Travel safely on an eBike: 5 tips
Before you head out on the road, it's a good idea to take your eBike for a test ride. Choose a place with little traffic, for example a car park. During your test ride, pay attention to two things:
- Because of the relatively high speed, good brakes are a must. Test them thoroughly.
- Feel whether you have enough grip in the bends. Is that not the case? Then check the tyre pressure. The minimum and maximum pressure for each model is indicated on the outside of the tyres. With an eBike, bear in mind that the drive system and battery add extra weight. The tyre pressure should therefore be slightly higher than on a conventional bike.
Ride with foresight
With an eBike, you can ride up to four kilometres per hour faster than with a conventional bike. Be aware of this, estimate the traffic on the road well in advance and adjust your speed in time to avoid dangerous situations.
An eBike weighs more than a conventional bicycle. The braking distance is therefore longer. The shortest possible braking distance is obtained by using the front and rear brake at the same time. The surface also has an influence: especially on snow, mud or gravel, you should use the front brake in moderation.
Always keep your eyes on the road and actively move your head and upper body in the direction of the bend. Practise your cornering technique both in stop-and-go traffic at medium speed and at high speed.
In general, the following applies: it is best to ride up curbs crosswise. The best way to keep youreBike under control is to give the front wheel free play. You move your upper body towards the handlebars just before the curb and pull your body weight upwards. Do not pull on the handlebars too violently. This movement requires a certain routine. If you feel insecure or if the obstacle is too high, take a break.
About Bosch eBike Systems: partner of Bike for Life
Vineeta Diels Marketing Manager Bosch eBike Systems Benelux: "We are proud to be this year's main sponsor of Bike for Life, the biggest cycling to work charity event in Flanders. Together with Bike to Work, we try to stimulate as many people as possible to leave their car at home and choose a bicycle for the home to work trip. And is that too heavy for you? No problem. That's why we have the eBike: a fine, sustainable and healthy means of transport that helps you to enjoy the fresh air every day."
"EBikes help you to live a physically healthy life, boost your mental well-being and protect the climate. Bosch eBike Systems, for example, helps you on the road with our DualBattery batteries, which weigh almost nothing and produce little CO2, yet still have an extremely long service life. Or with our COBI.Bike app, which connects your smartphone to your eBike and gives you a whole range of useful features at your fingertips. And thanks to our latest innovation, the smart system, you can see your personal ride data, your fitness goals and the state of charge of the battery. Moreover, you can secure your eBike against theft with the ConnectModule."
"Integrating cycling into your daily life has never been easier. We hope we can inspire you to take the plunge on a bike and change your life in a positive way!"
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