Twelve riding tips for electric bike beginners
Twelve riding tips for electric bike beginners
Want to buy an electric bike for yourself, but not sure how complicated it is to ride it? do not worry!
Riding an electric bicycle is almost as easy as riding a traditional bicycle. However, beginners should pay attention to some differences, which will make riding an electric bike more challenging. First of all, these have to do with electrical components, heavier weight and riding style. Once you understand the differences and learn how to manage them, riding an electric bike becomes easy.
Therefore, I have collected some tips from experience and additional research that will help beginners learn how to ride an electric bike easily.
Here are 12 tips to make it easy (and fun!) for beginners to ride an electric bike:
1. Ride an electric bike that fits your weight and size!
Finding the right size for you is the first thing you should consider, because if you are comfortable with an electric bike, riding will be much easier.
So, choose a size that suits you. If you are tall, make sure that the seat and handlebars can be adjusted high enough so that you don’t have to bend down to ride or be unable to stretch your legs when pedaling. Or, if you have short legs, you need to make sure that the foot pads can touch the ground when you sit down, but you can still comfortably reach the handlebars.
You can also choose a low-step bike that allows you to sit down easily without having to swing your hips and legs up and down. Stepping electric bicycles also make it easier to maintain balance when getting on and off the bicycle, and provide more stability when riding.
You also need to consider the weight of the bicycle. Electric bicycles are definitely heavier than standard bicycles and may be larger. Most electric bicycles weigh between 45-70 pounds, so if you are small or lack strength, you may want to consider buying and riding a lighter weight bicycle.
2. Don’t buy an electric bike that is more powerful than you need
Please note that some electric bicycles may have much more power than others! Their wattage can be as low as 250W and as high as 1,000W. Higher-power electric bicycles are faster and more powerful. The higher the wattage, the more careful you should be at the beginning, because it can take off quickly and you can eventually go faster.
If you just want to ride leisurely or don’t like fast driving, you may need a bicycle with only 250W. However, even in this case, if you want to ride a mountain or resist the wind, you may want to use a 500W electric bicycle.
However, if you plan to run fast and far, you might consider using a 750W electric bicycle. I have a 750W electric bike and I have no problem climbing any slopes I need. Be careful when bicycles are much higher than 750W, as you may restrict where legal riding is allowed.
3. Practice using pedal assist nearby
Electric bicycles may have a little learning curve, just like traditional bicycles! However, it may take more time to adapt to the pedaling on the electric bike and to adapt to different speed settings.
In addition, due to the speed and weight of the bicycle, braking may be more difficult than a standard bicycle. You need some time to test different pedal assist modes and gear shifts. It may be hard to believe, but you may need some time to get used to the speed at which I am doing…it feels really fast at first!
This is why it’s a good idea to ride a bicycle around nearby or less populated places, where you don’t have to worry about traffic and you’re used to the feel of a bicycle at the same time. As long as you feel comfortable and take basic safety precautions, you can also ride your bike step by step at any time and eventually ride on busy streets.
4. Walk with others
Riding any type of bicycle with others will always make the experience more enjoyable! Having a riding partner can also make things feel safer, because you will be more likely to see a car with two people. If something goes wrong, it’s helpful to have someone there to help… For example, if your battery is dead or you Your tire is flat!
It’s also good to go for dinner or run errands by bike. This can also help pass the time or motivate you to do the complete e-bike workout you need.
5. Remember basic safety
Although the electric bike feels like a small motorcycle, you may be attracted by the speed and ease of pedaling, but it is very important to remember your basic safety!
Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, especially electric bicycles, because they are heavier and more difficult to break smoothly
Make sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water when riding, even if you think you will be on a short ride
Check tire pressure before and after riding to ensure the best ride
Ride in low pedal assist mode more frequently to prevent injuries.
6. Pay attention to the battery!
As mentioned above, some bicycles have less battery power than others, so they need to be charged a little bit.
Most electric bicycles can travel 22-50 miles on a single charge, and it takes about 3-6 hours to fully charge. Make sure you know how far you can go on a single charge.
One of the benefits of an electric bicycle is that if the battery runs out, you can continue to pedal like a standard bicycle. However, without electric assistance, pedaling will be more difficult and require more power.
