Sales of bikes, electric and conventional, have soared since the beginning of the first lockdown. With 160,000 electric bikes being sold last year which equates to one e-bike sold every three minutes.
We’ve also noticed a number of people in store looking for new ways to commute to the office, ditching their regular commute and preparing themselves for a different return to the office at the end of the summer.
We’re here to say that you definitely should, and to make it even easier for you we’ve created this guide for commuting by ebike so you can be sure that you’re ready for anything!
Before you set off on your e-bike commute
Charge your battery
Put your e-bike battery on charge the night before to ensure that you have enough juice to get you to work. Many people make this part of their routine when they’re putting their ebike away so they don’t have to even think about it.
Wear the right Clothing
Make sure you are wearing trousers which don’t dangle. You don’t want to get in tangled in the chain and ruin your favourite trousers! Always make sure you are dressed for the right season. Plus we suggest you pack a light weight rain jacket because it’s never nice to be caught in the rain.
Pack your cycle bag the night before
Riding a motor assisted bike means you don’t have to worry so much about the weight of your bag. You can fill your pannier bags with everything you need for your day at work. Make your life easier and pack your bag the night before and include:
- bike lock
- repair kit
- Work items
This list isn’t extensive but completing these tasks the night before means that you will have a hassle-free morning and an enjoyable commute no matter what the world tries to throw at you.
Safety is a very important factor whenever you are cycling and the commute is no exception.
Always wear a helmet when riding a ebike. Get one that fits snuggly on your head and you’ll have peace of mind.
Mount head & tail Lights
Most electric bikes have lights that are connected to the bike’s battery, but if you don’t then purchase lights for the front and back of your ebike. When the days start to get shorter you’re sure to get surprised one suddenly dusky evening. Once you’ve purchased these lights fix them on to your ebike, leave them there year round and you’ll never get caught out again.
Wear the Right Clothing
You should wear highly visible colours and, ideally, reflective clothing.
Know the Rules of the road
It’s always a good idea to give your highway code a revision before you jump on your bike!
Ready to Go!
Map out your route
Although you may be used to a commute to work by car or train, you can probably take a different one while on your ebike. You don’t necessarily have to go on the busiest roads etc
Keeping Your Ebike Secure
Get a good, hefty lock to secure your ebike once you get to your destination. A good, hefty lock can deter anyone from stealing your ebike.
Commuter e-bike options:
These bikes fold in seconds and are light and speedy – take them on the train, store them by your desk – these are versatile and fun electric bikes.
These bikes are built for speed and comfort and include built in mudguards, lights and pannier racks – making them ideal for commuting.
If you have any further questions, why don't you give us a call and we can talk you through your options.