Are electric bikes more dangerous than conventional bicycles?
From Experience Cit-E-Cycles says - NO!
If you follow a few basic rules, you will experience safe riding pleasure with your e-bike. At Cit-E-Cycles - Canada's E-Bike Experts - we have compiled the top ten tips for your safety and joy while riding an electric bike.
10 tips for a safe e-bike experience
Tip 1: Who reads, rides better - read operating instructions
As with all technical devices, a detailed study of the operating instructions is also available before commissioning an e-bike.
Only those who know the functions of their e-bike and use the controls routinely can pay close attention to the traffic and the new riding experience. No matter if you do not have your manual at hand, you will find most manuals of the bikes we sell on our website under Support/Manuals.
Tip 2: Travel safely with air and oil - check your e-bike
Before the first ride with a new e-bike is a functional test of brakes, tires, circuit, light, etc. on. Efficient advancement and cornering decisively determine the tire pressure. The manufacturers list flank the minimum and maximum pressure of each model on the side. Anyone who inflates tires on an e-bike should note that the engine and the battery add more weight to the bike. Thus, the pressure tends to be higher than usual, but take note it always has to be within the manufacturers range.
Tip 3: A question of tuning - adjust bike ergonomics
An ergonomic adjustment of seating position and cockpit means efficiency and safety. Example brake lever: To be able to call up the maximum braking power, set the lever so far inwards that index and middle fingers reach the outer edge of the brake handle. In this case, the maximum leverage has been used, "says Rolf Häcker of ergonomics specialist Humpert. Some manufacturers offer additional adjustment of the brake lever for small hands. Not sure if your setup is right? - Get best advice by your local Cit-E-Cycles shop.
Tip 4: Develop a tailwind routine and get used to a boost
Pedelec ("Pedal Electric Cycle") translated means: pedal-driven electric bicycle. Only those who kick, feel the boost. Thus, the speed is controlled as the classic bicycle on the applied treadle, this is only amplified by the electronics and engine. You get used to this thrust effect quickly, it's best to start with the low levels of support in a traffic-calmed environment.
Tip 5: The courage to rise - A cyclists' basic position for technical driving
For efficient pedalling you sit in the saddle, in technically difficult situations you better stand up. "This creates space between cyclist and bike and increases the range of action of the rider," explains Jan Zander from the mountain bike school Trailtech. In the basic position, the cranks are horizontal, the stronger foot is in front, arms and legs are not fully stretched out - the center of gravity is then centrally above the wheel and is adapted to the respective inclination of the path.
Tip 6: Slow driving also requires practice - balance training
Slow rides happen daily while e-biking. Spontaneous driving at slow speeds can be practiced, for example, on a gently sloping path on which you continue to reduce its speed. If one threatens to tip, a sensible kick stabilizes the pedal and the game starts again. If you get out of the saddle and bring the center of gravity slightly in the direction of the stem, you have a clear advantage. Our tip: adjust support to a deeper level! In "Power Mode" the support is pretty rough in most cases.
Tip 7: Whether on the bike or the e-bike - ride forward-thinking
Predictive riding is the be-all and end-all when riding. If one translates this fact into riding technique, then the following basic rule results: The direction of view decides, where we go and lets us estimate riding situations more or less. "If you lift your head off the front wheel and look ahead, you drive more safely," stresses driving technique coach Jan Zander. Our tip: In the dark, a good lighting helps, which not only makes visible, but also illuminates the way correctly. LED lamps with daytime running lights and up to 100 lux are state of the art today.
Tip 8: Cornering instead of going astray - master the turns
Even with fast or slow cornering decides the direction of view: "head and thus upper body actively turn in the direction of the curve and early out of the curve look" advises riding technique teacher Jan Zander. "In curves with lose ground you should definitely go out of the saddle and tilt the bike under him. The inside arm is almost stretched, the outer arm bent. As a result, the center of gravity remains centrally above the wheel. This ensures neat pressure on the tire and increases grip, "explains Christian Malik from E-MTB manufacturer Haibike. Additional tip from the professional: "Bring the inside pedal always up."
Tip 9: Stop properly instead lying flat - full braking
Higher average speeds and the added weight of the engine and drive require a constant readiness for braking and a well-thought-out technique during emergency braking. Driving instructor Jan Zander describes the ideal posture as follows: "You leave the saddle and bring the center of gravity slightly behind the saddle. Arms and legs are almost stretched and supported against the pedal and handlebars. Never fully extend your arms, so you still have scope for smaller steering movements. "Our tip: always get used to the braking performance of a new bike and practice full braking with simultaneous use of front and rear brakes.
Tip 10: Overcome obstacles
Doe most single accidents are caused by curbs and potholes. To overcome this most smoothly you deliberately relieving the front wheel. For this you drive in the basic position to the obstacle. Arms and legs are slightly bent. Shortly before the edge you bend your arms strongly, bring the upper body in the direction of the handlebars ("push-up position"), and then impulsively shift the body weight back to the top. The arms are stretched, the front wheel is relieved and sits carefully behind the obstacle. We recommend cutting the engine power during the first attempts. Generally, the curbs are best approached at right angles. If the technique does not succeed, it prevents slipping.