FAQ: Camino on an e-bike

The Camino de Santiago was traditionally travelled on foot or on horseback. Today many people also cycle this ancient trail. Now there is a new method; doing the Camino on an e-bike! If you are travelling with Caminoways.com and cycling into Santiago you can rent an e-bike for your journey.

Here are some frequently asked questions about e-bikes:

What is an e-bike?

An e-bike is a bicycle with a motor that is used for propulsion. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries for power and assist the cyclist’s pedal power. This makes cycling much easier, especially on uphill climbs.

Can I get my Compostela on an e-bike?

Yes, you need to cover 200km to get your Compostela on an e-bike.

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What routes are the e-bikes available on?

You can rent an e-bike on any route that finishes in Santiago.

What is the minimum number of days that an e-bike can be rented?

The minimum number of days an e-bike can be hired for is seven. The bike must be returned to our partner’s office, Cycling The Camino, in Santiago at the end of the journey.

When I receive the e-bike do I need to put it together?

The e-bike will be delivered to your first accommodation almost completely prepared. You will need to attach the pedals and make adjustments to the saddle and handlebars to suit your needs. Simple instructions and the necessary tools are included for both manoeuvres.

Should I have experience in the use of e-bikes?

You don’t need prior experience as e-bikes are very similar to regular bicycles. You need to pedal in order to make full use of the bike. Once you read the instructions and take care of the bike explained, you’ll enjoy cycling with ease!

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Are they difficult to use?

No, e-bikes are simple and intuitive to use. You will become familiar with the mechanism very quickly, but you should start slowly and take your time. You’ll be flying after an hour or so.

The ebike has various levels of assistance from low to high and you will be able to control the level you require depending on the difficulty of the terrain. In addition, the ebike also has the usual gears so you can change to a lower or higher gear depending on the terrain.

Do they come with instructions on how to use/charge them, etc.?

Yes, a basic manual developed by the Cycling the Camino team is attached. You should familiarise yourself with it before you begin cycling.

Should they be charged every night?

This depends on how much power was used during the previous day, but it is recommended to charge nightly. A full charge takes about 6 hours. It is very important to check that it is charging correctly to avoid a surprise the following morning. However, even if you run out of battery, you will still be able to pedal as with a normal bike to finish your day.

Both the battery and the monitor on the handlebar will display the amount of battery left.

Can I cover more distance than a normal bike with an e-bike?

That depends on the power usage throughout the day. The bike has four power settings and the less power you use the longer the battery will last. You can cycle assisted comfortably for 40km. The e-bikes are designed to make cycling a little easier, not to cover more distance. You will cycle the same distance as a pilgrim on a regular bike each day.

Are they suitable for all types of terrain?

We will provide an e-bike that is suitable for the terrain that you will face on your Camino. All e-bikes have adequate suspension, tyres and are very comfortable to ride.

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Should I clean the bicycle?

Yes, you should clan your bicycle each day if it has gotten muddy after your cycle.

What sizes are available?

E-bikes are available in sizes for heights from 1.55m (5 foot) to 1.95m (6 foot 3 inches).

Are they available for children?

This will depend on the height of the child. Please see the previous question in relation to bike sizes. Remember, it is mandatory for anyone under 16 years of age to use a helmet in Spain. Of course, this is recommended for pilgrims of all ages. Stay safe out there!

For more information on any of our walking or cycling tours, contact the travel specialists.

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