9 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Bike
Okay, so an electric bike isn’t a car… Is it, or isn’t it? Their speed and strength are increasing. Motorcycles and electric bikes will merge at some time in the future.
Because I enjoy both hybrid bikes and electric bikes, I felt compelled to include this piece.
To get to work, I ride my e-bike 2 to 5 days a week on the mountain. Also, I take it out for a spin on the trails.
This has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made, despite the fact that it wasn’t inexpensive. On the other hand, in retrospect, these are the 17 things I wish I’d known before purchasing it.
1.Price difference between electric and non-electric bikes is almost the same.
Today’s bicycles are prohibitively expensive, let’s face it. When I was a youngster, $200 for a bicycle was considered a lot of money. I recall that a 7th-grade friend of mine who became interested in touring spent around $700 on a bike. I thought it was a bit out of this world.
Just because an e-bike isn’t required doesn’t mean you can’t spend $5,000 or more on a bicycle.
There are several e-bikes that cost as little as or even less expensive than traditional bikes at the lowest price point.
An excellent electric bike costs less than $3,000 USD. At $5,000, you’ll be getting a high-quality product.
2. Determine what you intend to use it for
When I placed my e-bike order, I explained that I was mostly a trail rider. I wanted to be able to ride up mountain paths faster without wearing myself out, which is why I invested in an e-bike. Because of this, I decided to get an electric mountain bicycle.
After I figured it out, I began cycling to work every day (30 km round-trip). Loved cycling to work right away! Rather than riding trails, I primarily use it for commuting.
However, I have no regrets about not purchasing a more road-friendly e-bike. The reason for this is that the mountain one rips along at a good speed on the road. It’s convenient to be able to ride it on the road and on the trail.
If I had purchased an electric bicycle on the road, I would have had to buy another one for the trails.
My recommendation is to go with a wide range of cycling terrains. If you plan to go on the trails, purchase a bike that can handle it, because you can also use it on the highway.
If you don’t plan to go on the trails, acquire a road bike.
It’s best to avoid having to buy two unless you have no other option.
What’s the difference between a road and a mountain electric bike?
Electric mountain bikes include a gear system that makes it easier to climb uphill. You can’t ride as fast downhill on a mountain bike as you can on a road bike with a gear system meant for faster speeds on the road, which is the negative.
Mountain bikes have studded, fat, and shock tyres and shocks, much like a regular mountain bike. They’re made for trails and rugged terrain.
Both upright and racing bicycles can be used on the roads. As a result, I prefer to sit upright. Cycling in a slumped over posture does not appeal to my sense of speed.
Basically, the differences between electric and non-electric bicycles are the same.
3. In order for the power to kick in, you have to peddle.
The throttle is absent from electric bicycles. When you pedal, the power assist kicks in. The bike won’t move unless you pedal. Electric bikes and powered scooters have significant differences in this regard.
4. They’re a hefty weight.
Electric bicycles aren’t the lightest mode of transportation. The bike will be able to move thanks to the engine help. I have yet to ride the bike without the aid of a motor, and I have no intention of doing so in the future. It’s too hefty and uninspiring to ride at all.
5. Speed is really important.
E-bikes with the fastest speeds should be purchased, if all else is equal. Having had a taste of 25 kilometres per hour, you’ll crave 45 kilometres per hour. Invest in the fastest electric bike you can afford to ride. My mountain bike has a maximum speed of 27 kilometres per hour. You should obtain a vehicle that can reach 35 kilometres per hour or more if you intend to use it on the road.
When I witnessed other commuters zooming by me on their OHM electric bicycles, I realised how slow mine actually was. I went to the OHM website and found out that their bikes can reach 45 kilometres per hour, which is very remarkable.
6. Comparison of distance traveled for each charge
How far you can go on a full charge at full boost is the second most significant aspect to consider (after speed). You need to be sure that you can get to your regular destination before you set out. Because my office building offers a bicycle storage space with electricity, I can charge my bike while at work.
A single charge has allowed me to make the round trip, but by the time I reach home, I’m running on empty. I don’t want to run out of battery on the way back to my house, which is located at the top of a mountain in North Vancouver.
Focus on how far or how fast you can go at maximum boost, in my opinion. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be relying on full boost on a regular basis.
7. Get a great cardio workout in.
You can still get a great exercise even if you use an electronic assist. There is a speedier and less arduous way to get where you’re going. You get a workout because you have to pedal. You have the option of pedalling hard or slowly, depending on your fitness level.
To gauge the effectiveness of my workouts, I use an Apple Watch and a heart rate monitor. During the majority of my daily journey, my heart rate varies between two and three times its resting rate. Even if you walk quickly, this is more taxing.
8. They’re a lot of fun!
In my opinion, these bikes are a game-changer. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to get to work or bike the mountains. They’re a lot of fun because they don’t require the arduous work of climbing hills. In fact, I prefer ascending trails to descending them. I enjoy the adrenaline rush I get from tackling steep inclines while negotiating roots, bends, and rocks.
It’s exhilarating to ride a bike at speeds of 30 to 40 kilometres per hour.
Despite the fact that I rode a bike frequently as a child, I never considered myself to be a biker in the first place. As a result of the introduction of electric bikes, I now ride my bike every day. Get some cardiovascular activity with this method of transportation.
9. The best mode of transportation for getting to and from work.
For the first time in my life, I’m forced to travel 30 kilometres to and from work. Approximately three years ago, I met a man in our neighbourhood who told me he rode his bike to work every day in downtown Los Angeles. I was astounded. I thought it was a long way away. But I wasn’t going to do it on an ordinary bike since that conversation lingered with me.
An electric bike owner came up to me later. He was cool with it and let me give it a shot. It was awe-inspiring. That day, I placed an order for one. He, too, cycled the same distance as I did to get to his job.
I hit the trails as soon as my e-bike came and began pedalling to work. There is an added benefit to the exercise, which is especially important in the fall and winter months when I am more likely to stay indoors due to rain and other adverse weather conditions.
In Vancouver, we’re fortunate to have a wide variety of bike lanes. It makes everything so much simpler and more secure. In most cases, I keep to these. Every day, I see dozens, if not hundreds, of other people riding their bikes to work. It’s catching on fast…. E-bikes are becoming more and more commonplace on the streets.