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An electric bike is a bicycle that uses electrical components, such a a battery, that feeds an electric motor used for propulsion. A huge range of bicycles fit that description and there are many styles of electric bikes. Some examples of electric bikes include long range, cargo, mountain, folding, or last-mile just to name a few.
Electric bikes are sometimes converted from standard regular bikes and some are purpose built as an electric bike. E-bikes also come with a range of options for the motor, drive system, and other components.
Some e-bikes on the market are higher quality, while others are standard quality; the price of an e-bike can be directly related to the quality of parts and assembly.
Electric bikes use a motor to assist the movement of the pedals, making riding the bicycle less taxing on the individual. Some designs allow the bike to move forward under its own power using a throttle that is directly connected to the motor, similar to a motorcycle; but keep in mind that electric bikes are definitely not motorcycles!
The electric motor and battery don't last as long as a gasoline-powered engine. However, e-bikes are better for the planet because they don't generate polluting exhaust when you ride them. They also are a healthier option for you because you will have to use your power to move the bike, which will overall improve your cardiovascular fitness.
While you might think electric bikes don't have an upper limit for their speed, thanks to the addition of a motor, they do! Because federal regulations under the 2002 Consumer Product Safety Act regulate the definition of low-speed electric bikes, you will have a speed limit for how fast you can go with motor assistance. Depending on the bike you have and/or where you live, you may have a speed limit of 20 to 28 miles per hour (MPH). Check your local regulations for electric bike regulations.
In the United States, electric bikes are legal and have few restrictions. Those few restrictions have to do with speed and how the bike is moved; either by pedal assist, throttle, or both.
Most jurisdictions across the USA have mandated that electric bikes be regulated at 20 MPH. However, some electric bikes are very capable of exceeding this speed and can have their settings set to allow the e-bike to go well beyond 20 MPH. Choosing to go beyond 20 MPH is a decision an e-bike owner must make on their own accord, while also checking local regulations. Cities, bike paths, and other areas used by the public most often have e-bike regulations.
Yes and no.
Some electric bikes can get wet and some are made to be water resistant. Others are not designed to get wet at all.
Although most e-bikes are water-resistant, which means riding or parking them in rain is perfectly fine for a short time, there are some types of electric bikes that are not meant to get wet and should never be exposed to these conditions. Make sure you ask about a bikes water resistance when shopping for your new electric bike at E-Go Depot!
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Some e-bikes are designed for water, some are designed to resist water, while others are not adequate in wet conditions at all. However, riding your electric bike in rain will not harm the e-bike, as long as it has some level of water resistance rating.
Some e-bikes, to be completely honest, are cheap and their build quality is lacking. These bikes will fail in wet conditions. That said, most other e-bikes will be just fine in the rain; but of course, it's always best to take precautions when riding your e-bike in wet conditions. Just remember this when getting your e-bike: the less it costs, the less it will resist water.
Just because electric bikes are water-resistant, doesn’t mean you should leave them out in the rain. They will inevitably rust and possibly have electrical issues as a result. Just like with any bike, leaving it exposed to rain or other wet conditions is not good for it. It isn’t any more reckless to do this with an e-bike than it would be with a regular bike; but nonetheless, you'd still be taking a risk.
It is important to know if your electric bike is water resistant or water proof. It's also perfectly safe for an electric bike to be exposed to light rain; just as long as there are no exposed wires, cracks in your screen, or other places exposed to where water can get into the system.
It is always a safer bet to keep your electric bike in a dry location or to use a water proof cover.
Electric bikes can be pretty hefty, they certainly are heavier than a standard bike. A non-electric bike typically weighs from around 15 to 35 pounds, whereas an electric version of a similar model type may weigh about 45 to 50 pounds.
The addition of a motor system and battery adds the bulk of the extra weight on an e-bike, as does the typically bigger frame. But unless you have to lift it up, you won't notice it too much. The electric motor takes that extra weight load off of you and pushes the bike along.
Electric bikes are probably easier to ride than normal bikes despite their heavier weight.
The purpose of the bike's electric motor and battery is to reduce the amount of effort the cyclist needs to put in and as a result, makes your cycling less strenuous.
The answer isn't what you might think. There are several studies that have been done on this question. Turns out, the health benefit to riding a regular bike versus an electric bike is reduced, but you still get a workout. Depending on how long you ride the bike, the more health benefits you'll ultimately gain.
