Ultimate E-Bike Storage Guide: Tips & Tricks

Electric bikes require a little more care than a traditional bike. Here's how to store your e-bike to protect it from damage and keep it running smoothly.
Written by Colleen Travers
Taylor Moon
Edited by Taylor Moon
Contributing Editor

First came electric cars, and now electric bikes are pedaling onto the scene. For good reason, too.

Research has found that e-bikes are substituting for car travel more than regular cycling. This has the ability to allow people to get around without a car and make a positive impact on the environment. E-bikes can help reduce CO2 emissions, especially in rural areas.

If you’ve recently purchased an e-bike, taking care of it as if it were a car is important. This won’t require oil changes and going through the car wash, but it does mean you’ll need to store your e-bike properly. Here are the best tips for storing an e-bike to preserve its battery life and mechanics as long as possible.

Importance of Proper E-Bike Storage

An electric bike is a machine. This means you can’t leave it outside in inclement weather. Doing so can lead to external wear and tear as well as damage to the e-bike’s battery. You wouldn’t leave your laptop or smartphone outside all year round, right? Put your e-bike in this category to ensure it will run smoothly for you.

Maintaining Bike Performance

There are a few things you should do before storing your e-bike to keep it in top functioning form when you decide it’s time to take it back out. This includes:

  • Keeping the e-bike clean, especially the drivetrain and brakes. This will help your e-bike last longer and ride smoothly.
  • Checking the tire pressure on an e-bike. If your e-bike uses tubes in its tires, keep air in them even when not using your e-bike. Reduced air pressure in your tires can lead to folding and cracking of the sidewalls over time.
  • Conducting frequent safety checks via the e-bike manual to make sure all bolts are on tight. Make sure to test the brakes when you’re not using your e-bike so that you know the brakes function correctly when you ride it. You can do this yourself, but getting friendly with the local bike shop in town is also a good idea. They’ll be able to give you extra assurance your e-bike is ready to ride. This is a great preventative step for keeping your e-bike in top shape and minimizing your risk of injury when riding an e-bike.

Doing these frequent e-bike check-ups will prevent you from making expensive repairs when you take your e-bike out of storage.

Preventing Damage

The best way to prevent damage to your e-bike’s electronics is to store it properly. Excessive heat or cold exposure will impact the electronic components of your e-bike. To keep your e-bike safe, you want to store it in a cool, dry place. The ideal temperature range is 32°F and 68°F. This means an insulated garage or basement is a great place to store your e-bike. To prevent damage to your e-bike’s battery, remove it from the e-bike and place it completely indoors, such as in a closet or pantry. This is the best way to ensure the e-bike’s battery life and performance when it’s time to use your e-bike again.

Potential Risks of Improper Storage

The biggest risk of improper e-bike storage is that it will not work as it should when taken out of storage. Not only can this cost you money, but it can also become a safety issue. Here’s a look at what can happen when e-bikes are not stored properly.

Physical Damage

Storing your e-bike in direct sunlight will cause damage to the plastic and rubber components of the e-bike. This can lead to cracked handlebars, tires that may begin to crack and leak, faded paint, and more. The same applies if your e-bike is exposed to moisture and extreme cold, increasing the risk of corrosion and rust.

Battery Degradation

UV rays can damage the e-bike’s battery and lifespan if left out for too long. This means that the same rules apply to storing an e-bike’s battery. Store it in a cool (40-60 degree F), dry place and remove it from the e-bike. Keep the e-bike battery 40-50% charged for optimal e-bike battery storage.

Day-to-Day Storage of Your E-Bike:

When using your e-bike daily, you must ensure that you have a secure place to store it when you’re not actively riding it. Here are some things to consider when storing your e-bike in season.

Short-Term Storage Tips

There are some easy ways to save space and store your e-bike. When possible:

  • Utilize a bike rack to keep your bike upright and secure.
  • If you don’t have a rack or don’t have the space for one, ensure you don’t lean your e-bike against another object or place objects on top of it. Doing either can be a recipe for an accident.
  • Consider investing in a folding e-bike to make the most of a small space.
  • For e-bikes with tubeless tires, you’ll want to open up the tires and rinse them out. Let them hang dry in storage. When taking your e-bike out of storage, use a sealant to fill the tires back up.

Long-Term Storage of Your E-Bike

When storing your e-bike in a room like your garage, make sure the area is clean. You can use a waterproof cover, a floor rack, a wall mount, or a ceiling pulley to keep your e-bike safe and store it properly. These options also provide ways to save space when storing your e-bike.

While the space you store your e-bike in should be clean, you’ll want to wipe down and clean the e-bike itself before putting it away. Getting water and dirt off the e-bike will prevent rust or damage from occurring, particularly to the moving parts of the e-bike. Pay extra attention to the drivetrain, suspension, axles, brakes, derailleur, and shocks. If you get your e-bike serviced at a local bike shop, they may provide a maintenance and cleaning service before you store your e-bike.

Battery Care and Charging During Storage

The most important thing to do when prepping your e-bike for long-term storage is to remove and store the e-bike battery separately. (You should remove your e-bike’s battery whenever you’re not using it, even if it’s not in storage). When you’re not using your e-bike, remember to charge the battery to 50% every 30-60 days to keep its lifespan intact.

E-bikes help give you the freedom to get around without relying on a car and improve your carbon footprint. Take care of your e-bike by storing it properly so it remains a reliable form of transportation for you long-term.

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Written by Colleen Travers
Colleen Travers is an experienced writer, editor, and digital content strategist with more than 15 years of experience in the health, wellness, and fitness industries.
Taylor Moon
Edited by Taylor Moon
Contributing Editor
Taylor Moon is a seasoned editor and content marketer with a diverse background spanning journalism, entertainment, travel, B2B SaaS, technology, and digital and creative marketing. Outside of her professional realm, she cherishes moments with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, drawing inspiration from both her work and family life.

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