Electric Bikes: Tips For New Owners
It’s always exciting to receive a brand new bike so you must be keen to get the first spin in! Before you take out your new Furo X, here are a few tips to get the most out of it.
Legally, the UK legislation is based off European regulations, limiting the speed of electric bicycles to 15.5mph. The electric assistance cuts out automatically if the speed exceeds 15.5mph. However, you may want to change this speed limit if you use your bike in an area with different restrictions (for example, USA 19.8mph), or if you do not use your Furo X on public roads (for example on private property). All electric bicycles that meet these requirements can be ridden on any cycle paths and anywhere else that bikes are normally allowed without the need for insurance.
The different levels of assistance
The Furo X has 5 levels of assistance that can be adjusted via the onboard computer on the handlebars. In order to activate the assistance, all you have to do is pedal for the motor to engage. Each mode offers a level of assistance that allows you to pedal with minimal effort.
- Level 1-2 – economical mode
- Level 3-4 – normal mode
- Level 5 – maximum sport assistance mode
For those who wish to ride without electric assistance like a classic bike, you can lower the assistance level to 0 and the motor will disengage itself providing you with a natural riding experience supported by its gears and hydraulic disk brakes.
Ebikes are water-resistant
You can ride your electric bicycle in the rain as the battery and motor are protected by water-resistant cases, allowing you to ride in the rain without any danger.
However, you cannot completely submerge your electric bicycle, nor can you clean it with a jet wash as this can cause water to penetrate the seals. Instead, clean it with a sponge and warm soapy water. Remember to remove the battery when cleaning your bike.
How to boost your range
As a key element of your electric bike, there are tips to prolong the life of your electric bike battery:
- Use your electric bicycle preferably between 15°C and 35°C rather than in temperatures inferior to 15°C.
- Don’t wait until your battery is completely discharged before recharging it. This can increase its capacity from 500 to up to 6000 cycles. (Optimal longevity is obtained when the battery is charged to 75% and discharged to 25%).
- The optimum storage temperature for Lithium-ion batteries is 23°C in a cool place and at 60% capacity.
- Moderate your average speed and the intensity of your acceleration and deceleration.
The lithium-ion cells used in your battery will achieve 500 full charge cycles before reaching 70% of their original capacity. Following this, the decrease in capacity will be linear. As described above, charging your battery to 75% of its capacity and using it up to 25% of its capacity will greatly enhance its life. In this case, in order to maintain performance, it is important to conduct a full charge and discharge every 10 to 15 recharge cycles.
It’s important to maintain your bike regularly
Regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary to prolong the lifespan of your bike and keep it running smoothly.
Check tire pressure, rims, braking and lighting for proper operation before each ride. Under-inflated tyres put more strain on the motor and therefore decrease your range. To optimise your battery life, be sure to regularly maintain your tire pressure, which should be approximately between 40 and 60 PSI. We also recommend that you have your bike serviced once a year at your local bike shop.
Be prepared for any eventuality and always carry tools and spare parts with you. Here is a list of the essential items you should have on hand during a bike ride to ensure that you can proceed to minor repairs:
- a compact multi-functional tool
- a puncture repair kit
- a spare inner tube
- a compact bicycle pump
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