How to Ride an E-bike
HOW TO RIDE AN E-BIKE
E-bikes are a great option when it comes to traveling by bike. E-bikes let you ride faster and farther, so you’ll have more time to enjoy the scenery, hang out at a support stop or relax at the end of the day. You can get your choice of workout — a lot or a little — by changing the amount of electric assistance. If you’re injured or undertrained for your bike tour, an e-bike can help you keep up with your friends or partner.
In 2020, we’re renting the Kona Dew-E. With its Bosch Performance Line electric-assist motor with 500w battery and Intuvia display, the Dew-E gives you a boost whenever you’re turning the pedals. For all-conditions riding the Dew-E comes standard with full fenders, powerful Busch & Müller front and rear lights, and an Abus Plus battery lock. And with a reliable Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires, the Dew-E is a great option for both rail-trail and road riding.
There are plenty of benefits to riding an e-bike. But, in order to ride safely, use common sense and these tips:
Get familiar with your bike
Before heading out on your e-bike, make sure you are comfortable operating it. Remember, an e-bike isn’t a moped or a scooter! E-bikes are like regular bikes, but they’re heavier, so maneuvering might be different than what you’re used to. You should practice slowing, stopping, getting on and off and maneuvering your e-bike.
Follow traffic laws
Know the laws where you’re riding. In most areas, a bicyclist (or an e-bicyclist) should act like a motorist, stopping at traffic signals and stop signs, and riding with the flow of traffic.
Watch your battery
An e-bike battery has a lot of power, but it won’t last forever. If you charge around in turbo mode all day, your battery will die quickly. If you’re planning to ride for a couple of hours or more, switch through the bike’s modes for maximum efficiency. Some people like to use the higher levels of assist for climbing hills, and they’ll use the lower levels for downhills and flat ground. If you’re carrying a lot on your bike, your battery won’t last as long. Try to lighten up your luggage so your bike won’t have to work as hard. Finally, try to pedal smoothy. Spin your feet as opposed to stamping hard on the pedals and choose appropriate gears — low gears for steep climbs put far less load on the motor and the battery life.
Whether you’re riding an e-bike or a regular bike, it is always a good idea to take extra precautions to be seen while on the road. Wear bright or reflective clothing and using front and rear lights if you’re planning to be on the road. In addition to accessories, it’s important to be alert while riding on the road. Use hand signals to communicate your intentions with surrounding traffic. Keep in mind, motorists may not be expecting a bicycle to be traveling so quickly.
Be courteous and keep your speed in check when riding around cars, other bikes, and pedestrians. If you’re passing other cyclists or pedestrians, use a bell and call out in a friendly voice. Be respectful of all other trail users and know that in some areas, riding an e-bike might not be allowed. If you’re riding in a group, adjust your pace so others can keep up, and try not to gloat about your motor to your non-motorized friends!
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