Learn about the top common commuter mistakes you should avoid at all costs.
There’s no wrong way to cycle to work. It’s fun, it’s affordable, and it’s a great way to get some fresh air. But there are some things you can do as a new e-cyclist to make your commute more comfortable.
Check out these tips on the top electric bike commuting mistakes that are surprisingly easy to avoid.
#1: Riding on a flat tire
A surprise puncture is the fastest way to ruin a day. Some riders choose to fix the flat when they get where they’re headed. Other riders don’t notice they’re cycling on a flat at all.
Either way, it can be dangerous, especially on an electric bicycle. Cyclists on flat tires can end up in car accidents or with serious injuries.
Always carry an ebike flat tire kit with you just in case, and/or have a backup plan in case your commute doesn’t go as planned.
#2: Not planning ahead
Rush hour is hectic for everyone. Traffic jams, fender benders, and broken street lights make for a chaotic morning — and so does an electric cyclist who doesn’t know where they’re going.
Want to start commuting to work? Here are some tips to plan a safe route:
- Go on a test ride the day before
- Know whether you’ll be riding at dawn or dusk, and if you are, grab some safety lights
- Check out local maps for bike paths and dedicated bicycle lanes
- Understand your local e-bike laws. Some cities don’t let bikes or electric bicycles on sidewalks
#3: Disorganized e-bike bags
Plenty of electric cyclist commuters swap out clothes when they get to the office (trade the sweaty ones for the fresh ones).
But if you don’t have the right storage equipment, your work clothes can turn out wrinkled. Or you’ll dig around in your saddlebags for your keys and end up late for work.
One of the best things you can do for your morning commute is pack and organize your bags the night before. That’ll cut down on the Monday morning mishaps.
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