Safety Tips for Riding an Ebike at Night
Apr 07, 2023
There is no denying that hopping on an electric bike is fun. But, varying riding conditions, like speed and terrain, might interfere with your appreciation of riding, making it difficult to enjoy it fully. This is especially true in the case of night riding, when there is not enough light and the darkness can easily affect your e-bike's safety due to dim conditions. This article will give you tips on how to ride at night to help you travel on your electric assist bike more safely.
Ensure sufficient light
The most important thing to do when biking at night is to make sure you have adequate lighting to ensure your safety. Suppose you plan to ride in an outdoor environment where the road infrastructure does not offer enough lumination for cycling as would a busy city street. In this situation, having an electric bike with a bright headlight is more critical. A brighter headlight may provide a wider field of vision in front of the vehicle, improving driving visibility and making the journey safer.
All Cyrusher models come with headlights to aid in illuminating the road and offer a more secure and dependable ride. The Ovia, one of the most powerful step-through electric bikes, has a 250-lumen motorcycle-style headlight to provide you with a larger field of lighting. The brilliant brake rear tail light helps to warn incoming traffic behind you. In addition, this model is equipped with a high-quality torque sensor which requires you to apply some force to the pedals. The more force you apply to the pedals, the higher the speed will be, improving the effectiveness of your workout on an electric bike.
In addition to setting up your illumination properly, make sure your riding conditions are safe by checking the condition of your lighting system before you embark.
Fully charge the batteries or prepare backup batteries
As everyone knows, the battery supplies energy to the whole bike in addition to the main lighting system. So, be sure that you have plenty of power before your trip. Night time is when many people end their work day, so if the battery is dead, it can be an inconvenience to readily find a charging device. It's wise to fully charge your battery before you're ready to ride at night. If you plan to ride farther on more challenging terrain, you can pack a spare battery to fully cope with any kind of power emergency.
Install reflective accessories
Sometimes when the large ebike headlight is insufficient for the vehicle to be noticed, it is also appropriate to install reflective accessories on your electric fat bike. Reflective spokes are a type of accessory that can be mounted on a bike's wheels to make the vehicle more visible in dim conditions. Reflective spokes on your tires can help you to be seen more easily in dim conditions, drawing the attention of surrounding pedestrians and vehicles to avoid safety risks. In addition, you can also choose from more options such as reflective accessories in the rear seat or near the handlebars, reflective pedals, fluorescent stickers on your frame, etc., to make your electric assist bike more noticeable in the dark.
At the same time, do not underestimate the importance of your riding outfit. You can wear fluorescent clothing or pants to make yourself visible to people or vehicles at night. A bright helmet is suitable for night riding because that gives you and your vehicle a chance to stand out in the dark, lowering the possibility of danger.
Plan your trip ahead of time
One limitation of riding at night is that there are so many uncertainties. For example, if there are environmental changes (caused by the weather or other factors), they are more challenging to deal with than they would be during the day. Therefore, plan your travel in advance, check the weather forecast, etc., to avoid unfavorable riding conditions. It is recommended to plan your riding route near your home or following a route you are familiar with to avoid unexpected situations and be able to react faster if you meet danger. If you want a more effective workout, you might opt to ride back and forth on some nearby hills to improve your workout while avoiding the risks arising from obstacles in a less familiar environment.
Following your smartphone's navigation will help you get a better understanding of your route and how far you are traveling. Moreover, Cyrusher electric bikes come equipped with a bright backlit display of the speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, pedal assist level, watt meter and other data about your bike, providing you with clear information to be able to plan your journey better. A new range of products, Ovia, Ranger and Trax, are equipped with full-color displays that make the data easy to read while riding, as well being as more user friendly for older riders.
Stay alert at all times
It is imperative to stay alert on night rides, especially when you are riding on city streets, just as you would travel with caution during daytime riding. The lack of a well-lit riding environment also makes biking more uncontrollable in the event of an accident. As you ride, be aware of your surroundings and try to ride where there is good lighting available. An electric bike, assisted by a motor with pedal-assist modes, can help you reach high speeds of up to 28mph (varies from country to country). Take care to control your speed when traveling at night; learn to use the brakes promptly when turning or maneuvering around a corner and maintain a reasonable pace to avoid dangerous situations.
It is best to travel with a partner or in groups
If you're planning to ride at night, it's wise to stick to a familiar route and ask a companion to come along or head out in groups with other cycling enthusiasts to avoid the risks you might face when traveling alone. This is because the dark environment at night always conceals some unknown dangers. Go on a ride with a companion at least. You will be able to get more assistance when met with any mechanical problems and you will feel more secure if you encounter an unanticipated circumstance. You will also have a better time if you pedal with someone else since you can share your riding experiences. The company of a partner or the encouragement of a group will make it easier for riders to stick to their training schedules and achieve their fitness objectives.
Advantages of riding at night
Improves sleep quality
Many people suffer from sleep disorders at night, but if you can do a reasonable amount of cycling before bedtime it will effectively improve your sleep quality. Having an electric bike will help you start your cycling program. Different pedal assist modes allow you to plan your exercise intensity reasonably according to your own cycling habits. This means that you can gradually improve your exercise efficiency, make your body healthier and improve the quality of your sleep at the same time.
Good for physical and mental health
One enjoyable approach to decompressing at the end of a long day is to take a night ride. It is commonly known that exercise enhances metabolism and helps the body become stronger. Exercise at night is also effective since it helps you get an earlier start the next day when you don’t need to exercise first thing in the morning. The benefits of keeping a regular exercise routine include helping your mind get rid of negative thoughts as well keeping your body flexible. When it comes to protecting your joints, riding an electric bike is better than other forms of exercise.
Doesn't take away from your daytime work schedule
Keeping a regular workout regimen is usually time-consuming and takes a lot of time away from your daytime work hours. This can make your day feel rushed. The advantage of biking at night is that you can efficiently add a little training time to the end of your day. A quick 30- to 60-minute ride each evening can effectively keep you in shape while enhancing your sleep quality and improving your overall quality of life.
Less busy traffic
As a result of significantly less traffic congestion at night compared to during the working day, you can enjoy the opportunity to ride with more freedom. You won't need to be as prepared for frequent traffic accidents if you ride at night on empty routes. Yet, it's equally crucial to maintain your awareness to avoid unexpected pedestrian intrusions into your path, etc.
Enjoy your night ride
Night riding offers a solution for those busy commuters to exercise and keep fit. Your fitness and quality of life will drastically improve if you insist on pedaling every day. Riding at night is a good kind of exercise for both your mind and body. Pay attention to ensure safe driving conditions and be prepared for any emergency when traveling at night. By choosing an appropriate electric bike, you may promptly start your evening riding adventure, have a great time and enjoy riding at higher speeds. Refer to the above safety tips to make your electric bike night riding plan more comfortable.