One hesitation about purchasing an e-bike is the thought that they don’t give you any exercise and it’s cheating. It’s not real cycling.
Is that true? Do e-bikes provide exercise?
They do! In fact, studies have shown that there’s only a 10% difference in relative effort levels between riding an electric bike and a standard bicycle.
One thing you often hear people say about e-bikes is that the electric bike does all the work and therefore you don’t get any exercise or at least, you never really strain your body enough for it to be counted as exercise.
A lot of this comes from the belief that e-bikes are similar to scooters or mopeds and that simply isn’t the case.
I’m perhaps jumping the gun a little bit in saying that because there are electric bicycles out there that don’t require any effort on your part to use them. Though in the UK they face the same restrictions that mopeds face so they aren’t terribly popular.
As an e-bike does assist you when you’re pedaling, surely you aren’t getting the same amount of exercise you would if you were doing all the work?!
It’s a natural thought process, having a motor has to mean that the amount of calories you burn is minimal, right?...it’s certainly a thought I had, though now I’ve discovered that’s not the case.
Yes, the actual cycling is made easier when the motor is switched on but what you have to factor in is that the cyclist is still using energy to rotate the pedals and engage the motor.
It gets even more interesting when you look at the studies…
It has been shown that the effort difference between using a traditional bike and an e-bike is actually less than 10%.
A real plus about electric bicycles is that because you can vary the amount of assistance you get from the motor, you can decide how much you want to exert yourself on each ride.
In fact, studies have shown that there is a huge psychological benefit to using an e-bike.
Whilst cycling on an electric bike seems less strenuous, you’re actually more likely to go out on your bike more often because it increases your motivation to go out.
As someone who has a road bike and an electric road bike, I can relate to this. Sometimes I fancy cycling to the coffee shop, just to get a bit of exercise in. To get there, there’s quite a hill and it’s a busy road or I can take the less busy road and face a steeper climb.
It’s far less appealing on my traditional road bike. I know I’m going to end up sweaty and it’s going to be hard work. I know I can do it but motivation is lacking when I just want a coffee.
That’s the serious upside to an electric bike. I’m still going to put some effort in, I’m still going to get some exercise but it doesn’t seem like such hard work so I’m up for it.
As a result, I end up riding more often than I would if I didn’t own an electric bike so I’m actually getting more exercise in.
This is another question that is debated often. A lot of people believe that because an electric bike has a motor that it’s naturally faster than a traditional bike.
Something which isn’t strictly true.
UK law states that once an e-bike reaches 15.5mph, the motor must cut out, meaning you are left to pedal power alone - just like a conventional cyclist.
[Want to learn more about the laws surrounding e-bikes? Read this!]
15.5mph is a speed that many traditional cyclists achieve, some averaging speeds higher than 20mph. If you want to achieve an average of 20mph on an electric bike, you’re going to have to put the work in, not the motor.
Having said that, there’s no getting away from the fact that the acceleration on an e-bike is far better than that on a standard bicycle.
There are certain models out there that even have launch control so you get a nice boost when you start - especially handy when you’re at the traffic lights.
Whether or not your e-bike has launch control, you’re still going to get off the line more quickly than a standard cyclist but whether you can keep up with them, is possibly going to be down to you!
Sure, you get a small advantage with acceleration but does that really mean that using an electric bike is cheating?
You could argue that there is some speed advantage as you can get assistance from the motor until you reach 15.5mph but don’t forget, you still have to work and how much you have to work is depending on the setting you choose.
The key thing to take away from this is that you burn almost the same amount of calories using an electric bike as you do using a standard bike.
Let’s also not forget that you don’t have to have the motor switched on all the time and you probably won’t. An e-bike is heavy, much heavier than your traditional bikes so you’re actually working harder than your conventional counterpart when you’re using pedal power alone!
When the alternative is jumping in a car, it’s difficult to say that e-bikes are cheating.
Studies have shown that electric bikes reduced people taking journeys in their cars. People were choosing to ride an electric bike instead of driving their car 35 - 76% of the time. That’s a whole lot of exercise people wouldn’t be otherwise getting!
What seems to be common is that those who buy e-bikes don’t realise quite how much they will end up using their bikes instead of their cars.
Another study in 2017 showed that people in the Netherlands were buying e-bikes to replace their conventional bikes but they ended up taking fewer journeys in the car as a result.
We’ve looked at the physical benefits and found that e-bikes and traditional bicycles are more similar than most people realise.
When e-bike users use the pedal assist, they tend to go further so even though they may put in marginally less effort, it balances out as they go further.
[How far can you go on an e-bike? Find out here]
Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how you got out and went for a ride, it’s the fact you got out at all. You didn’t grab your car keys and you got some exercise and really, that’s all that matters.
