- Use the gears to adjust your pedaling effort and speed just like on a standard bike – do not only rely on using the various pedal assist settings. When starting off at an intersection or uphill, use a low gear. You’ll need to start pedaling before the assistance kicks in, so be prepared for the surge in power and acceleration.
- Brake carefully and gradually, as E-bikes are heavier than regular bikes and stopping distances may be longer than with a traditional bike. So, anticipate obstacles and keep a safe following distance between other riders.
- Stay balanced and maintain a proper riding posture for control and stability.
- As you may be going faster with the assistance of a motor, you’ll need to learn how to handle corners differently compared to a standard bike and avoid accelerating too fast in to and out of corners. Ring your bell or call out when approaching a sharp corner to warn others of your approach.
Tip: Refer to the Trail Hub article Picking Good Lines for more tips on better cornering techniques.
- Avoid overloading the E-bike with too much weight or cargo, especially for multi-day trips or bike-packing. Be aware that wearing a backpack can sometimes throw you off balance.
- Always wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road, and take time to learn about cycle etiquette to respect other trail users. The Otago trails are all shared trails are for both cyclists and walkers so slow down, take it easy and enjoy the ride!
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