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    What to Wear on an E-bike Tour

    By Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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    What to Pack For E-bike Adventures

    Embarking on an E-bike trip opens up a world of exploration and adventure. Whether you’re zipping through countryside villages, cruising along the coast, or traversing rugged terrain, proper gear is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable journey. Read our guide below for more information on what to pack. 

    What are E-bikes?

    three cyclists uphill with a sandy beach behind

    Maybe it’s easier to start by saying what E-bikes are not. They are not motorbikes or scooters. E-bikes are bikes – they have seats and handlebars, as well as pedals and gears. You ride an E-bike as you’d ride a regular road bike. You’ll still be pedalling, changing gears, and braking – the main difference is that there is an electric assist that increases with each touch of the button. There are a few different levels ranging from Eco to Turbo. It’s up to you to decide when and how much electric assistance you might need on each stage of your E-bike journey. 

    Learn more about our E-bike fleet here.

    E-bike FAQs

    Do I need to bring my own E-bike? Read More

    No – E-bike rental is included in our E-bike tours.

    While we always offer the possibility of bringing your own bike, E-bike or otherwise, we have a fantastic fleet of Trek bikes at your disposal.

    Meet the fleet here.

    What E-bikes do you use? Read More

    We have a fleet of Trek Allant+ 6 E-bikes in three sizes: S, M, and L. Each size corresponds to a height—when booking your tour, chat with our friendly sales team to ensure you get the best-sized bike for you.

    Learn more about our E-bikes here.

    Do I need to pedal an E-bike? Read More

    Yes – an E-bike is a regular bike with an electric assistance powered by a battery. But you’ll still need to pedal the bike – the battery is there to take the edge off rather than pedal for you.

    Upper Body

    Long-sleeved base layer tee or cycling jersey – Perfect for cooler weather, opt for a merino wool long-sleeved top or jersey for added warmth and comfort.

    Lightweight fleece jacket or vest – Select something ideal for quick layering during breaks. Seek out designs with elastic armholes to prevent restriction while riding.

    Lightweight, waterproof, and windproof shell – Ensure ease of use and versatility by choosing a jacket that can be easily packed away or donned as needed according to the weather conditions. As you’ll likely travel faster by E-bike due to the heavier base weight of the bike going downhill and the electric assist going uphill, the wind factor is a serious consideration.

    Ideally, no matter what layers you choose, you should select bright colours to ensure visibility on narrow roads, as you’ll be sharing Ireland’s county roads with cars.

    Lower Body

    Padded lycra cycling shorts/chamois – E-bikes might make cycling more accessible and arguably easier, but a saddle’s a saddle, and you want to be comfortable while seated on your saddle. Therefore, correctly choosing what you wear on your lower body is the cornerstone of riding comfort, whether they are bibbed or not.

    Bib shorts or cycling shorts?

    Bib shorts are form-fitting padded bike shorts that have suspenders over the shoulder. While lycra bib shorts may initially feel unfamiliar, they offer unparalleled comfort by keeping everything in place on the saddle. Consider giving them a try for a sleeker and more comfortable riding experience.

    If you prefer a more traditional fit, bike shorts with padded chamois are another great option. Of note, avoid wearing anything underneath, as it diminishes the benefits of padded shorts. You’ll get the same level of padding and aerodynamics with this E-bike option.

    Leggings or longs for riding – Opt for specialized road cycling leggings for colder-weather rides. Look for leggings with ankle zips for easy removal during stops. Alternatively, long-legged “bib shorts” are available, but you’ll need to commit to wearing them throughout your cycle. In Ireland, the weather can be quite changeable, and the wind factor is no joke, especially on the coast, and especially as you whizz along on your E-bike. We recommend you check the weather forecast ahead of time.

    Lightweight waterproof trousers – While optional, lightweight trousers can be quite handy. Water-repellent leggings or leg warmers are also available to wear between your padded shorts and socks for added protection against the elements. As E-bike tours incorporate plenty of cultural and culinary stops, having dry outer layers to throw on during your stops is essential to getting the most out of your E-bike trip.

    Footwear

    Packing footwear for your E-bike tour is the biggest difference from packing footwear for a road cycling trip. While clip-on cycling shoes (that “lock in” to the SPD pedals) are very popular with road cyclists and are said to reduce fatigue and increase efficiency, E-bikes are different.

    On average, E-bikes are at least double the weight of a road bike, often more. E-bike trips include bike rental – our E-bikes are Trek Allant+ 6 and weigh ​​23.10 kg / 50.93 lb (for a medium size). Even though this is on the lower side for an E-bike, compare this to our road bike fleet, the Trek Domane AL5, which clocks in at just 10.10 kg / 22.27 lb for a similar mid-size model.

    For this reason, we recommend that you use flat pedals (provided) and trainers. Ideally, your trainers should be broken in and comfortable.

    Another reason that we recommend flat trainers is that, unlike more challenging traditional road cycling trips, your E-bike tour will include cultural stops. Whether you are walking along the Cliffs of Moher, wandering through the ruins of a castle or historic church, or enjoying treats in a charming cafe, you’ll be more comfortable in flat shoes.

    Head & Hands

    Helmet – While there are no legal requirements in Ireland to wear a helmet when cycling, we consider it imperative and non-negotiable for anyone riding with us. Given the high speeds and sharing roads with other vehicles, proper head protection in case of a fall is paramount, particularly when on an E-bike. We strongly advise a snugly fitted helmet. If you’re bringing your own, it’s advisable to research the safety certifications and consider features such as ventilation and aerodynamics before purchasing. We also provide helmets if you prefer not to pack your own.

    Gloves – Whether full-fingered or fingerless, having gloves is invaluable when riding in unpredictable Irish weather and wind conditions.

    Riding Lenses – Clear lens glasses or interchangeable sunglasses offering 100% UVA and UVB protection are indispensable. They safeguard your eyes from wind and debris while riding. This is especially important on the windy west coast of Ireland.

    What to Pack – Accessories

    Your bike comes equipped with a small handlebar bag – ideal for packing your phone, a small camera, and some bike snacks. (While we provide bike snacks, you’re welcome to bring your favourites – have a look at our bike snack guide here.)

    Your bike comes with a water bottle holder – we recommend that you bring your own reusable water bottle as we try to avoid single-use plastics. We can provide water bottle refills throughout your trip. Just because you have the option of turbo mode to zoom up the hills doesn’t mean you don’t need to hydrate.

    E-bike Tours

    Wilderness Ireland Departure DatesAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    E-bike – Ireland’s West Coast

    21st Sep - 27th Sep 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 3,350Book Now

    Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

    American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.

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