Do You Know What An Electric Bike Is?

The Electric Bicycle is finally beginning to gain some traction in the minds of the American consumer and the American marketplace. Like any new technology or product, there are a plethora of offerings from very cheap to very expensive, from junk to well engineered and sold by everyone and his brother-in-law. If you want to take advantage of this new technology, how do you decide what to buy and from whom? The following are some tips that may help you out.

OKits that advertise installation in “an hour or less” are something to be wary of. Sure, it can be done, but as with everything there are always two ways to accomplish something. The quick way and the right way. Proper installation of a kit requires making sure that all the components fit snugly and correctly. Remember, you are going to trust your one and only body to this thing as you move along at 20 miles an hour. Having the front wheel fall out, the throttle slip, the battery container break loose or having no motor interrupts on the brakes can make for a very unpleasant experience not to mention destroying your bike or kit.

My insurance premiums have increased year on year despite me making no claims and for youngsters just starting out the costs are in many cases totally prohibitive. For example my step son who is nearly 18 years old, he’s at college and desperate to start driving a car. But when we started to research the cost of insurance just on my own policy the quotes were completely off the scale. In fact some insurance companies won’t even quote now for young men under 18 years old.

A moped is what it sounds like, a motor and pedal. What you have is a motorized bicycle. To confuse things more there are electric bicycles also called e-bikes, but we will get to those later. A moped looks like a small motorcycle with or with out pedals. The most common distinction between a moped and a motorcycle is the limited engine size of mopeds or an electric motor on the moped.

OElectric bikes are limited by US Federal law to 750 watts and 20 miles per hour. There are a lot of bikes and kits on the market that advertise power as high as 1000 watts. Beware! There are two ways to measure wattage, the initial surge or “peak wattage” that the motor puts out when it is first starting up, and the continuous wattage that the motor operates under. A lot of very high wattage motors are advertising their peak wattage, not their continuous output. As a consumer it is very difficult to tell the difference, but you can always ask. A tipoff would be a relatively large motor such as 500 watts that operates on a lower voltage battery such as 36 volts. A genuine 500 watt (or larger) continuous output motor would generally use 48 volts or more.

But the fold up bike is not suitable for those who prefer not to have to pedal all the way. So an electric motor is installed into the bike. The electric folding bikes are born. So how do you choose the right bicicleta eletrica mountain bike 800w?

Some of you may be thinking “Ah but wait! Don’t you have to charge the batteries? Doesn’t that increase my home electricity bill?” Well yes you do have to charge the battery, most will charge overnight and some will charge over 2-3hours. But on average the cost of charging a battery is between 10-15p. Now when you consider that charge a single could last you anything between 30-60 miles that works out at incredible value for money.

An electric bike allows for healthier living and more time outside in the environment. It is recreational and there is no air pollution. It may not be easy for everyone to build an electric bike. However, if you search online, you will be able to find many instructions and pictures on how to build an electric bike.