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What is an E-Bike?

Have you been thinking about an electric bike? We have a great selection of electric bikes at our bicycle shop in Mt. Kisco.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of an E-bike, think of it like a regular bike with the addition of a motor, battery, and controller. E-bikes, or electric bikes, provide fast and flexible transportation. As a result, the electric part augments your human power with a power assist component.

Charging is as simple as plugging your bike into an electrical outlet. So the better the battery, the faster the charge. For example, a high-quality battery will charge in 2-4 hours with a lifespan of 700 to 1,000 charges. On the other hand, cheaper batteries can take double or triple that time and last for only 300 to 700 charges.

Electric bikes come in three types from a motor perspective — front hub, rear hub, and mid-drive. Each has an electrical component that can give you 20 to 100 miles on a single charge. However, how far that charge lasts depends on your riding style. For example, you can ride using only the pedal, pedal-assist, or go fully electric. Most of the electric bikes we sell are equipped with Bosch batteries.

Types of Electric Bikes

Electric bikes come in many styles: road, hybrid, mountain, and commuting.  

 

First, road e-bikes, like the Trek Domane +, look sleek while offering speeds up to 28 mph and a range of up to 70 miles on one charge. On the other hand, hybrid electric bikes are super practical for recreational riding. For example, the Trek Verve + is a perfect choice for men’s and women’s models. 

 

Next, for the serious commuter, we suggest a bike like the Allant + 8, which might make you want to sell your car and save on gas and parking! We have a few customers who commute to work exclusively on an electric bike and love leaving their car parked in the driveway all week.  

 

Finally, if riding in the woods is your thing, then a bike like the Powerfly LT 9.7 is worth considering. 

 

If you’d like to see a review of some of the best electric bikes, here’s a great article: https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a22132137/best-electric-bikes/.

 

Electric bikes can be a great equalizer if riders’ skill and fitness levels vary widely. For example, we have several more recreational riders who want to keep up with their friends or family members who may be more advanced. But with an e-bike, everyone can share the fun! For instance, electric bikes are offered on many bicycle touring trips for precisely this reason. 

 

The pedal assist option is activated when you begin pedaling your electric bicycle. As a result, 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 challenging terrain without gassing yourself.

 

In addition, You can control how big of an assist you get. For example, 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.

8 Reasons to Buy an E-Bike

  1. Go greater distances faster and with less effort
  2. You’ll be more likely to ride an e bike than regular bike
  3. Because you’ll ride more, you stay fit
  4. They cost less than other modes of transportation
  5. You’ll make commuting easier
  6. Climbing hills is a whole lot easier
  7. Riding through a stiff wind is much easier
  8. You’ll have a lot of fun riding

Take a Test Ride on an Electric Bike Today

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 an electric bicycle today at our bike store in Westchester County!

electric bike sitting at the top of steps with buildings in the background

Comments from Our Customers

“The folks at Bicycle World in Mt Kisco were so helpful! They problem solved quickly and were fully transparent with what they were doing/suggesting I do with my bikes. Their work was exemplary. I’ll be coming back for all my bike needs.”-Mikhail Gasiorowski

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