The secret of long battery life-how to make electric bicycles ride farther

Sep 22 2022

E-bikes can typically ride longer and more frequently than regular bicycles, but no one can deny the long battery life! So, how can we make the batteries and motors of electric assistance work as efficiently as possible?

Even the best electric mountain bikes will give you a headache due to battery life if you ride incorrectly or set it up incorrectly. At this time, pay attention to the ten super useful small methods that can extend the range of your electric bicycle ride!


1. Power mode

Please use the “smart” mode of the battery. For example, use a mobile phone to launch the application of the manufacturer of the power-assisted bicycle motor to see how the motor is configured. Simply reduce the power levels or choose one of the preset values. Shimano’s “Explorer” mode, for example, maybe more appropriate for you than its default “Dynamic” preset. For example, many Shimano STEPS users now prefer to use the “Eco” mode for 95 percent of their trips and the low-power “Boost” mode for the remaining 5 percent. Bypass the “Trail” mode entirely. It is also critical to keep your electric bike firmware in top condition by ensuring that you have the most recent software. Typically, it can be carried out using Bluetooth on a mobile phone; it is very simple, and there is no way?


2. Multiple shift gears

Most electric bicycle owners make this mistake, ignoring the transmission. When you can’t step on the pedal, don’t just turn the handle. It is simple to exert pressure on the motor and battery. You must adjust your gear ratio to make the electric bicycle last longer and ride farther. After all, it is still a bicycle that is primarily driven by humans.


3. Pedaling frequency

Any mechanic at a bike shop will tell you that the biggest issue for some e-bike riders is their obsession with Pedaling frequency. This not only consumes more power (causing customers to complain about not getting the advertised mileage), but it also consumes the power system faster, which is not worth the loss.

To keep the motor running at full power, you must step on rather than roll. The pedaling frequency target per minute should be between 70 and 90 RPM. Continue turning the crank to get the most assistance. When the pedaling frequency is reduced, the motor slows down, which is especially inconvenient when climbing steep slopes. Because the wide-range 1x transmission system is ideal for electric bicycles, you must change gears regularly to optimize your pedaling frequency.


4. Tires

Lightweight tires may appear appealing and logical, but they should not be chosen. This is a “false economy” product that will negatively impact your ride. On an electric bike, you’ll use the sidewall more because of the extra weight, and because the rear wheel is harder to get off the ground, it takes more force when it hits rocks and tree roots.

Higher tire pressure and heavy-duty tires are required to avoid frequent sidewall punctures. While weight is one of the influencing factors for range longevity, durability and size must also be considered.


5. Brakes

Don’t skimp on efficient brakes, just like you wouldn’t on tires. Upgrade to four-piston brakes if possible. You’ll improve your power by braking less frequently and only when necessary. And a thousand reminders to check your brake pads for wear frequently before, during, and after a ride, and to always keep spare pads on hand.


6. Chains and Guide Pulleys

A clean, well-lubricated, and free-rolling chain experiences far less resistance than a dirty, poorly maintained chain. And, especially when shifting uphill, the motor can put a lot of strain on the drive train. So, as detailed in the How to Maintain Your Electric Bike article on how to clean your chain, check for wear and tear regularly and keep it well lubricated.


7. Turning

Leaning your e-bike into a turn requires more muscle power, but once your balance and center of gravity are correct, the weight of the bike will maintain consistent traction. To get a longer ride, avoid bouncing between turns and instead take a more cautious approach. Try pedaling around corners while keeping the motor running on slight uphill or flat gentle turns. If you think you’re going too fast, slow down but keep the cranks turning. We discovered that this continuous and calmer motion consumes less energy than braking and then skidding.


8. Climbing a hill

Remember to shift into neutral before pressing the power button. Again, high cadence is essential. Find a comfortable seat that allows you to keep your weight on the rear wheel. An e-front bike’s wheel is less likely to lift, allowing you to sit up straighter and concentrate on traction. Shift down through the flywheel to keep the motor running at a high cadence. Keep your gaze on the horizon; don’t be concerned about a slick course; instead, concentrate on maintaining power.


9. Downhill

Don’t forget to switch to eco mode for the downhill. Even if you believe it makes no difference because you won’t be pedaling much at this time. But it works, and over the course of a 30-40km ride, it all adds up. Don’t think about accelerating sharply once the speed exceeds the speed limiter (25kph/15.5mph). Instead, keep a steady cadence and maintain your impulse in the turns. Rather than pedaling, accelerate, as the bike will not accelerate without this assistance. Don’t be concerned about roots and rocks; you won’t be able to jump up like a normal bike, and you’ll take them out anyway. Consider going bigger and wider!