What are your thoughts? Could you replace your car with an e-bike?
There is no denying that electric bicycles are becoming popular. I'm a huge fan of them so I totally get the appeal.
Though there is some grey area around whether or not you need a license or in fact, whether or not e-bikes are legal..so are e-bike legal?
The short answer is that some electric bikes are legal. However, to meet the definition of an electric bike, it must fit some requirements, including the need for human power. There are laws surrounding the maximum speed the motor will output, currently set at 250w.
As e-bike riders, it's worth having a good understanding of the laws and what that means for you so let's get to it!
Let's start by understanding what an e-bike is before we delve into the laws of electric bikes!
In many ways, electric bicycles look a lot like traditional bikes. They have gears, a saddle, handlebars, etc.
The giveaway is the motor, which is usually found around the pedal area (otherwise known as the bottom bracket).
There are some e-bikes where the motor is built into the rear hub but this is becoming less common due to the weight of the motor making the bike less stable overall.
This motor is fantastic! It will get you up hills more easily and generally increase your average speed.
For a more in-depth guide, check out this post!
Depending on which type of electric bicycle you go for, it can either be powered using a pedal-assist or a throttle. I will say now that the law is different for these two types of bikes so you'll want to keep reading!
The law came into force in 2015 and it clearly outlined the rules surrounding e-bikes, what you can and can't do etc.
Some electric bikes can be powered using a twist and shift throttle - do they meet the legal requirements?
Sadly, they do not, not in the UK anyway.
In the UK if you control your electric motor using this type of throttle system then it will not be considered to be an electric bike.
This rule applies to electric bikes with a twist throttle since 2015. They are not allowed to go more than 3.7mph.
3.7mph is not quick. It's also incredibly difficult to keep your balance on a bike traveling at that speed.
The requirements state that electric bicycles' power output must be regulated by your pedals...and of course you pedalling!
If you are getting your bicycles power from elsewhere (i.e a throttle), then it is considered that you're riding a moped and as far as the law is concerned, you have to have a license, insurance, and pay road tax so it is definitely worth making sure you know the rules for e-bike riders!
When you're riding a motor vehicle, you will have to wear a helmet too and you aren't allowed to join the traditional bikes along the bicycle path either so it's fair to say that there are some restrictions.
So now maybe you've ruled out getting a throttle-powered e-bike?
For most people, that's a wise move.
However, there are some restrictions as to the type of e-bike you can have.
An e-bike that has a motor output greater than 250w is liable to the same guidelines as a throttle-powered bike. This is even the case if you're using pedal power to some degree.
In the UK an e-bike rider must be over the age of 14.
In a lot of ways, they are similar. The one big (and key) difference is that a pedelec is usually capable of achieving greater speeds.
Now given UK laws, this means you don't see many Pedelec's over here.
A pedelec is often considered to be a bike that can achieve speeds greater than 25kmph using a motor.
Due to the increase in speed, they a regulated more strictly (and rightly so in my opinion!).
Before you consider trading in your moped for a pedelec...
They are (or at least should) be restricted to a maximum speed of 45kmph.
So whilst they can't replace your moped, they do face the same restrictions.
If you have done any research on electric bicycles, you have most likely stumbled on people referring to different classes of electric bicycles.
Before you go out and buy one, you ought to know the differences as this too can affect where you stand legally.
Class one is the most popular. They are pedal assist and totally legal in the UK.
Class 1 e-bikes should be limited to a speed of 15.5 miles per hour and the power output shouldn't be greater than 250w.
This type of e-bike use is straightforward and whilst I wouldn't exactly say that they're low-speed e-bikes as they certainly give you enough speed for most situations - the motor will cut out when you are traveling above 15.5mph so if you do want to go more quickly...you're going to need to use your legs! 🙂
The level of assistance this bike provides will depend on the setting. This can usually be changed easily as there should be a button either on the handlebars or top tube to change it.
Do keep in mind that if you use more powerful settings, your range will decrease and you wouldn't want to get left 30 miles away from home without any charge left in the battery!
Overall, these types of pedal-assisted e-bikes provide electric bicycle riders with the most realistic feeling of riding a regular bicycle.
[Ever wondered what it's like to ride one? Find out here!]
Speaking as someone who flips between a traditional bike and an electric bike, I can confirm that it does give the most realistic feeling out of all the classes!
This type of electric bike will have a throttle to power the motor and isn't like a pedal-assisted electric bicycle as it doesn't require human power to make it move.
Due to the policy in the UK, class 2 e-bikes are not often seen as they are treated as motorized vehicles are.
