France belongs to you! And you will be able to visit lots of places with the wind following your electric bike ride.
Before knowing where to go, choose a suitable e-bike. An electric trekking bike must allow riding at an average speed of 25 km / h. Choose a model with good autonomy, good braking, comfortable suspension and electric assistance that is effective enough to help you conquer any landscape without much effort.
If you do not plan to ride on trails, choose a model on which you sit straight. This seating posture will ensure a more restful ride than a sporty seating position (requiring the support of the handlebar).
It would be also good to equip your e-bike with removable panniers with a rack (what else to take with you on an e-biking trip?). A handlebar bag could also be useful, if you plan to carry, for example, a laptop. Do not forget to have a bike lock. Finally, a GPS (or a GPS app on a smartphone) is often a valuable aid during long walks.
Like any trip, when your e-bike is ready, you then need to plan the route and the distance to be traveled. The distance is the first thing to plan carefully as it will be defined by how much energy your e-bike’s battery is able to preserve on a single charge. Generally, the battery of an electric bike provides from 70 to 80 km of autonomy. If you are riding your e-bike faster than 25 km / h, the electric assistance would generally stop. Traveling at that speed generally means that the cyclist is riding downhill or on a flat terrain.
Opt for organized rides
Once you have your e-bike ready and your route planned, France belongs to those who ride! Crossings of the Verdon and the plateau of Valensole, Canal du Midi, Loire Valley, vineyards of Burgundy or small steep roads of the Nice region, everything is accessible. Many tracks are well detailed on the Internet. A site such as BE-cyclette offers several trips in the Alps. Whereas Veloenfrance and Terres
Organized electric bike rides are on the rise. E-bikes are provided by the travel agencies. They also provide a travel guide to help holidaymakers discover beautiful landscapes along their routes. These travel companies usually offer well-marked routes, sometimes equipped with cycle lanes or reserved event reserved for electric bikes, on which motor vehicles are not allowed. Prices range from 50 to 200 euros per day. In general, it could be better to use a company that will also transport your luggage from one point to another. This will allow you a light ride.
Do not take on too many kilometers at once
There is usually a choice of 3 types of itineraries: those of less than 50 km, accessible to all and which are done during the day. Those between 50 and 100 km that can take 2 days. And finally, those over 100 km that will usually take several days.
If you ride by yourself, the ideal scenario is to plan rides of 50 to 70 kilometers per day (not more than 50
Rides of more than 100 km/day with children are usually to be avoided. Kids tend to lose their capacity to concentrate on the route quicker than adults.
Once your travel itinerary is selected, do not forget to check one of the e-cycling websites to inform yourself about local conditions in the area (roadworks, for example), and to check the weather conditions. In the rain, riding an e-bike can become slippery, especially when making turns.
Finally, before putting yourself in the saddle, it is important to make sure that you will have enough electric plugs to charge all the batteries during the night if you travel in a group.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on LCI. Photo credit – LCI.