3 Tips for Long Distance Electric Tricycle Rides: What You Need to Know Beforehand
Now, if you’re thinking about taking a long distance electric tricycle ride, I’d say any electric tricycle ride over 10 miles is a good, pretty good distance, especially if you’re going 5 miles away from home. At any given time, the furthest you’ll go is five miles away, and that’s quite a distance. Even a couple of miles is a long way, but really, 10 miles and up for a round trip is pretty far. But I’d also say that if you’re doing a 10 mile run but have never been, say, a mile from your house, then you’ve got a lot less to think about than you would if you were doing it that way. But if you’re going to ride 5 miles out and 5 miles back, or even 10 miles out and 10 miles back, or even 15 miles out and 15 miles back, then you’re going to be a long way from home at any given point, so I’ve got three very important tips to help you with long-distance riding on your electric tricycle to make sure that not only are you safe, but that you can get home without any problems.
Okay, let’s get started. I’m going to give you my most obvious tip right away, number one, bring water. Now it seems obvious, but some of you may say, “Oh, I’ll be back in half an hour. I don’t need water.” Well, even on a motorised trike, you might put in some effort because if you overcome some big hills and use pedal assist, you’re still going to be thirsty and thirsty. If for some reason you get stuck somewhere and you end up out there longer than you expected, bring water. You can take your bag back. You can keep a water bottle holder here. There are many ways to carry water with you when you ride your electric tricycle.
Now, let me talk about two of the more important tips. Well, it’s not that carrying water isn’t important. The first is to place some form of flat deterrent inside the tube. There is something called slime that you can put in your tube. There is another product, I believe it is called FlatOut, that has this property. You can find it on Amazon. If you put it in your tyres and tubes before you ride, it will not prevent you from getting a puncture but it will prevent the tyres from leaking. In the case of slime, you can put the tube in and if the tube punctures, the slime will disperse so you don’t lose air in the tube. Many times it can extend the life of the tube, just as it would if it had not been punctured in any way, shape or form.
Now, in conjunction with the second tip, as I’m going to suggest, either carry a pump with you because even if you have a slow leak, you can pump up your tyres to get you to where you need to go, maybe call for someone to come and pick you up or provide your tyres with enough air to get home. Another thing you can try to do is to take a patch kit with you. But for many people, patching it will be very difficult. Another thing I would suggest is to bring an extra inner tube and a kit to change the tyre if you can. Now, my second tip encompasses a variety of things. It’s really about being careful and taking the necessary things with you so that you can get home in the event of a tyre leak. Now, many professional road cyclists carry the necessary tools or pumps to change a tyre …… Sorry, you have an inner tube on your bike.
Now, in case you don’t know and are inexperienced, electric trikes have an inner tube inside the tyre. If a tyre is punctured and goes flat, it’s not the tyre that’s flat, it’s the inner tube inside the tyre that’s flat. When you talk about repairing, you will be repairing the inner tube, not the actual tyre. Now on an electric trike, if you have a rear hub motor, then replacing the inner tube inside the tyre may be a little more complicated than the front tyre. You can carry an extra inner tube with you and if you have a front tyre leak it may be a little easier to replace the inner tube. If your rear tyre is leaking, it’s a good idea to add some slime or FlatOut to the tyre before riding. that’s my number one tip.
Also, carry a small tube with you. Worst case scenario, you can put a little air in your tyres every little bit of distance and that will at least help you get home. The goal is at least to get you home, or to get you to your local bike shop (if they can also help you fix your flat).
Second tip, put slime in your tyres or deflate them before you ride, carry a pump with you and carry extra inner tubes on all rides.
My third tip is an extra battery. Now this may not be for everyone. This only applies to long distance electric trike rides. Again, if you’re going to… I would say in this case if you’re going to be 10 miles from home, then 10 miles out, 10 miles back, 20 mile ride, if you’re not going to do that if you don’t want to travel without power and you’re going to be travelling 20 miles north or 20 miles or more, I would carry an extra battery. Now, for the most part, like our electric tricycles, I advertise them as being able to travel 50 miles.
That’s true in some conditions, but if you have a lot of hills, or if you decide to use five levels of pedal assist, or throttle more than you expect, you’re going to drain more battery. Or, if you have strong winds blowing in one direction and you start using pedal assist more to combat them, you will drain the battery faster.
If you’re not worried about the battery draining at any point and you can restart the power, you don’t have to. But if you want to make sure you always have power, carry an extra battery with you. It will give you the peace of mind to go out for longer rides without fear of using pedal assist or throttle. Now, again, I’m talking about rides that are 10 miles from your starting point or home.
Again, if you are riding 20 miles, but not more than two miles away, I don’t necessarily think you need to carry an extra battery. I’ve been in this situation before when I had a leaky tyre even though it was 11 miles from where I wanted to go. At that point, I didn’t have much of a choice and the person I called for a ride didn’t answer. I went to a petrol station, got some air and then I had to ride home with a flat tyre. Since then I have learnt my lesson and that is that I need to remove the slime from my tyres, I need to carry an extra inner tube and be careful so that in case this happens to me again, I can rely on my strength to ride home.
Electric cargo bike enable people to travel greater distances than cars do. Many cars have spare tyres or are able to allow you to travel an extra 50 or 60 miles so you can at least get to safety and look after your situation.
Electric trike tyres are not always equipped with the same technology so we just need to make sure we take the necessary precautions, like I said, put slime in your tyres and carry extra batteries for those long distance electric tricycle rides if you are going to keep going.