Electric Bike Accessories: What to buy?
Looking for electric bike accessories?
We would say it… but for the uninitiated, we will gladly say it again: electric bikes are a fantastic way to get around, whether you're commuting to work, running errands, or just enjoying a leisurely ride.
They're environmentally friendly, easy to use, and offer the opportunity to get some exercise while still enjoying the convenience of a vehicle. You heard it here first: 2023 is truly the year of the e-bike.
On its own, an electric bike purchase is undoubtedly going to make you happy - just check out our reviews for proof! However, you can enhance your riding experience with certain accessories - some of which are worth investing in for your safety, too.
You may have already taken a look at our electric bike accessories store, but in this article, we will run through some of the key items you should be considering buying to enhance your e-bike experience.
Safety first: Protect yourself and your bike
Okay, this one is something of a “no-brainer”. (Pardon the pun).
First and foremost, you'll want to invest in a good helmet.
Helmets are essential for any bike ride, but they're especially important when riding an electric bike, which can reach higher speeds than traditional bicycles.
Look for a helmet that fits well and has adequate padding and ventilation to keep you cool and comfortable.
Some helmets are also equipped with built-in lights such as the LIVALL BH60SE Neo for added visibility, which can be especially useful if you plan to ride in the evenings or other low-light conditions..
Another accessory that can you cannot afford to miss out on is a bike lock.
Electric bikes can be more expensive than traditional bikes, so you'll want to take extra care to protect your investment. Look for a lock that's sturdy and durable, and consider investing in a secondary lock or chain to provide even more security. This is particularly worth thinking about if you don’t have a place to store your e-bike inside your home.
If you plan to do any nighttime riding, you'll want to invest in good lights for your bike. A good headlight and taillight can help you see and be seen in low-light conditions - and are obligatory as per the Highway Code.
Look for lights that are bright, easy to install, and have a long battery life - and remember, white lights up front, while your rear light should be red.
Check out the range of bike lights for sale on our site.
Make your e-bike even more practical
Whether you plan to use your electric bike for commuting, running errands, or an overnight trip, you'll likely need a way to carry your belongings with you.
A good bike rack or pannier bag can be a wise investment, as they allow you to carry groceries, work supplies, or other items without having to wear a backpack or carry a heavy load on your back (yes - the days of arriving at the office with a sweaty back are over!)
Another accessory that can be helpful for commuters, or those new to an area, is a phone mount.
This allows you to safely and securely mount your smartphone to your handlebars, so you can easily access maps, or other apps while you ride. Look for a mount that's compatible with your phone and bike, and that has a secure grip to prevent your phone from slipping or falling.
Keep in mind, however, that much like when using a sat-nav in your car, your attention must remain on the road while on the move. What’s more, when stationary or waiting in traffic, be conscious that your phone is adequately secure as it may present a target for petty theft.
Finally, if you plan to take your electric bike on the road with you (holidays, etc.), it’s worth investing in a good bike rack for your car.
A bike rack allows you to transport your bike safely and securely, without having to disassemble it or take up valuable space inside your car.
Remember, there are regulations when it comes to transporting your bike on the road - don’t get caught out.
For more info about travelling with an electric bike, check out our blog.
Electric bike accessories: Final thoughts
While some are without a doubt optional, the right accessories can make a big difference in the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of your rides.
High-quality accessories, such as those we sell at Eco Bike Co., will be compatible with your bike plus come with a manufacturer’s guarantee - and time and again receive rave reviews.
Perhaps you’re a trail rider, or simply looking to make your commute a little greener - the right accessories can help you get the most out of your electric bike.
To find out which accessories to prioritize for your day-to-day cycling routine, or your next big e-bike adventure, get in touch with our friendly team for advice.