How to Ride an Electric Bike in the City
If you’re planning a trip to this city in the near future, you’ve come to the right place!
Cycling is one of the most popular and convenient outdoor activities. All you need is a bicycle and you can easily get around the nearby streets and neighborhoods. However, cycling to the city can be tricky at times, so you have to be prepared for the unexpected.
Whether you’re on a regular bike or an e-bike, there are certain things you need to be prepared for. In this article, we’ll be focusing more on the dos and don’ts of electric bikes, so get your gear and helmets on, as we’ve got 5 tips for you to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.
#1 Make Checklist
We know it’s a cliché, but trust me, lists can be a real game changer. This can range from a simple trench coat or jacket to a must-have pocket money for travel. And don’t forget to put all the tips you read here on your checklist!
So what should be on your list? An ideal checklist includes everything you need for your trip, such as water, a phone, and of course your e-bike battery charger in case you need it on the way home. Make your list as detailed as possible. Don’t just write “extra clothes,” write there, shirt, shorts, and a pair of socks. You don’t want to miss a thing when you’re away from home, so make sure to check all the essentials before you roll.
Also, a good thing to check before traveling is the weather. Of course, you wouldn’t want to go to town just to get in the rain. Remember that e-bikes can only absorb minimal splashes of water from all directions. Knowing the IP rating of an e-bike can help understand its limitations.
#2 Double check your tires, brakes and chain
Not so technical, but this trick is one of the most basic.
Your e-bikes won’t move with a flat tire, so make sure you inflate them to the proper air and pressure. Having the recommended air pressure keeps your ride smooth and fast and avoids unpleasant bumps.
After checking the tires, see if the brakes are working properly. While we’re here, it’s important to understand the power and difference between the front and rear brakes, especially when going fast. That way, you’ll know which brake is best to use, front or rear?
The drivetrain of some e-bikes is enclosed in a separate system, so cleaning and occasional maintenance is not required. However, for e-bikes with a chain system on the outside, it is recommended that you add grease to prevent excessive friction that could damage your chain and gears.
Knowing how to maintain your e-bike is one of the basics, so make sure you know enough about the dos and don’ts.
#3 Wear comfortable clothing and protective gear
Appropriate clothing such as cycling jersey, cycling shorts, cycling shoes, etc. is strongly recommended. However, these aren’t necessary, especially if you’re just riding the bike for fun. So, as an alternative, here are some of the most appropriate clothes you can wear:
leggings or leggings
raincoat or windbreaker
Just avoid denim, cargo pants, etc. as they tend to be heavy and can cause discomfort while riding.
To protect you, a cycling helmet is always the most important thing. If you have more budget, you can choose to buy a new pair of cycling gloves to ensure your grip is tight enough.
You will sometimes share the road with larger vehicles, so make sure you have adequate sound and visibility. Wear reflectors on your helmet (front and rear), equip your e-bike with a horn and LED lights, and don’t forget to signal when you change direction.
#4 Watch Your Speed
Class 1 and 2 e-bikes have a top speed of 20 mph, while class 3 e-bikes have a top speed of 28 mph. However, these regulations still depend on your state. To learn more about e-bike rules and regulations, check out the article: In which states are e-bikes legal?
Even if your e-bike is capable of high speed, be careful enough to maintain a safe speed and enough to enjoy the tour of the city.
#5 Stay on designated bike lanes
Did you know that you can also use an e-bike on regular bike paths? To be sure, most roads already have designated bike lanes, so you’ll have more room for safety when you’re cruising around the city.
Staying in the correct bike lane can keep you out of danger, especially getting hit by cars and trucks.As you ride your bike along these lanes, make sure to maintain enough speed to keep traffic flowing.
Don’t forget to look out for falling debris, warning signs and traffic lights. Look left and right before crossing the road and remember to signal before turning.
Jotting down these tips above will ensure you have a pleasant and safe city trip. Once you’ve confirmed the weather is fine, give it a try and don’t forget to bring all the essentials.
