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Tips for your e-bike to take you even further

Tips for your e-bike to take you even further

In a E-Bike or Electric Bicycle, autonomy is a key issue to define the limits of your machine and the type of route you can face. Here are some tips to help you maximize battery charge. Its capacity is important, but many more factors come into play: mechanics, the management of the cyclist itself and various external factors.

Factors that influence the autonomy of an electric bike

Next, some aspects that you can take advantage of to increase the autonomy of your bike:

Battery capacity

It is expressed in WH (watts/hour) and indicates the amount of electricity that is capable of producing and supporting the battery for a certain time. Currently, you can find e-bikes with different battery capabilities, depending on the model. Generally, they range from 250 Wh (Paseo or Foldable Electric Bicycles) to 900 Wh (MTB electric power).

Battery life

Regardless of its capacity, the autonomy of a battery is reduced by the use and load cycles made. Depending on the model, they tolerate between 500 and 1,000 complete charges. But after three or four years of continued use, the battery of an e-bike can suffer a decrease of up to 30%.

Bicycle weight

The weight of the bicycle is a decisive factor to calculate autonomy. This value conditions both the engine power delivery (expressed in NM / Newton · Metro) and battery capacity. Both must adapt to the weight of the bici-cyclist set. In recent years, the emergence of light e-bikes (below 20 kg) has meant an increase in autonomy thanks to a better relationship between bike weight and battery capacity.
Light e-bikes optimize their autonomy thanks to a better relationship between the weight of the bike and battery capacity.

Type of motor

The engine of a approved e-bike must never exceed 250 W. Hence they all have the same power. The difference is the way in which this power is delivered to attend the pedaling at the initial moment (the so -called motor or torque torque). This delivery is expressed in NM (Newton Metro). It is not limited by law and also influences the autonomy of the bike. In addition, the different assistance modes (different power deliveries) and their frequency of use also determine real autonomy.
An efficient use and adjustment of assistance modes is key not to waste autonomy.
The energy expenditure pedaling in the economic mode (echo), with a limited power delivery (approximately 30 to 50%), which when pedaling in the higher mode (Boost or Turbo, 100%) is not the same. On the other hand, the most advanced e-bikes allow adjustments to be delivered for each mode, through software either apps Specific. A high degree of customization that allow you to adapt to energy expenditure to your needs. Ebike Trek Rail

Election of tires

The covers clearly influence the autonomy of an electric bike. Not surprisingly, they are the point of contact and friction of the vehicle with the land. The greater or lesser contact surface will influence a greater or lesser energy demand to the battery. The wider and the larger the tacos, the greater the battery expense to compensate for the friction of the rolling band.

Cyclist weight

The weight of the cyclist's own body, added to that of his equipment and accessories, is a factor that clearly affects autonomy. According to data provided by Bosch, motion reference manufacturer for e-bikes, every kilo of less of the cyclist translates into 1 km more autonomy, approximately.

Driving style

The use that the biker It makes the electrical assistance system also influences autonomy. There are those who have enough assistance in the cheapest or medium ways. Other cyclists need an extra thrust to overcome the same obstacles, which forces a higher assistance mode. As we have said before, the use of Turbo modes consume more energy and substantially reduce nominal autonomy data.

Tour/Type of Land

The slope and the conditions of the land (asphalt, earth, gravel, stones) are factors that powerfully influence autonomy. The passage of a flat or asphalt route to another injured and land or gravel (of the same distance and in the same weather conditions) can cause a reduction in autonomy of approximately 15 to 20 km.

Meteorological conditions

The real autonomy of an e-bike suffers variations from one station to another due to temperature, environmental humidity, etc. In winter, it tends to last something less than in summer. The wind also influences, which forces an extra claim to maintain a constant speed.

Tips for preserving the autonomy of your e-bike

Taking into account the described factors, although they could be added even more, you can use some tricks to save energy and preserve (and even increase) the autonomy of your e-bike. A savings that will lengthen the life of the battery and enjoy much longer routes. We share the most relevant.

Do not hurry the battery charge to the maximum

Do not wait for the battery to stay at 0%, although it always has a security load that prevents it from running out completely. Nor do you have more time than necessary loading it, or reach 100%. Between 80 to 100%, the load of the cells is more expensive because it must protect its pieces of possible overloads. An efficient load would range between 20% to 80%. In this way, the battery life is extended. Ebike screen on the handlebar

Wait for some time to load the battery

Do not plug the charger just after finishing the route. Load cells need time to move from the discharge phase to the loading phase. Therefore, wait a few hours for them to cool and adapt to the atmosphere at rest. But neither do you wait the next day to load it; Above all, if you have spent almost all the energy.

Check the components of your e-bike (suspensions, covered pressure, chain, etc)

Before each output, and as with any other bike, check key elements such as the suspensions, the pressure of the covers, lubrication of the chain, etc. They are components that influence battery wear. Adapt the fork and damping to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer and the type of route you are going to do. Keep the chain and inflates with pressure gauge the wheels clean and lubricated before each outlet. They are small details that will allow you to save dozens of kilometers.

Carries the essential equipment

Do not add more accessories, clothing or food than strictly necessary. It is important to go well equipped with spare parts and tools; Above all, if you leave the mountain. But you have to find the balance not to add more weight to the bike. In this sense, we recommend you carry a compact multi -tool instead of several loose keys or trchagadenas. You can also carry the water in a hydration backpack and forget about the drums, to achieve a better distribution of weights.

Use a battery extensor

Many e-bikes are focused on new horizons and long journeys. More and more models compatible with extra portable batteries arise that add more capacity and autonomy. If you like to roll hours and hours with your e-bike, or make several days, we recommend you buy an extension. They are usually installed in the portabidones area, anchored to the armchair tube, etc. It is cheaper than an original battery and can be transported without problem in a backpack or transport bag. Ebike extra battery

Conducts efficiently

It is not convenient to demand maximum to the assistance system. Circular as a standard in Turbo mode, abuse Walk mode to push your bike while you walk, perform skids ... All these actions will quickly wear out the battery. Use intelligent assistance modes: Eco and Trail (30-70% assistance) for plain, outputs or a bit technical, and the boost for specific moments of maximum demand (rise trialeras, large slopes, etc. .). Remember that your e-bike will not get rid of pedals and spend your own energies. Remember that we talk about pedaling assistance bicycles, and not mopeds.
📺 Easy tricks. In this video of MTB track, some clues about efficient e-bike driving and how to extend autonomy. [embed] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha2jedw581o[/embed]

Stay in shape and train

Acquiring an electric bike can lead us to the false belief that we can overcome any route, without training. This is false. From the outset, demanding more to your e-bike means to waste its autonomy and reduce the life of the battery. Therefore, we can save energy by putting a little more about ours. We recommend that you be constant in your exits with the electric bike, that you pedal efficiently, that you take care of your body eating and moisturizing well, and that you train the technique in sections of obstacles, climbs, etc. This will allow more better over the bike, with direct benefits in its autonomy.
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