"...Cycling is better for health than riding a pedal-assist electric bike, but e-bikes provide a better workout than walking." That was the conclusion reached from a new systematic study published in the latest International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Lead author Jessica Bourne, a PhD student in the University of Bristol’s Nutrition Biomedical Research Centre, examined seventeen studies from around the world. She and her associates found that e-cycling “provided physical activity of at least moderate intensity, which was lower than the intensity elicited during conventional cycling, but higher than that during walking.”
Pedal assist technology can be the trigger for getting previously inactive people on bikes. “E-cycling can improve cardiorespiratory fitness in physically inactive individuals,” said the new study, stated to be the “first review to examine the physical activity intensity, cardiorespiratory, metabolic and psychological outcomes associated with e-cycling.” - forbes.com
As fast as you are capable of peddling, essentially.
The motor of an e-bike is set at about 15 to 20 MPH, but the settings can be changed to increase the speed of the e-bike dependent on the capability of the motor the bike is equipped with. However, it is important to check your local regulations. In the USA, most e-bikes are set at a max speed of 20 mph.
Most e-bikes are not noisy and are hardly noticeable at all. On occasion you may hear a slight whine from the motor, but that's pretty much the extent of the noise an e-bike will make when compared to a non-e-bike.
This depends on you, really.
Electric bikes can be ridden like a normal bike at any time. Even if you do use the peddle assist, you are still peddling; you're just going faster with less energy expended. Anyone that says "electric bikes are lazy" just don't understand what an electric bike is.
There are countless stories of people actually getting out to ride a bike for the first time in years because electric bikes make it easier and older riders have more confidence to go riding. E-Go Depot has delivered electric trikes to people that were homebound. One individual was so excited to get their electric bike that they couldn't wait to go riding. It was the first time they had gone riding in over a year.
Some people need electric bikes to have confidence in riding, to not be worried if they'll have the energy to return home. This also opens up new possibilities to people with disabilities.
Potentially further than you could feasibly manage on a regular bike. This is because not as much effort or energy exertion is needed to ride an e-bike, resulting in many people being able to cycle greater distances on them.
However, you are of course limited by the battery life of your electric bike. These are designed to be fully charged overnight, so that they can be used every day. They can also be remotely charged virtually anywhere where there is a plug socket or computer.
With that being said, entry level e-bikes have a range of 15 miles, while there are e-bikes that can exceed 75 miles (depending on riding conditions, load, and terrain).
Contrary to popular belief, they are very eco-friendly.
They don’t release any unhealthy gases and their batteries are easy to recycle. In some ways, they actually benefit the environment. Using an electric bike instead of driving is certainly a greener option anyway, considering the carbon emissions a car releases.
As alluded to in the ‘Are Electric Bikes Heavy?’ section, going uphill is easier and less tiring to do on an electric bike than on a regular bicycle. When cycling up steeper terrains, such as hills, the assistance provided by an electric bike makes this far more comfortable to navigate than it would be with a regular bicycle.
Keep in mind that if you live in an area with many hills, the more powerful the motor and battery, the faster you'll go up that hill.
E-bikes are considered an ‘electrically assisted pedal cycle’ (EAPC). This means that they have certain regulations, including: they must have pedals that can propel it, they must show the power output or the motor’s manufacturer, and they must show the battery's voltage or the bike’s top speed.
Electric bicycles that meet these EAPC standards are perfectly free to be used on the roads.
For the same reasons as mentioned in the 'Can Electric Bikes Be Used on the Road?' section. If your electric bike meets the EAPC regulations, you are just as entitled to ride it on designated cycle paths. However, it is important to obey posted speed limits and regulations.
At E-Go Depot the lowest priced e-bike for sale started at $700, while the most expensive e-bike was $4,900. However, the average cost of a quality e-bike that is well-made and well-equipped is in the $1,200-$1,700 range. At E-Go Depot we only sell quality e-bikes that are well-made, backed with a warranty, and has the support of a repair shop.
E-Go Depot sells all new e-bikes, each one has either a one-year warranty or a two-year warranty depending on the brand you choose. Ask a sales associate for details on warranty options.
At E-Go Depot, when we get the e-bike in the shop, we take it out of it's packaging and assemble the e-bike for you. These electric bikes have connections that must be carefully connected and go in the correct place. These connections have a tight fit for water resistance, so it is vital to make sure that they are connected properly. For that reason, E-Go Depot assembles all e-bikes for you.
