The Popularity of Electric Bikes

Electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular both with existing cyclists and with new cyclists. If you want to find out more about electric bikes, you can search how electric bikes work on the internet but basically they are regular, traditional bikes which have an electric motor fitted. As there is an electric motor on these bikes, they of course also have to have a battery to provide that motor with charge. As well as a motor and a battery, an electric bike will also have a control to select which of three different modes you want the motor to operate in. The different modes available are pedal only, pedal assist and electric only. In the pedal only mode the motor plays no role and so remains in the off position. This allows for an electric bike to be used in the same manner as a regular, more traditional bike but it will of course have an extra 20 pounds of weight which is the combined weight of the motor, battery and control. In the pedal assist mode, the motor isn’t on all the time but will automatically come on whenever the pedals are used. In this mode, although the rider can pedal in the usual fashion, the added assistance of the motor will allow them to more easily climb hills or ride into the wind. In the electric only mode, the motor is continuously on providing power and so the pedals do not really play any role, a rider can sit back and just adjust the throttle as necessary. This means that an electric bike can be used by any cyclist except perhaps for professional racers, as they can provide the exercise many people have bikes for or, be used as a method to commute to work but now, with an electric bike, they need not turn up sweaty and exhausted. As an electric bike only has the three added components which are all relatively small; it looks handles and stores as easily as a traditional bike. This is opposed to a moped or scooter which, although providing power to two wheels, is very heavy and big compared to a bicycle. Although there are three different positions where the motor can be fitted to the bike, two of those positions are on the wheels which although provide power to the wheels, cannot make use of the gear system in the drive chain. However, if the motor is fitted in the third position which is in the middle of the bike, which is lower so that it allows the rider more control of the bike, it is connected directly to the drive chain and so can make full advantage of the gears. Although the motors are available in a range of sizes from 200 watts to 1000 watts, the 250 watt motor seems to be becoming the most popular as, although providing speeds of up to 20 MPH, it can still allow the battery to go 20 miles without the need or a recharge.