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Your eBike questions..... answered.

Words by Stuart on 07/05/2022 10:17:00

While e-bikes for men and women are now more popular than ever, come in all shapes and sizes, and even inspire new sporting disciplines. Check out this list of frequently asked questions about e-bikes if the idea of a bike that gives you superpowers sounds intriguing.

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How Does an E-Bike Work?

You ride an eBike just like riding an ordinary bike. However, when you start to pedal, you notice something extraordinary, e-bikes provide extra rider assistance with a battery-operated electric motor that gives an incredible boost as you pedal. (Some eBike have a throttle, but most are pedal assist).

Don't worry if you forget to charge your eBike and run out of juice. Electric bikes can still be ridden using pedal power alone, so you can ride an e-bike just as you would a regular bike.

Why Ride an Electric Bike?

A few of the benefits cited by our e-bike enthusiasts include:

  • Cycling up hills is much easier than with a traditional bicycle.
  • Boosting your ability to cover distances and routes that you never thought possible.
  • No more sweaty commutes.
  • Easily keep pace with traffic.
  • Keep up with riding partners who have more stamina.
  • Less the strain on the hips and knees.
  • More fun.

How Far Can I Travel on an Electric Bike?

On average, an electric bicycle can travel 22 to 50 miles on a single charge. It depends, however, on the rider's size, the wind speed, the hills along the route and the battery size of the bike. In most cases, the eBikes lithium-ion battery takes 3.5 to 6 hours to charge fully. You simply plug it into the wall as you would a smartphone or electronic device to charge the battery. Some of the latest bikes also have regenerative braking, which lets the battery recapture some of its power when you stop.

How Fast Does an Electric Bike Go?

Most electric bikes can travel well over 20 miles an hour. with some able to hit a top speed of 28 mph. However, all eBikes sold in the UK are limited to 15.5 MPH under current UK legislation. After this speed, the bike can be ridden quicker, but the rider will no longer receive assistance from the motor.

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See our article: How to de-restrict or tune your Electric Bike to make it go faster.

Where Can I Ride an E-Bike?

Electric bikes can travel anywhere traditional bicycles can and are governed by the same legislation as regular bikes.

Does My Electric Bike Require Special Maintenance?

As with a standard bike, you'll need to keep the moving parts of your electric bike lubed and the tires inflated properly. Also, It would be best to clean the electronic contacts periodically to keep them in optimum working condition. Before deciding on a bike model, carefully read the manufacturer's instructions about care and maintenance.

See our article: How to wash your electric bike (without damaging the electrics)

If you're in the market for an electric bike, come and test ride some of our models before choosing. We have showrooms in Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and York. Please don't hesitate to contact us here to book an appointment. Like standard bikes, electric bikes come in road, mountain and hybrid varieties, so you'll need to consider function and lifestyle and when and where you ride.

Check out our massive collection of eBikes HERE

2022 Haibike Trekking 4 Low Standover Electric Hybrid Bike in Desert

The new Trekking 4 has everything you need for cruising in the city, or for extended rides in the countryside.
The Yamaha PW-TE motor allows you to accelerate smoothly and with power, the integrated 500Wh battery providing ample reserves. Equipped with a luggage rack, lights, mudguards and a kickstand, this eBike is truly ready for everyday use. Your entry into the eTrekking bike world!

  • Frame material - Aluminium
  • Drive unit - Yamaha PW-TE System, 60Nm, 20km/h
  • Battery - Yamaha InTube 500Wh
  • Fork - SR Suntour NEX E25, Travel: 63mm
Raleigh eBike Motus Tour Crossbar Derailleur Bosch Motor Black

The Motus Tour comes equipped with powerful disc brakes, reflective tyres, a bell, a secure wheel lock, and an adjustable handlebar stem. A comfy suspension saddle and integrated lights guarantee a smooth, safe ride, no matter what time it is. And with a derailleur gear system, you’ve got all the speeds you need to navigate those sharp inclines.


Cube Supreme Hybrid Pro 500 Low Step Through Hybrid Electric Bike in Red/Black

The powerful Bosch Performance Line motor and Shimano 8-speed hub get you where you're going without fuss. Strong Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and grippy Continental tyres keep you safe in all weathers. There's a suspension seatpost and fork to help smooth out rough roads, and the adjustable stem makes it simple to set up exactly the way you like it. We even included mudguards, an integrated rear light and kickstand - so you're all set for any journey.

2022 Haibike HardSeven 7 630Wh Electric Mountain Bike in Anthracite

In the new HardSeven 7.0 you will find a well-equipped hardtail eBike that won't let you down even on the more challenging trails: the 120mm RockShox suspension fork and 27.5" Plus-size tyres ensure optimum traction and comfort. The Shimano SLX 12-speed gear combination with the powerful 4-piston disc brakes guarantee smooth, easy and safe riding fun. With the Yamaha PW-ST drive unit and 630Wh InTube battery, no mountain is too high.

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