Some people feel that an electric bike is something they could never live with, while others love having a motor that keeps their bike going and helps you make it through a long trip like a commute in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. An electric bike also opens up your bike to a whole new world of possibilities. With the help of an electric motor you could use your bike to carry the shopping and get over hills without a lot of effort. We’ve compiled an electric bike buyers guide to help you choose the right electric bike for you.
Going With Pedelec or Twist ‘n’ Go
When it comes to electric bikes you’ll find there are two main types; a pedelec bike or a twist ‘n’ go.
Pedelecs are the most common kind of electric bike on the market. They monitor your pedalling; such as your pedalling rate, force, and speed, and they provide motor assistance as necessary to keep the bike running smooth.
A twist ‘n’ go bike on the other hand comes with a switch that you can use to turn motor assistance on or off. They have three settings; fully manual, pedal assistance, or full auto.
Weighing the Quality of the Bike Against the Quality of the Electrics
After choosing which kind of bike to go with you’ll learn there are three qualities of electric bike. The first is a poor quality bikes that have good electronics. These bikes are good if you’re already good with bikes, want to avoid spending a lot of money, but still want some electronic assistance to your riding.
The second is a good quality bike with poor quality electronics. This kind of bike is pretty much useless. You’d get the same results and save money with a conventional bike.
Then of course there are the all-rounders. These are good quality ebikes with good quality electrics. The overall quality will depend on how much money you’re willing to put down. A cheap one will come with some compromises but an expensive one should prove to be wonderful.
Choosing Between Hub and Crank Motors
A hub motor is a motor that is housed in the wheels while a crank motor is, as the name implies, mounted to the crank set. A hub motor is much quieter than a crank one but they are less powerful and are less capable of handling hills. Crank motors are more powerful but they might be too noisy. Choose whether you need comfort or power and go with the motor that gives you your choice.
When it comes to choosing a battery there are a few things you need to keep in mind;
- The charge cycle (keep in mind that manufacturers like to overstate the effectiveness of their batteries)
- Whether the battery is lithium or nickel based
- The size of the battery; smaller batteries charge faster but offer less range, while larger batteries take longer to charge but also last longer
That’s pretty much all you need to know about choosing the right electric bike. So what are you waiting for? Pick up yours today!