Upon arrival of e-bikes to our shop: we make needed adjustments such as on brakes, derailleur, spokes, and other components that need to be checked. Then, we ride the bike for a short period of time to make sure everything works as designed. When you purchase the e-bike, we then fit that bike to you. This includes seat height, seat level, handle bar position, brake handle positions, and other parts that you interact with.
Electric bikes are just a bike at its core. For this reason, it is important to have normal maintenance, such as a bike tune up or brake check.
E-Go Depot has a full service reapir and maintenance shop at your service. However, if you are traveling or have relocated, you can look on the website of your electric bike's brand, then search for a dealer near you. You can also always check google for a repair shop near by.
Learn About The Benefits of E-bikes
Electric bicycles have come a long way. From what was once a novel curiosity, e-bikes now support a wider variety of people as a safe and practical form of transport. The electric motor on an e-bike has made pedaling a lot easier for the average rider while allowing for faster speeds, more control, and an improved range for all of their potential uses.
Bicycles have been a convenient means of transport since the end of the Second World War, since then, cycling has become mostly a recreational activity. However, we are seeing cycling return to prominence as more and more people move to crowded metropolitan cities.
Surely an outrageous notion - but the average city dweller knows this to be true in their hearts. Urban congestion has led to traffic moving very slowly at peak hours, not to mention the frequent roadblocks we all encounter while driving to and from the destination. In such scenarios, the benefits of electric cycles are considerable.
An e-bike will get you to your destination faster than a traditional pedal bike and in many cases, faster than a car. If the traffic has become an annoyance, an e-bike is an ideal remedy for you. The harder you pedal, the bigger the boost, the faster you're going to ride. Let us not forget the benefit of riding a bike versus a vehicle, too.
Regular physical activity from an electric bike will boost your blood circulation, activate your core muscles, relieve stress, and release joy-giving endorphins throughout your body. If you've been trying to give up a sedentary lifestyle and add some physical activity, an electric bike fits a lot better into your routine than an infrequent jog or an elusive workout.
Yes, you still get exercise with an e-bike. While e-bikes do some work for you, they still count as exercise, particularly for people who have otherwise been sedentary. Researchers at Colorado University, found that when 20 inactive men and women rode an e-bike for about 40 minutes a day three times a week, their cardiovascular health and blood sugar improved in just one month, that's impressive!
Many people are not physically fit enough to have meaningful health and fitness benefits from cycling, however; if you put them on an electric bike, then they go out and ride for an hour and enjoy the benefits of being outside, riding with friends and gain the health benifits.
A single charge on a battery-powered bike can carry the rider a great distance, further than anyone would ride with a non-powered bike. When you travel a long distance, you're improving your health such as your endurance, blood circulation, and more. An e-bike opens the door to many health benefits but also social benefits, too. Ride with friends, go visit family and friends, go shopping or to the movies, and more. E-bikes will improve your health but also, e-bikes can bring people together. Perhaps consider joining an e-bike riding club and make friends while riding in new and exciting places, something most e-bike riders would never have considered on a regular peddle powered bike.
As we mentioned earlier, an electric bike helps you ride for an extended period of time building up your stamina and endurance to name a couple health benefits. Also, slowly but continuously, this exercise routine adapts your body to a faster metabolic rate helping your body rejuvenate itself in several beneficial ways.
The muscles start developing a high endurance capacity and reduce release of lactic acid. Cycling involves most of the major muscle groups and explicitly trains your core muscles improving strength and tone. All of this is made more accessible by an electric bike.
Where will you ride YOUR e-bike? Riding an e-bike is a far better option than riding a traditional pedal bike. What's that? You want to know how that's possible?
Well.... When you ride an e-bike, you can go further, faster and with less exertion. So how does this help you? When you get to your destination, you're not exhausted, sweaty, and disheveled. You will arrive feeling great from the health benefits, while not expending much of your energy reserves just to get from point A to point B.
At their core, e-bikes are bicycles with a battery-powered "assist" that comes through pedaling and, in some cases, a throttle. As you peddle your e-bike while on pedal-assist, an electric motor gives you a boost when pedal assist is on, so you can fly up hills and cross rough terrain without exhausting yourself.
If your preferred destination is within range, you can explore the area without any concern for remaining battery charge. Regardless of where you take your e-bike, you can enjoy the ride there and back again, while taking in the scenery and actually enjoying the ride, leaving you looking forward to your next ride out.
