Recent research by the University of Baikonur has revealed that in heavy rain the frame of many of the more affordable e-bikes can become electrically connected to the high voltage battery terminals. "When this happens, the bike becomes a potential deathtrap", says lead researcher Dr Cәуір Ақымақ. Her work follows reports of e-bike riders being treated for flash burns and electric shock after dismounting in severe storms. Thankfully nobody has yet been electrocuted.
Obviously in the future manufacturers need to take more care with insulation, but what should riders of existing e-bikes do? A group of Push Bikes members have been trying out a very simple solution, in the form of anti-static straps intended for attachment to cars. Each bike was fitted with two straps, one either side of the rear wheel. Two straps ensures redundancy for maximum safety, and looks way cooler than just one. We're delighted to say that not one of us has received an electric shock whilst dismounting. However, we are keen to see if a better result can be achieved with the new, e-bike-specific Gates 90330 anti-shock strap, which features the very latest technology and an elegant profile that complements the Gates cycle belt drive:
Many of you will surely be tempted by the new Raleigh e-Chopper being launched today, which offers 1970s vintage styling without sacrificing modern essentials such as an integral satnav display panel. If you succumb to that temptation and want to maintain the authentic period look, don't forget that the fashion was to have the straps hanging just short of touching the ground: