November 4, 2020
FALL IS HERE
As we find ourselves moving from October to November, our surrounds change for most of us. Leaves begin to fall and temperatures begin to drop. I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time to ride in the year.
Sure spring is great, summer is a blast, and even some people get their gear on and shred the snow in the winter! But for me personally, fall is the best.
The weather is a perfect temperature to keep you cool, yet allow you to warm up inside with some exercise. Maybe you don’t want to pedal that much? Maybe you want to use the throttle and cruise around town? Perfect! Put on a light jacket and gloves and you are good to go! There really is no right or wrong way to do it.
That being said, let’s go over some tips that will transform your fall riding.
Plan your ride ahead of time:
With lower temperatures, and the sun going down just a bit earlier than it used to, make sure you don’t get caught out in the cold of the night. Time your ride with your local forecast. For example, we like to ride sometime between 2pm-4pm when the fall temperatures are at their peak, usually somewhere in the 60s (F) and 15s (C). This lets us enjoy the crisp air without worrying about being unable to feel our knuckles on the ride home!
Take care of your battery:
As temperatures drop, so does battery performance. Don’t worry, this is not just common, it is normal battery behavior. You may notice a drop in range from where you were in the summer. Since the colder weather effects the battery, you want to keep it indoors when you can. Sure, taking it out for rides isn’t going to effect it in the long term. But when you get home, keep it in a dry place at room temperature. A lot of people garage their bike with the battery inside. This is better than keeping it out in the cold, but if you really want the most from your batteries, inside is best.
Dress the part:
If the temperatures drop too much unexpectedly, or like me, you are used to summer and the sudden change feels like there should be ice outside even though its only 50 (F) degrees, make sure to bundle a bit. It is always better to have too many layers than too little. I like to pack some gloves, a light jacket, and a beanie just in case. I bike with a backpack so it is easy for me to stow those things away if I no longer need them.
DŌST bikes are made to be an all rounder, capable of just about anything you can throw at it. Take advantage of that notion this fall as you ride. The extra range may come in handy, as would the throttle. DŌST takes it a step further by giving you fenders to guard from the rainy puddles as well as options for cargo in the back for whatever you might need. We feel it is the perfect bike for fall and we can’t wait to hear your riding stories as well!