Electric Bikes vs Regular Bikes

Thursday 21st May, 2020
Pete B

We are often asked how electric bikes differ from regular push bikes, how they work and exactly what they are. To help answer your questions and figure out which option is best for you, we have compiled a complete guide to the benefits of eBikes and how they they differ from any mode of transport you have experienced before.

eBike overview

Electric bike’s have three additional components which make them more advanced than a regular bike - the display, battery and motor.

The display provides clear information on battery level, range, speed, distance and assistance which can be viewed safely while riding. The battery can be charged easily by plugging it in, just like a mobile phone, and can be topped up when necessary so you don’t need to worry about letting your battery drain fully before charging. If you need to fully charge your battery, it will only take around three hours. Finally, when riding an electric bike you have full control over your motor. It will adjust the assistant level according to how hard you pedal to deliver the correct amount of power. This means that you will still get a good workout just like on a regular, but when cycling uphill the assistance will kick in as if you have two more people cycling with you. You’ll be amazed at how you glide over hills with ease and explore further than you ever have before. 

Appearance and mechanics

From looking at an electric bike, you’ll notice that they look a lot like normal bikes. This is because, contrary to popular belief, electric bikes aren’t like scooters or even motorbikes, they’re just like regular bikes but with added electric motors. They have similar wheels, handlebars and frames as regular bikes and the basic mechanical elements work in the same way. The only main difference you will notice is the electrical components we discussed previously so if you can ride a push bike, you’ll have no issues riding an electric bike. 

Maintenance and repairs

There’s no need to be scared by the idea of maintaining your electric bike, you can look after it almost exactly the same as you would a regular bike. If you have any issues with parts like wheels or breaks, your best option is to take your bike into your local repair store and your problem will be solved in no time. However, you will need to visit an eBike specialist if you have any issues with the electric components but this is very rare and most electric bikes come with warranty.

Our partner company Sims Cycle Workshop are based just downstairs and can attend to all your maintenance and repair needs for your eBike or regular bike. 

Riding your eBike

The big question that most customers ask us is how does it feel to ride an eBike and how does it differ from a regular push bike. The simplest answer is that it’s exactly like riding a bike but with that little extra push to get you further and make your cycling experience easier and more enjoyable. When you set off and start pedalling, the motor will kick in so smoothly that you will hardly notice and you’ll become used to the varying levels of assistance in no time. You’ll find yourself wondering why you’ve waited so long to go electric and you’ll be bearing that all important eBike smile. 

Speed

Sometimes people worry about the speed of an eBike, maybe you want that extra assistance but don’t want to go zooming off into the distance or maybe you do want to have a but of fun and build up that additional speed. The best thing about an electric bike is that you are in complete control of your speed, if you want to go faster, simply pedal harder and if you find yourself going a little too quickly for comfort just lay off the pedals and utilise your breaks.

There are some EU rules and regulations in regards to speed, an eBike motor will help you get up to 15.5mph before cutting off, this is already pretty quick but if you want to go faster, you’ll have to use your own pedal power. This also depends on the specification of the bike, the more gears the eBike has, the better! eBIkes are designed for easy cycling, allowing you to travel further using less energy, not for breaking speed records. However, there’s still the possibility to build up some decent speed if you want to.

Rules and Regulations

A lot of people think that eBike usage is limited by rules and regulation. Unlike regular bikes, eBikes are considered a mode of transport meaning that they are subject to government regulation but this is all handled during the manufacturing process so it won’t affect you as a rider. All you need to know is that you must be 14 years old to ride an electric bike and that you should follow the same travel etiquette and road safety precautions as you would on a regular bike. You don’t need a licence or insurance and you can ride an eBike on all cycle paths and anywhere else that you can ride a push bike.

Which option is best for me?

The main factor you should consider when deciding between an electric bike and a regular bike is what you want to use it for. If you want to use it to commute or simply want some extra assistance tackling those tricky hills, an eBike may be the best option for you. It's also an excellent alternative to your regular bike if you find yourself struggling to keep up with other cyclists; you won’t have to exhaust yourself but you can still get that all important exercise. An eBike can give you a new lease of life allowing you to rediscover a sport that was becoming inaccessible, or just allow you to go on trips out and even give the biggest cycle enthusiasts in your family a run for their money! On the other hand, if you’re simply looking to go on the occasional family ride, a regular bike may be the best option for you.

If you would like to try out an electric bike for yourself, click here to book your test ride or one to one appointment in our bespoke eBike showroom today.

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