5 Common Mistakes When Riding an Ebike

5 Common Mistakes When Riding an Ebike

Getting an electric bike is exciting! You want to put it together immediately and want to hit the road. Before you get going, learn how you can prevent 5 common ebike mistakes when riding.

1. Getting the Wrong Type of Electric Bike

Electric bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re using it for trail riding, casual riding, or even commuting, it’s important to purchase the right bike for the right job. Beyond the frame style, the motor type is also an important consideration.


Check out this article that covers mid-drive and rear-hub motors.

2. Setting Up Your Ebike

It’s more than just attaching the front tire and riding out the front door. Setting up your electric bike will help be more comfortable when riding as well as prevent any injuries to yourself.

Seat and Handlebar Position

Seat Position

Set your sitting position correctly by using a tape measure and measuring the highest point of your inseam when standing. When you have this measurement, loosen your seat and adjust it to match the height. The result will allow you to get full extensions on each pedal stride and will also allow you to rest your feet on the ground when stopped.

Handlebar Position

Whether you have curved or straight handlebars on your electric bike, adjusting them correctly will have you riding more comfortably and can save your back.

Curved Handlebars

If you have curved handlebars, this will be for a more relaxed ride. Adjust them so they are pointed slightly downwards to keep your seating position upright.

Straight Handlebars

If your ebike has straight handlebars, this is for a more aggressive stance. Adjust them so they are just above the seat height for a more performance-driven position.

Fully Charge Your Battery

To get the most out of your e-bike's battery, charge it to 100% before your first ride to maximize the distance. This will also support healthy battery cells and prolong their lifespan. Charging your battery may take several hours for a full charge, but this will help ensure you can make it back home!

3. Tire Pressure Too Low

Check your tire pressure

Pumping up your tires is important to get not only a comfortable ride but also depends on the terrain you’ll be riding in. Inflating your tires too much can essentially prevent the tire treads from gripping the road and under-inflating can result in riding slowing, which drains the battery and reduces your riding range. 


It’s a good habit to check your tire pressure every few rides to ensure you get the best ride. If you need a reminder on what the recommended tire pressure is for your ebike, the tire sidewall will have the PSI displayed.


Check out this article that goes over why tire pressure is so important.

4. Storing in a High Humidity Environment

After going for a ride, you’ll want to store your ebike in a low-humidity environment. After all, there are electronics built in. Storing in a high-humidity environment can allow for things like rust to develop, but also moisture can build up inside your bike, where the IP rating of your ebike can prevent the water from escaping.


The motor is especially vulnerable as it heats and cools, bringing in moisture through the axle cutout. Make sure your bike storage environment is cool and dry, and always wipe down your bike after riding in the rain.


5. Follow the Law

Finally, it’s important to know the laws and regulations for your area when it comes to electric bikes.


Electric bikes in Canada are widely popular, and each province has its own rules for street riding or motor sizes that are road legal. Better to stay within the legal limits and prevent getting a ticket. Be sure to do your research when planning your ebike purchase and your riding routes.


Wear and helmet and Rize on!




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