Which electric bike is for you?


Electric Mountain Bike

 

Electric Mountain Bikes


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Electric Urban Bikes


Electric Road Bike

 

Electric Road Bikes

 


Electric Bikes

Electric bikes have been around for much longer than you may think. The first electric bike was actually invented in the 1890’s. You could say it’s taken a while for them to surge in popularity. Within the past few years they have become popular in Germany, Holland and France. Now its Britain’s turn to embrace this green revolution.

How do they work?

Electric bicycles operate the same as a regular bicycle, but give you a boost that’s powered by electricity via the on-board battery. You still have to pedal, but it makes traveling up hills and maintaining speed an absolute breeze. Imagine riding in top gear on a bicycle, yet only putting the effort required in for pedalling in the lowest gear – that is what it’s like riding an electric bicycle. Most electric bikes have disc brakes for increased stopping power required to decrease momentum built up by the electric motor.

Uses of electric bikes:

1. Excellent for commuting. E.g. If you’ve more than 10 miles to travel per day, the electric bike will help make light work of traveling distance. Commuting on a bike can be exhausting, so an electric bike can be a solution for this.

2. A green transport alternative – embracing electric cycling can help reduce pollution.

3. Save money whilst commuting to and from work. Electric bikes are incredibly efficient and cost very little to recharge.

4. Ideal for people who would like to ride but have recently experienced an injury. Cycling is an excellent form of low impact exercise, but an electric bike takes this to another level.

5. Great for pensioners ‘slowing down’ who still want to remain active.

The technology:

There are two types of motor powering electric bikes.

The hub motor – these are cheap but reliable motors, often used to convert a standard bike into an electric bicycle. These motors can be fitted either on the front or rear wheel. Hub motors can be geared or gearless. The disadvantage of hub motors is that they put extra weight on the wheel that they are fitted to. Hub motors also tend to transmit energy through the frame, making the ride less balanced.

Mid drive motor – these are more expensive motors that are typically fitted to a dedicated electric bikes. E.g. the Pinnacle Lithium Ion bicycle. Mid drive motors are more efficient as they are centrally mounted and connect to the drive chain. Bosch and Shimano are the two main manufactures competing in the electronic bike motor field.

The range (distance):

Entry level electric bikes will do 30 miles before they need recharging, whilst more expensive models do in excess of 60 miles before needing to be recharged.

The different types of electric bikes:

Mountain electric bikes – An electric bike for an all terrains.

Hybrid electric bikes – The ideal electric bike for roads and paths.

Road electric bikes – The fastest and most efficient electric bike for roads only.

Touring electric bikes – Great for commuting, as these bikes often come with integrated rack mounts for luggage.

Folding electric bikes – Excellent for the commute + traveling on public transport.


Frequently asked questions:

Do you need a license to drive an electric bike?

No, provided power output does not exceed 250 watts and it has electrically assisted pedal cycles. In the United Kingdom Riders must be 14 or older.

Are electric bikes legal?

EAPC (electrically assisted pedal cycles) are legal in the United Kingdom provided the motor does not exceed 250 watts and propel the bike more than 15.5 mph.

Do electric bikes need to be taxed and insured?

In the United Kingdom, electrically assisted pedal cycles do not need to be taxed or insured.

How fast can an electric bike go?

Like a regular bike, you can pedal as fast as you can possibly go, however some electric bikes will stop assisting pedalling at 20mph, whilst more powerful bikes will stop assisting at 28mph.

How much do electric bikes cost?

£1000 – £5000. The more expensive bikes have more powerful motors and a better mileage range. The price of electric bikes is expected to come down in future years as technology and mass production develops.

It is possible to convert an existing bike to electric. Good conversion kits cost £500 upwards.

How long do electric bike batteries last?

Bosch and Shimano batteries will deliver 1000x full charges before they start to deteriorate. Replacement batteries cost from £375- £600.

How long do electric bike batteries take to charge?

A flat lithium Ion battery will take 3.5 to 6 hours to charge.

How much does it cost to recharge or run an electric bicycle?

Costs depend on your electricity supplier tariff, but generally it will cost you 5-10 pence to recharge your electric bike.

Uses of electric bikes:

1. Excellent for commuting. E.g. If you’ve more than 10 miles to travel per day, the electric bike will help make light work of traveling distance. Commuting on a bike can be exhausting, so an electric bike can be a solution for this.

2. A green transport alternative – embracing electric cycling can help reduce pollution.

3. Save money whilst commuting to and from work. Electric

bikes are incredibly efficient and cost very little to recharge.

4. Ideal for people who would like to ride but have recently experienced an injury. Cycling is an excellent form of low impact exercise, but an electric bike takes this to another level.

5. Great for pensioners ‘slowing down’ who still want to remain active.

The technology:

There are two types of motor powering electric bikes.

The hub motor – these are cheap but reliable motors, often used to convert a standard bike into an electric bicycle. These motors

can be fitted either on the front or rear wheel. Hub motors can be geared or gearless. The disadvantage of hub motors is that they put extra weight on the wheel that they are fitted to. Hub motors also tend to transmit energy through the frame, making the ride less balanced.

Mid drive motor – these are more expensive motors that are typically fitted to a dedicated electric bikes. E.g. the Pinnacle Lithium Ion bicycle. Mid drive motors are more efficient as they are centrally mounted and connect to the drive chain. Bosch and Shimano are the two main manufactures competing in the electronic bike motor field.

The range (distance):

Entry level electric bikes will do 30 miles before they need recharging, whilst more expensive models do in excess of 60 miles before needing to be recharged.

The different types of electric bikes:

Mountain electric bikes – An electric bike for an all terrains.

Hybrid electric bikes – The ideal electric bike for roads and paths.

Road electric bikes – The fastest and most efficient electric bike for roads only.

Touring electric bikes – Great for commuting, as these bikes often come with integrated rack mounts for luggage.

Folding electric bikes – Excellent for the commute + traveling on public transport.