Electric bikes are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation because they are a great way to get back and forth from school or work. Depending on the model you choose, going shopping or even exploring off-road are also great uses of an electric bicycle.
Many of these electric bike models fold so they are easy to haul to a campground and use for transportation once you arrive. An electric powered mountain bike is perfect for this.
Most of these bikes use a lithium battery that charges fast and has a range of approximately 30 miles. The battery is removable so it can be taken indoors for safekeeping and charging. The lithium battery is one of the most expensive parts of an electric bike and should be taken off the bike when not in use. The battery capacity ranges from different size batteries, which are available from 36 volts upwards. Most will power your bike several hours before needing to be recharged.
The motors for an electric bicycle come in various sizes, from 250 watts upward. They will help power your bike to speeds from 15 to 30 MPH. You can also pedal with the motor to increase the overall speed. This helps for faster takeoffs than either pedaling or the motor power alone.
Different Riding Modes
A lot of electric bicycles come with different riding modes. For instance, you can switch from full electric to pedal assist on these models, which means that the bike will only run the motor while you are pedaling. This increases your riding range tremendously.
The full electric mode will take off and power the bike without being pedaled. This is the least efficient mode and will reduce your riding range. Pedaling in this mode without using the throttle will be more like riding a regular bike. Just using the throttle when you need extra help will also increase the distance you can travel before the battery needs to be recharged.
To be able to achieve high speed on an electric bike, you will need a more powerful motor and battery system. You can also pedal along with the motor to obtain higher speeds. A 60 Amp lithium battery powering a 750 watt motor will give you speeds topping 30 MPH.
Going faster also means you need better brakes. Most electric bikes come with disc brakes on the front and back. Being able to stop quickly from higher speeds is a must.
Tires and Wheels
The tires and wheels on electric bicycles are heavy duty to help support the added weight of the bike. Most frames are sturdier which also increases the weight of the bike.
High Fun Factor
Riding an electric bike is fun. There is extra power to assist you when encountering hills and taking off from a stop. Going off-road on an electric mountain bike gives more power and is easier for riding trails. The added excitement of going faster on a bike with very little cost is well worth it.
Electric Bike Safety
Always wear a certified helmet when riding a bike. Proper clothing should also be worn, and elbow and knee pads are also a useful addition. Be aware of vehicles pulling out in front of you, because most motorists will not expect to see a bicycle traveling so fast. The addition of powerful strobe lights used in the daytime will also help you get noticed. Always be prepared to stop, even though you have the right of way.
Just like other vehicles, your electric bike will need to be maintained. Taking care of your bike will give you many years of enjoyment.
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