Smooth Starts: How to Get Rolling on Your Electric Bike

Smooth Starts: How to Get Rolling on Your Electric Bike

Smooth Starts: How to Get Moving on Your Electric Bike

When I first started riding Bertha, my Riese & Müller Load4 60 electric cargo bike, I quickly realized that getting started from a stop requires a bit more finesse and practice than a regular bike. If you've ever stalled at a 4-way stop with everyone watching, unsure of how to get moving again, you know the frustration. Fear not—those awkward moments will soon be a thing of the past! Whether you're riding an electric cargo bike, a standard bike, or are new to cycling altogether, these six essential tips will help you start rolling smoothly and confidently.

Front Loader Electric Cargo Bike with Dog

1. Pedal Position

Move your pedal to the 2 o’clock position. This gives you the best leverage with your body weight to generate the necessary momentum, which is particularly important when you're carrying heavy loads.

2. Gearing

Look ahead to anticipate whether you’ll need an easier gear after you come to a stop and shift accordingly before your stop. If you're still in a lower/harder gear after a downhill cruise, it's going to take a whole lot of effort to start from 0 mph especially on an incline or with a heavy load. Shifting to a higher/easier gear before you stop allows your take off to be easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Front Loader Electric Cargo Bike with Dog

3. Balance and Stability

Electric cargo bikes are generally heavier and longer than regular bikes, which affects their balance and stability. Take some time to practice riding in a safe, open area before hitting the streets. Get comfortable with the weight distribution, especially when carrying cargo. Practice turning, stopping, and starting until you feel confident. 

For more on how the Load4 60 handles, check out our latest review here.

4. Utilize the Stop as Yield Law

If your state allows it, take advantage of the Stop as Yield Law that allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as if it is a yield sign. When you approach an intersection controlled by a stop sign, you must stop if there is approaching cross-traffic with the right of way. However, if there is no approaching cross-traffic, you can roll past the sign and enter the intersection, just as you would with a yield sign. Please be respectful, slow down and truly yield, though. This is not a free pass to zoom through stop signs! 

Check the bicycle laws in your state here.

5. Practice Makes Perfect

Riding an electric cargo bike may require more practice than a standard bike due to its size and weight. Don’t be discouraged if it feels awkward at first. The more you ride, the more you’ll get a feel for how the bike handles, how to maneuver it in tight spaces, and how to balance with varying loads.

Riding an ebike with friends

6. Enjoy the Ride!

Once you get the hang of it, riding an electric cargo bike will change your life. By making easy work of carrying heavy loads and tackling hills, you'll enjoy the all the benefits of cycling while transporting your groceries, kids, dogs, and cargo efficiently and sustainably. 

So what are you waiting for?! Come by our Hood River shop for a test ride or reach out for a consultation by

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