To start, balance isn’t the best part of riding an electric bike. The steep learning curve and new controls can be frustrating at first, but once you’re used to it, riding becomes a lot less complicated. That being said, there are measures you can take to make balancing your bike easier. Even slight changes in your technique can help. For example, wearing gloves will help keep your hands from slipping off the handlebars while riding and also makes it a little harder to turn the throttle with them as well. As for balancing yourself, the most important thing is having a solid base. Luckily, most electric bikes are fairly stable by default. However, ebike manufacturer builds their models with more lateral rigidity in mind than others; we recommend always keeping both feet on the pedals when cornering or going downhill.
And that’s not even getting into all the new tricks you can learn to improve your balance even further.
What are some of your favorite tricks?
There are so many ways to improve your electric bike skills, but here are a few of our favorites:
Shifting or braking while in a turn. This is especially useful if you’re in an area with lots of turns and corners.
This is especially useful if you’re in an area with lots of turns and corners. Revving as you accelerate up hills. When going uphill, be sure to rev the motor through the entire range to keep the bike from falling over. This can also help when descending downhills, but it’s a little trickier because your back wheel will be doing most of the work without any help from your front wheel.
Riding on bumpy terrain is another good way to improve your balance and technique. The key here is not taking your hands off the handlebars at all times—you want to use them only as a last resort, such as if you fall over or lose traction on rough terrain—but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some tricks while riding on bumpy terrain.
Get used to your e-bike
The best way to get used to a bike’s handling is by riding it, so start with a few basic manoeuvres like figure eights and figure eights with a tight radius. Then work your way up to more complex manoeuvres like figure-eights at higher speeds, going through the gears, and stopping on hills. Practice turning your handlebars in different directions while riding on bumpy terrain. When turning left or right on bumpy terrain, try steering in different directions using just the handlebars. This will help you develop better control over the direction of your bike when you’re not using the pedals for propulsion or braking power.
Passing other people on bikes
If you’re riding in a group, try to pass people on bikes. The best way is to cut off the person in front of you and ride by them. If you don’t want to get passed, just wait for the person in front of you to slow down or stop. When passing other people on bikes, make sure that you pass them at a reasonable speed so that they don’t have time to react.
Practice stopping safely
The best way to learn how to stop safely is through practice, so keep practising until it becomes second nature. The more comfortable you are with stopping and starting on your bike, the less likely it is that an accident will happen while you’re riding it. Practice starting by pushing off gently with your left foot and then using your right foot as a brake while keeping both feet on the pedals as soon as possible. Practice stopping by pushing off lightly with both feet and using your brakes as soon as possible without jerking or sliding out of control.