Electric bikes have been gaining popularity in the UK over the last couple of years but people still have plenty of questions about them.
Below you’ll find answers to some of those burning questions you have but haven’t had chance to ask!
Let’s start with the basics…
What is an e-bike?
Put simply an e-bike is a regular bike with the addition of a motor to assist you.
Just like a regular bike you’ll have to pedal to keep moving, the motor will then add power as you pedal.
The motor will only help you when you’re travelling below 15.5mph, which is the legal limit for electric assistance, above this you’ll be pedalling unassisted.
Who are e-bikes for?
Everyone and anyone!
(Well… apart from children under the age of 14).
You might be falsely under the impression that e-bikes are only for older people or people out of shape but this isn’t the case!
You might currently be put off cycling by hills, a long commute or carrying a heavy load but e-bikes are a great way to help you enjoy cycling in these situations!
Where can I use an e-bike?
You can ride e-bikes in all of the places you can ride a normal bike. Providing you’re using an e-bike as described above, it’s considered to be in the same category as a non-electric bike so you can ride on roads, light trails, in cycle lanes and parks.
How far can I ride on an
There are a number of factors that contribute to the distance a full charge will get you, for example; battery capacity, wind strength, rider weight or the assist mode you’ve chosen.
Generally, you’ll get at least 30 miles from a full charge but this be anything up to 100 miles in the right conditions!
How long does it take to charge the battery?
Typically between three and four hours.
How much does an e-bike weigh?
e-bikes are heavier than regular bikes but still significantly lighter than motorbikes. Typically an e-bike will weigh between 18kg – 25kg.
What happens if the bike gets wet?
All of the electronic elements of an e-bike should be in a sealed unit to prevent damage to the battery and motor. All of the components should be able to withstand the rainy English weather but it’s generally not advised to jet wash or submerge your bike in water.
Can I get an e-bike on a Cycle to Work scheme?
Typically, e-bikes are more expensive than a regular bike, which is the only issue with getting an e-bike using a Cycle to Work scheme.
Recently, however, the government removed the limit on the salary sacrifice amount.
Your employer will still have a limit on the amount you can spend, so you need to check if the e-bike you want is within this limit. If it is then there’s no reason you can’t buy an e-bike on a Cycle to Work scheme!
I still have questions, where can I find out more?
Raleigh have a great list of FAQs, find them here.
Cycling UK have produced a guide to e-bikes, find it here.
Evans Cycles have a guide to buying an e-bike, you can find it here.