Electric bicycles fall into a unique product category, a multipurpose vehicle specifically designed to be used by anyone, unlike sports cycles that are not marketed to all individuals. An electric bike has many uses for the whole family.
An electric bike has something for everyone. Electric bikes can be used to share with anyone, run errands around the community, or take a ride in your neighborhood. It may be used by any member of the family in these settings and many more!
Story time: We know of a few individuals that have purchased an e-bike to ride to and from their work. They use their e-bike daily and get a lot of joy from it. We have also seen many bikes with over 4,000 miles on them and they are still going strong. E-bikes have many uses from recreation, work, and an individual's primary transportation.
Regularly using your electric bicycle makes sure your muscles are worked and besides the obvious health benefits, stress relief is one of them. When you need an escape without the stress, hop on an e-bike for a ride to get some unwanted energy out and the endorphins rolling.
Riding an e-bike is helpful in a number of ways, one of which is time saving. When an individual rides their e-bike to their destination, in some cases it is faster than a vehicle and much less expensive than a ride-share fee. Not to mention, the benefit of exercise and just being outside.
E-bikes are good for your health, good for saving time, good for bringing the family together, and much more. Another "good for" to add to the list is good for the environment! When an individual is riding an e-bike to their destination instead of a vehicle, they are taking a lot of emission off the table and you can be sure mother nature is thanking you for that. Also, unlike electric vehicles, electric bikes cost a lot less and take a lot less to charge. The benefit of using an e-bike is not only a great cost-saving measure, but the benefit to our home called Earth, is immeasurable.
Since an electric bike comes with a top speed of 25 miles per hour, you do not need a special license to operate an e-bike in most parts of the United States. Enjoy the trip and forget the traffic without the cost and red tape.
Compared to cars, motorcycles, and other fuel-consuming transportation options, the cost of purchasing and maintaining an e-bike is significantly lower. Not only that, but the cost of actually running an e-bike is significantly lower because there's no cost of fuel, oil, insurance, tags, etc. Plus... you can avoid additional costs like parking tickets, speeding fines, and more.
When it comes down to it: You're going to spend a lot less on charging your e-bike than you're going to spend fueling and maintaining an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Vehicle.
If you don't like cycling because it's to difficult to ride uphill or against the wind due to various reasons, consider this problem solved. Electric bikes today will carry you uphill and against a headwind with pure ease with the e-bikes capable electric motor.
Many people use electric bikes to recover from an injury or surgery. When riding a traditional, non-powered bike may be out of the question as a standard bike may worsen an injury as a result of exertion, an e-bike can take the heavy lifting out of the equation. E-bikes allow you to exert yourself to a comfortable limit, allowing the e-bike to take on some of the heavy lifting.
Just a few short years ago, electric bikes were heavy, clumsy, bulky and expensive. Oh, how the times have changed. Technology has pushed e-bikes into modern-day sensibilities while the production process has been streamlined and the batteries are more compact and pack more power than ever. Today, we can get an e-bike for any budget and riding style for anyone. We sure have come a long way in such a short time!
Now that the word is out about the benefits of an e-bike, people that would have never riden a bike are buying an e-bike, others who never would ride for any real distance are riding for miles and miles every day. The revolution is here and it's only going to get better and better as time moves forward. New innovations are on the horizon and e-bikes will get more and more advanced, possibly out pacing vehicle sales in the future.
E-bikes are an emerging trend and they are here to stay. All over the world, e-bikes are replacing vehicles in personal and commercial use. E-bikes save time, money, space, the environment, traffic aggravation, and more. In the end, it is your decision to explore what an e-bike can do for you. But one thing is certain: now is the time to move, ride, and enjoy the birth of a new, modern and effective form of healthy, environment loving transportation.
Alaska considers electric bicycles as a "motor-driven cycle" and requires a license and registration.
Alabama uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bicycles are regulated like traditional bicycles.
Arkansas uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bicycles are regulated in the same manner as traditional bikes.
Arizona adheres to the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bicycles are regulated like traditional bicycles.
California adheres to the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-Bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bicycles.
Colorado uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bicycles are regulated in the same way as traditional bicycles.
Connecticut uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-bikes are regulated in the same manner as traditional bikes.
Delaware defines eBikes as a "bicycle" as long as the motor is under 750w and the bike has a maximum speed of 20 mph.
