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Live Session: What You Need to Know About E-Bikes

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April 27 @ 7:30 PM 8:30 PM EDT

Free for Ride Awesome Members

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Member Series

As a CyclingSavvy Ride Awesome member, you have provided crucial support to ABEA’s CyclingSavvy programs. You have lifetime access to the Basic and Mastery online CyclingSavvy courses with comprehensive information on how you can use your bicycle or e-bike to go anywhere safely and confidently.

To  thank you for your support, we have initiated a series of one-hour Zoom meetings for Ride Awesome members to interact with instructors and each other.

When you select a ticket, you will be able to ask a question in advance. You will also be able to ask questions during the session.

If you are considering an ebike – you are not alone!  Just as with mobile phones and laptop computers, lithium batteries have made ebikes viable.  Market share is increasing worldwide.

Ebikes are faster and require less effort, therefore it’s easier to:

  • Climb hills
  • Ride against the wind
  • Accelerate at stops, or catch up if you get behind
  • Carry or deliver extra cargo- groceries (or kids)
  • Keep up with stronger riders on a group ride.

From a health/fitness or environmental standpoint, it can be argued that both ebikes and traditional bikes have comparable benefits, albeit different.

Ebike consumer demographics include commuters, older folks, delivery, environmental and recreation riders and the net effect is more people riding bikes!

Ebikes are virtually the same mechanically as traditional bikes but with added electronics (battery, motor, controller and sensors).  Costs/expenses (and theft risk) vary as they do with traditional bikes.

So, given this, what are some additional safety considerations for ebikes?

  • Added maintenance = throttle, brakes and braking are critical
  • Added weight = greater force, falls, difficulty loading/storing
  • Older demographic = balance, reflex, vision, fall injury
  • Added regulations/laws = min. 14 years of age, helmets, trail use, etc.
  • Added general safety = brake sooner! be especially visible to motorist and other cyclists

In conclusion, ebikes are fun and they are here to stay, so let’s open a discussion of ebike safety. What ebike safety questions or concerns do you have? Add a question to your RSVP, or ask it live.

Instructor:

Timothy Cherry is a retired Navy systems engineer, CyclingSavvy/Ride Awesome enthusiast, and instructor in-training, who leads rides for his Pedego Electric Bike owners groups in Norfolk and Williamsburg, VA.