Traveling with an E-bike can give you some great benefits on the road. It can help you cycling long distances with less effort or climbing up the mountain. Although cycling with an E-bike has many benefits, there is actually only one thing you should be aware of and that is your battery. We've had many questions during our trip about our batteries and what their range is. Actually, it is very difficult to give an exact answer to this since the range depends on so many different factors. For instance, we now know after weeks of cycling with our heavy packed Giant Explorers that our range is around 100 km on one battery. But before we started our journey it was for only guessing and a lot of testing before we adjusted them to our personal preference. Since the E-bike range is a common concern among many e-cyclists, we have noted our own findings and gathered some additional information to provide you with a helpful list of tips. These tips will hopefully help you to extend the cycling range of your E-bike.
1. Know your E-bike
The best way to find out what your E-bike is capable of is by testing it, then testing it again and finally, you test it. Try to become familiar with all the modes on the bike and pack it with the baggage which you will use on your trip. What range can you do on Eco, Normal and Power?
When we cycle in normal conditions, we have our E-bikes on Eco-modus most of the time. This modus will save lots of battery, which you can use when you have to climb a mountain.
The weight of the additional baggage is a major factor concerning the battery range and it is very important to take this in account before setting off on your weekend-trip or holiday.
2. Charge whenever you can
It happened to us many times that we were eating at a restaurant and afterwards, we thought: Hey, we could've charged our E-bike in the past hour. If you are traveling with an E-bike it is important to become aware of the battery you have on your bike and charge it everywhere you can.
When you are having a stop for a coffee or a lunch break, ask the owner if it is possible to charge your battery, we've never had anyone saying we couldn't charge them at their place.
3. Balance your Route
Try to plan your route a little when cycling in mountainous areas, climbing up the mountains will take lots of energy from the battery. The best way to balance your route is to check if it has similar ascend and descend meters. The ascend will drain your battery quickly, but the descend will most-likely won't need any battery energy which balances your route of the day. If you choose a route which has more ascending meters, check for locations for charing to prevent ending up with an empty battery!
4. Do your maintenance
If you're cycling daily some small maintenance looks obvious but is easily forgotten.
Always have your tires on the correct pressure, this creates a lower friction on your riding surface, resulting in a better battery-range. Check the side of your tire for the right amount of pressure needed for your E-bike.
It is also very important to clean and oil your chain, every few days (especially in bad weather conditions). This will greatly improve your pedaling efficiency, is a preservation of your chain and will also decrease the amount of noise your bike makes.
5. Get an extra batterypack
If you are planning to go on long-distance tours with your E-bike, it is highly recommended to bring an extra battery. The extra battery is of course extra weight which you bring, but this doesn't weigh up the benefits of bringing one. Besides the double cycling range, it gives more freedom and confidence since it increases chances of finding a place to charge.
Do you have any tips on extending the range of your E-bike? Feel free to contact us!