While the cold has arrived and I’m unable to ride, I’ve been looking for a project to scratch my making itch so to speak. I’ve been thinking, what if I hit two birds with one stone?
Enter the winterizing project.
What I’m trying to look into are ways to make an eboard more resilient to winter conditions. Some factors that I’ve already thought of are:
- Snow (duh) - obviously can’t ride urethane on snow, but this shouldn’t be an issue for regular commuting… the roads around here usually stay pretty clear
- Melty snow - This is a bit more of an issue, as it can get into motors and bearings and such and cause corrosion. Not a fun time.
- SALT - this one, is definitely a big issue, especially mixed with melty snow. Saltwater is super conductive and getting that inside the guts of a board would be a bad day. Also super corrosive and such.
I’ve already started designing an enclosure that should keep my internals dry and protected, but my motors are open-case outrunners and I have no clue how to protect them without compromising the cooling… I’ve been thinking some kind of upside down fender thing might do the trick, but if anyone has better ideas I’d love to hear them (as well as other winter details to consider).
If all goes well with this project, I’ll post the full process I used to keep all of my components safe from winteriness as well as results from any testing I do.