WHICH ELECTRIC BIKE SHOULD I BUY?
Buying an electric bike is an exciting experience for anyone who has never owned one before – a bit like getting your first bicycle all over again. E bikes bikes are a relatively new product (the battery powered ones anyway), with great advancements made in technology in recent tears. Electric bikes are meant to give people an eco-friendly alternative to motorcycles and, in some cases, cars. But to maximize the benefits of this vehicle, you need to know which type would be best for your requirements and your lifestyle of course. If you’re not sure which electric bike is right for you, you need to ask yourself what you would mainly use it for: Do you need the bike to quickly but comfortably go to the nearby grocery store or pop around in the evening to see someone for a coffee and a chat? Or do you go with your friends on challenging bike trails and paths during the weekend? Will you be riding it to the bus stop or train station during for your daily commute?
When choosing an electric bike, it is important that it is comfortable, looks appealing and will support your style of riding and its intended use. Electric bikes for sale generally fall into two categories: those that provide a ride independent of pedaling (throttle powered) and those that provide power as assistance to the pedal actions of the cyclist.
The first type, known simply as the electric bicycle or e-bike, uses a throttle on the handlebar to operate the motor and allows the cyclist to ride to his destination. This style offers the greatest ease to those who want to avoid the exertion and sweat which comes with pedaling. It is a good choice for seniors who no longer want to always pedal their bikes but still want to enjoy the cycling experience. It is just as useful for the commuter who wants to arrive at work looking fresh and not out-of-breath or sweaty. Both retain the ability to be cycled however.
The second type is more commonly referred to as the pedelec bike to differentiate it from its e-bike cousin. On the pedelec bike, the motor only engages when the cyclist is pedaling, thereby aiding the cyclist’s own efforts. The experience is similar to riding with a tail-wind. It makes hills much easier to surmount-even very steep ones-and allows cyclists to travel distances that they would not normally do.
Rechargeable and replaceable batteries, powerful and quiet motors, and stylish and exciting features to fit different types of cycling all make the electric bike very much a wise and fun choice for getting out and going places. Electric bikes are basic in concept. They use the power of an electric motor to aid the cyclist in moving from place to place. Whether over long distances or on hilly terrain, the electric bike can make a big difference in the use of a bicycle for travel, allowing the cyclist to arrive at his destination fresh. They work especially well in urban environments with their congested automobile traffic and limited parking spaces.
Now that we have choices when it comes to purchasing an electric bicycle it is important to make a check list of our biking habits to figure out which bike meets our needs and usage demands. There are basically four main categories to be familiar with: mountain, folding mountain, mini and mini-folding.
Before looking at the products and falling in love with one which might be the wrong one for your usage, you should jot down your present and anticipated biking habits. It is important to be realistic and as accurate as you can be in assessing your usage. It is important to think of all your short trips, your commutes, trail rides and club events. Also, reflect on your future uses such as job changes, new coffee shop in the neighborhood, change in schools, modified exercise routine or training program.
Mini e-bike Features
The Mini is short to the ground with small wheels for easy maneuvering. The folding version typically folds with an instant pull-up folding system. With the battery attached most of the minis are super lightweight and weigh around 35 pounds. The maximum weight is more restricted with a mini but is not a big negative for most active riders. The weight restrict can be 220 pounds or maybe a little more. Very handy for commuting to work as they can be carried on a train or easily stowed away in the workplace. Ideal for busy urban living.
Mountain e-bike Features
The electric mountain bikes are similar to standard mountain bikes. They are obviously a bit heavier due to the motor and battery. Popular mountain types have a 7 gear and shifter system, aluminum alloy frame, 26 inch wheels, and adjustable seat. The added features include brush-less hub motor, around 300 watts, and battery pack and charger. Most weigh around 50 pounds including the battery pack. Rider weight restrictions top out at 350 pounds. The folding version will also be light weight and folds in half making it easy to store and to transport when taking a car or riding on mass transit.
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Both have models that allow for easy folding. The mountain folding bike folds easily in half for easy transporting. Both folding bikes are great for RV’ers, camping, commuting, college students, and seniors counting on the backup of power assisted riding. Both bikes can be carried on mass transit or into the coffee shop. The mini is a fun ride, safe through metro traffic or congested campus commutes. Mountain e-bikes have larger tires for better balance for trails and harder to ride surfaces.
Either ride gives you three ways to enjoy riding bicycles. One way is to just pedal no battery pack- results in a fun ride in either version. The second is to ride power assisted. You can pedal and the battery will also kick in to provide additional power. This gives a person extra options. The inexperienced biker can use this mode to build up stamina and energy to provide a basis for riding. People quit riding because they tire too easily from being out of shape- they maybe never reach the fun and scenic bike trail because they are too tired. The power assist makes riding fun again and provides the desired amount of exercise. The third way to ride is to just ride and let the battery do its thing. The electric bicycles have about a 20 mile range and then you have to pedal.
No matter which type of e-bike best fits your usage needs, you can be confident that the electric bikes for sale here will get you to your designation whether it is school, work, a friend’s house, in comfort and style. We have such a choice on selection here, so go and take a look…