Riding your electric bike is hella-fun! But you need to do a few ‘pre-flight’ checks before you jump on it.
1.Concentration and fitness
Riding a bicycle in a city requires a level of concentration and fitness that may be more than you are normally used to. Make sure you are completely familiar with all of the functions of your electric bike before you use the electric assist and before you head out onto busy roads. We would recommend practising in a quiet area or park where cycling is permitted.
Make sure you are happy with the brakes and the way you have set them up. If you are unsure for any reason, contact the manufacturer or take your electric bike to your local bike shop. Most electric bikes are equipped with the latest brakes and these may be far more powerful than any bike you have ridden before. Be careful before using 100% power on your electric bike brakes!
3. Sizing and set up
Make sure your electric bike is set up properly for your height and reach. Make sure your feet can reach the pedals and the saddle is not so high that you cannot reach your heel to the pedal when the pedal is in its lowest position. Also check your feet can reach the ground when you are standing off the seat. Make sure there is enough distance between the top of the bike frame and your crotch so you can get off your electric bike quickly if you have to.
4. Intended usage
As covered in the previous section, your electric bike is designed for city use on well-paved hard road surfaces. It is not designed for use on uneven or soft terrain, downhill trail riding or jumping, tricks or stunts. Make sure not too exceed the weight when using your electric bike.