How Fast Can an Electric Bike Go?
Most ebikes have a maximum assisted speed of 18-28 m.p.h., depending on the system. Traveling above the top speed intended for the bike might cause the motor to shut off. Without battery or motor power, you’ll have to rely on your own pedaling speed.
How Far Can an Electric Bike Go?
The distance that an ebike can travel on a single battery charge depends on several factors: the weight and size of the rider, wind resistance, tire pressure, motor size, how hard you pedal etc. Depending on the model, the range will vary from 15 to 60 miles.
The distance you can travel on a single charge will also depend on your weight, the terrain, the weight of your cargo, the steepness of inclines and the wind strength. The power setting or mode you choose and how much you pedal also affect the battery range.
Fat tire ebikes have a shorter range as they have more contact with the road surface (hence, more rolling resistance) and beach cruisers a medium range. Thin-wheeled ebikes would have the longest range because of their lower rolling resistance.
Where to Charge an Electric Bike Battery?
Before hitting the road, plan a stop or two where you’ll know you’ll be able to plug in your charger (don’t leave it at home). It could be a:
- coffee shop
- bike shop
- fire station
Charge slowly, if you can; charging too speedily can shorten the life of your battery. If you’re inclined to suffer from “range anxiety”, your safest bet is to carry a spare battery, if you have one.
When to Charge an Ebike Battery?
Firstly, you should charge your ebike battery as soon as you receive it. If you have a lithium battery, you should charge it even after a short ride, to keep it topped up. Don’t leave the charger plugged in indefinitely – disconnect it from your battery once it’s fully charged (4-5 hours should be enough time to fully charge your battery). Elon Musk recommends charging a lithium-ion battery to 80% capacity.
Can You Charge an Ebike at Home?
Yes. Your ebike typically comes with a charger for the battery. Use only the charger that came with your ebike or battery. Take care where you store and charge the battery. While lithium batteries can catch fire, it is very rare that they do so. Even cell phones have caused houses to burn down. However, if you take the necessary precautions, you have little to fear.
Always charge your battery in a dry location, ideally in a clear area of your garage, away from your wooden workbench and at least 2 meters from your car. It would be a good idea to keep your battery in a fire-resistant battery bag when not in use if it’s removable.
Can Ebike Batteries Be Repaired?
Can Riding an Ebike Be Considered Exercise?
Yes, but it depends on how much battery power you decide to use during your ride. According to the US National Library of Medicine, riding an ebike results in “lower trip duration and exercise intensity, compared with the regular bicycle”.
However, most of your time is spent in “moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity”. Remember, you need to pedal in order to activate the motor, if you have a pedelec. You will, therefore, be exercising – and probably more regularly than before you had an ebike!
Many ebikers find that they ride more often – or longer – because of the help they get when riding into the wind and up hills. It gets them out on the road when they otherwise might not have gone. Some bikers are in better shape because they ride more regularly.
What Is a Hybrid Electric Bike?
A hybrid electric bike combines features from different types of bike. Generally, it combines the narrow, fast-rolling wheels of a road bike with the flat, controllable handlebars of a mountain bike. Hybrid ebikes come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are designed more for urban use, while others would be more suitable for off-road riding.
When choosing a hybrid electric bike, it’s important to consider what type of terrain you’ll be covering. Do you need something faster to cover longer distances? More suspension for country rides?
Hybrid ebike frames have either a high top tube or a step-through, or dropped, top tube. The step-through would be more practical for shorter riders who might find it difficult to swing their leg over a high top tube.
Can You Take an Electric Bike On a Plane?
According to the Federal Aviation Administration: “The airline must approve it. Airline approval is required for any lithium ion battery exceeding 100 watt hours (Wh). The airline may choose to not accept the devices at all or may limit them to carry-on baggage.”
“A device with a lithium ion battery that exceeds 160 watt hours (Wh) is prohibited as carry-on or checked baggage.”
Can an Electric Bike Pull a Trailer?
Yes! Ebikes are ideal for towing a trailer. Your ebike will make it easier to ride for longer distances – even uphill – and even when hauling extra weight, like a trailer.
Can an Electric Bike Go Uphill?
Yes, you will be able to cycle uphill much more easily than with a regular bicycle! The motor will assist you in getting to the top without leaving you breathless.
Can You Ride an Electric Bike In the Rain?
Although electric bikes are water-resistant to a degree, they are not waterproof. However, this does not mean that you cannot ride your ebike when it’s raining. Light rain is OK for most ebikes. As long as you don’t submerge your ebike, you should be fine. You can download this PDF to check the IP rating (degree of protection) for your ebike.
When cleaning your ebike, avoid using a pressure hose, to prevent water from damaging the electronic components. Always wipe down your ebike after you return home from a wet ride to prevent oxidation of mechanical parts, and lubricate your chain.
How Much Does It Cost to Run an Electric Bike?
Depending on various factors, charging and maintenance could cost you between 6 and 14 cents a mile. Quite a difference when you compare it with running an automobile!
It’s highly likely that you will be covering longer distances and riding at faster speeds than you would with a conventional bicycle. This means there’ll be more wear and tear on your ebike. Consequently, you should have your ebike serviced more often if you’re going to be using it regularly.