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Electric Bike Buying Guide: Everything You Need To Know About E Bikes.

June 2021

Electric bikes are a fantastic alternative to a regular bike, making them even more popular for commuters and casual riders alike. Not only can you enjoy the pleasures of getting outside and exercising, but you can travel further and faster with the power of the motor assisted battery built into the frame of the cycle. Electric bicycles have often been considered for the older generation however they are ideal for riders of all ages. 

Not sure if you should consider purchasing an e bike? Then follow our handy buying guide to consider before making the plunge to easier riding. 

What is an electric bike and how does it work?

It’s an electric assisted cycle which holds a battery either within the frame on the down tube, or on the carrier rack depending on the style of bike you choose. 

When you begin pedalling a motor will engage to give you a boost allowing you to comfortably climb that incline or zip through lanes to reach your destination quicker, all without breaking a sweat. Using the battery isn’t obligatory though, you can still travel under your own steam making it a great alternative to those who still enjoy cycling but would like a little extra assistance. 

Why should I buy one? 

Battery assisted bikes are for everyone, but if you’ve recently decided to change your commute to travel in the bike lane rather than sitting in congestion, then an electric bike is a great alternative to arrive at work without dripping in sweat.  

Furthermore it’s worth considering if you’re recovering from an injury and need that additional push when you reach inclines or push through the miles. 

How efficient is the battery life?

All bikes are different, with battery life differing depending on the make and model. Most modern electric bikes have multiple power options giving you a range of 30-80 miles depending on mode. Generally speaking this means many people can commute back and forth to work for a week on a single charge. However this of course depends on how you use your bike, if you’re zipping around on full power everyday you’ll likely use your battery life much quicker than those who only use the additional help every now and again.

It’s worth noting you can still use your bike without the assistance of the battery, meaning if you’ve run out of battery you won’t be left in the cold with no way home. If you’re considering regularly using your bike with the power assist then take extra note of weight, an e-bike can weigh up to 10kg heavier than a conventional bike. 

Do they charge whilst you pedal?

Generally no, whilst there are some models of bike out there that will, most make and models will require charging up via a conventional plug socket. 

What is the top speed? 

Under UK government regulations an EAPC (electrically assisted pedal cycle) must have a maximum power output of 250 watts and should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph. 

Can I still improve my fitness? 

Of course, even when using the battery assisted bike you will still be required to pedal, so despite the battery making it easier for you you will still be out and about exercising. Plus the benefit of having the additional support is great for those getting back into a fitness routine. You can build up your stamina using the power assist which will gradually decrease your reliance on the electric motor. 

Are electric bikes expensive? 

Yes, they are more expensive than many conventional bikes. However if you’re able to replace your car for your bike to commute to work, plus other social activities you’ll likely start to see savings on petrol prices. Not to mention the added health benefits you’ll receive making you feel fitter, you’ll be thanking yourself in the long run.
Still hooked on the idea of purchasing an e-bike? Our professional team members are here to help assist you when buying your new cycle. Whether you’re new to cycling or a seasoned pro we can help answer your questions and ensure you pick the perfect bike for you and your cycling needs. Contact us today on 01953 607127.

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