To complete that electric bike, you’re going to need the best electric bike accessories. Do you need some useful extras to take your electric bike to the next level, or to finish off the perfect build?
We have you covered. Here we have 10 of the most useful accessories you’ll need for your electric bike.
This is more of a courtesy accessory. If you don’t already have a helmet, stop reading and get one right now. You have such a wide range to choose from. From expensive helmets such as the Bell Super 3 or the Smith Optics Overtake. All the way down to the ‘El Cheapo helmets like the Schwinn Thrasher and Kingbike Helmet.
These will do the job, but keep in mind that the more expensive they are, the better quality they are. Which translates to how well it protects your noodle in a fall! (Up to a point the more expensive ones are better. After a certain price range you’re just paying for fanciness, like a Custom Predator Helmet).
Search around to find a helmet that you both enjoy looking at, and that fits well. It’s important to also consider getting a safety rated motorcycle helmet if you plan on going fast on the road. Helmets like the Fuel Helmets HH Series are more rugged than a bike helmet and are held to the Department of Transport standards.
These are good for more safety, but without a full face motorcycle helmet. If you’re after more safety, you could consider getting a full face helmet like the ILM Motorcycle Helmet.
If you’ve ever driven a car past a bike riding at night with no lights, you’ll know why you need lights. E-bikes are invisible at night time. You’ll be hit in a matter of minutes if you go riding at night.
Unless of course, you get yourself some awesome lights to make you glow! Depending on your country or state, you may need to have active or passive lights on your e-bike. Passive lights are also known as reflectors.
These are mostly installed when the bike is manufactured. Often reflectors are built into pedals too. So if you buy new pedals you’ll still have passive lights. Active bike lighting is what you would normally think of when someone says bike lighting.
It’s best to have a white light on the front, and red flashing lights on the back. The front light allows you to be easily seen when you’re coming towards other motorists. It helps with assisting your vision also.
You can get rechargeable lights that clip to your handlebars and seat post. Lights such as the Blitzu Gator Rechargeable Bike Light or the Ticoze Bike Light Set.
However some would argue (myself included!) that it’s much easier (and way, way cooler) to install custom lighting that runs from your main e-bike battery. This means you’ll never run out of juice (assuming you manage your main battery life well) for your lights when you least expect it.
Something like the 20W Motorbike LED would certainly do the trick! For the back, just get a Rear Red LED and you’re sorted! Pair those with some cable and a switch for the handlebars, and set it all up together, and bam!
Easy light setup. You’re safe, happy and can see the road ahead! Be careful what voltage your lights are rated for! Many will only work at 12V.
If you have a fully charged 48V battery, it will put out 54.6V. A fully charged 52V battery will output 58.8V! So either get yourself some lights that can handle up to 60V, or get a DC-DC converter to take your high battery voltage down to 12V.
You need ebike security. You’ve just created or bought a masterpiece of engineering. Worth a few thousand, and now you need to secure it. Getting a bike lock will increase the chances that a thief will ignore your electric bicycle and move along to something easier.
Being courteous is a big part of being an e-biker. You’re faster than most cyclists and certainly faster than pedestrians. So you’ll need to warn them of your looming, speeding presence.
So they can act accordingly. Nothing says “Hi buddy, I see you’re ahead of me and I don’t want to run you down so could you please move out of my way so I can pass by and we can carry on our days just as great, if not better than, before” better than a short ring of a friendly bell. Screaming and yelling “GET OUT OF MY WAY” isn’t quite as nice. So I generally don’t do it. Bells are inexpensive and another great way to add some personal touches to your e-bike.
From classic bells to nice looking bells, all the way to oddly designed bells, super load electronic bells and weird bells, you really have a huge selection. Get one to suit you and your e-bike. From a pedestrian and biker, thanks for getting a bell instead of yelling at me!
