Updated: Nov 4, 2020
Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular. Over the next three years, more than 130 million eBikes are expected to be sold in the United States. Have you ever wondered how do electric bikes work? You are in the right place! We will go over some eBike basics.
If you currently use a traditional bicycle for commuting to work, off-road adventures, long-distance cycling, or leisurely riding you might be interested in learning more about eBikes. eBikes are guaranteed to take you further and faster than an acoustic bike.
Let's get down to business about how an eBike works. An eBike is like a regular bike with additional peddling assistance from an electric motor. Is the electric motor loud? Not at all! The motor generates a quiet hum that is almost not audible. The electric motor will assist you on hills or when you need speed. Electric bicycles are both practical and entertaining. Even better, they do not subtract from the physical fun of riding. They can also serve as a cheaper alternative to owning a car.
Battery life is a common question when it comes to eBikes. Typically an eBike can travel
between 25-70 miles on a single charge. You will use the battery more quickly if you go up hills, have low tire pressure, or travel at a high speed. A mixture of physical pedaling and only using the motor when needed will help you reach the maximum range of a battery.
There are three classes of eBikes. Class 1 can reach a top speed of 20 mph with pedal-assistance. This class does not have a throttle. Class 2 comes with a throttle that can propel the rider up to 20 mph by using only the motor (no-pedaling). The remaining Class 3 includes all pedal-assist bikes that are capable of reaching a speed of 28 mph. Since Class 3 bikes can travel at a higher speed they are typically not allowed on bike trails. They can be ridden on roads and road bike lanes.
Electric bikes can be a lot of fun and are a great alternative to owning a car or using public transportation. If you're thinking about getting an eBike for the first time, browsing our selection below to find great deals on quality eBikes.