Choosing the right electric bike for long trips

Electric bikes have revolutionized the way we get around. Thanks to them, we finally have an ecological and practical alternative to traditional motorized transport. This is one of the reasons why the popularity of EABs has been growing steadily over the past few years. Initially intended for short trips in town, electrically assisted bicycles are now used for long distances. However, in this case, it is necessary to choose the appropriate models, because not all electric bikes are suitable for all uses. So what criteria should you use to choose the right EAB for long distance travel?

To help you understand, we have listed the different options available and the features to consider in order to guide you towards the model that best suits your needs.

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Choosing an EAB for long trips: the criteria of choice

To choose the right electric bike for your long trips, it is crucial that you take into account several criteria. Battery life, comfort, ergonomics and motor power, let's take stock of these important characteristics.

Battery life

The battery life is a key criterion for long trips on an electric bike. Indeed, the capacity of the battery, expressed in watt-hour (Wh), determines the autonomy you have with your EAB. The higher the capacity, the longer you can ride. As a general rule, electric bicycle batteries offer a range of 50 to 120 km. It all depends on the range of the model concerned.

For long trips, it is obviously advisable to make sure that the range of the chosen EAB is high enough.

The power of the engine

Beyond the battery, the power of the motor also determines the speed and overall performance of your electric bicycle. If the motors of classic EABs have a power of 250 watts, those of faster models can reach 500 watts and more. In practical terms, the more powerful the motor, the more assistance it offers to facilitate climbs (hills, steep slopes, etc.) and long journeys.

Also note that electric assistance systems often offer several levels of pedaling assistance. This allows you to adapt the assistance according to your needs or the autonomy of the battery.

Comfort and ergonomics

Comfort is an essential aspect of long electric bike trips. It is therefore essential to choose an EAB model adapted to your morphology. Among the points to consider, we can mention

  • the type of frame (rigid, folding, etc.) ;
  • the saddle ;
  • the riding position;
  • the available settings.

For example, a folding electric bike can be convenient for transport and storage. However, behind these popular advantages, it is better to make sure that it is comfortable.

The quality of the components and accessories

It's impossible to choose an electric bike suitable for long trips without considering the quality of its components. Brakes, tires or transmission, everything must be efficient and reliable. In this case, hydraulic disc brakes, for example, are among the solutions to be preferred, because they offer better braking and guarantee greater safety than brakes with pads. Accessories such as reflectors, mudguards, luggage racks and anti-theft systems are also highly recommended.

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Types of electric bikes suitable for long distances

Among the range of electric bikes available on the market, you can choose between a multitude of models more or less adapted to long distance travel. Find out our advice for choosing an EAB suitable for this particular need.

Electric bikes for trekking or hiking

The first option you have is obviously the electric trekking or hiking bikes. These are indeed specifically designed for long trips. They offer an excellent comfort, as well as a good autonomy and an efficient electric assistance. Generally equipped with sturdy frames, they also have versatile tires and efficient brakes to guarantee the user's safety on different types of terrain.

Electric road bikes

Electric road bikes are another option for cyclists who plan to ride long distances. Indeed, while they are lighter than trekking or hiking EABs, they have interesting features. With a frame optimized for long trips, disc brakes or narrower tires for better performance on flat surfaces, these electrically assisted bikes have the advantage of being versatile.

Electric city bikes

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to travel long distances in the city. Therefore, if you are in this situation, it is better to opt for an electric bike designed for urban and suburban trips. These bikes combine comfort, practicality and autonomy. Between their ergonomic frame and their saddle, you can use them for hours on end without feeling any discomfort. Moreover, city bikes are often equipped with practical accessories, such as

  • a mudguard ;
  • a luggage rack;
  • an efficient lighting system;
  • an anti-theft device.

If the multitude of models available on the market complicates your choice for a purchase, all these possibilities also guarantee that you will find the bike that best suits you.

Maintain your electric bike to guarantee its performance

If you want to travel long distances without hindrance, you must first maintain your electric bike. Only then will you ensure its durability and performance for hours on end.

First, take care of your battery, as it is a key component of your EAB. To prolong its life, you should already charge it continuously, even if you don't use your bike for a while. Likewise, avoid storing it in a place subject to extreme temperatures. Instead, store it in a cool (but not cold) and dry place.

Note that the motor and electrical system of your bike should also be checked, although these are more complex tasks. If you can't do it yourself, hire a professional at least once a year.

Also, regularly inspect your electric bike's components, such as brakes, gears, tires and wheels, and clean these parts to avoid dirt and dust build-up. Also, don't hesitate to lubricate moving parts, such as the chain, and check the tires for wear or pressure. Finally, check the condition of the brakes quite frequently and make any necessary repairs to ensure your safety.

The maintenance of an EAB also includes a careful examination of its frame, in order to detect cracks or damage. If there is a problem, it is imperative to have it repaired or replaced by a professional. Also be careful with accessories and other equipment, such as lights, luggage rack, etc.

As you can see, following these maintenance tips will ensure that you can count on a reliable electric bike during your long trips.

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