If you’re going to be commuting with your e-bike, there’s nothing better than having eyes in the back of your head. But you don’t need to have another set of eyes, you can simply get a mirror! Handlebar mirrors are fantastic to put on your ebike to keep an eye on the traffic behind you. Are they sneaking up behind you?
Drifting into your lane? Or not paying attention at all? You can see all this and more with a bike mirror. You can get them as convex bar mirrors or even larger motorcycle-ish mirrors. Alternatively, you can have bar-end mirrors. Or even crazy mirrors that attach to your eyeglasses?!? If you have a mirror, you’re infinitely better off than the other biker on the road that does not. Do yourself a favour and grab one while you can!
Get some mud guards. They’re also great if you want to take your ebike offroad too! Stones in your face are not fun. You can go cheap, which will do the job. But not very stylishly. Or you can go nice with these FJQXZ Mudguards. Really anything will do, and it’s just down to personal taste! Get crazy, or stay super stealth. I prefer stealthy mud guards!
Hand Grips, Seats, Pedals
There’s only 3 parts of the e-bike you touch at all times. The hand grips, the seat and the pedals. So why settle for anything less than absolute luxury? If you’re going off on long rides you don’t want a sore hand or bottom! Nor do you want your feet getting achy.
The best decision you can make for your e-bike build is to replace the seat and grips. Be wise about what you order though. Please don’t use just any grip, you’ll regret it. Your hands will not forgive you.
Ergonomic grips are way better! Or even some nice BMX grips. Next you’ll want a nice place to sit down on. There’s two ways about this. You can upgrade your seat post or your saddle. Or both!
Upgrading your seat post to include suspension will soften the ride immensely. This will make it feel as if you’re gliding through the air! The Suntour SP12-NCX or the Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster are the upper end of seat posts. These will feel silky smooth.
If you just want to experience seat post suspension, you could opt for something slightly cheaper such as the Diamondback Suspension Seatpost. No frills, but should give you a good intro to world of suspension seat posts! Lastly you can replace your saddle! The actual bit that you sit on.
If you want high end, you can get the Ergon SME3 or a Seatylock! But you could just as easily get a reasonably priced, comfortable looking seat such as the Daway (or this Daway or Cloud-9. Slapping on a nice soft gel cover and being on your merry way! Keep in mind though, if you go high end saddle, you’ll never go back! They’re just so darn good.
Nothing separates a serious commuter from casual weekend rider like having cargo baskets. It gives you a place to hold your helmet, bicycle lock, and gloves…along with sunglasses and possibly a dozen other personal items that make your rides easier, safer, and more convenient.
Having a front basket may not be macho (I’m a hairy old guy), but it puts your most often-used items in easy reach when you are sitting on your e-bike, and it also keeps them within eye-view when riding. Rear cargo baskets (I’ve heard them called “panniers”) should not extend any more forward than the rear-wheels’ axle (on a conventional frame), because your heel would keep bumping into it when you pedal.
Of course, if you have a longtail cargo bike, that is not an issue. If you are riding your e-bike to work, then you definitely need a place to store a few wrenches, a spare tube, and a CO2 canister…for those times when you get a flat tire. Whether your baskets are “affordable” or fancy, large or small…they are an incredibly useful addition to any e-bike.
Fenders are one of the items that are rarely found on entry-level e-bikes. Customers are always price-sensitive, and deleting the fenders is one way to keep the purchase price down on an e-bike that might still be over $2000.
However, if a street e-bike turns into something that you end up using frequently, you will soon find that adding fenders can save you from getting splashed with mud and water.
Digital Multi meter
Not always a first thought of an accessory for your e-bike, but I can assure you it’s worth it. If you’re troubleshooting your build or creating a fancy lighting circuit for your e-bike, a digital multi meter will be invaluable.
It can help you check your voltages or check continuity of cables to test if they’re broken. There’s nothing worse than frying your electronics because you thought the cable you were using was 12V instead of 48V.