Riding Further With Confidence
So you’ve recently purchased, or are thinking of purchasing, your new electric bike! Congrats! One of the most immediate benefits of your eBike are the tremendous distances you can now comfortably ride. As you continue to find yourself tackling new, longer and potentially more rugged routes, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared.
Maybe you’re still a bit hesitant to go for longer rides. We know you don’t want to be stranded far from home with no battery left! Below we will discuss a few resources we, at GoodTurn Electric Cycles, offer to make sure you can comfortably go the distance on your eBike!
Additional Range – No Purchase Necessary
There are several FREE things you can do to make sure you get the most of your eBike’s battery.
- Properly inflate your tires.
- Minimize additional luggage: More weight = more work for the motor.
- Maintain proper cycling cadence: Motors work best in cadence of 70-110 RPM.
- Utilize lower pedal assistance levels.
- Top off battery during lunch stop.
Understanding Battery Capacity
As battery technology increases and the electric bike market continues to grow, we are seeing larger and larger batteries be equipped on bikes. Note, there are several factors when comparing and contrasting batteries, but below are the basics:
- Batteries are rated in 2 ways Watt-hours (Wh) and Amp-hours (Ah)
- Keep in mind Ohm’s Law (P = IV) if you need to calculate the Wh or Ah for a battery. Knowing the Voltage of the system and multiplying that by the Ah results in the Wh. On the flip side, dividing Wh by the Voltage of the system results in the Ah of the battery.
- At GoodTurn, we only talk in Watt-hours as that is the adopted nomenclature for the manufacturers we carry.
- “Big” battery suppliers include: Bosch, Shimano, Yamaha, BMZ
- Typical ratings are 400Wh, 500Wh, 625Wh & 750Wh
- Not all Watt-hours are created equal: depending on the efficiency of the complete system you can get significantly different ranges from comparably rated batteries
Upgrading Battery Capacity
Some, but not all, batteries can be easily replaced for batteries with higher capacity. This can be an aftermarket purchase, or many bike manufacturers offer different models with upgraded batteries.
- Bosch downtube and Bosch rack-mounted batteries, have both 400Wh and 500Wh options that are identical in size.
- Purchase a Dual-Battery electric bike! Popular in the cargo or touring segments of the eBike industry there are a growing number of brands that are offering 2 batteries on a single bike.
Riese & Mulller: Supercharger2, Superdelite, Nevo GT, Multicharger, Load 60 & 75 & more.
Bulls: E-CORE EVO EN DI2 27.5+
How Far Can/Should You Go?
That’s a hard question to directly answer, but below is a tool developed by Bosch to help conservatively estimate how far you can ride on a single battery charge.
Also most eBike computers will give you a dynamic “Range” which calculates range based on the last 1-2 miles you’ve ridden. Think of this as the “Distance Till Empty” reading in your car and can act as a good gauge as to when to turn around and head home!
Bosch Intuvia / Purion Range Examples:
You’re Far From Home and Something Happens
It can be unnerving to take big rides that put you large distances from home. We understand that! Below are two new product offerings that we hope alleviate some of those nerves, and give you the confidence to ride as far as you’d like, worry-free.
Better World Club – Roadside Assistance for your eBike!
We’ve partnered with Better World Club to provide our customers the option to receive a “tow” back to their home, in the case of a mishap whilst riding. Included in your $40/yr fees participants receive:
- (2) “Tows” home, up to 30 miles for free
- Option to add additional people for $17/yr
Call GoodTurn for more information!
Eliminate 90% of flat tires, and have run-flat protection! By installing Tannus Armours, you get 15mm of undertire protection and 2mm of sidewall protection from punctures. In the event of a flat tire, you are able to continue riding on the inserts, minimizing rim damage to allow you to get back home, or to your local bike shop!
Call us at GoodTurn, to get additional information on this product! Prices start at $40/insert and $10/insert for installation.