This winter has honestly been brutal. 2018 brought record lows to unexpected regions of the Earth. Even sharks froze to death in shores off of Cape Cod….. that’s crazy cold!
Those of you keeping warm and toasty in the southern hemispheres are living in shorts and tank tops right now. But for the rest of us, hibernation mode is still in full swing. It is in fact so cold in Berlin right now that after 5 seconds of being outside it is difficult to tell if your skin is freezing or burning off.
All in all, winter is pretty ugly, and so are the skateboarding conditions that come with it. Like mud flinging up towards your butt, clumps of ice big enough to make brown snow cones with, and feverous snow storms threatening to destroy your exposed face... we have been through it all. But, there are always ways around these obstacles if you refuse to hang up your long boards for 3 months out of the year.
So, in honor of all our winter warriors, here are some quick pointers that could help you stay on your electric skateboards and not damage your drive in these precarious conditions.
Before we get into this, it's important to remember that the electric skateboard is a sophisticated piece of hardware built for outdoor use.
The electronics and the battery for most electric skateboards are rated IP63 so they are splash resistant. What that means is that you can ride electric skateboards in wet conditions but you shouldn't submerge your board. With that in mind, we did design the board to be rugged, resistant and adaptable. However, the technology at your feet is not impervious to the elements of nature.
Exposing your electric skateboard to any type of moisture, whether it is rain or snow, will lead to degradation of the board over time. Bearings and bolts are made of steel and will rust if exposed to enough moisture. You can take the preventative steps of lubing them up before each ride and drying them off after, but they will still rust if you ride in wet conditions long enough.
Most electric skateboards are powered by in-wheel hub motors, so you'll always want to dry off the motor and other components after each wet ride. It's best to use a dry cloth or paper towels for this. Additionally make sure to dry off the board completely before plugging it back in to recharge. Water and most liquids are highly conductive.
There is an overnight phenomenon in cold places where the entire surface area of the city becomes covered in a thin layer of ice.
These kinds of mornings can be especially dreadful. Riding to work often feels like driving a car on its rims. This is one of the only scenarios when riding becomes somewhat tricky and requires much more focus.
Our advice is to avoid any risky maneuvers and riding at high speeds. The experience should be less about fun and more about practicality. Getting from one place to the next.
Although we really don't recommend riding in these conditions we strongly advise remaining on the sidewalks for the duration of your ride. A car sliding on ice is much harder to control than a skateboard.
While the above guidance should help you out in wet conditions, we have made a list of our top 5 life hacks when it comes to winter riding.
That’s all winter warriors. Stay warm out there and remember to always wear a helmet
TIP #1: Plastic bags will ensure your feet will never get wet.
Wear two pairs of socks with a plastic bag between them. It keeps your feet dry and forces the bag to stay put.
TIP #2: Stock up on Baby Wipes!
Nothing is worse than showing up to a meeting covered in mud. Wipe your boots with simple baby wipes when they get dirty, so you get rid of the salt before it can stain.
TIP #3: Sunglasses are a must�
Wear sunglasses. There is nothing worse than being blinded by unrelenting snowfall. Prevent that by putting windshields on your face.
TIP #4: NO hood? Use a scarf!
Infinity scarves can actually turn into hoods if you don’t have one big enough to fit around your neck and helmet at the same time. Just loop the infinity scarf twice around your neck then once around your helmet until it looks like a hood. It’s really warm and comfortable.
TIP #5: EXTRA BATTERYCold air lowers battery range. That means that on really cold days the total output of the lithium cells can be up to 20% less than on warmer days. Keeping an extra battery on hand will make sure you don't pre-maturely run out of juice. In fact, Tesla has actually built a climate control system in their lithium battery pack to combat this issue.