Are you planning on travelling with your E-bike? Whether you’re taking your E-MTB to the local trail or bringing your electric bike on your next vacation, these tips on how to transport your E-bike will come in handy!
Factors Affecting E-bike Transport
Weight: E-bikes are heavier than bikes that do not have electric pedal-assist
Battery: E-bikes have a battery and electronic components
Top Tips for Transporting E-bikes in or on a Vehicle
If you have a van, sport utility vehicle or hatchback, you can put your E-bike in the back of your vehicle. Transporting your bike inside ensures your bike and components (like brakes) stay clean, dry, and free of contamination.
Removing the front wheel and battery before placing the bike inside your vehicle will make for a better fit and make the bike lighter weight and easier to lift.
When transporting an E-bike inside a vehicle, make sure cables and handlebar mounted control systems are not getting rubbed or damaged. Place a blanket over the E-bike to protect it from damage.
If using a bike rack, make sure the rack you have is rated for the weight of your E-bike(s), and can accommodate the size of the wheel/tire or frame.
Generally speaking, the best bike racks for use with an E-bike is are hitch/receiver-mounted, tray/platform-style racks. Not only do they require less of a lift to get your bike onto the rack, they are also more likely to be rated to hold the weight of one or more E-bikes.
Remove your battery before loading the E-bike onto the rack. Why? It will be lighter and easier to load and prevent possible theft or loss.
After your bike is on the rack, secure the E-bike properly with the straps on your rack. In addition, we recommend securing your bike with a lock.
When transporting your E-bike on the back of your car, consider covering your bike to reduce the chance of damage and contamination.