Electric Bike Advantages

Electric Bike Advantages

We love electric bikes – So should you

Although not as popular as mopeds or traditional motorcycles(yet), electric bikes have certainly seen their use increase over recent years. There are many reasons for this – Electric bikes have become more sleek and stylish, fuel prices have gone through the roof and people are much more environmentally aware than they were 10-15 years ago.

Also in terms of speed, electric bikes now hold their own compared with other modes of transport. Granted they are not as quick as scooters or motorcycles, but at around 15 to 20 miles per hour, they are quick enough for most.

Add to this that fact that Electric bikes are considered much safer than motorcycles; they are cheaper to purchase and a lot cheaper to maintain and you can use them as part of a personal fitness routine, what’s not to like? Read on for some more reasons why everyone’s choosing electric bikes

Counting Down the Benefits of Riding Electric Bikes

Now, what are the additional benefits of purchasing and riding electric bikes? Take a look at the following list:

  1. Electric bikes offer a safer, offering a more controlled driving experience.
    When you’re navigating through heavy traffic, the extra push provided by the motor of the electric bike will allow you to gain stability and controlled speed to avoid dangers. The same thing holds true when you are going up a steep incline; the electric motor allows for more control.

2. Electric bikes are cheaper to buy and maintain.
Electric bikes are an ideal alternative form of transport due to the low running costs (think pence not pounds). You simply need to find a mains socket, plug in the battery and wait a few hours for the battery to get fully charged and you’re good to go!

3. Electric bikes have an extended range.
Another benefit of riding an electric bike is that it gives you the ability to cycle further, explore more and get outside more than if you were demotivated by a push pedal bike. If you want to keep fit some electric bike models allow you to simply manually pedal without engaging the motor. The best of both worlds.

4. Unlike motorcycles, you do not need to have a license to own and drive electric bikes in the UK.
Electric bikes offer a hassle-free way of owning a motorized vehicle – without having to apply for licenses or permits.

5. You can use an electric bike to drive yourself to and from work – in your suit, without breaking a sweat.

If you need to get somewhere quick, in an environmentally sound way, but still looking professional (or just not half dead), an electric bike could be the answer.

With all these benefits and more, there’s absolutely no reason why you should say no to the prospect of owning an electric bike, so why not buy one now?

Urban Mover UM36SX Electric Bike Review

Urban Mover UM36SX Electric Bike Review

Urban Mover’s Line of Electrically-Assisted Bikes was founded back in the year 2000. Since then Urban Mover has become one of the most trusted manufacturers in the UK electric bike industry. The brand has a good reputation for producing quality electric-assisted bikes with lightweight batteries and overall quality.

Today, the Urban Mover brand produces a comprehensive range of electrically powered products including standard and premium electric bikes, electric scooters, and an exotic-sounding electric ‘power board’ (think electric powered skateboard). The model we are looking at in this review is the ‘Urban Mover UM36SX’. Its position in the premium class, but does it really live up to this billing?.

Urban Mover UM36SX Electric Bike Features

A quick look at the UM36SX’s specs proves impressive. Here are the specifications/features of the product:

* Motor: 250w high-efficiency brushless 37v
* Battery: Advanced Panasonic Lithium Polymer 9Ah 37V
* Assisted Range: 9Ah battery up to 50km (30+ miles)
* Maximum Speed: 15.5mph under power
* Weight: Bike with battery and all accessories 21kg
* Charger: Lithium 120 to 240V/36V
* Gears: Shimano Altus derailleur with 7-speed range
* Brakes: Alloy caliper back and front
* Tyres: Kenda 26” x 1.95 puncture resistant
* Frame: Advanced MTB Design, Matt White or Black Paint
* Includes: Bell, Stand, Sport Style Mudguards, Sprung Saddle Post

Urban Mover UM36SX Electric Bike

Available in silk black and arctic white colors, the Urban Mover UM36 SX electric bike has a durable mountain bike style frame that weighs in a lightweight 21kg. This coupled with the high torque Panasonic lithium battery proves a compelling combination. The UM36 SX feels well balanced in regards to the frame weight and overall power of the battery and this bike would effortlessly get you to work and back on the daily commute. Those who need the extra torque when using towpaths or country trails will also find that the Urban Mover has what it takes.

It is said that compared to its predecessors, the Urban Mover UM36 SX electric bike has three times the range on a single charge of the battery. We are not sure if this true but this model did offer impressive range. One nice touch of the battery is the fact that its uses a brushless motor, so eliminating maintenance and maximize electrical efficiency.

Also read: How to choose the right electric bike:

The 15 mph top speed from the 250watt electric motor is the legal limit in the UK and feels more than adequate if you need to arrive somewhere quickly, without breaking a sweat.

In the same vein, the bikes seven-speed gear configuration, front/seat suspension and adjustable assisted power options all mean that tackling tough off-road trips should not prove a problem.

Conclusion: Is the Urban Mover UM36SX Electric Bike an Ideal Model to Have?

Considering all the features included with the Urban Mover UM36 SX electric bike, there’s no doubt that it is one of the best models of its kind around. The speed, frame, range and durable mountain bike styling all add up to one desirable bike. If you are looking for a good looking, highly spec’d British electric bike, the Urban Mover UM36 SX is well worth a closer look.

How to choose the right Electric Bike for you

How to choose the right Electric Bike for you

Recently the popularity of electric bikes has soared especially the last 5 years. From the initial bulky, underpowered models, electric bikes have transformed into the slimmer, chrome fused and powerful e-bikes under $1000 of today.

