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    E-Bikes

    How Much Do E-Bikes Cost?

    How Much Do E-Bikes Cost?

    E-bikes are actually quite affordable. The price of the electric bike you want to buy will depend largely on the type of riding experience you want and the quality of that experience.



    If you’re looking for an electric bike for quick jaunts, you might spend less money than if you need one for extended daily commutes. Need an eBike to go trail riding? Then you’ll have to buy an electric bike with more durable components – stronger frame, fatter tires, more robust motor.



    There are many companies out there manufacturing electric bikes now. And each company sets its own prices. As you explore your options, you’ll soon get an idea of what you can expect to pay for an electric bike.

     


    But there are other cost considerations with buying an electric bike.

     

    Consider the Maintenance Cost



    Electric bikes tend wear out just like a traditional bicycle. But they have far more components in them that can wear out. Motor. Battery. Motherboard. If you are going to use this as your main means of transportation, it will need adequate maintenance to last. Here is a quick list of some of the things you need and the cost.



    A tune up every six months (or after 500 miles) is recommended. That can cost anywhere between $75 to $100.


    Patching a flat tire costs between $10 and $20, depending on the severity of the fix.


    Brake adjustments will cost $20-35.

     

    Some of our electric bikes use a maintenance-friendly design. Our EB8 features power line quick disconnects, making it easier for bike shops to perform general maintenance.


    Since the most common repair is fixing a flat tire, keep the necessary tools and parts so you can do it yourself. Again, this is where our EB8’s quick-disconnects will come in handy. You won’t need to find a special eBike shop with a certified electrician just to change the tires. You can easily do it yourself.

     

    Consider the Cost for Charging an E-Bike



    One recurring cost associated with electric bikes is the cost of charging the battery. It’s a common question. And it’s one that is easily calculated, if we do a bit of math.



    Find the battery voltage and amp hour rating of the eBike. Use those numbers to get watt hours. For example, a 36V 10Ah battery has 360 watt hours, or 0.36 kilowatt hours (kWh).



    Check your local electricity prices. Electricity prices vary widely from state to state, but the average cost per kWh in the U.S. today is roughly 13.45 cents per kWh.

    How To Safely Ride an E-Bike

    How To Safely Ride an E-Bike

    Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage that most of us experience some time during our childhood. Learning to ride an e-bike is a slightly different story. Despite the similarities between the two, riding an electric bike can is largely a different experience than that of a normal bike. The differences lay in the e-bike’s pedal-assist nature and its electric motor.

     

    Sure, at the end of the day, electric bikes are bikes— but they do have some major differences. It's a major purchase and a new, fun experience. It's worth making the choice, but you want to make sure you learn to ride in the safest way possible. 

     

    Here are some tips on how to safely ride an electric bike. 


    Start Off Slowly 


    Electric bike riding is a different experience due to the different speeds involved. Not everyone who rides a bike regularly takes the time to learn about the speeds electric bikes are capable of. 

     

    This is especially the case in the US where class III bikes can go up to 26mph, but this is also true at slower speeds. Even if you’re riding at a speed that you feel comfortable with, it's one thing to pedal hard and start going fast, but it's a very different thing to have a motor push you to speed quickly with little work on your part. 

     

    Different types of bikes have various solutions for delivering power. Make sure to read up on what to expect. Some e-bikes feel very similar to regular bikes. Torque-based sensors usually deliver that more natural feeling. Even if that's the type of bike you’re riding, it's still a smart idea to start at a low assistance level, so that you experience a ride not too different from what you know. 

     

    Understand How Your Brakes Work


    E-bikes are heavy compared to traditional bikes. The extra weight combined with more speed makes braking something you really need to focus on. You’ll want to ensure that you have an understanding of how the brakes on your e-bike feel and which brake part does what. 

     

    Make sure you understand what kind of brakes you have on your e-bike. It's a good thing to keep in mind when shopping, but you should take a look once you own the bike. Mechanical disc brakes stop due to the cable pulling the calipers closed. There is a physical connection to the brake lever and the harder you pull, the stronger your braking power will be. On the other hand, when it comes to hydraulic disc brakes, the only connection between the caliper and lever is fluid. 

     

     



    A Beginner's Guide To E-Bikes

    a beginner's guide to e-bikes

    Most of us have memories of what it was like to learn how to ride a bike for the first time. Figuring out how to balance on two wheels, falling down, scraping a knee or arm— these are all things we might’ve had to endure as part of the process. 


    If you successfully did learn how to ride a bike, then maybe it’s time to graduate onward to riding an electric bike. 


    Why You Should Consider Purchasing an E-Bike


    Sales of this electric take on the traditional bike have been soaring in recent years. Here are some reasons why you should consider upgrading from a regular bike to an e-bike. 


    E-Bikes Compared To Traditional Bikes 


    Did you know that about half of current e-bikers never considered themselves cyclists before their purchase? People buy e-bikes for different reasons and here are a few of them:


    • To keep up with a partner or friend who does consider themselves a cyclist.

    • They’re a great alternative to driving when staying local.

    • E-bikes are great for the environment in that they don’t emit carbon dioxide.

    • To be able to ride a bike without feeling limited by long distances, hilly routes, or even arriving to a destination tired and sweaty. 

    • For fun! 


    It’s also worth noting that e-bikes are still a good way to work out! Sure, they may be easier to ride than the traditional bike, but riding an e-bike typically means that you’ll be riding farther distances, pedaling faster, going up steeper hills, and riding more often. Plus, the motor only works when you’re actually moving the pedals themselves— it’s not like the bike is on autopilot. 



    How To Ride an E-Bike


    Most e-bike newbies learn how to ride the vehicle quickly enough, so there’s no need to worry about reliving your childhood anxieties of scraping all of your limbs. Usually, it takes only one test ride for your body to develop the muscle memory to adapt to the feeling of the pedal-assist machine. 


    Here are some tips for when you ride an e-bike for the first few times:


    • Brake earlier than you would a regular bike— e-bikes are heavier and faster. The power of the pedal-assist makes up for the sluggishness of the heaviness of the e-bike, but at the same time, the law of physics dictates that a heavy, fast-moving object needs more time to be stopped. 

     

    • Pedal with a faster rhythm. E-bikes are most efficient when you ride them at a faster pace than a regular bike— and especially when going up hills. 

     

    • Try to ride in low-assist modes as much as you possibly can. The motor settings range from “eco” to “turbo” (with the terms varying from bike to bike), with one or two more settings in between. The mode choice directly affects the battery life of the bike, so the more you ride on eco, the longer it’ll last. It’s best to save turbo for when you really need it.