is an international standard (IEC 60529) used to rate the degree of protection or sealing effectiveness in electrical enclosures against intrusion of objects, water, dust or accidental contact.
Taking a look at this chart we can see how and what our bikes are rated as. Our IP rating is 6 (Dust tight. No ingress of dust.) and 4 (Protected against water splashes from all directions. Limited ingress permitted.). 
What does ingress mean? The action or fact of going in or entering.
So according to this chart our bikes are dust tight, and protects against splashes of water. But Does that mean you can ride in the rain?
We don't recommend riding in the rain due to the dangerous conditions and the possibility of exposing the electrical components to water.
However riding in the LIGHT rain might be something that is inevitable, especially for you commuters that are reading. Here are a few tips you can do to keep yourself safe in the rain and reduce the possibility of damaging your Superhuman bike. 
Before & During your ride:
  1. Slow down: Wet roads can be slippery and reduce traction, so it's important to reduce your speed to maintain control of your ebike.

  2. Check your brakes: Make sure your brakes are in good working condition and test them before setting off in the rain.

  3. Use lights and reflectors: Rain can reduce visibility, so it's important to use lights and reflectors to make yourself more visible to other road users.

  4. Wear appropriate clothing: Dress in waterproof clothing to stay dry and warm, and wear gloves and shoes with good grip to reduce the risk of slips and falls.

  5. Keep an eye on the weather: Check the forecast before heading out and avoid riding in heavy rain or thunderstorms.

  6. Check your ebike: Make sure that all the electrical components of the ebike are well protected from water. 

  7. Check the tire pressure: The tire pressure can drop in cold temperatures, which can make the ebike harder to control.

  8. Use bike tires with good tread. If your tread pattern is worn down there is more chance to slip or skid out due to low traction.

  9. Use fenders: Fenders can help keep you and your bike dry and can also prevent water from spraying on other road users.

After Your Ride:
  1. Do not store wet: Take a dry/clean rag and wipe down your bike thoroughly.

  2. Inspect external accessories, and dab dry. 

  3. Once exterior is dry, remove your battery and inspect for water seepage. Dab dry if needed.

  4. Allow both bike and battery to air dry separately before using again or charging.