As temperatures drop and seasonal precipitation increases, many of you will likely put away your Genesis electric skateboard until spring. While the cold is a good reason to put away your board and hide out inside, this doesn’t have to be the case. Riding your electric skateboard in winter is possible with proper precautions.
It’s true that precipitation – well, moisture in general – and electronic components do not tend to mix well. Nor do bearings and grip tape for that matter. But, there are ways around these wintery obstacles for those riders who refuse to hang it up for three months a year.
After all, riding in the rain or snow can be a lot of fun. You can achieve greater slides and pivot maneuvers, and experience the thrill of riding in different elements that pose a unique set of challenges to overcome.
Riding in the rain or snow requires the rider to adjust nearly every facet of their style. You have to embrace and be prepared for the extra slide and lower levels of friction between the electric skateboard’s wheels and the road. And that’s just the beginning.
We’ve written up a handy-dandy guide below for the true winter warrior. If you plan on riding your electric skateboard in winter, whether there be rain or snow, then this guide is for you!
Riding Your Electric Skateboard in Winter: Dangers and Prevention
Riding in the Cold
Riding your electric skateboard in cold temperatures comes with its own set of unique challenges. The first thing you’ll notice when riding in winter is that it hurts a lot more when you fall. This is because the lower temperatures cause a decrease in blood flow to your extremities, which cause your fingers and toes to be more sensitive. Because of the dense arrangement of nerves in your fingers and toes, the brain will interpret any cold below a certain temperature as pain.
This not only makes it hurt more when you fall and catch yourself with your hands, but it also makes it more difficult to skate in general, given the decreased sensation in your feet.
To counteract this negative affect of the cold on your body, you should find some thin yet insulating gloves and socks. Under Armour and other thin, warm fabrics are perfect for this case. You don’t want to wear wool or anything too thick on your feet, as that will also lead to a decreased sense of sensation and lead to less control with your feet.
The same goes for gloves. If they are too thick it will be more difficult to manipulate the remote control. You want gloves that will keep your hands warm but aren’t too thick. Using hand warmers underneath a pair of thin gloves may also work.
One last thing to consider when riding in cold temperatures is the affect the weather will have on your battery. Typically, it is advised that batteries should not be left in excessively cold or hot temperatures. So when you’re done riding, you should immediately recharge your battery and store it at room temperature.
Riding in the Winter Rain, Snow, and Ice
Exposing your electric skateboard to any type of moisture, whether it is rain or snow, will lead to degradation of the board over time. While most damage is preventable, some of it is not.
For example, all Genesis electric skateboard decks are made from Canadian maple wood. Wood naturally absorbs water and will warp and crack. You can prevent this by applying a wood sealer to your deck, but this will only prevent damage for so long. You are better off buying a cheap deck that you can rotate on and off for wet riding. That way you don’t need to obsess over preventing any water damage.
The same goes for bearings and hardware. 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. Thus it’s easier to just buy a cheap set of bearings that you can pop in and out when riding in wet conditions.
Although, keep in mind that Genesis electric skateboards are powered by in-wheel hub motors, so you’ll want to dry the motor components after each ride as well. It’s best to use a hair dryer for this.
Another part of the electric skateboard that will not respond well to moisture is the grip tape. There is not much you can do to prevent the grip tape from wearing down, although if you opt to buy a second deck for wet conditions, this problem is completely avoided.
Lastly, while Genesis electric skateboards are water resistant, they are not waterproof. What this means is that you can ride in wet conditions, but you shouldn’t submerge your board. If water gets inside the electrical components you will have problems. After each wet ride you should use a hair dryer to dry off the electrical components. Don’t use too much heat or get too close. Just apply a gentle warm gust over everything for a few minutes and you’ll be good.
You should also deconstruct and clean your bearings, hardware, wheels, trucks, deck, and battery after each ride. Use a soft dry towel and be especially careful with the battery and electrical components.
While the above guidance should help you out in wet conditions, riding in ice is a different story. Riding on ice is impossible. You shouldn’t do it. End of story.