Tips for Summer Traveling with E-bike

Tips for Summer

It’s summertime! When the air temperature finally gets hot and the sun shines for many hours a day, you know it’s time for cycling. And what is a better way to go out and enjoy the nice weather than riding an electric bicycle? Assisted pedaling allows you to travel longer, further, and faster. It opens the possibility for sightseeing, riding with friends and family, and much more. The majority of cycling trails are available in summer and you are guaranteed big fun.

If you are an adventurous person that prefers combining city and offroad riding, the Delfast TOP 3.0 electric bike is the best choice. This vehicle has been made to withstand the harshest conditions. All its components are manufactured to meet the highest standards for safety, durability, and reliability: the frame made of high tensile steel guarantees maximal resistance to impact. With TOP 3.0, you have nothing to fear even in the most challenging terrain.

General info on riding e-bikes during the summer

To enjoy your summer cycling to the fullest, there are several factors that you have to take into account before hitting the trail. These are the most important:

  • Overexposure to intense heat and UV radiation is something you should minimize. Sunburns and some skin diseases can be the result of overexposure without protective measures.
  • Consider the physical condition of the roads and trails. After winter and spring, roads have been exposed to ice, snow, and rain. Bumps on cycling trails are common when the summer season just opens. Also, high summer temperatures can cause damage to the tarmac. 
  • Last but not least, it is crucial to run a thorough checkup on your e-bike to ensure it is safe to ride in the summer. In short, the chain, brakes, brake cables (or hydraulics), chain cables, and tires usually undergo a profound check-up. If you don’t know how to perform such kind of a  checkup, don’t worry. We have a great guide that will take you through all the processes to make your e-bike ready for summer.

If you detect a malfunction, the best option is to take your two-wheeler to a professional service center for inspection and/or repair. Get used to preparing your e-bike for summer. 

Safety tips

When it comes to safety and reliability, the Delfast TOP 3.0 is the best electric bicycle in the market. It is suitable for all weather conditions. You can ride it safely in the rain and hot weather. So, don’t worry if an unexpected shower appears along the route. The electric system is properly sealed to prevent any malfunction in this scenario.

A big plus of the TOP 3.0 is its high-capacity battery, which enables a range of up to 200 miles.  This range exceeds by far the capabilities of other high-end electric bikes in the market. It is perfect for summer rides. You can confidently go as far as you want during the day. The TOP 3.0 won’t let you down. No wonder the Delfast was awarded a Guinness record for the greatest distance traveled by an electric bike on a single battery charge.

But whether you are the fortunate owner of a TOP 3.0 or not, there are several safety measures you must consider for summer riding. The following list explains the most important ones.

Hydration

We cannot stress enough how important it is to keep yourself hydrated while riding in the summer sun. It is better to carry with you enough water for the entire route. In many cases, feeling thirsty is one of the first signs of dehydration. 

If you want, you can drink beverages with electrolytes. Recovering electrolytes can be necessary if you ride for longer than 4 hours. Sodium and potassium are the electrolytes more often lost while riding in summer. 

UV Protection

Don’t forget to apply UVA/UVB sunscreen to your skin before you start riding in the summer sun. Remember that UV radiation can be dangerous. You should use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30-50. Along the route, stop for a while every 1.5-2 hours to apply sunscreen again. Make sure that the parts of your body that will be directly exposed to the sun (back, neck, shoulders, etc.) for the entire ride are well protected.

Clothing

Wearing proper clothes for your summer rides will add comfort and protection. For hot days, light materials are preferable, cotton is a good choice. However, the market offers a wide array of breathable synthetic materials that prevent the accumulation of sweat. Specialized cycle clothing comes at all prices. So, you won’t have any problem finding the clothing that fits both your needs and budget.

Don’t forget to buy a good pair of cycling gloves. They keep your hands dry by soaking up the sweat. Wearing gloves adds to your safety since they allow you to maintain a firm grip on the handlebars throughout your ride. Some gloves also have padded palms, which cushion your hands from vibration thereby providing extra comfort.

Planning

While spontaneous cycling trips are common during summer, some planning ahead is always needed. First and foremost, check the weather forecast. In some parts of the world, the weather during summer can be quite unstable. Knowing whether you expect rain will help you to take the proper clothing and gear, for example.

You should also plan your route carefully. Avoid hazardous areas where rain has caused landslides or floods. Try to always opt for the safest route. Inform somebody of your intended route and don’t deviate from it. Make sure that the battery of your e-bike is charged and covers your planned route entirely. 

Find out the locations of all the points along the route where you can have a break in the shade, replenish your water and snacks, use lavatories, etc. Also, take into account the COVID-19 restrictions that still apply in many parts of the world. Don’t forget to pack a bottle of hand sanitizer and a mask. Even if you ride with members of your household only, you may be denied entrance to shops if you don’t wear a mask as per government requirements. Even in the post-pandemic era, it will be wise to avoid crowded routes.

Heat protection

Avoid extreme heat by stopping along the route to cool down in the shade and drink cold water. Hot days can make your cycling quite enjoyable, but an extremely hot day can turn it into a very bad experience. Check the weather forecast to know when the heat will peak. It is better not to ride on the hottest days of summer. During summer, you can use the extra hours of sunlight to prevent riding in intense heat. If possible, plan your rides early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the heat is bearable. It is cool to see dawns and sunsets after a ride with your ebike. If you opt for the latter, make sure your e-bike is equipped with bright lights to ride in the darkness.

Conclusion

Summer is the best season to ride your electric bike. Take into account the tips provided in this article and you’ll have memorable experiences from this season. For more tips about safe riding with an e-bike, subscribe to the Delfast newsletter. More advice to come!

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