First Time Riding an Electric Bike | Tips for Beginners

With increased awareness, the transport paradigm has shifted to more sustainable modes of commutation, i.e. electrical bikes to reduce carbon footprints and other heinous gases in the atmosphere.

Though there is an outburst of electric bikes in the UK, like all around the globe, there are still many people who don’t know how to ride an electric bike. But no worries, we have got your back!

Here are a few tips for beginners struggling to learn an e-bike.

Tips Before Purchasing an E-Bike

Choose the right E-bike

E-bikes are available in different sizes and types like cargo, folding or mountain bikes. Each type has its own features and design that help the rider enjoy his journey. So, decide why you need an e-bike, what your budget and what speed you expect.

Another important factor is to ensure that the handlebars are not too far away from the seat, given that the elbows must bend as you hold the handlebar, and your feet should touch the ground. Based on these factors, select the right bike for you.

Learn local laws

Learn the legal regulations so you can save yourself from any inconvenience. Look out for the different speed limits, riding permits, minimum age requirements, traffic limits and other specifications.

Tips Before You Commence Your Journey

Learn the Controls

Before setting out on the road, it’s important to get familiar with all the controls. Usually, e-bikes have the simplest mechanism and controls. Within a few days, you will be able to master them.

Though different bikes have different working styles, few things remain the same for all. Here are a few terms and controls you must know:

  • Pedal Assistance System: PAS controls the power given by the battery. They are typically present in the form of plus and minus buttons on the left side of the handlebars. It offers different power levels i.e. 0 for no power, 1-3 levels for light to medium power and levels 4-5 for maximum speed and power.
  • Gears: Gears allow the riders to control the speed and torque. Read the manual that comes with the e-bikes to understand the functioning of gears.
  • Throttle: It functions like the gas pedal in cars. Its control is present on the left side and requires different PAS levels to function. It allows you to take off the bike without pedalling. However, as a beginner, you should first master other controls and then practise this.

Prepare for Emergency

Emergencies can arise at any time with anyone. Always carry a first aid kit with you. Also, keep a travel kit with you, including portable tools to fix small repairs. You can also put some more effort into learning basic skills like fixing a tyre, fastening loose bolts or others to save yourself in urgent situations.

Carry your Essentials

Riding a bike, especially while paddling, may consume a lot of your energy. Energy drainage may cause nausea, dizziness, dehydration and other symptoms that can be alarming and can reduce your concentration on the road. To avoid this situation, carry a water bottle, a bar of chocolate or other edible items to increase your glucose level and avoid dehydration instantly.

Tips For Riding Your E-Bike

Starting Off

  • Take a comfortable position by adjusting the seat, side mirrors and the suitable body posture including arms, back, head and knees.
  • For beginners, using PAS level 0 is recommended for safety. You can gradually shift to levels 1-3 once you have gained enough experience, control and confidence.
  • Start with paddling and then use the throttle for a quicker ride.

During the Ride

Learn to balance and shift PAS, gears and other controls required to start, stop, and turn the bike. It will help you to gain confidence and will ultimately improve your riding skills.

Another important thing is to master the driving etiquette. Many people ignore this factor and, hence, face issues when they step out on the road. Some important cycling etiquettes include:

  • Keep your bike in the designated bikers’ lane and avoid rapid switching between the lanes without giving proper cues.
  • Observe the traffic laws, sign boards and signals for legal compliance and safety.
  • Learn the hand cues to communicate with the other drivers while driving to tell them if you want to take a turn, stop or switch lanes.
  • Avoid overtaking or rash driving that can cause an accident.
  • Never drink alcohol while driving.
  • Refrain from using headphones or using your phone to avoid distractions while driving.

Ending the Ride

  • Slowly apply brakes and park your bike in a safe spot.
  • Never apply sudden brakes without giving an indicator to avoid any unfortunate accident.
  • While stopping, ensure your feet can touch the ground for improved control and stability.

Additional Tips

  • Check the battery, how much it is charged, and how far it can take you.
  • Find the best route before starting your journey. Use Google Maps to navigate the best route that has less traffic and smoother roads.
  • Adjust the handlebars and saddle for a comfortable right.
  • Always check the tyre pressure before leaving.
  • Clean the bike before leaving and lubricate the chains for a smooth ride.
  • Ensure the front and rear lights are working perfectly for clear visibility, especially during the night.
  • Invest in safety gear like helmets, apparel, shoes and other accessories to ensure utmost safety.

Tip for Maintaining Your E-Bike

A well-maintained bike can go a long way. Proper cleaning and timely maintenance enhance its efficiency and performance.  Also, ensure to park your bike safely to avoid any scratches or damage. Moreover, keep the battery in optimum external conditions while it’s charging or for long-term storage.