The ultimate guide to electric bikes

Going electric might just be the cycling fix you need.

Electric bikes, otherwise known as e-bikes, are becoming more and more popular.

And once you’ve tried one, it’s not hard to see why.

They can be a speedy, eco-friendly and cost-effective way to get around, whether you’re looking to supercharge your commute, take the weight off tired legs, or tackle tricky uphill stretches.

What are electric bikes?

An electric bike at its core is a regular push bike. It’s just that it relies on extra components that work together.

These are the electric motor, battery, the sensor and the electric display. Most electric bikes use pedal assist too, where the motor is activated by pedalling.

Where can I buy an electric bike?

With the rise in popularity of e-bikes over the last few years, we’re pleased to say you can buy them from almost all cycling retailers.

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How much do electric bikes cost?

The price of an electric bike will depend on the type of riding you plan to do, what sort of convenience you’re after and the quality of the ride you want to experience.

There are three types: an electric road bike, an electric hybrid bike and an electric mountain bike.

An entry-level spend of £800 will get you a good quality electric hybrid. But if you’re looking for something a little more advanced, you’ll need a budget of £1,000 to £1,500 for a supremely well-made, quality hybrid that will see you right for years of weekday commuting and weekend fun.

But if you’re after a pure electric road bike with drop bars, skinny tyres and the whole works, you’ll need to spend a little bit more than you would on a hybrid, perhaps around the £2,000 mark.

How do electric bikes work?

The battery, motor and display combination provide all of the assistance required for a smooth ride.

The battery provides power to the motor, which powers the drivetrain to give you a little bit of help on those tough hills and exhausting long rides.

Whereas, the display allows you to control how much assistance is provided and what power is sent from the motor to the drivetrain.

Why buy an electric bike?

Well, there are lots of reasons. Going electric offers many of the same benefits that regular cycling does, but because you’ve got an added bit of oomph on board, you’ll be able to travel greater distances and ride for longer.

They can also keep you fit, which made sound surprising, but hear us out. Because it’s easier to pedal, you’ll be riding more and burning more calories – even if that electric motor is helping you out on occasion.

They’re also great for people who love the idea of riding a bike, but feel they can’t because their fitness isn’t good enough, because of age or illness.

But the best part? An e-bike can free you from the misery of either stalemated traffic or overcrowded trains and buses, which helps the environment out too.

A bonus is that using a bike with its very own motor means you won’t work up too much of a sweat and arrive at work smelling like an old sports sock. Hooray!

Best electric bikes

Haibike XDURO AllMtn 2019 - Electric Mountain Bike
Haibike XDURO AllMtn 2019 - Electric Mountain Bike

Tredz

Cube Reaction Hybrid Race 500 E-Bike 2019
Cube Reaction Hybrid Race 500 E-Bike 2019

Chain Reaction Cycles

Raleigh Motus Lowstep 2020 Electric Hybrid Bike
Raleigh Motus Lowstep 2020 Electric Hybrid Bike

Evans Cycles

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