Riding backwards with pedal support on a custom bike

Many bikes from Van Raam have an electric motor, so they are an e-bike. You can cycle backwards with Van Raam custom bikes that have pedal support. Find out in this article how this works and watch our video about it.


How to ride backwards on a custom bike
Bicycle type: Easy Rider with reinforced frame

How can I ride backwards on my custom bike?

All electric Van Raam bicycles, with three wheels, and equipped with the original Van Raam Silent electric system, can ride backwards. This is possible as soon as the pedal assistance is switched on. If you have a back-pedal brake, there is the option of a mechanic automatic reverse funtion. This option, and many more, can be found in the price list of the respective bicycle.

It is easy to get into reverse function. If you stop and then start pedaling backwards, the bike will go backwards after a few times of backward pedaling. You then have to brake again once you have arrived at your desired location. Now you can cycle forward again as usual.
Step by step it looks like this:

  • Step 1: Sit on your customized Van Raam bicycle
  • Step 2: Switch on your pedal assist via the display
  • Step 3: Step backwards
  • Step 4: You drive backwards!

The system is very helpful for example when you have driven past a dent or road. Here you can easily reverse your bike to get to the point where you wanted to turn in. Another way to use the system is when you want to park your bike. You don't have to get off your bike and you can just sit on your bike while you manoeuvre to park it backwards.

Video: Riding backwards with pedal assistance on a custom bike

Take a look at our video about reversing with pedal assistance. In this video the Easy Rider with a reinforced frame was used. Learn more about this tricycle on the Easy Rider tricycle product page.

Parking and riding backwards with a Van Raam electric bicycle is no problem at all.
Riding backwards with pedal assistance on a custom bike

Van Raam electric pedal support

Since 2011 Van Raam has its own electric pedal support, the Silent System. The motors, batteries, controller, smart display and software have been developed by and for Van Raam. Besides the many advantages of the system, many consumers experience reversing as one of the biggest advantages. Read on for more advantages of the pedal assistance:

Learn more about our electric pedal assist. And you can also find out how the lighting works via the Van Raam electrical system in our article 'Lighting via the Van Raam electrical system'.

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"My Easy Sport tricycle and I are like Cinderella and her glass slipper, it is a perfect match! Meanwhile I have my Easy Sport tricycle for almost 4 years and I really like it!"

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Easy Go scooter bike

"After I received my Easy Go, I first took cycling lessons with an occupational therapist before I went cycling on the road. I can certainly recommend this. I now enjoy cycling!"

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"We would like to thank Van Raam for using the Chat. The residents really enjoyed the bike! Everyone was having a nice chat and felt like the queen! "

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