You might have noticed a tremendous growth in the popularity of Electric bike. Electric bicycle or e-bikes are probably the next best thing when it comes to having your own mode of transportation right after cars. For those who need to run errands and get to places often feel the need of having their own vehicle but not everyone can afford to get a car. On the other hand, Some do not have the own license to drive.
Conventional bikes are great but they do not have the speed nor the comfort required to travel places. Electric bike, on the other hand, is not only fast and comfortable but they are also accessible to the elderly and anyone who may not like to ride a conventional bike. With Electric bicycle, one can have a lot of fun while riding up hills without breaking a sweat or just cruising around town at full speed.
Here are some details and tips on how you can make the most of this innovative mode of transport and enjoy riding to the fullest.
How does Electric bike work?
You do not need any extra skills in order to learn how to ride an e-bike as long as you know how to balance yourself and ride a normal bike. Although an e-bike works on a motor which receives its power from a battery, there will still be some pedaling involved but just not the forceful or tiring kind. You will have to pedal to get the bike to drive forward but the motor will assist you greatly therefore you will be able to move faster without having to apply much physical force.
Get to Know Your E-bike
You will notice that e-bikes are heavier than normal bikes due to all the different parts and mechanism going on. If your e-bike has its motor in the front wheel then you might feel a little drag. If you are more used to riding non-powered bikes then you must try and get an e-bike that has its motor placed in the middle or rear wheel as they operate more like normal bikes.
Find out about the power settings, turning, balancing and brakes. It’s a good idea to practice in a safer zone before riding into traffic. So, you are more aware of how the bike works.
Learn about its battery
It is a good thing that you can pedal your e-bike because if you ever end up with a dead battery in the middle of nowhere you can still pedal for the rest of the journey. But remember that pedaling an e-bike without any motor assistance can be tough because the bike will be heavy.
You can avoid such unfortunate incidents by always keeping the battery charged. If your bike has a display installed then that will help you know how much life your battery has left. So you can plan your trips better.
Some Safety Tips
- Be careful when in traffic. Remember you are on a bike so other commuters, especially car and bus drivers will not expect you to be riding at high speed. It is not always easy to tell whether you are on an e-bike or a normal bike when people suddenly come across you on the road so you have to try and understand how others perceive you.
- Never step out without a helmet, even if you do not intend to ride at maximum speed. As a rider, you are totally exposed to whatever is out there and if you are riding along with cars and other vehicles then you must always be watchful. Protect your head because that is the most likely part you will injure during a crash.
- Limit your speed. Unless you are in a race, do not ride at full speed. If you just got your e-bike you might be super excited and want to crank it up but the first few days are the most crucial. Riders with years of experience also know to keep the speed in check when riding through cities and public areas.
- Slow down well ahead of stop signs. With a normal bike you would be in control of when to stop or how to stop but with all the power and speed of an e-bike, the brakes may not be as obedient. The more you ride the more you will understand at what point you will need to start slowing down in order to press the brakes.
The throttle mode is a mode of motor control; it is what gets your e-bike operating like a motorcycle. The throttle activates the motor and the mode is extremely useful while riding uphill or when you need that extra power. You will also hear the term ‘electric assist’ which basically means that your bike will run on a motor but you will have to pedal along to get the power assistance.
It isn’t much you have to do to keep your battery healthy. Just avoid leaving it empty for long and try to recharge after each ride. So the battery always has a life. If you take it out then also make sure you don’t get it wet or leave it somewhere really hot
We will not recommend buying a cheap bike because it will not serve you well in the long run. Since e-bikes work on the power they have to be installed with the best parts and made from quality materials. Otherwise, they will start displaying complications and give you a hard time. Get an affordable bike if you do not want to spend too much money on a high-end model but make sure it is not cheaply made.
You can clean your E-bike, in the same manner, you would clean any bike. Use a soft cloth, a sponge, a decent cleaner and water. Avoid getting all the parts wet, although most of the parts will be sealed for safety, it is still best not to get them extra wet. Leave your bike to dry before riding again if there is time.