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New E-Bike? My Top Accessories to Get You Started

by Bike Shop Girl

Did you recently get a new electric bike? Congratulations!! An e-bike can change your life and my hope is to be that trusted e-bike welcoming committee to get you confidently rolling on your new bike. With that, I’m kicking off a “Getting Started with Your New E-Bike” series and this is the first article (and video below) in the series!

Today, I want to talk through the 4-6 accessories I think every e-bike owner or rider should have to enjoy the experience fully. This assumes that your new e-bike is designed for city or transportation riding, and came with lights, fenders, a kickstand, and a rear rack. If your bike doesn’t have those things already installed, I would recommend looking into them.

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Kali Central Lit City Helmet

#1 A Good Bike Helmet

I look for a good fit, ventilation, and not too heavy. I now also have been looking for city bike helmets with some type of rechargeable lights to add visibility up high. My go-to helmet that isn’t crazy is the Kali Central Lit (review). For a step up, I love the Nutcase Vio with better lighting (review).

best bike pump

#2 Floor Pump

You’ll need to pump up your tires every 2 weeks, so a quality and easy-to-use floor pump is important to prevent flat tires and headaches. My go-to pump is the JoeBlow Sport floor pump (review).

bike bags

#3 Bag to Hold Stuff

Being able to hop on your bike and go is important to a frictionless habit-forming experience. Having a bag close by your handlebars to throw your phone, keys, wallet, or whatever is super nice. There are various types of these bags:

The Slap Bag – if I’m not riding a Tern bike, I probably have this on my bike to be able to throw my wallet and GoPro in.
Tern RidePocket – most Tern Bikes have something called a “handlepost” and this RidePocket is designed to mount quickly around it. This is the bag you’ll find on all the bikes. Keys, phone, GoPro, snacks, etc. It is a brilliant bag and one of the reasons I fell in love with Tern.
Handlebar Bag – There are so many handlebar bag options. My favorite to get started is the Banjo Brothers Handlebar Bag in small due to the basic functions and price.

#4 A Good Lock (or two)

There is a large range of bike locks that work for e-bikes. Depending on where you live, how high bike theft is, and how long you are locking up for I would recommend different locks. I will have a bike locking article and video in this series but for now here are some solid lock options for you to check out.

Other “Nice to Have” Items:

  • As you venture further away from home, add something to carry water or a coffee mug.
  • Think about learning how to change a flat tire with all the tools needed, OR have an exit plan if you do get a flat. AAA, a friend? Whatever works best for you and your life.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the goal is to make it so it is easy for you to hop on your bike and go. Keeping you and your bike safe no matter where your trip takes you. What would you include in a “must-have” for a new e-bike rider?

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