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A Beginner’s Guide to Ebiking

As a (mostly) pedal-powered bike park, Bike Glendhu is a favourite of ebike enthusiasts and it’s perhaps the easiest way to make the most of our epic trail network.

Plus, with a brand-new fleet of Trek Rail 7 and Fuel eXE ebikes available for rental, anyone can give it a go.

Never hopped an ebike before? Or even a mountain bike for that matter?

No worries, we’ve compiled a guide that will help you learn what to expect on your first ebike ride and some tips, so you can make the most of your maiden ebike voyage.

Ebikers at Bike Glendhu

 

THE BASICS

Okay so if you have noo clue how an ebike works, here’s the lowdown.

It does not work like a motorcycle. You still need to pedal the bike to make it go. What an ebike does is provide partial or complete assistance in pedalling, thus lowering the effort level needed on the part of the rider.

There are three main components that make an ebike different than an “analogue” bike (your standard pedal bike). The first is the motor; this is what provides the assistance. Second is the battery, this is what gives the system energy. And the third is the controls, which allow the rider to adjust the level of assistance.

Ebikes at Bike Glendhu

Our ebike fleet is powered by Bosch. With increased efficiency, long battery life and enormous mileage, Bosch produces on the most modern batteries on the market. Meaning that you can trust you won’t run into any electric mishaps on the trails.

 

PRE-RIDE

Now that you understand how an ebike works, it’s time to give it a go. And what’s the first rule of riding something new? That’s right; pre-ride. This means before you go sending it full tilt on the trails, take some time to get familiar with the bike, possible trail features and how you might tackle them.

Beginners learning to ebike

If you’re at Bike Glendhu, take your ebike through our skills section just through the main park scan gate. Ride the bike around and get used to where everything is located on the handlebars, particularly the brakes, gear shift, dropper post lever and ebike controls. Have a play and get to know what each does. Test our your different power modes on the ebike and decide which one is the most comfortable or how much assistance you may want for your ride.

If you’re completely new to mountain biking, stand up on your pedals as you cruise around. Practice your downhill position with your pedals even and your body in a forward “ready position” over the bars. Notice which of your feet naturally sits forward. Bounce the bike to test the suspension and get a feel for it.

Mountain bikers testing ebikes

Lastly, notice the weight of the bike. Even though Bosch ebike batteries are built light, an ebike is heavier than an analogue. This will become more obvious if you try to lift a wheel as your riding or need lift the bike at any point.

 

CLIMBING

Once you’ve done your pre-ride, head out onto the trails. At Bike Glendhu, you’ll start by climbing to Jack’s Spot. Again, take your time to start and experiment.

As you pedal up, remember to adjust your gears as you increase or descrease your power. Cadence is a word you may hear mountain bikers use often. It refers to the amount of time your legs spin per minute on the bike. Essentially, you always want to feel a slight resistance as you turn the pedals over. You don’t want it to be too easy, because then the ebike motor won’t engage as effectively. But you also don’t want it to be so hard that you’re struggling to pedal. An ebike will help you climb more efficiently, but you still need to adjust your gears as the gradient changes.

Ebikers cornering at Bike Glendhu

When cornering on an uphill (which you’ll do a lot at Bike Glendhu), consider decreasing the ebike power as you approach the turn or slowing slow your cadence and pedalling slowly around the tight corners. This will help keep the motor from engaging during the apex of the corner, which can be jarring for someone who is new to the sensation.

 

LOOK AHEAD

Finally, as is true with all mountain biking. Look ahead! Scope out your line choice, anticipate your pedal strokes, take in what’s coming up, where you’re going to brake, etc.

Along with this, always look at where you want your bike to go. Don’t zero in on the features you want to avoid like rocks or roots. If you do this, it’s more than likely that you’ll find yourself riding into them. Your body will follow your eyes, so make sure to point them in the direction that you want to go.

Ebikers laughing at Bike Glendhu

Surely after reading this blog post, you’ll be an ebike expert. All that’s left to do is hit the trails. Grab your pass here and be sure to book your ebike rental here.

Hot tip: Book early to avoid disappointment! These babies go fast!

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