Electric bikes are a little different from the standard bicycle, but many people seem to have picked up some false information about them.
“Aren’t they cheating?” seems to be a reoccurring statement when it comes to e-bikes. As UK electric bike specialists, we understand that certain misconceptions are inevitable – that’s why we’re here to set the record straight…
Fact: Electric bikes are designed to be 50/50 pedal assist with the rider doing half the work. Although less effort is required, the majority of riders who switch to electric bikes claim that they actually tend to cycle greater distances, thus making more use of them. E-bikescan also function as standard bicycles without pedal assistance – depending how you are feeling on the day, you can take or leave the extra help.
Fact: Electric bikes do not create unhealthy vapours and batteries can be recycled so that they do not pose a threat to the environment. In fact, switching to an electric bike for short journeys and not using your car helps to reduce Nitrous Oxide emissions in the atmosphere!
Fact: Electric bicycles have pedals and are limited to 15.5 mph under power and can be used on cycle paths. Providing a form of exercise, these factors instantly differentiate them from mopeds. Truthfully, there are probably more differences than similarities between the two. Moped users cannot travel within bicycle areas, paths or parks, whereas electric bike owners gain all the same benefits as those who ride conventional bicycles.
Fact: Electric bikes will only do 15 mph legally. The range will be limited by the capacity of the battery and the percentage power you use. Batteries are designed to be fully charged overnight so that they can be used every day.
Additionally, the battery can be remotely charged pretty much anywhere where there is a plug socket or computer.
Fact: Compared to the cost of motorcycles, cars, vans and other automobiles, electric bikes will save you money rather than cost you. Many e-bikes are priced high due to containing ‘high end’ bicycle parts. The best value for money may be an electric bike with good quality components and a battery built on a relatively simple bicycle.
Think of all the things you won’t have to pay for, including petrol bills, insurance and tax. The list goes on. You can compare the electric bike with the standard car by taking a look at our infographic.
Fact: You don’t. Riding an e-bike really is as simple as that. You are permitted to ride your electric bike with no insurance, registration and license and even no helmet, but you must be over the age of 14.
Fact: Axcess Electric Bikes is based in the UK and is therefore used to dealing with unpredictable British weather. However, living with the occasional rainy day does not mean that your commute cannot take place. All of the electric components are weatherproof and sealed, meaning that no matter what the weather, you can enjoy the ride without the risk.
Fact: All of our electric bikes are built to EU regulations and standards, with specialist pedal assistance and control systems.
Fact: Although they require basic maintenance, there’s not much more upkeep involved than that of a standard bicycle. Electric components usually never need maintenance and good quality motors can be expected to go for several thousand miles without maintenance, the most common problem with an electric bike is under inflated tyres.
Brake and gear checks and regular servicing can be carried out by a mechanic and you can discover a list of e-bike maintenance tips here.
Fact: Electric bikes are just as reliable as a high-end bicycle. How you treat and care for your bike depends on the durability, for example. Leaving it out in the cold over time could affect the performance, but if you care for your e-bike, there’s no reason it can’t last. We now have hundreds of bikes over 5 years old, most of them are still going strong and are still using their original batteries.
Fact: With a little help from an electric bike, you are in control of your workout at all times. Whether you require assistance with that hefty hill or fancy riding completely unassisted, the possibilities are endless. Many of those who switch to electric find themselves making more use of their bike as they are still incorporating exercise into daily life. It all depends what you’re comparing it to.
Fact: If you enjoy green living, having fun, getting out in the fresh air, exercise and saving money, then there really is no ‘cheating’ with an e-bike. An electric bike is simply a form of assistance that means that you won’t have to struggle uphill!
Electric bikes are actually encouraging people of all ages to get active and all they do is make the ride smoother and more enjoyable. It’s all a matter of how much assistance you desire on the day.
Has your motor car with a petrol or diesel engine reached its nadir? European cities are starting to ban diesel vehicles and employers are beginning to restrict car parking spaces for those who live within 5 miles of their work place. As time goes by, more households will realise the benefit of having a small, convenient, electrically assisted vehicle in the garage for short trips, ease and recreation. The only thing that will be cheated is the build of of exhaust gases in the atmosphere…
So, there you have it – we have debunked 12 common myths about the use of electric bicycles. At Axcess Electric Bikes we supply dependable and durable electric bikes with pedal assist and throttles for UK customers. To find out more, please browse our e-bike range or contact us today.