If you aren’t familiar with the concept of an E bike, just think of it as a regular bike with the addition of a motor, battery, and controller. E bikes, or electric bikes, provide fast and flexible transportation. The electric part is simply included to augment your own human power with a power assist component. Charging is as simple as plugging your bike into an electrical outlet. The better the battery, the faster the charge. A high-quality battery will charge in 2-4 hours with a lifespan of 700 to 1,000 charges. Cheaper batteries can take double or triple that time and last for only 300 to 700 charges.
From a motor perspective, e bikes come with three types … front hub, rear hub and mid-drive. That motor has an electrical component that can give you 20 to 60 miles on a single charge. Just how far that charge lasts will depend on your riding style. You have the option of riding using only the pedal, using pedal assist or going full electric.
The pedal assist option is activated when you begin pedaling your electric bicycle. When you push the pedals on a pedal-assist e-bike, a small motor engages and gives you a boost, so you can zip up hills and cruise over tough terrain without gassing yourself.
You can also control how big of an assist you get. Most electric bikes come with a power switch that lets you adjust the boost setting from “eco” (low) to “turbo” (high), for when you want a little more oomph to help you up a steep hill.
E bikes are great for commuters, recreational cyclists, or people who may want to replace driving their car every day to run errands. Curious? Stop by to test ride one today!