An electric bike is like a normal push bike but with added power from a battery and electric motor. This extra power usually cuts in when you start pedalling but can be adjusted with different power settings which you can select based on the situation.
An electric bike will give you the freedom to explore or commute further without the need to expel as much energy. This can be useful if you are a bit older and don’t have the muscle power you did in your younger years or if you want to commute to work without working up too much of a sweat. If you are looking for some mountain action an electric mountain bike can get you to the top of the hill much quicker than a normal mountain bike which means you can save your energy for the downhill and rack up more miles.
You will need to charge your bike which comes at a small cost and can take around 6 to 8 hours for a full charge. The bike is heavier than a normal bike so if your battery does run out it will be much harder to cycle than a normal bike. But the range on modern E-bikes is between 20 & 35 miles so that should not put you off. One disadvantage is that you will not get the same level of exercise that you would with a normal bike, so it depends what you are looking for from your bike rides.
You are allowed to ride an electric bike in England, Scotland and Wales if you’re 14 or over, as long as it meets certain requirements.Your bike must show either:
If an E-bike meets the EAPC (Electrically assisted pedal cycles) requirements it’s classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere that normal pedal bikes are allowed. All the bikes recommended on this website comply with government requirements.
Just like your phone this will depend on the model, the size of the battery and how much you use it. As a general guide the battery should retain around 60% of it’s original capacity after 2 years (or 500 charges). Modern E-bikes keep a record of how many charges and miles they have covered which will help you calculate when to purchase a new battery. If you intend to use your bike a lot more than 500 miles a year then it would be a good idea to buy a spare battery when you purchase the bike.
Always buy a reputable brand of bike, this way you can purchase spare parts from the manufacturer when needed. A lot of parts are being standardised now which means motors built by companies like Bosch are used in a large range of bikes and this makes finding spares cheaper and easier.
This is how we can help; we search the internet every day to find the best electric bikes bargains in the UK. We only recommend bikes that comply with EPAC regulations (see above). Some of the best bargain are on last year’s models or unpopular colours and sizes. We only recommend bikes from reputable brands, so you don’t need to worry about getting spare parts in the future.