Lastly, if you think that electric bikes are limited to recreational riding, you are wrong! Here are some of the best collectibles we have, so keep checking out each list!
The Basics of Electric Bike Repair and Maintenance
#1 Learn Basic Bike Care
Just like any other bike, an electric bike needs basic bike maintenance, it’s still a bike after all. From keeping the chain well lubricated to making sure the tires are adequately inflated, protecting an e-bike doesn’t take that much. Just knowing the basics of these aspects can go a long way in helping you maintain the excellent performance of your e-bike.
Brakes and Chains
The chain of an e-bike is one of the first parts you wear when using your e-bike a lot. Due to the high-speed capabilities of e-bikes, the chain can experience excessive friction and eventually break down. To extend the usability of your e-bike chain, regularly remove old dirty oil and lubricate it well. Make sure to wash off the old oil thoroughly before using the new lubricant. This will ensure that the chain moves freely within the drivetrain for a smoother ride.
Safety first! Before letting your e-bike spin, make sure your brakes are working properly. Check your brakes, check and adjust, look for loose parts, pay special attention to brake pads. If you think that’s not enough, let your local bike shop do the rest.
Featured Image: Drivetrain of the BEST 648 All Wheel Drive 48V/10Ah 600W Fat Tire Electric Bike
Your tires are tires that interact with the ground. So when you’re traversing rough terrain, your tires can easily be punctured and damaged by sharp objects on the ground. As a result, these tires become flat and can be difficult to repair. An e-bike with a mid-drive motor has a different tire change than an e-bike with a hub motor. Frankly, the latter is more difficult to fix because the motor is mounted in the center of the wheel, while for a mid-drive e-bike, changing the tire should be easy as it is the same as repairing a flat tire on a conventional bike.
To replace a tire on a hub motor e-bike, you should know how to disconnect and reconnect the motor to its cable and control system. In this part, it’s best to get some help from your e-bike supplier, or have an expert do it for you.
#2 Protect Your Electric Bike From Excessive Water Exposure
If you think your e-bike can withstand any weather, you are dead wrong. Although your e-bike is splash-proof, it’s still not completely waterproof, so you’ll have to equip it with protective accessories, such as bike fenders.
Do not risk using the e-bike in a downpour as it may fill the inside of the motor with too much water, causing the e-bike to malfunction.
Another thing is to provide a plastic cover for your display system to keep it from getting wet. Make sure all cables are closed and properly sealed. Doing these simple things can mean a lot to the efficiency and shelf life of your e-bike. So, before you go out, double-check your e-bike’s level of protection against different weather conditions.
To learn more about the waterproof rating of electric bikes, read our full discussion here: Do Electric Bikes Get Wet?
#3 Take Care of Your Battery
The battery is like the heart of an electric bike and it’s also the most expensive part. Taking good care of your electric bicycle battery can save you hundreds of dollars on replacement and repair.
Your battery’s life is defined by the number of cycle counts (number of times it is emptied and filled up completely). A typical e-bike battery has a cycle count range of 500-1000 cycles just enough for your e-bike to last for several years.
To help you maximize your battery’s potential and capacity, make sure to charge it with the charger and adapter that came with it originally. It is discouraged to use third party chargers as they may damage your battery due to the mismatch in the current flowing.
Always charge the battery up to 100% and avoid completely emptying it. Although some experts say it’s good to fully discharge your e-bike battery once in a while.
When it comes to storing and transporting, your battery needs to be kept in a cool, dry place away from any wet surface. On the other hand, bringing your e-bike and parking it in a public place makes it prone to theft so make sure your battery is secured by locking it properly and purchasing additional safety locks for your e-bike. Here are some accessories you can get to increase your e-bike’s level of security.
If you are looking for a new way of commuting or want a healthier lifestyle, we are here to help you. Visit our website to learn more about electric bikes and electric scooter or please leave information to us.