Electric bikes are a great low-impact way to add more physical activity to your life. When you get your first electric bike, however, there are some safety guidelines you ought to follow. These will result in you getting the most out of your new electric bike while also keeping you safe as you use it.
First of all, don’t tamper with your bike, and don’t alter its accessories. Tampering with a manufactured electric bike can invalidate your warranty and might even open you up to legal liability as it increases your risks of an accident or injury. If your electric bike is regulated to a specific speed (and most of them all, for legal reasons), never remove or change the regulator to make your electric bike faster. Electric bicycles are serious transportation, not toys, and should not be used by minors (especially when not under supervision).
If you have never been a cyclist before, be sure to talk to your doctor before you add more physical activity to your daily routine. If, while you’re riding your electric bike, you start to feel lightheaded, dizzy, or you have pain or some other discomfort, stop biking and talk to your physician right away. Riding your electric bicycle should be fun and enjoyable, improving your health and wellbeing. It shouldn’t ever feel like something that is bad for you.
Take the time to monitor your electric bike to look for parts that are wearing out, breaking, or malfunctioning. Before you use your bike, and periodically during extended use, inspect it for loose parts, damage, and anything that might be worn out. A quick visual “pre-trip” inspection is always a good idea before you go riding. The more you maintain your bicycle, the longer service life it will give you.
Whenever you are riding your electric bicycle, understand that it might be possible to get your clothes caught in the spokes, the chain, or the wheels. Never wear loose or flowing clothing when you are driving, or anything else that could become entangled in the bike’s moving parts. Always be mindful of this when you are riding your electric bicycle. Also, when riding your electric bicycle, be sure to check the listed weight rating, and never overload your bicycle with passengers or cargo. It’s never a good idea to take an additional passenger on your electric bike unless it is a model designed for an extra passenger (like a tandem bike). Riding with someone on the handlebars of your bike might cause its weight limit to be exceeded and is very unsafe.
Remember, too, that your electric bike makes use of extensive electronics and of course batteries. That means high-pressure sprays of water or total submersion are not safe for your bike’s electronics. So while you can ride your electric bike in the rain, it wouldn’t be a good idea to take it through a carwash or drive into a lake or a pool with it. Use your head and protect your electric bike’s electronic components from immersion in water. Finally, make sure when you’re biking that you wear the appropriate safety equipment. A helmet is critical, and you may need to consider pads for your elbows and knees as well. Don’t forget your sunglasses when you are riding in the glare of the sun, too.
By following these safety guidelines, you can get the most, and the most useful life, out of your electric bicycle. We hope to see you out on the road!
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