There are numerous factors that influence the range one gets on a single charge.
Some of them include:
- Terrain– up hill climbs demand a lot of energy from the battery.
- Rider “contribution” — the more the rider pedals– and how forcefully, greatly affect range.
- Wind– not just the wind that is part of the weather– but also how fast you are going– faster speeds create more wind resistance and require more power.
- Tire pressure– a firmer tire pumped up to the higher end of the recommended pressure range (indicated on the tire sidewall) rolls better and will improve range. Check tire pressure at least once a week.
- Heavy loads– an average sized rider pulling a trailer will require more energy to move than a 130 pound rider with no cargo.
- Higher levels of assist use more battery power– choose the lowest setting for best range.
- Stop and go traffic– like with automobiles, you get the best mileage (“range”) during sustained travel. Accelerating the bike repeatedly from a dead stop pulls added current from the battery.
- Temperature–Lithium batteries work best between temperatures of 32 deg. F and 95 deg. F….performance will be reduced if operating outside of this range.
- Shifting gears– One of the nicest features of your new bicycle is its mid-drive motor. This design allows the motor, as well as the rider, to take advantage of gear changes in the shifting system, improving efficiency. To get the most out of the mid-drive motor, you need to shift the gears.
One other thing that you can do — especially on a new battery or one that has been in storage– is to “Cycle” it. To do this, run the battery through a few charge cycles — fully discharge and leave on a charger overnight. Repeat this 3 times