Several Things You Should Know before Having An Ebike

Kayla

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With the cadence option, the sensor recognizes how speedy the pedals are spinning and then applies motor force respectively, making pushing easier. The two sensors on the ebike offer various pedal assist modes to choose from, depending on whether you need more or less power.

Both battery and motor determine range

Both devices are the most important parts of an electric bike. The ‘Range’ we talk about is the max distance after the battery is fully charged. Multiple elements that influence the range include rider weight, terrain, tire pressure, and pedaling aggression. Ebike specs directly related to the range are battery and motor type. The majority of electric bikes’ traveling ranges is from 30 to 80 miles. At the same time, electric bikes with a longer range will also affect the service life of the battery. Therefore, choosing a range that suits you is a factor that cannot be ignored before buying an electric bike.

Observe local regulations

Ebike regulation is not as complicated as vehicles but there are still some rules that you need to follow. No license is required for riding an electric bike but there are speed limits. All electric bikes are categorized into 3 different classes as we have introduced many times. Depending on the class, the top speed of electric bikes is limited to 28mph. Besides these, some basic traffic rules, such as traffic lights, must also be followed.

Always take safety as your top priority

Make sure the braking force of the brake matches the motor. If you like being speedy, having a bike with hydraulic disc brakes is a must. Smart cut-off brakes ensure smooth stops and restarts to avoid kicks on the ride.

Useful suspension on the seat and frame helps maintain a smooth ride on rough roads, reducing fatigue and possibly back pain. It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet when driving an electric moped or electric bike. Ebikes with integrated reflectors and lights will come in handy if you prefer riding at night. Never forget to keep your front and rear headlights on in the dark and wear proper safety gear such as helmets and pads. Some may argue these are not necessary but when the accident is unavoidable, they certainly are.

Electric bikes are cut-edge electric vehicle that allows people to get around while reducing their carbon footprint and car congestion. Unlike a car, you don't have to spend a penny on fuel while the gas price is so high right now. All you need is electricity and a little pedal effort, and you will be good to go. It's mandatory to know what to look for when purchasing an ebike before shopping as it is able to assist you to find the best ebike for your lifestyle.

The purpose of your ebike

Fat tire electric bikes come in a variety of designs to match different purposes and lifestyles. A mountain bike’s power system makes climbing steep hills effortlessly. It has fat tires and includes studded shocks to support rough terrain and trails. These components make it a top choice for sports and outdoor recreation.

Folding ebikes are less heavier and more like traditional bikes, suitable for commuting and riding in urban areas. While recumbent bikes have a low seating level and a design that provides back support for people who have difficulty balancing, cargo bikes have carriers that make them useful for short-distance deliveries and for carrying groceries and other items.

Choose your riding posture

Your ebike’s frame geometry determines how comfortable your ebike is, and the best way to find out your preference is to have a try. Aspects to think about include the uprightness of the riding posture and the style of the frame.

Race bikes and some mountain bikes will have you leaning forward, while commuter ebikes and road ebikes permit a more upright riding posture that most people are comfortable with. In regard to the frame style, the ebike can have a traditional or step-by-step frame construction. The latter lacks a top tube to eliminate the hassle of stepping over it. The step-by-step frame allows for easier installation and removal, an appealing feature for riders traveling with cargo.

This may be the most frequent reason why regular bike riders switch to electric bikes. Throttle the bike engages the motor whether you're pedaling or not, whereas with the pedal-assist option the motor only engages when you're pedaling. One of the sensors used by pedal assist is a torque sensor, which evaluates your pedaling power, allowing the motor to provide appropriate power.

Final words

An electric bike is a big toy, it can accompany you through a lot of happiness. It will also be your most faithful companion, taking you through the congestion of the morning rush hour commute. However, as so many things need to be taken care of, serious consideration should be made before you own your first electric bike. Welcome to the Ebike World!
 

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Thank you Kayla and BBassett. Very good points.