These advancements have raised interest from people of all ages overall in the UK who can see why an electric bike would be useful to them. But which model to buy?. The initial investment in an electric bike is not insignificant, so it’s important to choose wisely. Here are a few points to bear in mind:-

Factors to Consider when Purchasing an Electric Bike.

1. The type of electric bicycle that you will buy.


Think of electric bikes as being similar to traditional bicycles. Depending on the application, there are several types of electric bicycles that you can go for.

Road Bikes -Road bikes are of course made to ride on paved streets. They have a lightweight frame and usually thinner tires. The riding position is more bent for aerodynamics and so can become uncomfortable on longer rides.

Mountain Bike – Mountain Bike style electric bikes are designed with strong frames that can cope with off-road biking. The seating position is more up-right that road bikes and as such is better for people with bad problems

Hybrid Bikes -Finally, you can choose a hybrid electric bike that takes features of both the road bike and the mountain bike and fuses them together. They are suitable for use both on-road and off-road.

2. The type of control you want over the electric motor.


You have two choices. First is the Pedelec method(pedal electric). In this case the electric motor is regulated by pedaling. A sensor detects the pedaling speed. The second method is regulating the motor by a handlebar-mounted throttle. In this case, you don’t have to pedal at all, but you can regulate the motor just using a switch.

3. The weight and structure of the electric bike.


Check whether the overall weight of the electric bike can support your own weight – while also considering the additional heaviness of the motor and the battery. Structure-wise, the better electric bikes are made from modern, durable alloys which should last you for a good number of years.

4. The power of the electric bike.


Depending on the model and brand of the electric bike that you are planning to buy, there are ones which come with a high-torque brushless motor, while others have a brushed motor. This should tell you something about how long the electric bike can last when fully charged while you’re navigating through rough or smooth roads.

5. Your personal budget for buying an electric bike.


Naturally, you should set a budget for yourself so that you can compare the costs of each individual model and brand of an electric bike. However, it pays to buy something a bit more expensive that will suit your needs – as long as the quality will give you the best value for your money.

6. Other factors to take into consideration.


You should also consider the maximum speed; additional features like a power-boost button; the range in miles of the bike; the charging time and the number of minutes or hours that the battery will last.

By taking these factors into consideration, you can choose the perfect electric bike that will best suit your needs whether you’re pedaling on smooth streets or rough roads

Diamondback Bicycles: Women’s Vital 2 Complete Hybrid Bike

Diamondback Bicycles Women’s Vital 2 Complete Hybrid Bike

Summary Score: 9.0/10

The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike is absolutely the perfect definition of a hybrid bike. Both road worthy and able to be used off-road, this bike is a great crossover bike for anyone who needs the confidence to handle off-road conditions and also a bike that can handle daily work commutes. If you looking for fixed gear for your bike please check our article.

  • Price 10/10
  • Quality of the Components 9/10
  • Ease & Costs for Maintenance 9/10
  • Comfort 9/10
  • Look 8/10

Price

The price for the Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike is very good. This is a very good price given the above-average quality of the components too…

Price 10/10

Quality of the Components

The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike components can be broken down into various areas that determine the quality. Each of these components can in isolation drop the overall score for a bicycle review, only because the weakest part may be the area which causes the bicycle overall to be reduced quality, i.e. a low seat seat isn’t really an area for concern instead of reduced excellent brakes or gears which make a bike unsafe or difficult to use.

Frame: Simple aluminum frame with Sport Comfort suspension fork (63mm travel).

Seat: Comfortable seat mounted on mini-shock absorption mount.

Pedals: Diamondback Comfort Platform pedals – possibly would replace these to allow more grip in wet weather riding.

Brakes: Standard linear-pull brakes (clincher style). Nice and simple, just be careful if you’re riding downhill to keep your speed under control as you won’t be able to stop in a hurry with this brake configuration as opposed to other bikes with disc brakes.

Gears: 21 Speed Shimano grip shifters. It certainly keeps the aesthetics of the bike looking great and makes for smooth gear changes.

Wheelset: 29 Inch wheels – standard 700c size. The tires and tubes are made by Kenda who make great quality components.

Weight: 32 pounds or 14.5 kilograms Quality of the Components 9/10

East & Costs for Maintenance

If you apply the bike a good deal, you are bound to need to do maintenance sooner or later. That might be as simple as fixing a flat tire, adjusting the gears or changing brake pads.

The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike gets a top mark for ease and cost of maintenance. This is due to the fact that you’ll be able to do a lot of the work yourself. The wheels are easy to remove with quick release levers, the seat can easily be adjusted, brake pads changed and with a bit of knowledge, you could even adjust the gears.

If any of the work is outside of your comfort zone, any bike shop will be able to do the maintenance for you due to the very common nature of the components and easy access to parts. Ease & Costs for Maintenance 9/10

Comfort

The bike gets a good rating for comfort. The suspension in the seat and front mean it should handle most bumps pretty well without you feeling it too much.

Another aspect to think about is the dearth of fenders. If you bike to work in wet weather or on wet roads, you’re going to get a very wet backside. This is easily resolved with a low-cost bike fender available from Amazon.

Comfort 9/10

Look

The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike is a good looking bike. Although a bit more basic in the looks without fenders and chain guards, it still manages to catch the eye with it’s laid back cruisy look without compromising on performance.

Look 8/10