ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES FOR E-BIKES
Prepare Before You Power On
The word is out: e-bikes allow you to go further, faster and with less effort! These bikes are a ton of fun when ridden with the proper safety gear and equipment. We’ve put together a list of the essential accessories for both beginners and experienced e-bikers. Scroll down, give our recommendations a look, and let us know if you have any questions.
Use Your Noggin, Wear A Helmet
Donning a helmet before you power up and pedal off is an absolute must. You do not need to go out shopping for an e-bike specific helmet. Instead, choose your helmet based on the type of riding you will be doing.
Commuter helmets are often fun and stylish with a little visor on the front. Road helmets are aerodynamic, lightweight, and built for speed. Mountain bike helmets are built with more coverage and protection.
Lock It Up
E-bikes are a hot commodity and we want you to hold onto yours. Just like a car, you should not leave your e-bike unlocked and unattended. Bike locks come in many different styles and security levels - some even have alarms. When choosing a lock, we always recommend erring on the more-secure side.
U-locks are more secure than chains or cable locks, and you can use more than one style of lock at a time to further secure your ride (and always secure your wheels!). Pro tip - lock your bike in a well lit, highly trafficked area using a lock that fits snuggly to prevent thieves from using tools to remove your lock(s).
Ring Your Bell
Bells are great for getting people's attention and much easier than shouting. Whether you want to pass someone or just remind them of your presence, a bell is a perfect tool to get the job done. Bells are also a great way to add a kick of style and personality to your ride!
Take Racks & Bags
Take your e-bike adventures to a new level with the addition of a rack, a pack, or a basket! The storage solution you choose will depend on the type of riding you will be doing. Handlebar bags and frame packs are great for small things like a phone, snacks and tools, baskets are great for transporting groceries, and panniers are perfect for commuting or short camping trips.
Light The Way
It’s not all sunshine and blue skies (well normally it is) but occasionally the sun does go down. When that happens, you’ll need to illuminate your path and make sure you’re visible to others on the road. Studies have found that daytime running lights improve visibility in all conditions, so there’s never a bad time to shine.
Don’t Forget Your Water
Even though you have the battery helping to propel you, hydration is still a key component to a successful ride. Water bottle cages are an easy way to transport your H2O. However, before you make your purchase, check to make sure that your e-bike frame has space for it. For longer rides or mountain rides, go with a hydration pack - also great for transporting phones, sunscreen and snacks.