My wife and I are researching and will buy ebikes in the near future. We have two main "purposes" in mind. First and foremost is that when we retire (in 2024) we want comfortable ebikes to ride the many longer bike trails around the USA and Canada. We are members of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (railstotrails.org) and we are familiarizing ourselves with all the trail options. We already are planning the 242 mile long Katy Trail across the state of Missouri. Both of us are in decent shape and 40 mile rides on regular bikes are within our range. We think that with a comfortable ebike, this range might increase to 55-65 miles. However, we also want the functionality of running errands around town to save gas by not driving our SUV. Thus we would like a rack on the back for that purpose.

What bikes do you recommend for us? We are okay with up to $2,500 each if the bikes meet these criteria.
 

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Hi Ronnie,

I‘m pretty new to ebiking myself and don’t really have familiarity with all of the many, many brands out there. All I can do is share what I know about my own ebike, which might suit your needs.

My Aventon Pace 500 has been a joy to ride, and would likely work well for your intents.

First, it’s upright geometry makes it very comfortable for pleasurable biking. Nice on the back and just for taking rides in the country. The bike also allows for adjusting the height of the handlebars to best fit your comfort (something which I guess many ebikes don’t offer).

Its 500 W motor will easily get you up any hills you encounter on you journeys, and the battery has nice longevity for the treks you are looking at. I think the farthest I have gone at once was about 35 miles, but I had about 20% battery charge still left after that.

The bike easily accepts a rear rack which you can get from Aventon which is very sturdy once installed. I also put company brand fenders on mine.

I use mine almost daily for work commute now, and when I get home from work, all I want to do is get back on it. It’s great for taking on rides to the market, etc.

The integrated lights will help keep you safe on the road.

The wheels are not “fat” but are wide enough to handle some gentle off roading (I have no issues riding through a grassy park for instance) but not so wide as to make road riding less enjoyable. They are nicely robust, I would say.

With the bike, rear rack and fenders, you will be at about $2,000.

Aventon tends to be a well reviewed brand, but there have been reports of poor customer service after the sale. I have not come across that (yet) fortunately.

Good luck, and congratulations on your pending retirements!

~Shawn
 

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Thank you Kayla and BBassett. Very good points.

My wife and I are researching and will buy ebikes in the near future. We have two main "purposes" in mind. First and foremost is that when we retire (in 2024) we want comfortable ebikes to ride the many longer bike trails around the USA and Canada. We are members of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (railstotrails.org) and we are familiarizing ourselves with all the trail options. We already are planning the 242 mile long Katy Trail across the state of Missouri. Both of us are in decent shape and 40 mile rides on regular bikes are within our range. We think that with a comfortable ebike, this range might increase to 55-65 miles. However, we also want the functionality of running errands around town to save gas by not driving our SUV. Thus we would like a rack on the back for that purpose.

What bikes do you recommend for us? We are okay with up to $2,500 each if the bikes meet these criteria.
Thanks for your support!
I have a Magicycle cruiser pro which is an newly upgraded ebike, I'm a long distance and mountain biking enthusiast, and I have ride it for or half a year, which is super comfortable. It can support my long rides, not sure if it's the best, but I think it's the most suitable for me with the reasonable price (I bought it singlely, if you and your wife buy it togather, you can check out their combo, the price is even better and cheaper, and as far as I know, they have a lot of discounts) and good performance. I see your needs and I think this ebike is also very suitable for you. I will list the specific parameters below:

Battery: 52V 20Ah Lithium Battery (LG), which support me to ride for a long distance.

Motor: 750W 52V Torque96 N.m rear geared hub motor (peaks at over 1,000W)

Brakes: Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes (180 mm rotors). The brakes works well when i over the hills.

Fork: Hydraulic suspension fork

Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h)

Range: Up to 80 miles, of course, range varies with weight, terrain, wind speed, and your pedaling.

Weight: 73 lb

Max load: 350 lb

Wheels: Kenda26"x4.0" fat tires

Recommended Rider Heights: 5.5’’ ~ 6.5’’, I'm 5.8", it's comfortable to ride with it.

