Are you looking to learn more about ebikes? This is a constantly updated guide from an ebike expert mechanic, rider, owner, and ex-bike shop owner.
Electric biking is a fun and enjoyable way to bike further and faster. Electric bikes have come a long way in the past 5 years but they are still complicated machinery that requires a little more maintenance and have more laws regulating them on where you can ride them. We could go on for hours about electric motors, maintenance, ride quality, and so forth. Please stop in our shop or give us a call if you want to speak in-depth about it! I will continue to add to this article so make sure to ask your questions in the comments.
What is an E-Bike?
A bike designed or outfitted aftermarket with an electric motor either in the wheel or attached under your cranks. The majority of electric bikes sold by bike stores are an electric assist, meaning you have to pedal and you gain assistance from the motor.
Who is an E-Bike For?
Everyone! Electric bikes primarily only assist you, amplifying your pedal power to get you up the hill faster, get you to work less sweaty, and allows you to carry heavy things easier.
Types or Classes of Electric Bikes in the US
- E-Bike Class 1 – pedal assist up to 20 MPH
- E-Bike Class 2 – a throttle provides assistance up to 20 MPH if you are pedaling or not
- E-Bike Class 3 – provides power to 28 MPH and is often called a “Speed” option
Local Electric Bike Laws
Each state, and even local town, can have different ebike laws about where they can be ridden, what needs to have helmets, and more. People for Bikes have been working tirelessly on electric bike laws and regulations in the United States. They have the most up to date resources for local ebike laws across our country. See their list of ebike laws.
Electric Bike Maintenance
- Not all electric bikes are created equal. Make sure you are buying from a reputable shop and company that will support your product for years to come. Visit your bike shop for regular service and diagnostics to keep your bike safe.
- Store your e-bike battery out of direct sunlight, in a dry environment with temperatures from 59°F (15°C) to 68°F (20°C) & recharge at room temperature. We recommend taking your battery into your home or work to charge when possible.
- Remove your battery during transportation. Make sure to cap the connector ports on the frame so they don’t get wet.
Purpose Built Electric Bike vs Aftermarket Ebike Kits
It is very easy to see the price of some DIY electric bike kits and wonder if you have what it takes to install one on your bike. Unless you are a great home mechanic, leave this to the professionals but also you should think about if it is the right thing for you and the bike you want to upgrade. ” Are you wondering if you should buy a dedicated electric bike or build your own using an aftermarket ebike kit on your current bike? Read my opinions on that here.
It is a great time to get into ebikes! Starting for $2000-2200 you can get a great purpose built ebike. They remove barriers, make cycling even more enjoyable because you are able to do it more often, go further, carry more, and ride with people typically faster than you.
What are you waiting for? Go test ride an electric bike today!