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    E-Bikes

    Can You Use an E-Bike in the Rain?

    Can You Use an E-Bike in the Rain?

    It’s officially the fall season, which means that rainy days are going to become more and more frequent. 

     

     

    You may be wondering if it’s safe to drive your e-bike in the rain— and the answer is yes. However, there are some extra precautions you have to take to ensure full safety when doing so.

     


    Here are some things you should consider when riding your e-bike in the rain.

     

     

    2. Avoid riding through water that’ll submerge your e-bike’s battery and motor. Your batter is especially prone to shorting out if submerged for any length of time, so make sure to avoid big puddles and flooded water. And most importantly, don’t leave your e-bike outside in the rain.



    1. Take care to drive extra cautiously. Being more cautious with where and the way in which you ride your e-bike in the rain sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s a point that can never be too emphasized. The roads are far more slippery, visibility can be poor and there are also likely to be unexpected objects on the roads. 

     


    The key things to be more cautious with are: 

     

     

    • Speed. Riding more slowly than usual gives you time to anticipate and avoid potential problems, plus helps you stop quickly if you need to. 

    • Braking. It always takes longer than usual when its wet so brake early and brake smoothly to avoid locking up your wheels and skidding. 

    • Angles eg. try not to lean into corners or ride up gutters and driveways on an angle. Try to keep as much of your tire rubber on the road as possible.

    • White lines and metal tracks and potholes. Very slippery in the wet. Also look out for places where there may be oil or petrol, mud and leaf matter on the road and avoid. 

    • Deep puddles and potholes. If there is or has been running water it’s hard to know what’s in them or whether they have changed. For example, walk across a creek if you have to (and can) vs ride. Best to not even try it if it’s fast-flowing water. 

     

     

    3. Use the right gear. 

     

    We're talking about things such as: 

     

     

    • Safety gear. For example, lights and high-vis clothing. A helmet is mandatory anyway but it has the added benefit of keeping water out of your eyes if it has a visor. Clear glasses or goggles are recommended too. 

     

     

    • Tire pressures. Lowering your tire pressures so you have more traction in the wet can be a huge advantage. Aim for lower to mid pressure, depending on how much load you are carrying. See this article on tire maintenance for how to check recommended tire pressures. 

     

     

    • Weatherproof gear. Having mudguards in the wet can help keep you and your bike clean. (There are lots of good removable options if you don't like to normally carry them so feel free to ask us.) Furthermore having waterproof panniers to hand and some spare ziplock or silicone bags can help protect your valuables, especially if you tend to travel with things such as laptops and tablets. 


    3 Reasons Why You Should Ride an E-Mountain Bike

    3 Reasons Why You Should Ride an E-Mountain Bike

    Sure, we love taking our mountain bikes out on the weekends to ride our regular, local trails and sometimes even trying out some new scenery. But have you ever thought about taking your ordinary mountain bike riding to the next level? In other words, have you considered trying an electric mountain bike?



    E-mountain bikes are awesome because they give you a little extra power that especially comes in handy when your legs begin to tire out. Don’t underestimate how much that extra bit of power can help you and your experience mountain biking— especially for those harder trails. If you’re considering giving an e-mountain bike a whirl but have never tried an e-mountain bike for yourself, we suggest you go for it.



    Here are 3 reasons why you should try riding an e-mountain bike:



    More Power, More Speed



    This is probably the most obvious reason why you would go ahead and try riding an electric-assist mountain bike. You can ride at higher speeds while expending less energy than on a regular mountain bike. Isn’t the sensation of speed one of the greatest aspects of riding a bicycle? You’ll be amazed at how much faster you can travel on an e-mountain bike.



    Go the Distance



    More speed equals covering more ground in a given amount of time. For example, say that you’re limited to a one-hour ride this weekend. If you’re only able to ride 10 miles of trail on your regular mountain bike in that time, you’d be able to enjoy an estimated 12 to 15 miles in that one hour of time on your e-mountain bike. Now calculate how much more overall time you’ll have to ride and explore your favorite trail system.



    More terrain equals more trails, and more trails traveled equals more fun for you.



    Smell the Roses



    Covering more range is one of the best benefits of an e-mountain bike. It allows you to cover more ground in a finite amount of time in comparison to your standard bike.



    The added assist of the electric motor also means that you can cover your normal riding distance with far less energy. Rather than huffing and puffing to use all of your energy in order to wrap up your ride before a deadline, you can save some energy enjoy your trail and absorb the scenery around you.

    How Much Do E-Bikes Cost?

    How Much Do E-Bikes Cost?

    E-bikes are actually quite affordable. The price of the electric bike you want to buy will depend largely on the type of riding experience you want and the quality of that experience.



    If you’re looking for an electric bike for quick jaunts, you might spend less money than if you need one for extended daily commutes. Need an eBike to go trail riding? Then you’ll have to buy an electric bike with more durable components – stronger frame, fatter tires, more robust motor.



    There are many companies out there manufacturing electric bikes now. And each company sets its own prices. As you explore your options, you’ll soon get an idea of what you can expect to pay for an electric bike.

     


    But there are other cost considerations with buying an electric bike.

     

    Consider the Maintenance Cost



    Electric bikes tend wear out just like a traditional bicycle. But they have far more components in them that can wear out. Motor. Battery. Motherboard. If you are going to use this as your main means of transportation, it will need adequate maintenance to last. Here is a quick list of some of the things you need and the cost.



    A tune up every six months (or after 500 miles) is recommended. That can cost anywhere between $75 to $100.


