Cycling is a breeze using an electric bike on a windy day

Cycling is a breeze using an electric bike on a windy day


I’ve been asked by a few people how my
Wisper 905 Torque ebike behaves in the wind. Since I took delivery it
hasn’t really been windy enough to test this, so at this moment in time I
really don’t know. Given today’s a bit
breezy I thought now is the perfect time to answer this question, and see just
exactly what the Wisper 905 ebike is like to ride in the wind. I have to
admit that I’m not great fan of the wind and I try
to avoid windy days as much as I possibly can. However, there are times
when I’m out and about, the weather takes a turn for the worst,
the wind picks up and the cycle ride home becomes quite a struggle. I have to
say that I’m not expecting too much from the Wisper 905 on a windy day. I mean,
it’s not really a fast bike (as you see in my video – “how fast is the
Wisper 905 Torque”) No electric bike is particularly fast since there’s a lot of
weight there and once the motor stops or cuts out, which in the UK is around 15
miles per hour it is a real slog to go any faster. So like I said, I’m not really
expecting much. With that in mind let’s carry on with
this ride and see how the Wipser 905 performs. I don’t know if the camera is picking up
just how windy it is today but it is fairly breezy, and it’s not going to be a
particularly fast ride. I’m not looking to
judge how hard it is on the speed, I’m going to judge
it on how tired I am at the end. At the moment I’m feeling
okay although I’m breathing fairly heavy, which is
expected. It’s not as hard as what I
thought it would be though. The wind is definitely blowing, and
direction wise I think it’s a bit of a side wind – so it’s not really a proper
test yet. Hopefully, I’ll go head to wind
very soon. At the moment I’m not travelling at
15.5 miles an hour which is to be expected. The power assist is on number four which
is the maximum. I really don’t know what
my heart rate is doing – I should really wear my heart rate monitor at some point,
but at the moment I feel pretty comfortable. As a test I’ll turn off the
power assist entirely. There we go, it’s just my
leg power now. The speed is dropping down
ever so slowly around 15 miles an hour. As you can see I’m in a
downhill section at the moment so this really isn’t a fair representation. Still going downhill and the speed
is going up – I don’t know if the camera is picking this up but hopefully it is
and you can see. All right here we go –
a slight uphill. I’ll just have a bit
more power assist so I don’t tire myself out too
much. Still knocking along around
15.5 miles an hour which is what I’d kind of be expecting right. Just
get this Junction out of the way and I’ll turn the power off again and
see what difference it makes. All right, here we go – the power is now
off it’s just my leg power. I’m now
knocking along around 15.4 mph. The wind direction is, again, not
head-on and a side wind. The speed is still
going down, the road is sloping here and I have that got to say my legs are
actually pushing down quite hard. Yeah,
it’s definitely more difficult but then this bike is 24 kilos in wieght
which is twice as much as my racer and mountain bike, so it’s to be expected really. I’m waiting for a bit of headwind so
I can really test out how my Wisper 905 performs. Okay, so this is the headwind I
wanted. To clarify, the power assist is on level 4
and I am doing about 15.4 miles an hour. just going through a wooded bit
at the moment. Hopefully the wind will pickup and blow
hard in my face. The speed is currently
15 miles an hour and the motor is obviously still working although I’m putting in some
effort. Here we go –
I am now out in the open and I feel like I am
actually doing some exercise, as I would expect but I’m not busting a gut and I don’t need
to. let’s turn the power assist off to zero. As you can see the speed has gone down, and
this is a lot harder. I’m putting in
much more effort, but once again I am pushing along 24 kilos of bike, and the
speed is still decreasing. Change gear. Oh yeah, this is definitely hard work now
and not as enjoyable and the speed is decreasing
Right, let’s put the power back up and all of a sudden the bike takes off and
the speed reaches 15.5 miles an hour once more. This is a lot more comfortable, far
lot easier and a lot more enjoyable and I could probably cycle along like
this all day long. So, what is my Wisper 905 like to ride in
the wind? This quick test has shown that it’s
brilliant and you can easily do 15 odd miles an hour. The motor is obviously helping out,
as expected, but then that’s what riding and an electric bike is all about. Besides,
I really can’t be bothered to bust a gut trying to get somewhere on windy
days. Even though this ebike is a
joy to ride in the wind I’m not suddenly going to become a fan of it and
wait for those windy conditions and Then think “I know what – I’m going out
for a ride”
Where an ebike will be useful for those times when
I am out on a ride, the weather takes a turn for
the worse, the wind picks up and I have to cycle head to wind home
which to be honest I really don’t like. If you want a bike that is good in the
wind an electric bike is definitely one you
should consider