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Great Tips For First-Time Electric Bike Riders

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Finding fun and exciting ways to get exercise is something most people are passionate about. While there are a number of ways to exert yourself physically and have fun, nothing quite beats a ride on an electric bike. During the pandemic, the popularity of electric bikes soared. If you have heard a lot about these bikes and are anxious to see what all of the fuss is about, it is time to take action. 

Trying out an electric bike before you buy one of your own is easy when renting one of the bikes offered by iRide San Diego. If you are a resident of San Diego or visiting this iconic city, renting one of our electric bikes is easy. You can rent a bike for up to 24 hours to get a feel for how much you like it. 

If you are planning to ride an electric bike for the first time, consider the great tips in this article. 

Focus On Safety

Before you start riding an electric bike for the first time, you need to think about how to stay safe. You need to realize that the average electronic bike can reach speeds up to 28 miles per hour. This means you need to protect yourself with the help of a good-fitting helmet. With the right bicycle helmet, you can reduce the chances of traumatic brain injuries in the event of an accident. 

As you start to look around for bicycle helmets, you need to consider things like:

  • The size
  • Eye and visor protection
  • Aerodynamics and weight
  • The amount of padding in the helmet

Seeking out the help of an experienced bike shop is the best way to get the guidance needed to choose the right helmet. 

Get Familiar with Pedal Assist Features

An electric bike has a variety of useful features designed to make riding it easier and more comfortable. Pedal assist is one of the main features you need to familiarize yourself with before taking a ride on an electronic bike. This feature provides power from the electric bike’s motor to make pedaling faster and easier. Before you start using this feature, pedal the bike on a flat surface without the pedal assist engaged. Doing this will provide you with a feel of how your bike operates without this feature. 

Experiment With the Throttle

Another important part of the electronic bike that you need to get familiar with is the throttle. The throttle is generally mounted on the handlebars of the electronic bike and is designed to be operated with your thumb. When the throttle is pressed, it will propel you forward. The harder you put the throttle, the faster the electronic bike will ultimately go. Before you hammer down on the throttle, try going slow to ensure you can control the bike before adding speed to the equation. 

Are you ready to try out an electronic bike? If so, it’s time to check out the selection we have to offer.