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How to Ride an E-Bike as a Beginner

Riding an e-bike can be an exciting, and maybe even intimidating prospect. While they are exactly what their name suggests – a bike, there are some unique features that differentiate the experience.

When learning how to ride an e-bike, there are numerous considerations to keep in mind. We have listed some important pointers to remember when riding an electric bike for the first time to ensure your safety while you have a good time.

How Do E-Bikes Work?

According to Wikipedia, “An electric bicycle (e-bike, eBike, etc.) is a motorized bicycle with an integrated electric motor used to assist propulsion.” At its most basic level, an electric bike is not very different from a normal bike. They simply depend on additional features that function in tandem to improve their overall operation. These parts include a sensor, an electric display, a battery, and an electric motor.

Pedal-assist is a  feature that ensures that the motor only works on the condition that the pedals are engaged. This lets the biker get some exercise in with just enough motor boost to allow them to go faster. It also makes the ride easier and helps the rider commute with less energy. You can rent an electric bike for practice.

Is Riding an E-Bike Hard?

E-bikes weigh more compared to regular bikes, typically about twenty to fifty pounds depending on the model. As a result, keeping proper balance on an e-bike might prove to be more difficult while learning how to ride. Also, due to the fact that e-bikes weigh more, it is a lot more difficult

to begin moving in comparison to a normal bike.

How Do You Drive an Electric Bike?

Depending on local laws, says Wikipedia, many e-bikes (e.g., pedelecs) are legally classified as bicycles rather than mopeds or motorcycles. This exempts them from the more stringent laws regarding the certification and operation of more powerful two-wheelers which are often classed as electric motorcycles. Learning how to ride an e-bike is not so scary when the process is broken into steps and instructions. The following steps were put together to ensure you have a seamless and safe experience with riding an electric bike for the first time.

Keep Your E-Bike Tuned and Upgraded

Things to check incle the battery, headlights, brakes, chain, and tires. Make sure that every functional part of your bike is in perfect working condition. Check that the tires are well inflated and properly gauged to the recommended pressure freon the manufacturer. Also, ensure that the battery is fully charged so that it can last the duration of your ride out and back.

Remember to lock the battery securely in place. It is also important to see that the headlights are working well and the brakes are in perfect condition. You can try using each part one after

the other for a thorough check to be sure.

Wear a Helmet

Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you must not forget to securely strap on a helmet. An electric bike can go pretty fast and your head should be protected especially if you’re riding one for the first time.

Get to Grips With Your E-bike Before You Hit the Road

Get comfortable with your bike and get used to being on it before you ride it. Parts that you can adjust and get used to including the seat, handlebars, and rear-view mirrors. You can adjust the seat until you find the perfect, comfy sitting position best suited to your body. You may also try out the handlebars to find the best positioning for your arms.

If your bike comes with rear-view mirrors, adjust them until they provide you with a mostly unhindered view of the left side of the road behind you (based on the driver’s side in the United States).

Use the Bell or Horn

Get familiar with the sound of your bike bell or horn. Check it to make sure it sounds right and will be able to alert other road users. A faulty bell or horn can put you or others at risk, so it is best to make sure it is working well.

Practice Braking at Different Speeds

Because electric bikes outweigh non-electric bikes, the additional weight must be taken into account when figuring out the stopping distance. However, the extra boost the motor provides does not have much effect on braking. When you stop pedaling, the motor automatically cuts off any assistance it is providing.

Still, it is a good idea to get familiar with breaking at different speeds.

Respect the Speed Limit

It is easy to get carried away with having so much fun while riding an e-bike. However, you should never forget to stay within the speed limit for your safety and that of other road users. Keep in mind how fast you’re going at any speed and make sure to abide by traffic rules.

What Should You Not Do With an E-bike?

There are a few things not to do with your e-bike including:

●     Do not let your e-bike battery and motor get submerged underwater. This can damage them.

●     Do not take your bike out with faulty brakes.

●     Do not expose your bike’s battery to water.

Generally, take good care of your bike and do well to maintain its individual parts.


The popularity of e-bikes isn’t slowing down. Your e-bike riding experience can be a complete blast if you keep the instructions and make sure to obey safety guidelines. Also, ensure to learn how to properly maintain your bike so it can provide an amazing riding experience for a long time.


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