Alanna here with Sixthreezero. We've talked about Pedal Assist, and now we're going to talk about using the throttle. The throttle is the quickest and easiest way to engage your e-bike's motor, and we're going to talk about when and how to use it.
To engage the throttle, all you have to do is turn your e-bike on, make sure Pedal Assist is set to at least one, which is the default when you turn your bike on, and then push on the throttle. Now, if it's your first time using an e-bike and you want to get a feel for how much of a boost the throttle gives you, you can try it without even getting on your bike.
So, turn the bike on, set to one. You can give it a gentle push and you'll see what a boost the e-bike gives you. You want to make sure you don't press it down all the way because that will lurch your bike forward, just a little nudge to see what it feels like. And then, I always suggest turning it off before getting on your bike so that you don't accidentally bump it while you're mounting your bike.
When is a good time to use the throttle? A good time to use the throttle is any time you are approaching a hill and you don't want to work too hard. Especially if you're coming from a stop, just engage the throttle to get you right up the hill. Also, if you are stuck partway up a hill, you thought you could make it up, but it turns out you don't have the strength or you're too tired, engage the throttle and, again, it'll be essentially effortless to get up that hill and back to biking.
Secondly, if you are in a group with other riders and you fall behind because, you get stuck at an intersection or for whatever reason, and you want to catch up to them quickly, the throttle will definitely come in handy for that too. Also, if you're biking and you encounter any sort of obstacle or you need to make any abrupt turns to get out of harm's way and into safety, the throttle will definitely be useful.
One situation in which I always use the throttle is to get through an intersection quickly. I don't want to spend too much time in the intersection, I want to get out of there as quickly as possible. So whenever I'm stuck at a red light, I'm ready to hit the throttle when the light turns green. Just always making sure of your surroundings and pedestrians, but getting out of that intersection quickly, definitely using the throttle for that.
Another time when I always use the throttle is when I'm just starting to bike. So if I'm at a complete stop, I just got on my bike, both feet are on the ground, it's an easy way to get quickly balanced. You don't have to worry about finding the right leverage with the pedals. You can just hit the throttle, you'll find your balance quickly, and then you can take your time finding the pedals with your feet, and then continuing to bike from there.
And of course, the throttle always comes in handy if you just simply do not want a pedal. If you are too tired, you're lazy, or just looking to cruise and relax, use the throttle. Don't even worry about the pedals, and have fun with it.
Ultimately, having a throttle on your electric bike gives you more power and control over your ride so that you can spend more time biking and having fun, and less time stressing out and wearing yourself out. So try it out, don't be intimidated by it, practice with it, and I'm sure you'll find that having a throttle makes you a more confident rider.
So, if you have any electric bike questions, please leave them in the comments below. We'd be happy to answer them and make sure to join our exclusive Sixthreezero Pedalers community. It's a great place to share photos of your bike, share photos of your ride, get your questions answered by other Sixthreezero owners, and it's the first place that we post all of our giveaways. So, it's a great place to be. Make sure to join. Thank you for watching, I hope this video was helpful. Don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.