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From ice adventures, getting out to an ice fishing hot spot using e-fat bikes can extend the winter fishing season or other shoulder season activities.

e-fat bikes can provide winter sports enthusiasts a fun alternative

From ice adventures, getting out to an ice fishing hot spot using e-fat bikes can extend the winter fishing season or other shoulder season outdoor activities. These are topics the “godfather of ice-fishing,” Minnesota native, Dave Genz will cover at the E-Bike Challenge Minneapolis, this weekend.

If the idea of using an electric bike or electric fat bike, called an e-bike had piqued your interest, you are in luck. Coming to Minneapolis, the E-bike Challenge is March 23–24, 2019. On Saturday, March 22nd, at 2 p.m. Dave will be on stage with John Schaubach, from Crosby, MN. The two of them will share their story using e-fat bikes, in the True North. Covering the adventures of John’s winter fat biking experience up near Cuyuna that led to the eventual use of a pedal assist fat bike for ice fishing.

At their Saturday presentation, learn from Dave how by using an e-bike he has discovered many advantages for ice fishing, with the motorized fat bike. Like his intro video, demonstrates, the pulling power of an e-fat bike makes it easier to haul sporting gear in off-road terrain situations. So, during early winter or late in the season when the ice isn’t thick or safe enough for an ATV or truck, Mr. Ice Fishing got to thinking. There has got to be a better way to reach distant hotspots with his lightweight, portable shelter and other gear? And the electric assist fat bike solved his problem which he will share.

Recently Dave and John completed a side-by-side comparison of a traditional fat bike to a pedal assist fat bike. On stage, this coming Saturday they will share their findings, many fun stories of adventure and successes.

Mark your calendar and page through the pre-event E-bike Challenge Guide to prepare your questions when looking at the latest e-bike models. Then, get a feel for the bike or bikes you like the best at the Challenge’s indoor test track.

Tips on charging your electric bike to maximize the batteries life

The most expensive component of your new electric bike is the battery and motor. Most of the price involved in buying a ready to go e-bike is the size of the bikes storage unit, the lithium-ion battery pack. These batteries are now used in all types of applications. So it’s no surprise to find them powering electric bikes. What you will discover, more expensive e-bikes have higher-tech batteries that are lighter, charge quickly, and last longer. Batteries degrade over time, holding less charge as they age.

The quality of an electric bike battery makes a difference

The better the battery is will help you maximize the distance (range) you expect to achieve, so look for a reputable named battery manufacturer. Then make sure the warranty covers the battery for at least two years. Conservatively lithium-ion batteries are typically said to last for 1,000 full charge cycles. That’s about three years of daily use five to seven times a week. With careful use, the battery can survive longer, so you should get at least 2,000 half-charge cycles. In practice, a battery life of several years is quite easy to achieve depending on how often you charge and store the battery.

A centerpost battery for an electric bike

A center post battery unit for an electric bike

To maximize the life of your electric bike battery

  • Ride your bike a lot and charge it often
  • If your bike comes with a smart-charge, faithfully disconnect the charger within 24 hours
  • When not in use, for a week or more, charge the battery to only 40% to 70% of its capacity
  • Then store the battery or bike and battery in a cool dry place, above freezing, Checking and charge every two to three weeks to keep it in that range.

For more information

Be sure to mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis or visit a local bike shop in your area that sells and services electric bikes.