Guide complet sur comment débrider un vélo électrique et les règles de circulation à connaître

Complete guide on how to unlock an electric bike and the traffic rules to know

How to unlock an electric bike?

Introduction: Are you curious to know how to unlock an electric bike to benefit from increased performance? Discover in this article all the steps to carry out this process safely, as well as the traffic rules to respect once your bike has been unlocked.

Why unblock an electric bike?

Unclamping an electric bike increases its maximum speed and power, providing a more dynamic riding experience tailored to your needs. However, it is essential to understand the legal and security implications associated with this modification.

How to unlock an electric bike:

  1. Choose the right method: There are several methods for unclamping an electric bike, including changing the motor settings or replacing the clamp kit. Ask your dealer for more information.
  2. The Law: since December 24, 2019, article L317-1 prohibits the use of unclamping and provides for up to one year in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros for offenders. Added to this is the immobilization and withdrawal of the bicycle from circulation until it is brought into compliance.
  3. Make sure it's safe: Before you unclamp your e-bike, make sure you have the necessary technical skills and understand the potential risks associated with this modification.

Traffic rules for an unrestrained electric bike:

  • Obey speed limits: Even after unclamping, your e-bike remains subject to applicable speed limits. Make sure you do not exceed the authorized speeds (25km/h) on roads and cycle paths.
  • Wear a helmet: For your safety, it is recommended to wear a helmet when riding an electric bike, especially if it is unrestrained.
  • Be considerate of other road users: Always keep an eye out for other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles, and obey right-of-way rules.

Bottom line: Unbridling an e-bike can provide a more dynamic riding experience, but it means falling out of compliance.

It is important to be aware of the risks associated with this modification. In the event of an accident, you could be held responsible, because the modified bicycle, particularly with the addition of an acceleration trigger, is considered a moped. As a result, it loses its approval as a standard bike.