Some people consider Ebikes to be the middle ground between regular bicycles and low powered mopeds, while other consider them a completely different mode of transport entirely. Most will share one thing in common and that’s the presence of an electronic device that’s built into the structure of the bicycle – offering support and additional power during a ride.
It’s this unique feature that has led to these types of bicycles being as expensive as they can be. There are some models that feature minor electrical functions and can be purchased for a couple of hundred dollars, while others on the market can be bought for several thousand instead – making them just as expensive, if not more so than regular mopeds and even certain types of motorbike.
Why do people buy them?
Because of the sheer range of functionality that they bring to the table. Each bike will include a compacted electric motor that’s directly connected to either the front or rear wheel. As they are fitting to connect to the pedal sprocket, they can ease up tension for the rider whilst pedalling and allow for a much more effortless journey during commuting.
All bicycles will feature a hub and this will either be uncovered (as is often the case within mountain bikes whereby the chain is exposed), or covered (as will be necessary to keep the electric motor and its components safe and secure. Although these features are ever-present with electric bikes (Ebikes), they can be activated or left unused depending on the rider’s preference.
With the push of a button (typically located near the brakes and handlebars), the rider could send an electrical signal to the motor, activating its functions which in turn will work to rotate the pedals in an easier manner whilst cycling. There are even some types that can turn the pedals on behalf of the cyclist, making a ride even less energy consuming.
These types of bikes are becoming increasingly popular amongst commuters, as many find having to cycle to work each day being quite a chore and often leaving them feeing sweaty and tired by the time they get to the office. With an Ebike providing cycling support however, the journey can be almost effortless and much more enjoyable to be a part of.