Etiquette on an eBike is very similar to how you would ride a normal bike but having the electric power means you should keep a few more things in mind while riding.
Know your local rules and laws pertaining to eBikes
- Make sure you are informed about your local laws and regulations regarding eBikes. These can be helmet requirements, throttle legality, rules for riding on local trials or power limits for the bikes. A local Bike shop is a good resource for more information.
Slow down when riding in busy areas
- In areas with lots of pedestrians and other riders slow down and use a bell or your voice to alert people to your presence.
Use a bell
- Use a bike bell to signal to pedestrians and other riders that you are behind them or about to overtake them. The warning keeps people aware, safe and not startled by you coming up behind them.
Be polite while passing
- Make sure to let other bikers in front of you know you are going to pass them. If going uphill and they are struggling just let them continue their ride.
Avoid trails when they are wet
- The extra power and weight that an eBike has, along with the ability to use the throttle can severely damage mountain bike trails making deep ruts in the trails. These are tough to repair and make the trail less enjoyable for everyone to ride when it dries.
- If you are riding trails frequently, see if there is a local group which maintains them and help out with that maintenance!
Parking your eBike
- When parking and locking up your eBike on a communal rack don’t lean it on other bikes. With the extra weight of an eBike it could damage someone else’s potentially fragile and expensive bike.
- Even with the lights on your Biktrix eBike some extra precautions should be taken for the safety of you and other people on the road. Wear bright clothing if riding at night. Remember that some motorists might not be expecting such a fast moving bike.
Know the rules of the road and trails
- Riding on trails, roads and paths all can require you to follow different rules. Make sure that you know these rules beforehand so that you aren’t frustrating experienced riders of these areas.
Make space to allow for passing and being passed
- If you have someone behind you signaling they want to pass just move over and let them pass by you. Don’t just speed up and try to out speed them.
- In the same regard if you need to pass someone make sure to not ride super closely behind them, signal your passing intentions with your bell and pass when there is enough space to safely pass by.
Don’t “Cut the course” to overtake another rider
- Doing this could startle the rider in front of you; cutting the course to jump in front of them may cause them to lose focus and take a fall on an obstacle that you were avoiding in the process.
- You don’t want to damage the trail and surrounding natural features as a heavy eBike can easily do that and make the location worse for everyone.