E-Bike Buyers Guide – What electric bike should I buy?
E-Bikes have been on the rise for years, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. But what are they? How do they work? Should you get one?
At Swinnerton Cycles, we are masters of all things cycling, and we are here to explain, recommend and give you all of the information you need to know about E-Bikes.
What is an E-Bike?
An E-Bike (also known as an Electric Bike) is a bicycle that is motorised and has an electric motor that helps to propel users with their acceleration efforts.
E-Bikes are battery-powered and assist the rider with the movement of the bike pedals; you will also find that some E-Bikes come with a throttle for the cyclist to operate the acceleration manually.
Designed to make inclines easier and to help cyclists when their leg power is lacking, they can be useful for terrain that is rocky or for longer distances.
What are the benefits of an electric bike?
If you are considering whether or not to buy an E-Bike, you will undoubtedly want to know what the benefits are and how it can impact your cycling life. Some of the benefits of an electric bike include:
- Reduced strain on the body during inclines.
- Faster riding.
- Help improve your fitness as you will be able to ride for longer.
- Less sweat for commuters.
- Cheaper and faster than other modes of transport.
- Can keep up with your speedy friends on bike rides.
How fast are E-Bikes?
E-Bikes are not to be confused with mopeds or motorbikes – at their core, they are a bicycle. With that in mind, they are typically faster than regular bikes due to their electric motor.
Each e-bike will differ in terms of speed and capability depending on the construction and power of the motor. Maximum e-bike speeds are regulated by law, but typically in the UK, e-Bikes will assist up to 15.5mph.
Do you still have to pedal an electric bike?
Yes, you still have to pedal an electric bike. With an E-Bike, you have all the functionality of a regular pushbike with the added functionality of an electric motor that helps with pedalling. This can be activated by the cyclist whenever they please and is usually helpful for steep inclines or longer trails.
Sorry, you’re still going to have to pedal.
How long do electric bike batteries last?
If an electric bike is maintained well, you can expect the battery to last between 3 to 5 years. However, even if it is not put into use, a lithium battery will begin to lose its capacity over time.
Tips for prolonging your e-Bike battery life
- Keep the battery cool – this means storing your bike and battery in a cool environment.
- Make sure your battery is above freezing before charging in the winter months. You could potentially harm the cells in the battery if it isn’t left to warm up before charging.
- Storing a battery that is fully charged can have an impact on the recoverable capacity. When storing a battery for an extended period of time, make sure that it is charged between 40-and 80%.
How far can an E-Bike go?
There are many variables when it comes to the distance that an E-Bike can travel. These include the size of the battery, the level of the motor assist you select, motor efficiency and the amount of weight that the bike is carrying. Other factors include the temperature, wind, the type of terrain you are biking on and even the wind.
These variables mean that an E-Bike’s range can be anything between 20-and 100 miles.
Can you use electric bikes in the rain?
Yes. Electric bikes are water-resistant and can withstand rain. As electric bikes are water-resistant and not waterproof, you should minimise the amount of exposure that the bike has to water. If it is submerged in water or has long-term exposure to water, your bike will become damaged.
Which e-Bike should I get?
E-Bikes are versatile and whether you like to tackle the off-road terrain or prefer to push pedals on the pavement – there’s an E-Bike perfect for you.
E-Hybrid Bikes – Hybrid electric bikes are ideal for the cyclist adventurer who likes variety with their trips. E-Bikes Hybrid bikes are designed to be able to tackle a range of terrains, from gravel paths to off-road mud trails.
E-Mountain Bikes – If you are a cyclist who finds peace in rocky and muddy terrain, an E-Mountain bike is a perfect choice. E-Mountain bikes give you a boost when you need them most and are designed for longer trips, and you will find bikes with RIB (removable integrated battery) systems for dual purposes.
E-Road Bikes – If you are a commuting cyclist or like to get around by cycling on the road – you should check out an E-Road bike. Combine physical and electric power for a cycling experience that gets you from A to B quickly. E-Road bikes are great for commuters who don’t want to carry an extra set of work clothes. Just activate that boost, and you won’t have to worry about sweating in your office attire.
Browse the full range of E-Bikes at Swinnerton Cycles today
At Swinnerton Cycles, we are experts in sourcing the finest cycling equipment, clothing and bikes for you. Check out our full range of E-Bikes available, where you will find a range of electric bikes for your cycling needs. Whether you are looking for a bike that will give you a boost on mud paths, or you want to keep up with your friends who are speedier – there is an e-Bike waiting for you to take on your next adventure at Swinnerton Cycles.