Summer has definitely arrived and everyone wants to be out on their bikes. Electric bike riders are no different and it certainly is a good time of year to enjoy being outside.

Prepare your electric bike

Batribike AlphaIf you have not used your electric bike for a while make sure that you check it over for any loose items. Make sure that the brakes are adjusted and working and that the tyres are inflated correctly. Under inflated tyres give less distance as they cause more drag. Much better to pump them up and ensure that you have enough power for the return journey.

Charge your battery before you go, with the nice weather you can often ride further than you had originally planned or stay out later with the lighter evenings.

Stay safe in the sun

QuintessentialIn the hot weather it is important to think about your personal protection. Consider if you need to apply sun protection cream. Gliding along on your electric bike can make you feel like there is a cooling breeze, please make sure you have adequate sun protection, you might not realise that you are getting sun/wind burn.

Sunglasses are a must for summer riding, there has been a lot in the press recently about UV rays being harmful to eyes. Sunglasses also protect you from flying insects, there’s nothing more annoying than a bug in the eye!

Stay hydrated. Riding an electric bike on assist is not likely to work up a sweat, but when the weather is warm you need to take on more fluids, so remember to take a drink if you are going for a longer ride. It is better to drink little and often rather than downing the whole bottle in one.

Be prepared for summer rain. It is a good idea to take a lightweight waterproof with you, they fold up small and can easily fit on a rack.

Enjoy your summer rides!

Above all, get out there on your electric bike and enjoy the summer.