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When Buying an Electronic Bike

There are growing numbers of e-bike owners all over the globe. It isn’t something surprising because bikes have always been one of the easiest ways to get around especially in a metropolitan area. With the addition of a battery and motor to the traditional bike, e-bikes have effectively offset the biggest gripe that people have against using bikes over cars. This issue is that people can’t depend on bikes to get them to work or school without being drenched in sweat. With electronically assisted locomotion, riders can opt to have an effort-free ride in the morning and then commute using pedal power in the afternoon.


For newcomers on bikes and electronic bikes, it doesn’t take much effort in researching to get to know them. Nevertheless, understanding the different specifications and qualities of an e-bike is still important to avoid ending up with one that breaks down in just a few days. While reading reviews made by e-bike enthusiasts can help in this regard, having a basic understanding is still valuable. Especially since reviews can sometimes become too technical to feel like a good read.


One of the most important specifications of an electronic bike is the range, if not the most important. The range is the average distance that the battery is able to conk out on a single charge. Naturally, this number changes due to different factors including weight of the rider, wind resistance, and elevation. A buffer should generally be considered when looking at the numbers under range. Some riders would take away three miles from the indicated number, while others who feel that they are close to the bike’s maximum weight limit, would slash off five.


On that note, the weight limit is also another important specification of electronic bikes. Realistically speaking, the numbers indicated in weight limits for bikes and e-bikes aren’t the tipping point where exceeding one pound automatically means that the bike would collapse. It doesn’t work that way at all. However, it goes without saying that the nearer the rider’s weight is to the weight limit, the more stress it puts on the bike. Not to mention that bumps on the road make the rider’s weight heavier for a split second. Personal discretion in choosing a bike’s weight limit is advised. To take it a step further, aspiring bike owners can find the specific bike model and learn all about it from actual owners.


Insensitive as this advice would seem, it’s also recommended to look at the size of the bike owners to gauge whether their bikes are tough enough to do the job.