Seven essential accessories to improve the life of your electric bike
From bags and lights to even apps that can help you navigate your way through any city, there are plenty of e-bike accessories these days.
We’ve rounded up seven of the most essential accessories to improve your life with an e-bike.
Because they are often quite expensive, unfortunately e-bikes are increasingly the target of theft. So how can you protect them? If your e-bike doesn’t already have a tracking system or built-in lock, you’ll need a highly rated lock like a Sold Secure Gold or higher. If you have bike insurance, your insurers will likely specify the level of lockout you need to maintain your cover, so it’s best to check with your provider before jumping in.
Locks can be expensive, but they are worth it for peace of mind. If your e-bike has a particularly bulky frame and can’t accommodate a U-lock, consider a chain lock or folding lock for the best protection against thieves. And if you want to get fancy, consider a GPS tracker that can keep tabs on your bike’s location if it’s stolen.
A good coat
We might be about to look like your mom here, but if you plan on riding all winter (and why don’t you?!), a decent coat will make your life that much better. It will keep you warm when it’s cold and dry when it’s raining. Buy something that suits your riding, so if you’re riding on the road and wearing lycra, get something reasonably comfortable and water resistant, whereas if you’re riding around town, something more loose (but still warm and water resistant) is probably more sufficient.
Whether you use your e-bike for commuting, running errands, or riding for leisure, good luggage is essential to transporting your things hassle-free on an e-bike. If your bike has a rack, try a luggage bag. They don’t unbalance the bike as much as you might think, and there are good ones with varying degrees of tightness and attachment methods. There are even e-bike specific ones if you’re that way.
Of course, not everyone wants to use a backpack, so what about a good old-fashioned backpack? A cycling-specific backpack usually means it’s a bit more breathable on your back and may have straps to tighten across your chest. There are many reputable brands and, like saddlebags, with varying degrees of waterproofness and style.
This is of course not a legal requirement, but if you choose to use a helmet, we strongly recommend that you purchase a helmet suitable for your riding style. If you’re going to e-MTB, consider an MTB helmet or even a full-face helmet if you plan on tackling big jumps or steep stuff.
In town and on the road, helmets are perfect for protecting you from the rain throughout the year, as well as from the sun during the few days when it appears. And while some still make you look like a mushroom, there are plenty on the market now for you to choose from with different styles and colors.
If you drive a lot or want to increase your mileage, why not buy another battery? You can either use them as a dual battery (if your bike allows it) or just carry it around as a spare when the other runs out. This effectively doubles your range, and therefore doubles your adventure time. It’s a great option if you’re touring or want to ride further and your current battery won’t allow it.
Mapping apps for your phone
Want to get to your destination without accidentally traveling down a busy A-road? We’ve all been there, and it’s not pleasant! Luckily, some clever developers have created apps that let you choose your route based on their “silence”. CycleStreets, for example, is available on iPhone, Android, and the web. You enter your start and end locations and choose between three route options; fastest, most balanced or quietest. You can then follow the route in real time on your phone.
A good set of lights
You don’t need to be riding in the dead of night to guarantee a good pair of headlights. They’re great for increasing visibility on rainy or cloudy days as well as illuminating the way if you’re ever caught out in shorter daylight hours. Bike light brightness is measured in lumens and ranges from very low (think five or 10) to over 2,000 for the appropriate types of mountain bike lights.
If you’re in a city you won’t need something quite as bright, but look for something that has a few modes and a rechargeable battery (and good battery life). Also look for a sealed charging port so it doesn’t die as soon as the rain hits.
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