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EVERYTHING TO KNOW BEFORE RIDING AN ELECTRIC BIKE

Do you remember what it was like? Gripping your rusty handlebars, buckling your chinstrap and assuming the position: one foot on the pedal and the other on the pavement. Maybe you've forgotten how to ride a bike. Don't worry, we've got something that might excite your inner cyclist.

If you've ever wondered how to ride an electric bike, then you're in the right place. Welcome to the comprehensive introduction to the world of electric bikes! Here, you'll learn everything from the major components of your electric bike to how to follow the law while riding. 

How Fast Do Electric Bikes Go?

A normal bike's top speed depends solely on how fast you can pedal. Well, unless you're speeding down a big hill. Other than that, it's all in the legs. You either pedal fast, or you pedal slow.

Electric bikes are similar, but with a few key differences. Most electric bikes can go as fast as 20 miles per hour (mph). While others reach speeds up to 28mph. If you think that's not fast, wait until you actually get on one. 

How Does an Electric Bike Work? 

You may have many questions about electric bikes, like, "can you ride an electric bike in the rain?" The short answer is yes; electric bikes are water-resistant as long as you drive safely. But let's focus on the functional parts of your electric bike, like the motor. 

What would an electric bike be without its motor?

Well, for one, it wouldn't be electric. The electric parts come into play every time you pedal. Because when you pedal on an electric bike, the motor assists you and takes a bit of the load off, allowing you to have a more enjoyable riding experience. 

When learning about electric bikes, you've got to start with the motor, brakes, and battery. Once you've got a firm grasp on these three components, you'll be cruising around your city in no time.

Motor and Pedal Assistance 

The best electric bike motor setup, like many other things, depends on how you plan to use your electric bike. Will it be a daily mode of transportation for you, or will you only take it out when you feel free-spirited? Not to worry, electric bike motors come in a wide variety of power ratings, from 200W to 1,000W or more. Some states have set limits on the maximum power an electric bike can have before it is defined as a scooter and are subject to different regulations. 

A hub motor is the most common type of motor used by electric bikes, and motors of this type are housed near the center of the wheel. These motors generally activate one of two ways, with a throttle or via pedal assist.

When pedal assist mode is activated, the motor starts in response to the rider's pedal movement. The electric bike will not move unless the rider provides at least some pedal power. It's designed to help you pedal more quickly and efficiently. 

Once pedal assist is turned on, you'll be able to reach top speed with much less effort than would be required with a regular bike. Additionally, all Super73 electric bikes have a throttle that can activate the motor with no pedaling required.

Battery 

Batteries play a tremendous role in how electric bikes work. The battery you choose affects your electric bike's weight, style, and range. This is why it's important you pick the best possible option. The majority of batteries you'll find fall into one of two categories: Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) or Lithium batteries. 

SLA batteries are often used for electric scooters. Electric bikes have sought out newer and more lightweight batteries. Batteries like lithium work perfectly for an electric bike. They have 2-3 times the life of an SLA battery, are much lighter and are mostly maintenance-free. All Super73 electric bikes come with Lithium-Ion batteries.

Brakes 

You can't go on like that forever; eventually you'll have to slow down. The rear handbrake is for slowing down, and the front handbrake is for more stopping power. They're at their best when used together, starting with the rear while slowly pressing on the front. 

Due to the higher speeds and extra weight of an electric bike, you need to be able to rely on your brakes. This is why an electric bike needs more stopping power, so that it can stop over the same distances as a regular bike. 

Laws for Electric Bikes 

There are three different classes of electric bikes that are coordinated and assigned based on statewide regulations and standards. Most of the specifications depend on where you live, so check with your state because some places have different rules.

The three classes of electric bikes are: 

  • Class 1: pedal assist up to 20 mph 

  • Class 2: throttle assist up to 20 mph 

  • Class 3: pedal assist up to 28 mph

Whether you're a seasoned electric biker or a newbie, every rider should know their local and national electric bike rules and regulations. 

The laws in your town, city, or country may be subject to constant change. The best way to protect yourself is to keep yourself updated on these changes. The 2022 Consumer Product Safety Act sets out the rules of the road for electric bikes. Meaning just because you've got a yellow electric bike doesn't mean you won't get a ticket for going 28 mph in a school zone. 

Riding an Electric Bike for the First Time

Before you take off into the sunset, check your equipment. Checking your equipment is something you do before every single ride, let alone your first. 

Your helmet is your most important piece of equipment. Without one, you're putting yourself in more danger than you may realize. To ensure both you and your electric bike are ready to ride, make sure to check these things off the list before you take off: 

  • Battery charged

  • Helmet

  • Lights are in working order

  • Water bottle

  • Proper clothing: gloves, socks, sweats, etc.

  • Brakes functioning properly

  • Tire pressure and tread depth

  • Seat

  • Chain slack and lubrication

  • Phone

  • Bike lock 

That may look like an unnecessarily long list, but we assure you it's not. 

Ready to Ride? 

At Super73, we're happy to provide you with the best electric vehicle brand in the world! Our solid customer base of Super Squad members, professional athletes and A-list celebrities helps us keep an ear to the ground. That means we can package, present, and provide our products and services within a tailored style that works best for you. 

If you have any more questions or concerns, don't hesitate to give us a call. Our electric bike experts want nothing more than to provide you with all of the information you need. So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore your community with one of our trusted and reliable electric bikes today!

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