Riding an electric bike for seniors is one of the things that are useful and enjoyable also because, with the use of the electric bike, seniors can exercise with the ability to stop making any effort in case of fatigue, in addition to the basic pleasure of riding the bike and taking it to almost anywhere.
But with this fun, you should take into account some tips to ride your electric bike as a senior safely
That is why in this post, we will explain practical tips to enjoy your electric bike as a senior.
How To Ride An Ebike Safely For Seniors?
Always Wear a Helmet.
Wearing a helmet is essential for your safety while riding a bike because it protects your head in case of shocks and increases your safety while riding a bike
On the other hand, wearing a helmet is required by law in most European countries and the United States of America
So make sure to always wear a helmet.
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Always Wear gloves & Knee Pads.
One of the things that most senior cyclists overlook and are very important to them is wearing gloves and knee pads because in the event of a fall you will use your hands to rest on the ground and also your knee may touch the ground hard.
So you should think about protecting them, especially if you are riding an electric bike for long periods.
Wear a solid-sole shoe
One of the things that can increase your safety while riding an electric bike is to wear solid sole shoes, as it will help you stabilize your feet on the pedal.
Wear a Visibility Vest.
One of the most disturbing things for cyclists, in general, is the inability of motorists to see us all the time.
This thing may lead to many accidents, which reduces your safety while riding an electric bike, so always make sure to wear a visibility vest, whether it is day or night.
You should Power ON until you mount your ebike.
The first and most important piece of advice for you is that you do not power on the electric bike unless you have already mounted the bike and are ready to move.
It is possible that your hands touch the throttle while mounting and the bike moves suddenly, which will increase the ability to get hurt.
So, always make sure the bike is not turned off while you are riding bike.
Lower your Ebike Saddle.
Reducing the e-bike saddle height will help you gain confidence while riding an e-bike and increase your e-bike balance ability.
On the other hand, it will increase your safety while riding because your feet will be close to the ground
But this does not mean that you should lower the saddle completely because this will cause pain in the knee and back and reduce its comfort while riding an electric bike.
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Most seniors prefer to ride the bike using the throttle because this helps make an easier balance for the electric bike. Here, you should take into account that the throttle can go off at high speed and may cause accidents, so always remember to use the throttle gently, especially at the beginning of the bike movement.
Always start with a low PAS speed.
After starting to move by bike, it is always preferable to use the PAS at low speeds in order to avoid accidents or hitting any obstacles on the way.
Set the PAS to low to medium speeds (1-3) at the beginning and while you are riding the bike you can increase it as you like.
Test your Ebike brake First.
Electric bikes use the disc brake, which is a strong and sensitive brake, so it is always preferable to test the brakes of the electric bike in a suitable place before you ride the bike in the city to avoid accidents.
On the other hand, you should not use the right brake only while stopping the bike, because the right brake is responsible for stopping the movement of the front wheel, and using it alone will make you lean strongly forward, so you must use the right and left brakes together to stop the bike completely.
Note: Gently use the right brake to slow down the bike and then use the left brake to come to a full stop.
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Turn off your ebike if you stop temporarily.
If you stop while riding the e-bike at a signal or to talk to someone or for any other reason, always remember to close the e-bike because it is possible to press your hand on the throttle and jump off the bike suddenly, which may pose the risk of injury.
At least if you are going to stop for a very short time, always make sure to hold the front and rear brakes, because holding the brakes will cancel the movement of the electric bike completely and disconnect the motor.
Always watch your surroundings.
While riding a bike, always remember that your electric bike is very similar to regular bikes, so those around you may not expect that you are able to ride the bike at high speed, so make sure that you are at a safe distance from the people around you in order to increase your safety and the safety of the people around you.
Always ride with a partner.
It is always preferable to ride your bike with a partner or friend whom you can count on him to get help in case you need it, especially if you are riding your bike outside the city or in an unpopulated area.
Avoid riding your ebike at night.
Using a bicycle at night is considered unpleasant because of the lack of vision or the inability of the cars around you to see you
That is why it is better to enjoy your electric bike during the day.
Are there accessories that can increase your safety as a senior rider?
In this part of the post, we will share together some accessories that can increase your safety while riding a bike.
Install Rear Camera
Installing a rear camera for the electric bike will increase your safety while riding the electric bike because it will enable you to see the vehicles behind you and you can avoid any accident.
Also, if you live in an area with wild animals or dogs in the street, it will be very useful for you to know what is going on in the back without having to roll your neck back.
In order to increase your safety rate as a Senior riding an electric bike, you should make sure to own a Pannier, and you can put some emergency medicines or the key to the electric bike in it.
It is also a good idea to keep a small bag on the bike that contains some quick maintenance tools.
If your electric bike does not have a bell, then you should make sure to buy a bell because it will help you to alert others around you of your presence and will also alert motorists that you are close to them.
To ride your bike safely Cassignor you should think about it in Three Steps.
The first step: is to increase your personal safety by wearing a helmet, gloves, a visibility vest, and Also, wearing the appropriate shoes.
The second step: is your style of riding an electric bike, and this includes knowing how to use the brake and how to use the throttle, especially when starting to move by bike, and also by avoiding riding the bike at night or without a partner.
The third Step: is to add some accessories to the ebike that you can use to increase your safety while riding the bike such as the rear camera, pannier, or bell