Everyone gets it when they try an electric bicycle. The purchase price and operating costs are much lower than that of a car. opt for the bells and whistles but make sure you opt for more expensive battery. you get what you paid for. your battery needs to have a 2 year warranty. Soon, the price of better quality e-bikes will be within reach of people living on low incomes worldwide, in urban situations.
Imagine biking along at 23 kph, using the same amount of energy normally needed to go about half that speed. For those with limited ability, imagine riding a bike again, at any speed.
I ride an electric bike, I was not a strong bike rider, in fact had not ridden a bike for a few years. Brought an ebike to get me to work in Christchurch after the 2nd earthquake - infastructure was broken. But on an electric bicycle - passing cars and wohoo.
Two main types of propulsion system on modern ebikes - "mid drive" the best and still "hub drive".
Mid drive has the motor mounted at the crank. Hub in the front or rear wheel. turning out to be old technology.
Mid drive motors have better powering up hills. Some ebikes are configured to boost the rider's pedalling power while others use a throttle and have the ability of getting you quickly out of the way or around the roundabout, across the road. if you are over 50 do not buy an ebike that does not have a throttle.
Remember the unbridled joy you felt once you learned to ride a bike? The feeling of freedom, fresh air and blood pumping through your veins all at once.
Many adults never lost that feeling, and e-bikes are making bicycling accessible again to those not fit enough to commute to work, the supermarket or even downtown. E-bikes are making cycling interesting to those who turned their backs on their bikes once they got car keys but now see how much efficient their commute could be.
Getting more people out of cars and on two wheels is a good thing for the environment and for physical fitness, and the e-bike trend may encourage people to get back behind the bicycle bars.
We need caution and to slow down around blind corners, near intersections, in congested areas around children. Loud friendly bells are a must for ecyclists. Being aware of your surroundings is key.
Courtesy, common sense and anticipating other users should greatly reduce conflict between people using the shared pathway system for transportation and recreation.
Put a bell on that e-bike.