The following pre-ride and safety checklist is recommended for riders to build into their routines before each ride to ensure rider safety as well as maintain the ebike's overall performance and operation. Riders can ensure to protect themselves as well as their ebikes with proper precautions, routine maintenance, and safety inspections. You can review our electric bicycle maintenance intervals article HERE.

Due to the electric motor installed as well as other components, ebikes can travel at higher speeds and can be heavier than traditional bikes. Ensure to read through the owner's manual thoroughly and carefully as it is filled with essential information to ensure the safest experience and assist with familiarizing yourself with all of your bike's parts and electrical components. 

Pre-ride & Safety Checklist:

  1. SEAT - must be properly adjusted to the operator's leg length, not extend beyond the minimum insertion point, and be securely tightened (not able to slip or twist).
  2. HANDLEBAR - must pass the twist and push tests described HERE. You must be able to move your handlebar both left and right without interference from any accessories. Turning your handlebar must not pull any cables taut or strain electrical connections. 
  3. BATTERY - should have enough charge to get you where you need to go before your next charging opportunity. Remove the key from the battery or frame before riding.
  4. BRAKES - must securely stop both wheels, and brake levers must operate easily. When the brake levers are fully squeezed, there must be enough space between the lever and your handlebar grip to not pinch any fingers on the handlebar grip. Visually inspect your front brake and rotor, and test the front brake lever. Does the lever feel firm, or does it depress almost entirely to the handlebar grip? Is it time to adjust your brakes, or are they responsive?
  5. WHEELS - must be securely attached, with axles tightened according to the Owner's Manual instructions and torque values. inspect your front and rear axle: quick-release skewers and/or nuts. Make sure both wheels are secure and spinning freely. 
  6. TIRES - must be properly inflated to the appropriate tire pressure or PSI as outlined in the owner's manual or sidewall of the tires. Tires must not wobble when spinning, and not have any cuts, cracks, bulges, or bald spots. 
  7. DRIVETRAIN/CHAIN - should have some flex, but not be "floppy" or sagging. All moving parts (chain, wheels, cranks, etc.) must be clear of any gear, clothing, straps, or other objects that might touch, interfere, or rub against them. visually inspect your chain. Is it dirty, is it dry? Turn the cranks and listen to your drive train. Is it noisier than it should be? Cleaning and lubricating your chain can make a big difference. 
  8. BOLTS & OTHER FASTENERS -  must be tightened according to the instructions and torque values specified in your Owner's Manual. Accessories must be securely attached according to manufacturer's instructions.

The resource and infographic below has some basics and information on ride safety; take a look:

Additional On-road Safety Tips

With your pre-ride checklist complete, you’re ready to go! Follow these safety tips while you’re cycling:

  1. Wear a helmet and other safety gear.  Even if your state doesn’t mandate helmets, we recommend wearing them for your own safety. 
  2. Stay visible on the road. Additional visibility such as a reflective vest or other reflective materials can help to make you more visible to others.
  3. Observe traffic laws and regulations. Ensure to familiarize yourself with your area's ebike and traffic laws before riding. 
  4. Know your bike class. It’s important to know what class of e-bike you’re riding (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3) so you know what laws apply to you. E-bike classes are usually based on the bike’s motor power and whether the bike offers pedal assist and/or throttle assist. For example, you might be able to ride a Class 1 e-bike on traditional bike trails but not a more powerful Class 3 e-bike.
  5. Avoid distractions. Maintaining focus and and being aware of your surroundings is important to reduce the risk of accidents or collisions.
  6. Use hand signals to communicate with other road users. Hand signals let other cyclists and motorists know where you’re headed and can help prevent collisions. Use the image below as a reference on bicycle hand signals.

To keep safe, take it slow on your first few rides. Find a flat area away from traffic and other hazards. Start at low speed and low PAS level (0 or 1 at first). Practice balancing through acceleration and deceleration. Once comfortable and you have gained confidence in your handling of the ebike, begin working your way up to gradually higher speeds and more motor assistance until you are comfortable with the PAS, throttle, shifting, braking, and sudden stops. Remember to always use both brake levers ( front and rear brakes ) together and leave some distance and time to brake/slow down when riding at higher speeds, on slippery surfaces, downhill, or with extra weight.