An electric bike is a bicycle with a motor attached to the pedals and powered by a battery. There are many variations available from those which add a kit (containing the motor and battery) to a normal bicycle to a custom built one. For those looking to save money during the energy and economic crisis we are facing, the electric bike may be the ideal solution. The kits range in price from $400 to $800 and the custom built ones range from $400 to $3,500. When compared to the cost of operating an automobile, these bicycles can be a real bargain. Riding an electric bike 500 miles can save around 25 gallons of gasoline. This can save the environment and the pocketbook.
The summer heat can take the starch out of any enthusiastic cyclist and hills and long distances can be rough on even the most seasoned of cyclists. An electric bicycle can take some of the pain out of exercising or running errands by helping the rider get to a destination fresh and stress-free. A commute to work can be stressful in a car when dealing with traffic jams but breezing by the traffic on an electric bike or e-bike can aid the commuter into getting to work on time and without the sweat of pedaling the whole time. Time can also be saved looking for a parking space at the destination. Simply lock the bike and get to work.
Most electric bikes are equipped to function without any pedaling required but the cyclist can save battery power for longer distances by only engaging the motor when needed such as uphill or when energy levels wane. By law, the maximum speed is 20 miles per hour and the average maximum range is between 10 to 40 miles depending on the terrain, the weight of the cyclist and the climate.
Most motors run silently and all electric motors are environment-friendly and require very little power to recharge the battery. Small, lightweight trailers can be added for larger parcels and groceries or pouches and baskets can be installed on the frame for smaller packages. Electric bikes can provide exercise as well as help clean the air. Many people have turned to the e-bike all over the world and depend on them for transportation. They do not require a state license plate; and the operator does not need a license or insurance to ride them on public streets. The cyclist must obey the same traffic laws as motorists and motorists are required by law to respect the cyclist in the same manner. The road is a safe place for the law abiding cyclist. The electric bicycle is a perfect alternative to an automobile or motorcycle.