Essential Accessories for New E-bikes Owners
E-bikes are a great thing to have, but depending on your budget, intended use and environment the bicycle alone may not adequately serve your requirements. That’s the time for accessories to come in. But before that, in case you live in a wet environment and plan to commute to work or regularly ride in the dark, it might be smart paying more up front to get integrated lights and fenders. In this kind of circumstances, the bike will look nicer, be harder to steal, rattle less, and won’t require standing alone batteries, which can easily run out or just slow you down with the need for constant recharging. There are a lot of people who settled for a bargain e-bike but end up spending much more money trying to get their setup perfect.
Regardless of the e-bike you pick, here’s a list of what we regard to be essential accessories. Bear in mind, rental outfits and shops frequently report that electric bikes are ridden further and more often than pedal powered models. We also think that they ride more consistently at greater speed and all of this adds up to extra stresses. Comfort and safety are essential here.
Helmets are crucial, regardless of riding condition or speed. These days you can find ones with integrated lights for added safety (Torch Apparel helmet). Among others, there is also a Specialized Centro LED helmet, very sleek and very light. But you can choose an alternative approach, such as stand alone LED light added to your current helmet.
Water is the next most important thing, and it relates back to safety in a way, cos’ nobody wants to get heat stroke. Also, if your mountain cycling on an e-bike and end up with flat or something else in a middle of nowhere, water could save you life. Regrettably, many electric bicycles have tighter frames so squeezing the bottle in can be pretty tough. We recommend the side-load cages in this case. But if your bicycle doesn’t have bottle cages at all, then you should consider adding an adapter to the saddle rails or a clamp on the handlebars or your seat post. There are several alternative ideas like trunk bags with bottle holsters which can easily be attached to a rear rack, or stand-alone hydration packs which are worn as light weight backpacks, enabling you to drink with a flexible straw conveniently while you ride.
Lights are essential for both utility and safety. Some of them are designed to illuminate the path and help you to see, while others are there to help you be seen. The smart choice would be pre-installed lights which run off the main e-bike battery such as Spanninga set on the e-Joe Gadis. Not every electric bike on the market gives this kind of integration, but there are some shops which can tap into the battery, and add them aftermarket for you if you pay a little more. For everyone else, there’s an incredible variety of aftermarket bike lights. Most use LEDs because they are durable and draw minimum electricity. The most practical are the rechargeable models. Try to get two from the same manufacturer that uses the same charging standard so you can use the same cables. Another way to increase your visual footprint is to choose light-colored electric bicycle frames, silver or white. Besides that, try to find reflective tires or clothing with reflective patterns. For those who want advice on lights which helps you see the trail, a good choice would be the Cygolite lights, and they come in a wide range of strengths.
Locks ensure that your purchase will last, or at least they improve the chances that a thief will ignore your electric bicycle and move along to something easier. E-bikes tend to cost a lot more than regular bikes. The most efficient is a U-lock which can protect the frame, but also comes in several different lengths to accommodate thicker tubing and both sides lock and like that takes twice the effort to cut through. Nowadays you can buy accessories such as Boomerang CycloTrac. It’s convenient because it has an installed alarm which is activated by bicycle motion. It sends you a text alert and also tracks the e-bike using GPS so that you can chase down a possible thief. Another way of protection is electric bicycle insurance which covers both your investment and potential injuries in a case of an accident.
Flat protection and air are also sensitive on e-bikes since they tend to ride much further and weigh more than regular bicycles. Whether you buy pre-slimed tubes or pump Slime liquid sealant into the tubes, opt for tubeless setup including flat protection sealant or improve to puncture protection Kevlar-lined tires, you’ll need some air to keep the bicycle running until you get home. Now, this is the place where portable pumps and CO2 cartridges step in. Prevention is enormous but walking a 50lb electric bike home is a much bigger deal. You need to get some pump or adapter that suits your tube or tire type. You should also consider the new mini-pumps that have a flexible stem which screws on to the tube valve. Another good idea, the CO2 cartridges, are light-weight and fast but once they’re spent, that is it. The proper thing is a portable hand pump with the pressure gauge so that you won’t over-inflate. Remember that there are now solid e-bike tires which don’t require air. Solid tires are susceptible, and they tend to offer much less comfort and can even break spokes and bend rims if you hit a hard angle at higher speeds. Air has the flexibility of being adjustable so you can dial it in based on your weight and ride conditions. Typically lower PSI for soft terrain or higher PSI for smooth hard pavement.
Glasses keep your eyes clear by reducing dryness due to the wind, physical contact with particulates or bugs and squinting due to the sun or harsh lights. While this isn’t precisely a bicycle accessory, it is vital and oft-overlooked. Surprisingly, cycling specific glasses are affordable these days, but the world of biking has loads of excellent options too, some frames that also offer swappable lenses so you may go from bright to dark tinted. The best ones are those who are comfortable with your helmet. You can notice that some people put the glasses arms over their helmet straps while others go under. Some people opt for goggles, but there are others who use anti-fog products with their glasses in the winter one more excellent accessory there, or a pollution filtering face mask in case you live in a busy city. These masks can help you feel better during heavy workouts. Once again, with e-bikes, you tend to ride faster and further so the benefit of glasses can’t be overstated.
Gloves are one more essential accessory which many people overlook. It’s not simply about protection in the case of a fall, or staying warm while riding; padded gloves take a plenty of the jar out of rough ride conditions. Same as glasses, you can spend a fortune on gloves or opt for much cheaper ones. You should look for a color which matches your gear or your bike and then narrow the choice down by the season: thinner fingerless for summer and longer thicker gloves for winter. You can now get exclusive touch-screen cycling gloves with silver threaded finger-
tips because it is a lot easier to use your phone without taking the gloves off. Even when you must tap the screen several times, it’s way simpler and warmer than completely removing gloves when it’s cold out. Many types of gloves today have easy-off finger circles on the palm along with soft fabric on the inner part of the thumb area created for cleaning your glasses.
Padded pants aren’t entirely necessary for every sort of rider; you might have a soft saddle including a suspension seat post that keeps you comfortable. A good pair of padded cycling shorts, pants or capris can make an extraordinary difference in ride comfort. There are women’s and men’s specific cycling pants, and they normally have a detachable inner liner with the pads and an outer style-oriented cover with pockets. Not every of them is the polyester or spandex style that you notice on road bikers. Take a look around and think about dropping into the bike shop or your local sporting goods store for this.