Riding an electric bike is exhilarating and exciting. For first-time riders, however, it can also be intimidating.
Here are five tips to help make your maiden SONDORS experience as easy and enjoyable as possible, because, at SONDORS—we don’t want ANYTHING to stand in the way of having the time of your life—and that includes missing out on Autumn Shipping, so reserve your SONDORS now while there's still time!
Now, let’s dive in...
E-bikes are typically heavier than regular bikes and handle differently. We recommend getting familiar with your e-bike before even getting on the road. Start somewhere where you have plenty of space to yourself and try these first:
- Riding with the power turned off
- Starting with level one pedal assist setting
- Testing how the e-bike responds when stopping and starting
- Turning, balancing + getting past obstacles with different levels of pedal assist + throttle
- Making sure you understand how to change to higher and lower gears
- Practice + get used to the power of the throttle
In order for electric power to become available to rotate wheels of your e-bike, you first need to switch on the electrical system. The light signal on the battery will show that the battery and the power system have been activated. This will also turn on the control display on your handlebar.
When you start off, you can either begin in level one pedal assist and use the throttle to quickly get on your way. Otherwise to start off more slowly, you can start pedaling while in level one pedal assist (often called ECO mode), and you’ll feel the e-bike helping you pedal with its motor power.
Another element specific to e-biking is to maintain the traction of both wheels at all times. Mountain e-biking will be different in this respect, but for all other types of e-bikes, it makes sense to keep both wheels on the ground while you ride. This has to do with the distribution of weight and electric power while riding an e-bike. One wheel receives power from the electric motor, and the second wheel stabilizes the bike on its track. If one of the wheels is up in the air, this balance is not maintained.
When using electric assistance, always maintain a seated position. The motor adjusts its rotation power based on the steady pedaling effort from you. If you stand up, your pedaling becomes more erratic, and it will confuse the motor and make it rev and slow down, which is not the best mode to operate a motor.
You'll often be at higher speed on an e-bike compared to a regular bike. Scan well ahead and keep an eye out for cars turning in and out of driveways and side roads. At intersections, drivers may not expect you to start off at speed.
Pedal assist usually kicks in on the second rotation of the pedals. If you have it in a high gear, you'll experience a surge in power, and will take off quickly, so be aware of which gear you are in. When taking off at an intersection or starting uphill, stick to a low gear or use the throttle to get going more easily.
Making turns on an e-bike is quite similar to making turns on a conventional bike. Also, again, there are some specifics. An e-bike generally has a lower center of gravity as compared to a conventional bike. This is due to the fact that the motor (and often, battery) is located closer to the ground. Simple turns at low speed are no problem. When making a turn at a higher speed, make sure you stop pedaling when entering the turn, half stand up and gently incline into the turn, letting your e-bike follow the curve. Once you are exiting the turn, you can sit down again and start pedaling or use your throttle to accelerate.
When you arrive home, you may want to charge your battery for your next trip. Charging when the battery is at 70%+ discharge is optimum to help extend the life of the battery. The battery should always remain in the “off” position unless the e-bike is in operation, and use only the original charger that comes with your SONDORS.
Also, check the tire pressure just to make sure that you didn’t lose any pressure on your adventure. This is another good and easy practice to follow to be better prepared for your next adventure.
Also, our website is chock full of helpful videos, and the article, How To Operate Your SONDORS, can be found here.
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