    Patching a flat tire costs between $10 and $20, depending on the severity of the fix.


    Brake adjustments will cost $20-35.

     

    Some of our electric bikes use a maintenance-friendly design. Our EB8 features power line quick disconnects, making it easier for bike shops to perform general maintenance.


    Since the most common repair is fixing a flat tire, keep the necessary tools and parts so you can do it yourself. Again, this is where our EB8’s quick-disconnects will come in handy. You won’t need to find a special eBike shop with a certified electrician just to change the tires. You can easily do it yourself.

     

    Consider the Cost for Charging an E-Bike



    One recurring cost associated with electric bikes is the cost of charging the battery. It’s a common question. And it’s one that is easily calculated, if we do a bit of math.



    Find the battery voltage and amp hour rating of the eBike. Use those numbers to get watt hours. For example, a 36V 10Ah battery has 360 watt hours, or 0.36 kilowatt hours (kWh).



    Check your local electricity prices. Electricity prices vary widely from state to state, but the average cost per kWh in the U.S. today is roughly 13.45 cents per kWh.

    How To Safely Ride an E-Bike

    How To Safely Ride an E-Bike

    Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage that most of us experience some time during our childhood. Learning to ride an e-bike is a slightly different story. Despite the similarities between the two, riding an electric bike can is largely a different experience than that of a normal bike. The differences lay in the e-bike’s pedal-assist nature and its electric motor.

     

    Sure, at the end of the day, electric bikes are bikes— but they do have some major differences. It's a major purchase and a new, fun experience. It's worth making the choice, but you want to make sure you learn to ride in the safest way possible. 

     

    Here are some tips on how to safely ride an electric bike. 


    Start Off Slowly 


    Electric bike riding is a different experience due to the different speeds involved. Not everyone who rides a bike regularly takes the time to learn about the speeds electric bikes are capable of. 

     

    This is especially the case in the US where class III bikes can go up to 26mph, but this is also true at slower speeds. Even if you’re riding at a speed that you feel comfortable with, it's one thing to pedal hard and start going fast, but it's a very different thing to have a motor push you to speed quickly with little work on your part. 

     

    Different types of bikes have various solutions for delivering power. Make sure to read up on what to expect. Some e-bikes feel very similar to regular bikes. Torque-based sensors usually deliver that more natural feeling. Even if that's the type of bike you’re riding, it's still a smart idea to start at a low assistance level, so that you experience a ride not too different from what you know. 

     

    Understand How Your Brakes Work


    E-bikes are heavy compared to traditional bikes. The extra weight combined with more speed makes braking something you really need to focus on. You’ll want to ensure that you have an understanding of how the brakes on your e-bike feel and which brake part does what. 

     

    Make sure you understand what kind of brakes you have on your e-bike. It's a good thing to keep in mind when shopping, but you should take a look once you own the bike. Mechanical disc brakes stop due to the cable pulling the calipers closed. There is a physical connection to the brake lever and the harder you pull, the stronger your braking power will be. On the other hand, when it comes to hydraulic disc brakes, the only connection between the caliper and lever is fluid. 

     

     



    A Beginner's Guide To E-Bikes

    a beginner's guide to e-bikes

    Most of us have memories of what it was like to learn how to ride a bike for the first time. Figuring out how to balance on two wheels, falling down, scraping a knee or arm— these are all things we might’ve had to endure as part of the process. 


    If you successfully did learn how to ride a bike, then maybe it’s time to graduate onward to riding an electric bike. 


    Why You Should Consider Purchasing an E-Bike


    Sales of this electric take on the traditional bike have been soaring in recent years. Here are some reasons why you should consider upgrading from a regular bike to an e-bike. 


    E-Bikes Compared To Traditional Bikes 


    Did you know that about half of current e-bikers never considered themselves cyclists before their purchase? People buy e-bikes for different reasons and here are a few of them:


    • To keep up with a partner or friend who does consider themselves a cyclist.

    • They’re a great alternative to driving when staying local.

    • E-bikes are great for the environment in that they don’t emit carbon dioxide.

    • To be able to ride a bike without feeling limited by long distances, hilly routes, or even arriving to a destination tired and sweaty. 

    • For fun! 


    It’s also worth noting that e-bikes are still a good way to work out! Sure, they may be easier to ride than the traditional bike, but riding an e-bike typically means that you’ll be riding farther distances, pedaling faster, going up steeper hills, and riding more often. Plus, the motor only works when you’re actually moving the pedals themselves— it’s not like the bike is on autopilot. 



    How To Ride an E-Bike


    Most e-bike newbies learn how to ride the vehicle quickly enough, so there’s no need to worry about reliving your childhood anxieties of scraping all of your limbs. Usually, it takes only one test ride for your body to develop the muscle memory to adapt to the feeling of the pedal-assist machine. 


    Here are some tips for when you ride an e-bike for the first few times:


    • Brake earlier than you would a regular bike— e-bikes are heavier and faster. The power of the pedal-assist makes up for the sluggishness of the heaviness of the e-bike, but at the same time, the law of physics dictates that a heavy, fast-moving object needs more time to be stopped. 

     

    • Pedal with a faster rhythm. E-bikes are most efficient when you ride them at a faster pace than a regular bike— and especially when going up hills. 

     

    • Try to ride in low-assist modes as much as you possibly can. The motor settings range from “eco” to “turbo” (with the terms varying from bike to bike), with one or two more settings in between. The mode choice directly affects the battery life of the bike, so the more you ride on eco, the longer it’ll last. It’s best to save turbo for when you really need it.