How To: Optimize Your E-Bike Range


I’m normally all over the place with my hands. (singing) I feel like it’s smaller; is that possible? How To: Optimize Your E-Bike Range If you’ve gone for a spin on an e-bike, you already know how much fun they are. E-bikes take all the fun of a traditional bike, and multiply it with a boost of electric power. To get the longest range out of your e-bike battery, be sure to follow these tips: Pedaling and shifting. The slower your feet are rotating, the harder your motor is working. As with any relationship, you’ll get the most out of your experience if both you and your e-bike are putting in some effort. So experiment with your pedaling and shifting to find the speed and effort that feels right to you. Remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears? You don’t want to pedal too hard or too soft, shoot for the effort that feels just right. Some e-bike displays will even give you shift recommendations to help you find the most efficient gear. Starting and Stopping. As anyone who drives in a city knows, frequent starting and stopping eats up fuel. The more consistent you can keep your speed, the more juice you’ll get out of a battery’s charge. Starting to pedal from an easy gear will also keep your motor working efficiently. Weight. The more weight on the bike, the harder the motor works. This is something to keep in mind as you pack up your gear! Tire Pressure. Just like with a regular bike, keeping your tire pressure within the range suggested on the tire’s sidewall will make your ride more comfortable and efficient. Even better, it helps prevent flats. Check out more of Trek’s How To videos to learn what the right tire pressure can do for your ride. Temperature. For all you winter riders out there, riding in frigid weather can shorten the battery’s range. Plan ahead if you don’t want to be left out in the cold. Motor Performance. Check your handlebar display to see what power mode you’re riding in. The higher the power, the lower the range. If your battery or any electronic feature on your bike needs service, please do not attempt to service your e-bike yourself. The dealer locator on trekbikes.com can help you find your local Trek retailer where our trained technicians can help with all of your e-bike needs.