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Learn Why a Throttle on EBike is Great for Senior Riders

February 17, 2023

Hey guys, I'm Dustin. I've nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and E-bike industry, and today I'm going to explain why is a throttle on an E-bike so great for senior riders. Stick around.

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Okay, so lots of E-bikes come with throttles. Some have thumb throttles like our bikes here at SixThreeZero and some have twist throttles. It's a great feature that if used effectively can benefit a lot of riders, specifically senior riders over 60. The reason is the throttle can really help riders get moving. Now again, I'm making blanket statements here. If it doesn't apply to you, don't feel like watching, that's okay. But I've found, I've done lots of rides with riders from 60 to 85 and I've really witnessed how the throttle can become a very strategic part of the use of an E-bike, especially for our over 60 riders.

The reason is that number one when you're stopping and getting going again, the throttle can be a great tool to help the bike get moving. What I've seen also is a lot of times if you stop the bike and you leave the gears, let's say in a higher gear, 5, 6, 7, it's going to be harder to get pedaling again from a dead stop. So the throttle can actually help get the bike up to speed, then you can start pedaling and if you left the bike in gear 5, 6, or 7, it's going to be much easier to get moving.

So as an example, let me just kind of demonstrate here. So if I'm at a complete standstill right here and let me go ahead and turn this on, and let's say right now I'm only in gear 2, but let's just say you're stopped and you're kind of struggling or let's say you're even on a little slope of some sort and it's hard, sometimes it's hard and you have to stand up and pedal, the benefit, especially with a throttle, you're just going to go like this. You're just going to click that and that's going to get you moving and you can ease into it. And this is something that I've seen on all the rides that we've done, and you can watch them on our YouTube. All of our senior riders have taken advantage of that, which is why I think having a throttle for any senior rider is a huge benefit.

The other benefit that I find is it's very easy to navigate small turns and tight turns with the throttle. Now, once you get the hang of obviously how much throttle to give it or not give it with your thumb, it becomes easier. So as an example, you know how sometimes you have to slow down and you're trying to turn your wheel and it gets hard to balance? The benefit with the throttles is you can just kind of tap it and you can just go like this and kind of move it as you see fit, and it just becomes very easy to balance. So it's a great supplement to have on any bike or E-bike.

The last feature, and maybe not everyone will use this, a lot of E-bikes have a walking feature as well. So you can put it into walking mode and you can pull the throttle, whoa, that's a little too fast. I don't have it in walking mode. But I do this a lot actually because we take the bikes out to various locations for photo shoots and things like that, and maybe I'm going uphill, or let's say you have a driveway and you have to get it up to the top of the driveway. You can just ease into that, right? And that you can just see. And that just helps you move the bike. If you're trying to get it up a ramp, I mean, obviously the best option's if you can ride the bike, but if you can't and you just need to move it, having that throttle is a really great option. So I truly believe that throttle for a senior, over 60 rider is a great tool to use strategically on any E-bike ride.

The caveat I do want to throw in there is you need to get familiar with the sensitivity of it, how to appropriately use it, and be comfortable with it. You don't want to just jump in, and start throttling all over the place because again, you just saw the bike jump on me a little bit there. You want to be familiar with the sensitivity you have and how to use it. Once you do, then you're going to love it, trust me, and it's going to make your bike rides that much easier, that much simpler, and just reduce the strain you feel from starting and stopping going uphill, things like that.

So if you have any other questions at all, please comment below or email the team at or call us at (310) 982-2877. And if you're in the market for an E-bike, go to our website Take our proprietary body fit quiz, just answer a few questions about your body and your life. In under two minutes, we'll recommend the perfect E-bike for you. And we have a 30-day test drive for your E-bike policy. If you don't love your E-bike in 30 days, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket.

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