Knowledge Base eBikes

How to Ride an Electric Bike for the First Time

Trying something new can feel a little overwhelming in the beginning. Many people feel the same way when they first get on an ebike. This is perfectly normal and understandable. At Gazelle, we believe that an electric bike is accessible to everyone, including beginners. So, it's time to leave the car behind more often and enjoy the benefits of the ebike!

What Should I Pay Attention to When Riding an eBike?

To make things a little easier, we have summarized some tips for beginners. These tips will help you when riding an ebike:

Tip 1

Choose the perfect ebike for you

First and foremost, it is important that you choose an ebike on which you feel comfortable. Therefore, always choose an electric bicycle with the right frame size and adjust the saddle to the right height. It is also important that you have a good grip so that your feet do not slip off the pedals. Picking a bike with your preferred riding posture can also make your first time with an ebike more comfortable. Do you prefer to ride upright in a cruiser style? Then, one of our Easy category models like the Arroyo or Avignon is a good choice. Would you rather be a bit more sporty and have a posture more like a traditional road bike? Then, the bikes in the Medeo family would be a better choice. Want somewhere in between? Check out our Ultimates! Finally, think about what frame style you would feel most comfortable riding. Do you like a traditional high step frame, or do you have hip or other mobility concerns that would make a step-through or low step frame a more appealing option? Fortunately, we offer low, mid, and high-step frames–something for everyone!

Tip 2

Practice on quiet roads

If you want to ride your ebike for the first time, we recommend cycling on quiet, remote roads or a protected or dedicated bike or multi-use path. This will allow you to fully concentrate on cycling and not be distracted by traffic. Going early in the morning on a weekend when there are few road or path users is also a good idea. To make the first time on an ebike not only safe but also fun, we recommend riding with someone else the first few times until you build your confidence.

Tip 3

Start slow

Choose a speed at which you feel comfortable and safe and don't let yourself be rushed. Just because you can ride an ebike fast doesn't mean you always have to ride in front. We also recommend always wearing a helmet while riding an ebike. Even though it is not mandatory in the United States unless you are riding a Class 3 ebike, we recommend helmets as they provide extra safety.

Tip 4

Start with the lowest support mode

A heavier ebike can be more difficult  to steer than a lighter model, especially when you are just getting started. Therefore, choose a model that you can steer well. For the first rides, it also makes sense to start in a low gear and with the lowest riding mode. This way, you will also develop a good feel for riding without electric assistance. For the first ebike, you still have to get used to the extra drive power. Then, you can gradually switch to a higher assistance mode. Soon, you will notice how much easier and more pleasant it is to ride with electric assistance.

If you want to learn more about ebikes, we recommend reading our article, "How Does an eBike Work?"

eBike Safety Training

Seniors in particular have many questions at first about the safety of riding an ebike. If you want to feel safer and need additional guidance on riding an ebike, we recommend taking an ebike safety training course. In this safety training, the main focus will be to eliminate fear and teach you how to ride an electric bike in the best way possible.

Gazelle does not offer ebike safety training, but it does have an Experience Center and bike stores where you can try out all ebike models safely on test tracks under the guidance of Gazelle experts. Additionally, you will learn how to get on and off an ebike conveniently, so that you can later do this yourself safely and confidently. You will receive personal and free advice so that you can find the right Gazelle ebike for you.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to ask all your questions about riding an ebike. Sounds good, right? Find the Gazelle test center near you now or discover the nearest Gazelle store and soon you will be cycling like a true professional!

If you would like to take a safety course online, we recommend this free option developed by the CHP.