How To Prevent Back Pain When Riding An Electric Bike?

How To Prevent Back Pain When Riding An Electric Bike

If you’re looking for an easy way to get around town, an electric bike is a great option. However, if your back gets sore while riding an e-bike, it might not be as enjoyable as you think.

If you want to ride your electric bike without having to worry about back pain, it is important to know how to prevent back injury. The most common cause of backache is sitting for long hours. While it might be uncomfortable at first, the right posture will help prevent this type of ailment. You should also try to sit in a neutral position so that you don’t place undue strain on your spine and hips.

If your back hurts while riding your electric bike, there are several ways to prevent back pain and keep yourself comfortable on the road.

Prevention Tips

Prevention Tips ebike back pain.jpg

The first way to prevent back pain while riding an e-bike is to ensure you fit properly. You need to avoid forward bending or slamming the stem. The correct fit is directly related to correct posture and positioning. Besides the e-bike, it is also important to follow a stretching and strengthening regime.

Another common cause of back pain while riding an e-bike is bad posture. You need to maintain a proper posture to avoid over-stretching your muscles. Most importantly, you should always choose the correct size of bike for your height and weight. Make sure that the seat is set at a comfortable height and that it can be easily adjusted. You should also consider getting a shock-absorbing seat and better handlebars for additional comfort. Additionally, before riding any electric bicycle, make sure to perform some pre-ride stretches so as not to injure yourself on the way home or at work!

Make sure that you have a proper stance, so that your legs are not too far apart. The same applies to your seat, which needs to be in a horizontal position. Keeping your legs straight and the saddle horizontal will also prevent back pain.

Finally, make sure you pedal efficiently (with both legs) by keeping good posture at all times: stand tall with shoulders relaxed, chest out but not too far forward; bend at waist rather than knees; use thighs rather than quads when pedaling uphill so that less stress is put on knees/legs generally speaking.”

Before the Ride

Set Your Bike for Optimum Comfort

There are a few adjustments you can make, depending on what type of bike you have and how you like to ride.

  • Your seat height should be set at the level where your leg is nearly fully extended (180 degrees or so). This ensures that all parts of your leg stay in contact with the pedals at all times, which keeps them from getting fatigued or cramping up. It also helps keep your center of gravity over the bike for better control.
  • Adjusting the seat back allows for optimal comfort when pedaling. A good rule of thumb is to sit as far back as possible without having to hunch forward when riding—this will help avoid lower back pain associated with leaning too far forward while riding an electric bike.
  • Handlebar height and angle are adjusted based on personal preference; some people prefer lower handlebars so they can fit more comfortably between them while others prefer higher handlebars so they don’t have to lean over as much while riding. The ideal setup depends on how tall and what size body frame they’re working with; taller riders may need higher handlebars than shorter ones because their legs aren’t long enough to reach down low enough without having sore hips after several hours on an e-bike!

Get a Shock-Absorbing Seat and Better Handlebars

To prevent back pain when riding an electric bike, you need to get a shock-absorbing seat and better handlebars.

A good seat will be able to absorb the vibrations of the motor and help keep your body comfortable while riding. You want something that’s going to make you feel like you’re sitting on a cloud, not on a bed of sharpened knives.

The handlebars also play an important role in how comfortable or uncomfortable your ride is going to be. Make sure they are adjustable so that it’s easy for you to reach them comfortably at all times of day (morning stiffness can make this tricky). If possible, try out some different styles before making your final decision about which one will work best for you!

pre ride stretches for ebike

Perform Pre-Ride Stretches Before You Go

You should never blow off regular stretching, even if you’re an avid cyclist. But it is especially important when riding an electric bike because these bikes require a lot more movement and can cause issues in the lower back region. That said, there are some general rules of thumb that apply to all forms of exercise:

  • Never stretch cold muscles (your muscles need to be warm before stretching).
  • Always hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds (or longer if you’re not feeling any discomfort).
  • Don’t bounce; move slowly and fluidly through each motion.

Pedal More Efficiently

Knowing how to pedal efficiently is the most important part of riding an electric bike. You must learn how to maximize your pedaling power and efficiency.

  • The first step is to understand the difference between cadence (pedal rotation) and cadence efficiency (how much energy you use per revolution). Most people have a natural tendency of pedaling hard at a low cadence, which can lead to fatigue and injury. A high-quality crank with a stiff bottom bracket shell will help keep your chain from slapping around as well as provide support for better power transfer through the pedals.
  • Next, it’s time for some practice! Find yourself some empty streets or trails where there isn’t much car traffic or other obstacles that could cause you harm during practice sessions. Use these sessions as an opportunity to test out different gears and learn how each one feels before heading out on real rides where they might come in handy later on down the road!
pre bike stretch

Maintain Good Posture at All Times

“Good posture is the foundation of good bike fit, and it’s important in electric bikes as well as regular bikes. Your body weight should be distributed evenly between your hands and feet. This will help reduce stress on the knees, hips and lower back by keeping you balanced. If you’re riding an electric bike with a higher seat height than normal, the lower back can become strained if you don’t maintain proper posture throughout the ride.

It’s also important to always keep your head up when riding so that you don’t develop neck pain later on in life because of poor posture while cycling. The same goes for bending over too much: it can cause back pain over time!

Drink Lots of Water on the Road

Another important thing to do when riding an electric bike is to drink lots of water. It may sound obvious, but we are often so focused on our destination that we forget to make sure that our body is well hydrated before, during and after the ride.

Drinking enough water on the road can prevent dehydration and overheating which could lead to serious health problems like heat stroke or even death in extreme cases.

The ideal amount of water you should drink depends on a number of factors: your weight, the weather conditions (hotter temperatures require more fluid intake), as well as how long you’re planning on riding for and where it’s taking place (for example if there’s no shade). If possible try finding out what other cyclists have been doing – most people don’t tend towards dehydration unless they’re exercising for more than three hours without drinking anything at all! If all else fails then just remember that thirst is not a good indicator; instead look out for signs like dry lips or tongue which can indicate dehydration has already occurred

Preventing Back pain while riding your Electric bike is easy, with proper preparation and execution.

Prevention for back pain before ebike ride
Teenagers is repairing his mountain bike in the park. Boy is troubleshooting while spinning bike in the sunlight shining down from the tree. Problems while exercising on the street.

To prevent back pain while riding your electric bike, you can use the following tips:

  • Bring the correct size bike. If a bike is too small or too big for you, it will not be comfortable to ride. The seat should be at the right height so that when seated on the seat with both feet on the ground and both hands on the handlebars, your arms are slightly bent or at least relaxed. You should not have to hunch over too much or lean forward to reach any of the controls when sitting on this position. If you do feel discomfort in this position, then try moving up or down until finding a more comfortable spot for your wrists and shoulders while riding.
  • Set up an adjustable shock-absorbing seat with better handlebars and pedals that let you pedal more efficiently by using less effort than other methods available today.[1]


In conclusion, you should remember that there are many things that can cause back pain when riding an electric bike. But if you use the tips we’ve given above, then your chances of having this problem will be considerably decreased!

Sharing is caring!

Picture of Lisa Hayden-Matthews

Lisa Hayden-Matthews

An avid Skier, bike rider, triathlon enthusiast, amateurish beach volleyball player and nature lover who has never lost a dare! I manage the overall Editorial section for the magazine here and occasionally chip in with my own nature photographs, when required.
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Related Posts

Subscribe To Our NewsLetter!

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x