How to Improve the range of your Electric Bike
Make sure your battery is fully charged at the outset of your ride
Use the throttle less and/or use a lower pedal assist setting
And now, there are 4 ways to improve the range of your electric bike:
1. Avoid Stopping & Starting a Lot
As with your automobile, you’ll get better energy economy by travelling at a constant rate over time versus starting and stopping a lot in city traffic for example. That said, obviously we do not recommend you ignore traffic signals and cruise through stop signs. But if you’re on a ride and can avoid pulling over many times, then you’ll increase the distance you can travel on a single battery charge.
2. Pedal off the Start
Aside from pedalling more, it’s also important to pedal at the right times. It takes a lot of energy to accelerate from a complete stop and so the more energy you apply through your legs, the less energy will be syphoned from the battery i.e. get the bike rolling a bit before the motor engages. Additionally, hills take a lot of energy so if you pedal a bit harder when going uphill, this will help improve the range of your electric bike.
3. Use the Correct Gear
There’s a term in cycling called “cadence,” which refers to your pedalling rate, or, more accurately, the number of revolutions of the crank per minute. Efficient cadence falls between 80 and 100 revolutions per minute so if you’re in a really high gear and you’re having to push hard on the pedals in order to get the crank to rotate, then it’s best to change to a lower gear. Likewise, if your pedals are rotating too quickly, you’re wasting energy without getting the benefits of the down thrust on the crank – so switch to a higher gear.
4. Lube Your Chain
It’s a good idea to clean your electric bike regularly to ensure grime and dirt doesn’t wear down your componentry. It’s also important to lube your chain often using a lubricant specifically designed for bicycle chains. By lubricating your chain, you will improve its performance and therefore improve your pedalling efficiency. How often you lube your chain depends on usage but it’s a good rule of thumb to wipe it down with a rag at least once a week, apply a small amount of lubricant, let it stand for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess with a cloth.
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