Extras: the Magicycle Cruiser pro provides color LCD display with USB charging, bright headlight, and taillight.
The ebike is not only suitable for commuter but also the perfect e-bike for trail riding and scenic cruising.

Another important point I need to mention is that it is more important to choose a brand with its own factory. I did some research on magicycle and found that they have their own factory and their customer service team is very responsible. I often have some questions about bicycle performance and other aspects, they can provide me with professional answers in time. That's what makes me highly recommend them.

They also have other models that you can check out too. Hope these are helpful to you. Welcome to join the riding groups~

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Hi Ronnie,

I‘m pretty new to ebiking myself and don’t really have familiarity with all of the many, many brands out there. All I can do is share what I know about my own ebike, which might suit your needs.

My Aventon Pace 500 has been a joy to ride, and would likely work well for your intents.

First, it’s upright geometry makes it very comfortable for pleasurable biking. Nice on the back and just for taking rides in the country. The bike also allows for adjusting the height of the handlebars to best fit your comfort (something which I guess many ebikes don’t offer).

Its 750W motor will easily get you up any hills you encounter on you journeys, and the battery has nice longevity for the treks you are looking at. I think the farthest I have gone at once was about 35 miles, but I had about 20% battery charge still left after that.

The bike easily accepts a rear rack which you can get from Aventon which is very sturdy once installed. I also put company brand fenders on mine.

I use mine almost daily for work commute now, and when I get home from work, all I want to do is get back on it. It’s great for taking on rides to the market, etc.

The integrated lights will help keep you safe on the road.

The wheels are not “fat” but are wide enough to handle some gentle off roading (I have no issues riding through a grassy park for instance) but not so wide as to make road riding less enjoyable. They are nicely robust, I would say.

With the bike, rear rack and fenders, you will be at about $2,000.

Aventon tends to be a well reviewed brand, but there have been reports of poor customer service after the sale. I have not come across that (yet) fortunately.

Good luck, and congratulations on your pending retirements!

~Shawn
`Thank you Shawn. This is good info. I just watched this video on your Aventon Pace 500 and it seems like a very good choice.
 

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Glad to help, Ronnie!

I would check it out, and maybe a few other brands, and if possible see if you can take one for a test ride at your local bike shop.

I gambled on mine without the test drive, as my local store was out of stock early this summer, but I‘m glad I did.
 

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Thank you Snoop. How would you consider your riding style? Are you more of a urban commuter or a cruiser (longer rides on trails, often asphalt), or a mountain biker? I think I'll make a poll in this forum and ask that question. Might be interesting to see a cross-section of the type of riding that most people do.
 

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Thank you Kayla and BBassett. Very good points.

My wife and I are researching and will buy ebikes in the near future. We have two main "purposes" in mind. First and foremost is that when we retire (in 2024) we want comfortable ebikes to ride the many longer bike trails around the USA and Canada. We are members of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (railstotrails.org) and we are familiarizing ourselves with all the trail options. We already are planning the 242 mile long Katy Trail across the state of Missouri. Both of us are in decent shape and 40 mile rides on regular bikes are within our range. We think that with a comfortable ebike, this range might increase to 55-65 miles. However, we also want the functionality of running errands around town to save gas by not driving our SUV. Thus we would like a rack on the back for that purpose.

What bikes do you recommend for us? We are okay with up to $2,500 each if the bikes meet these criteria.
Ronnie, I bought aSpecialized Creo last year. I love it. 75 mi range. You get what you pay for.
 

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I would like to add to this thread;

Just because you know how to ride a bicycle, do not assume that you automatically know how to ride an eBike. There are features, quirks, and techniques that need to be learned and getting through that learning curve should happen in a large, empty lot before you try riding in traffic or at a busy trail or park.

Take the time (a few hours at minimum) to practice and become comfortable riding and maneuvering BEFORE you head out into the bigger world. Making a mistake on an eBike moving at 15-20+mph has consequences far more akin to what happens when riding a full blown motorcycle.
 
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