It’s best to remember to charge the bike after each ride and record the mileage you traveled.
7. Make turns easy instead of clumsy
The center of gravity of electric bicycles is often lower than that of standard bicycles. Due to the extra weight of the bicycle and the lower motor on the bicycle, this makes sharp turns more difficult. Also, if you are driving at a faster speed, you will be more careful when turning because you may end up getting closer to the middle of the road to be turned.
One of the best ways to do this is to stop pedaling when you enter the corner and try to gently apply the brakes before entering the corner…just like when you make a sharp turn in a car.
Another way to turn is to carefully remove your bike from the upcoming turn (but first check the traffic on both sides) so that you can turn tightly to the final road or path. This can be compared to the way a large truck or trailer turns.
Just pay attention to your driving speed when the curve is visible in front of you so that you can slow down as needed. Practicing turning in low-traffic areas will make it easier to eventually enter traffic.
8. Slowly brake on the electric bike
Be careful with the brakes, because braking too suddenly on a downhill or high speed can cause you to be thrown to the front of the handlebar or the bicycle to slip. The rest time is earlier than you think!
This is especially true if you are riding on dirt or gravel. Breaking downhill may cause unnecessary skidding (this happened the first time I went up and down the dirt slope, which was a bit scary). If it is a steep hill, or if you drive fast, this may cause an accident.
9. Relax on the throttle
Some electric bicycles have an accelerator, which is a tool that allows you to accelerate without pedaling. This is useful if you are struggling to climb a large mountain, if you just need to take a break, or if you need to accelerate quickly to avoid cars.
However, keep in mind that using too much will consume the battery faster, and you will not be able to go very far on a single charge.
The throttle can also cause the electric bicycle to tilt suddenly, so it’s best to keep your hands light and be careful when you use it for the first time (be careful not to accidentally put your hands on it, if it’s twisted). Take off).
But there is no doubt that using the throttle makes riding an electric bike super easy!
10. Read the LCD display while riding!
If your electric bike has an LCD display, please use it! It will at least show your current speed, total mileage and remaining battery power.
This is a great way to record how long you have been riding or how far you have traveled. If you want to drive yourself to ride a certain mileage, you can use the trip odometer to show your progress!
The LCD display can also display the output power of your electric bike. Therefore, when your bicycle says that its output power is as high as 750 watt-hours (the power range of an electric bicycle is usually 250-1000 watts), you can see if you are maximizing the power of the bicycle. Watch the display as you continue to step on the hillside, and you will quickly see how fast you can accelerate.
Finally, the LCD screen can tell you the speed (current miles per hour) you are riding, which is really just for fun.
11. Adjust the seat and handle before takeoff
Comfort makes it easy to ride an electric bike.
Adjust your seat and handlebars to fit your legs, arms and torso, which will allow you to maintain a better posture while riding. As for the handles, the upright posture will make you feel most comfortable, so you can check if you can reach the handles directly under your shoulders. Many electric bicycles also allow you to adjust the height of the handlebars to make riding easier.
If your seat is not adjusted correctly or is still uncomfortable, you can buy a new seat at any time and replace it yourself.
12. For easy riding, understand your terrain
Before you set off, consider where you should take your electric bike for a drive. Some bicycles are designed to adapt to more rocky and rugged terrain, while others are only suitable for standard street or concrete riding. Many electric bicycles are a hybrid of the two and can be easily ridden on most terrains.
Therefore, if you take out an electric bike that is suitable for on the road, but try to ride on the rugged and muddy trails, it is not easy!
In addition, if you can avoid large crowds or other fast-moving bicycles or vehicles, you might prefer to ride a bike. Not only will you be more relaxed, but you won’t have to worry about braking suddenly, especially because electric bicycles are larger, heavier and more difficult to stop than standard bicycles.
Once you learn how to ride an electric bike is easy
In short, yes, riding an electric bicycle is easy, but it is a little different from riding a traditional bicycle. You just need to know how the electrical components help you ride, how to deal with bicycles that are heavier than ordinary bicycles, and how to ride comfortably.
However, if you follow the above 12 tips for beginners, you will soon be cycling in your city.
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