Maintenance, practical tips, charging, safety, handling… Here are our 10 key habits to get into when riding an electric bike in order to make the most of it and keep it running smoothly!
1 – Control your acceleration on an electric bike
Electrical assistance is triggered when you start pedalling, in order to complement your effort. But be careful when you are setting off and accelerating, because pressing down too hard on the pedals could give you a bit of a surprise! Take care, particularly in traffic jams or pedestrianised areas.
2 – Don’t use electrical assistance on flat roads
Having electrical assistance on your bike doesn’t mean that you have to use it all the time! Don’t forget to ride without it on flat roads, as if you were on a classic bike. Once you’re under way, you won’t notice the difference! Switch it back on when you hit a hill so that you can get over it with ease.
3 – Regularly check your EAPC’s tyre pressure
Tyre pressure drops over time, particularly in summer. This is perfectly normal because inner tubes are slightly porous. Remember to check your tyre pressure from time to time! Cycling with underinflated tyres reduces your battery life, makes pedalling harder and makes punctures more likely.
4 – Estimate your remaining battery life
Before setting off on an EAPC ride, you need to estimate how much battery life you have and check that it’s charged up enough to reach your destination. Figuring out your battery life can be tricky. Apps like Ebike Maps can help you calculate how much energy you’ll use on your route.
The factors that influence your bike’s battery life are:
- the distance to be covered
- how hilly it is
- the cyclist’s weight
- tyre pressure
- the amount of gear changes and braking you do (different in towns to in the countryside)
- the outdoor temperature (in cold weather, your battery won’t last as long)
Test things out over increasingly longer distances to find out your EAPC’s maximum battery life and to avoid breaking down!
5 – Cleaning and maintenance: ALWAYS unplug the battery!
No matter what you are doing to your electric bike (cleaning, or electrical or mechanical maintenance), you absolutely must unplug the battery and switch your bike off.
6 – Battery: recharge after each use and each time you calibrate it
B’TWIN recommends recharging your battery after each use. If it is flat, recharge it as soon as you can. If the cells remain empty for too long, they can become permanently damaged.
B’TWIN recommends going through a full charge cycle every 6 months. This will let you calibrate it and get a more accurate idea of how well-charged your battery is, while also lengthening its lifespan.
7 – Recommendations for if you’re storing your electric bike for a long time
If you will be storing your electrical-assistance bike for a long time, you have two options to prevent your battery losing power:
- remove and store your charged EAPC battery
- recharge it every 3 months
8 – Regular technical check-ups
To carry out technical check-ups on your electric bike, visit your local Decathlon store or the manufacturer’s shop. Make sure all of the key elements on your electric bike, from safety devices to the electrical system, are inspected. Don’t skip these checks: they’re what let you ride with peace of mind!
9 – Practice in an empty area
The first few times you use your electrical-assistance bike, take it to an area without traffic or pedestrians. Get used to riding it and gradually begin triggering the electrical assistance until you have full control!
Although the electrics kick in when you pedal, they generally cut out when you squeeze the brakes or if your speed exceeds 25 km/h.
10 – Helmet and safety equipment: cycling essentials!
Electrical-assistance bikes are considered to be bikes, not motorbikes. You therefore do not have to wear a motorbike helmet. However, we strongly recommend using a bike helmet on every journey. Also consider getting effective bike lights as well as a reflective jacket. Better safe than sorry!
So now you’re ready to get to grips with your electric bike. Have fun!