8 Tips to Prepare For a Long E-Bike Ride for the First Time

8 Tips to Prepare For a Long E-Bike Ride for the First Time

If you've ever taken a long-distance e-bike ride, you know how unbelievably grueling it can be on the body and mind. But that doesn't stop people from trying them. From this beginner's perspective, we'll cover how to prepare for the challenge of an e-bike ride.

  • Check the Battery 

  • Before you head out, make sure that your battery is fully charged. The distance Ride on an electric bike can vary greatly depending on the size of the battery and how much you use the throttle. But don't be surprised if you feel like you're pedaling uphill.

    We recommend checking the state of your battery regularly, and plugging it in to charge whenever it dips below 30 percent. The battery's charge can also drop when the bike is in storage, so try to keep it plugged in.

  • Check the Motor

  • The motor, like the battery, is another complex moving part of an e-bike. A test ride is a good way to check the motor.

  • Find a Speed That Works for You

  • You might want to use the throttle for the first time on a familiar route or one that's not a particularly difficult incline.

    When in doubt, err on the side of caution and start at a slow speed. To do this, pedal at a moderate pace and give the throttle a quick twist. This will allow you to adjust as needed.

  • Keep Yourself Hydrated

  • It's important to stay hydrated when biking. But when your ride is longer, it can be tough to monitor your intake. To prevent dehydration, drink before you start, and keep a water bottle with you.

  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • When riding an e-bike, it's important to keep your eyes open for any potential hazards.

    For example, drivers may not realize that a bicyclist is more than just a biker. Always look around and make sure you're out of harm's way while riding your e-bike.

  • Check Your Posture

  • Keep in mind that the presence of a motor does not excuse a poor posture.

    It can become very tempting to hunch over to keep up with the motor. Instead, keep your posture upright, your chest open, and your back straight.

  • Give Your Muscles a Break

  • You're going to have to pedal for a long time, so get used to the sensation by starting out slowly, then go for a brisk walk. This will help your muscles adjust to the new way of riding.

    We recommend setting a goal of how far you want to go and then walking if you need to.

  • Watch Out for Hills

  • E-bikes are heavier than regular bikes because they carry a battery, motor and other components. An e-bike is also more difficult to pedal up hills since you're carrying additional weight.

    So don't be surprised if you feel like you're going slower than you think.

    To tackle hills, you should use the motor whenever possible. When the motor pulls you, you don't need to worry about pedaling. If you're feeling the burn, try walking your bike.

    Ready to Ride?

    If you want to take an e-bike on a long ride, you should be prepared to make it through. In this article, we covered everything you need to get started on your new ride.

    Get the best electric bike here at Espin Bikes. We redefine urban mobility. Shop now. 

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