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Where to start with electric bikes

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Electric bikes, better known as E-bikes are bicycles that have an electric motor! E-bikes are a popular alternative to a car, they are better for the environment and more powerful than a regular bike. Electric bikes are becoming more and more common on our streets, they are great for commuting to work and help to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about electric bikes...

What are electric bikes?

Bikes that have an electric motor fitted are known as electric bikes or E-bikes. The motor provides power that can help you with pedalling. Therefore an electric bike can help you travel further, for longer distances. E-bikes are also able to carry larger loads, making shopping even easier.

How do e-bikes work?

E-bikes are just regular bikes with that extra oomph when you pedal. Intelligent sensors detect when you’re pedalling and the e-bike then supplies extra power via a motor at the crank or in the wheels. For an e-bike to be legal in the UK it cannot provide power unless you are pedalling, otherwise, it would be an electric motorbike and require insurance and registration.

The battery is charged using a charger plugged into the mains, just like a laptop or mobile phone. The beauty of an E-bike is that you can ride it to work and charge it at your desk!

Does it feel different to ride an E-bike compared to a normal pedal bike?

Yes and no. You ride an e-bike the exact same way you ride a normal bike. You might find an E-bike is heavier than a normal bike, but the electric power boosts more than makes up for it.

What are the laws on e-bikes in the UK?

The rules on E-bikes in the UK are pretty simple, they are legal for those over the age of 14. You don’t need a licence to ride an electric bike and even better they don’t need to be registered, taxed or insured. E-bikes are also restricted by how fast they are allowed to go, and the speed limit is 15mph. E-bike riders are subject to the same road laws as regular cyclists. For instance, whether you’re riding a bike or an e-bike, you can use cycle paths and shared-use paths, as well as the road.

How long will an e-bike battery last?

Electric bike batteries can last for 25 to 100 miles, all depending on which settings you chose to ride with. Also depending on whether the battery is fully charged and how powerful it is. You will need to remember to recharge the battery between rides however if it goes flat while you’re out and about, you can just pedal like a normal bike.

Hopefully, this blog has given you more information to help you decide whether an E-bike is right for you! If the answer is yes, then visit the PowerRide website today to get your hands on one of our amazing electric bikes.

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