Three Tips for Riding Your EBike in the Dark
We've switched from daylight saving time to winter time this weekend. As the dark nights become longer, how can ebike in dark adapt to this conditions then.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to stay safe and comfortable even when riding at night.
1. Proper lighting is a necessary.
Headlights, taillights and integrated brake lights are all necessary for your ride ebike in the dark, early morning, heavy rain or in foggy weather. Not only do they illuminate the road ahead of you, but they also let cars know you are there.
When it comes to choosing your headlight, you may think that brighter means better, but it's not that simple.
There some lights on the market that are well over a thousand lumens (the standard measure of brightness), but may not be practical for your riding style. For example, some mountain bike headlamps offer about 4,200 lumens, which is six times brighter than a car headlamp. That's great for roaming the woods at night, but it doesn't make sense for riding on the street.
Choosing lights that are too bright can blind you to oncoming oncoming traffic. Not only does this put you in a bad position but it also puts oncoming traffic at risk. Too many lumens also make it more difficult to see the brake lights and turn signals of the vehicles around you. Recognition of your surroundings also reduced.
Our e-bikes equip with a 200 lumen headlamp to provide you with adequate visibility while this in line with industry standards. If you looking for an extra layer of security, we also offer a 500 lumen premium LED halo headlight as a standalone accessory or as a featured package on the BRE V8 multi-purpose bike.
2. Dress yourself (and your bike!) .
During the day, people will easily notice your bike. Even then, they will stop you to ask a bunch of questions. But when you riding the ebike in the dark, it not enough to rely on the lights of your bike to get you noticed. You have to go out of your way to be visible to others.
For a beginner cyclist, this means using reflective clothing to get noticed by cars traveling on the road. It can fluorescent safety jacket or a fluorescent, bright helmet, but a recent Clemson University study suggests that if you really want to be seen, you should also choose reflective pants or leggings.
That's because drivers have hard rules about paying attention to movement on the road. But when you're pedaling, your legs are moving. Based on this, if your lower body also cover with reflective material, this greatly improves your safety.
Make sure your bike is also ready for maximum visibility. Keep your headlight on, use a taillight, and consider putting some reflective safety stickers on your frame and fenders.
3. Ride defensively.
Riding defensively is especially important when you're in the city. In urban areas, 75 percent of bicycle fatalities involve motor vehicles, and 27 percent occur at intersections, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Even if your lights are huge or mean, or even if you have a cool new reflective jacket that makes you look cool, you still need to ride without other road users seeing you. (In fact, in daylight too!) .
Using common sense can solve this problem. Make sure you look both ways at intersections. On narrow streets, you may want to pull over to let a car pass if you notice a light behind you. Leave your Bluetooth speaker at home if you listen to music while driving so you can pay full attention to the road.
Choosing the right route is also a good defense. If you regularly bike, go to places where cars expect you to be: bike paths, bike lanes, etc. You don't want cars to be surprised by your presence when they whiz around the corner.
Be aware of potholes and slow down at night, since you can't see well.
Start out by doing what you're comfortable with, especially when you're just beginning. Darkness isn't a reason to be cautious.