Riding an Electric Bike Company bike is exhilarating. Recently one of our team members took his bike on a tour across the US. He and his wife are pretty physically fit for their age, and they loved riding our electric bikes. Check out the amazing 8,200 mile ride across the U.S.
The pedal assist system simply makes riding the bike a lot more fun and for the tough terrain the throttle really came in handy. In this edition of the Electric Bike Company newsletter, we are focusing on content that is about having fun riding or about what makes an electric bike fun.
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A couple of Tips for Bicycling in Groups
Bicycling with friends and family is one of the real joys of cycling generally and one of the significant benefits of riding an electric bike specifically.
There is a real sense in which recreational bicycling is a social endeavor. It is an opportunity to get outside, get exercise, and spend time with folks you care about.
For example, imagine its Springtime and your grandchildren have come over for the weekend. Rather than staying in the house while the kids play video games, you can get out, ride to the park or bike a nearby trail.
Also, you can use bicycling as a way to meet new people. You could look on MeetUp or a similar site to find local cycling groups in your area. You might sign up for a ride and be introduced to many interesting and active folks. It is a great way to make friends.
What follows are tips for riding your Electric Bike Company Bike in a group.
Learn from Other Riders
There is a significant difference between riding with family members, say your kids or grandkids, and cycling with a group from MeetUp or similar.
Your family members are far more likely to be forgiving, but could, frankly, be less safe. While a group of adult riders may expect you to follow cycling etiquette to a least a minimal degree. With this in mind, it can be a good idea for relatively less experienced group riders to spend some extra time at the back of the group, watching how other riders behave and asking questions.
In a large group of riders, you also want to stay about three-or-four feet behind the bike in front of you to allow room for braking. As you’re riding or, perhaps, before the ride starts, explain to your companions that your new to group rides and ask for advice.
Relatively smaller groups of riders may go single file in high traffic areas and bunch up when the trail or road is clear. Even in these much more casual group rides, it is a good idea to watch and learn.
Be Smooth and Predictable
When you’re riding an Electric Bike Company bike in a group, you want to be as smooth and predictable as possible. So do your best to avoid sudden movements, don’t overreact to hazards like parked cars or potholes, and keep up with the group, smoothly matching everyone’s collective pace.
Electric Bike Company bikes can be a huge help when it comes to keeping up with a group. “For many people, electric bikes make it possible to spend more time having fun with friends and family members, allowing them to join in on recreational bike rides. If you’re new to cycling or struggle to keep up, an electric bike may be the key to getting out more often to enjoy leisure rides with those you love.
“The assistance provided by the electric motor enables Electric Bike Company bike riders to go further than they might otherwise be able to. The amount of effort required to cover 10 miles on a conventional bike, for example, can carry riders closer to 50 miles when combined with the power generated by an ebike motor.
In this way, Electric Bike Company bikes make it possible for anyone to safely and easily take part in fun, group rides.
Group Riding Resources
Riding your Electric Bike Company bike in a group can be a fun way to connect with people, get outside, and exercise. It is a truly rewarding experience.
In addition to the tips listed here, we wanted to provide several other group riding resources. If you have suggestions or recommendations of your own, please check out and post on the Electric Bike Company Facebook Page, or Electric Bike Company Twitter profile.
• “Cycling Tips: Group Riding Skills,” from Bicycling magazine.
• “Riding in a Group Top 10 Tips,” from British Cycling.
• “How to Ride in a Group,” from BikeRadar.
• “10 Rules to Group Ride Like a Pro,” via Active.
• “Safety Cycling Tips for Group Riding,” via the White Clay Bicycle Club.
• Video: “How To Ride In A Group – An Introduction,” by the Global Cycling Network.
• Video: “How To Ride In A Group | Ridesmart,” by the Global Cycling Network.
If you would like to schedule a test ride please contact us and we will be happy to arrange it!
EBC Customer Experience Team!