Florida considers electric bikes to fall under the definition of a "bicycle" capable of being operated by human power.
Georgia uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
Hawaii classifies electric bikes as "low-speed electric bicycles" when used with a maximum speed of 20 mph.
Iowa defines an electric bike as a "bicycle" as long as its motor is under 750w and the bike has a maximum speed of 20 mph.
Idaho uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-Bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
Illinois adheres to the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
Indiana uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-Bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
Kansas defines an eBike as an "electric-assisted bicycle" as long as its motor is under 1000w and has a maximum speed of 20 mph.
In Kentucky, an electric bicycle is considered a "bicycle" as long it has operable pedals.
An electric bicycle is considered a "motorized bicycle" in Louisiana as long as it reaches a maximum speed of 25 mph.
The state of Massachusetts defines an eBike as a "motorized bicycle" as long as the bike does not exceed a maximum speed of 25 mph. Riders must carry a license and may be subject to registration requirements.
Maryland uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
Maine adheres to the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-Bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
Michigan uses the three-tiered classification of eBikes. Electric bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bikes.
California adheres to the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-Bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bicycles.
Missouri defines an electric bicycle as a "motorized bicycle" if it reaches a maximum speed of 30 mph.
Mississippi defines an electric bicycle as a "bicycle with a motor attached."
Montana defines an electric bicycle as an "electric-assisted bicycle." A bike can be placed in this category if it has a maximum speed of 20 mph.
North Carolina defines an e-bike as an "electric-assisted bicycle" if its motor is under 1000w and it has a maximum speed of 20 mph.
The state of North Dakota defines an e-bike as a "motorized bicycle." eBikes are subject to the same rules, licensing, registration, and insurance requirements as motor vehicles.
Nebraska defines eBikes as an "electric-assisted bicycle." Bikes in this category must have a motor under 750w, and a maximum speed of 20 mph, with pedals operated by human power.
New Hampshire follows the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
The NJ definition includes only the first two tiers of classifications used by other states. The legislature also defines "motorized bicycles" as a device that operates over 20 mph with a maximum motor-assisted speed of 28 miles per hour. This definition closely aligns with the Class 3 definition used in other states.
New Mexico defines an eBike as a "moped." They are subject to the same road rules, licensing, and insurance requirements applicable to motor vehicles.
Nevada defines an e-bike as an "electric bicycle." Bikes fall in this category when the motor is under 750w, with a maximum speed of 20 mph, and pedals operated by human power.
New York state defines electric bikes as bicycles if they have an electric motor of less than 750w and have fully functional pedals.
Ohio follows the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
Oklahoma follows the three-tiered classification of eBikes. E-Bikes are regulated in the same way as traditional bicycles.
Oregon defines an e-bike as an "electric-assisted bicycle" if the motor is under 1000w and the bike has a max speed of 20 mph.
Pennsylvania defines an electric bicycle as a "pedalcycle with electric assist." An eBike falls in this category if the motor is under 750w. It must have operable pedals but a maximum speed of 20 mph when powered solely by the engine. Additionally, the bike must weigh no more than 100 pounds and follow the road's same rules as a traditional bicycle.
Rhode Island defines e-bikes as "electric motorized bicycles." E-bikes must have fully operable pedals, a max power output of 1491w, and a top speed of 25 mph.
South Carolina currently has no specific classification for electric bikes. However, since e-bikes are vehicles, they should follow standard vehicle road rules.
South Dakota follows the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
Tennessee uses the three-tiered classifications for electric bicycles. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
Texas follows the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
Utah adheres to the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
E-bikes in Virginia are classified as "electric power-assisted bicycles" if they have a motor under 1000w and operable pedals. The max speed for all bicycles and eBikes is 25 mph.
Vermont categorizes e-bikes as "motor-assisted bicycles." E-Bikes are subject to the same laws as traditional bicycles if they have fully operable pedals. The motor should have a max power output of 1000w and a maximum speed of 20 mph.
Washington state uses the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
Wisconsin defines an e-bike as a "motor-bicycle" if the motor is under 750w and has a maximum speed of 20 mph. Wisconsin requires electric bikes to be registered, and riders must have a valid license.
West Virginia defines an electric bicycle as a "moped." E-Bikes must adhere to the exact licensing and insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.
Wyoming uses the three-tiered classification of electric bikes. E-Bikes are regulated like traditional bicycles.
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