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