What Effective Ways of Unlocking the Speed Limit of Your Electric Bike

What Effective Ways of Unlocking the Speed Limit of Your Electric Bike

Whether you want to feel the wind in your hair or commute to work at a faster pace, there are several ways to increase the speed of your electric bicycle.

In this article we'll cover the top 7 methods for getting more speed from your e-bike.


Tip #1: Always ride with a fully charged battery


Your battery always produces the most voltage when it is fully charged. After it has been discharged, the voltage drops off. A fully charged lithium battery produces 4.2 volts. It produces 3.6 volts when it is 50% charged, and it depletes to approximately 3 volts when it is fully discharged. A bike with 4.2 volts per cell will go faster than one with 3.6 volts per cell. You can accelerate faster if you top off your e-bike batteries before riding.


Tip #2: Use smoother tires


The knobby tires on mountain bikes are great for grip, and their wide contact patch can really smooth out bumps. Unfortunately, they're not good for speed.

Take off the knobbies and replace them with smoother tires designed for street or hybrid use instead. The rolling resistance is reduced and can actually add 1-2 mph in some cases.


Tip #3: Inflate your tires


When we're talking about tires, we should also discuss how to reduce rolling resistance by increasing tire pressure. Having your tires inflated closer to their maximum pressure rating will not only help prevent snake bite flats, but will also increase your speed.

However, the downside will be a rougher ride. You will feel the bumps a little more without soft, spongy tires that absorb road irregularities.


Tip #4: Crouch while Riding


A crouch helps to achieve a more streamlined riding stance, which further reduces air resistance. By having a streamlined body, you can move more rapidly in the face of headwinds, and this will also help the bike to move more quickly as well. This can be observed among professional athletes when they race in a velodrome. By crouching down, they limit the amount of air resistance and the effort required to pedal against it. As a result, cyclists are faster than someone riding upright. However, you might want to reconsider this trick if you have any underlying back problems; you don't want to aggravate it, do you?


Tip #5: Add a windshield


It’s crazy and definitely would surprise you! With a windshield, you can increase your top speed by up to 5km/h. You will gain the greatest increase in speed at the higher speeds as it will cut down on drag more dramatically. At low speeds, you won't notice the difference since there is less drag.

Essentially, the windshield keeps your body from acting as a giant sail. With the windshield, the air will gently curve around you, making it easier to ride efficiently and quickly. While the installation requires some technical knowledge, you can adapt windshields from motorbikes and scooters to fit the handlebars. It may be better on bikes with more room on the handlebars as well.


Tip #6: Adjust your posture while riding


If you cannot afford a windshield, changing your riding posture is a cheaper alternative. As you ride with a straight back, the air catches you completely in the face, thus increasing air resistance and reducing your overall speed. In a crouching or forward motion, you can move as fast as a scythe and cut through the air.


Tip #7:Keep the Battery Cool

Allowing your battery to overheat can adversely affect its level of performance. As a result, you should always be aware of the battery's temperature when riding. When left in direct sunlight, the battery can easily overheat. To prevent this, try finding an appropriate cover to shield it against the hot sun. This is because some covers may prevent the battery from getting the air it needs to stay cool. It is especially true on clear days with little sun. Ideally, you should choose a battery cover that provides enough shade while allowing for free airflow!

Coolness is another factor you do not want to expose your bike battery to. The cold can drain batteries more quickly, which means they won't perform at their best. Temperatures between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius are recommended for storing batteries.

In the past ten years, the emphasis on cleaner energy consumption has increased. Due to the growing demand for low-carbon vehicles, energy-efficient vehicles such as the electric bike have become more accessible to the general public. Following these tips can help you maximize its performance. However, your 'need for speed' should not impair your ability to observe traffic regulations and ride safely.

Most importantly, stay safe and have fun!

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