Pedelec's fall into this category, meaning there are insurance requirements, helmet requirements and you won't be able to take these bikes onto a bicycle path due to the speed capability.
The electric bike is not allowed to exceed 20mph. Once you reach that speed the motor will shut off.
Otherwise, an e-bike faces the same laws as a traditional bike.
This varies state by state so let’s break it down:
New South Wales E-Bike Rules -
NSW has two classes of e-bikes.
By law you are allowed to ride your electric bike on every public road and designated bike area if your bikes meet either of these classifications:
This one is nice and simple. Victoria’s laws surrounding e-bikes are the same as NSW.
Queensland E-Bike Rules -
Queensland legally allowed two types of e-bikes, these are:
All bikes must use pedals as their main source of power. This means that any motor on the bike can only operate when the user is pedaling.
However, there is one exception and that is from a standing start, where you are allowed the initial take-off to be self-powered, though this is restricted to a 6km/h limit.
South Australia E-Bike Rules -
Very similar to the laws in NSW. You are legally allowed to ride an e-bike if it meets one of the following requirements:
Western Australia E-Bike Rules -
The law is simple in Western Australia. It doesn’t matter whether you’re riding a pedal-assisted bike or a human-propelled bike, the power output should not exceed 250w.
North Territory E-Bike Rules -
There are no dedicated e-bike laws, there are only laws for cyclists.
Tasmania E-bike Rules -
The laws in Tasmania are the same as SA and NSW.
Like the UK, Colorado defines electric bikes by giving them 3 classifications and they are the same as the UK.
Class 1 and 2 e-bikes can be ridden on the sidewalk - unless your county doesn’t allow that. Class 3 bikes cannot.
Since 2020, Electric bikes have been under the same EU standard. This means that they are legal, providing they do not exceed 15.5mph and are pedal-assisted, not throttle-powered.
If it’s the latter, then they are to be treated as mopeds are.
Currently, e-bikes in Massachusetts are considered to be “motorized bicycles” and this means that users must be over the age of 16.
They also must hold a driver’s license and e-bikes aren’t allowed on bike paths or sidewalks.
As you may have realised, this is very different from a lot of states and countries so there are a lot of people campaigning to change this.
In 2020, the State of NY changed the laws surrounding e-bikes, and whilst there are 3 classes of electric bikes, all three face the same restrictions.
You are allowed to ride to a speed limit of 25mph within the city limits.
Yes, e-bikes are legal in Singapore but the bike does need to be registered and approved by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). This involves having a number that has an orange seal.
If you’re looking at buying a new electric bicycle, then you won’t need to worry about the bike being approved as retailers are only allowed to sell LTA-approved and registered e-bikes. You will need to accept the transfer of ownership to remain legal though.
I'd love to be able to give you a straightforward answer on this but it does depend on the model of your bike.
Some allow you to remove the electric motor and this obviously brings lots of benefits. Being able to charge the battery away from the bike means you can take the battery into the office if you commute so you do get a better degree of flexibility.
It also means that you can buy a spare battery and swap it out when one goes flat so you don't need to wait for the battery to recharge.
To summarise, electric bicycles do face some e-bike laws. For me, I'd aim to purchase a bike that falls into the class one category.
It's going to give most people the power assistance they need and falls under standard e-bike use requirements, not moped use!
What bike do you have? Traditional bicycle or electric bicycles?
It feels like everyone is riding around on electric bicycles these days and if you want to get in on the action, you might want to educate yourself on how to they work so you can pick up the best type of bike for you.
So how do electric mountain bikes work?
Mountain e-bikes work by providing assistance to the rider when they're pedaling. The level of assistance is chosen by the rider and that's part of what makes e-bikes so appealing...they can get people who aren't used to riding a regular bike out and enjoying life on two wheels!
So what do you need to know about these bikes? Let's find out!
An electric mountain bicycle is a bike that has a built-in motor. The motor provides assistance to the rider when they're pedaling.
E-mountain bikes won't have a throttle, so basically if you don't pedal, you won't receive any assistance from the motor.
[Do you have to pedal when on electric bicycles? Find out here]
If we just take conventional bikes for the moment, they fall into different categories for mountain bikes and they all have different features.
Downhill MTBs for example is designed to be used largely for steep descents. They have smaller wheels to get better control.
This is very different from cross-country mountain bikes as they need to have a great amount of stability.
The difficulty is that currently not all of these specialisms transfer to the electric bike range. It's difficult to achieve because in some cases the weight of the battery doesn't work well with the type of cycling the bike is aimed at - downhill is a good example here.
As things stand you can get electric hardtail mountain bikes or full suspension eMTBs. Whilst some are better in certain sectors of their sport, it doesn't really get narrowed down further than that...yet. I'm sure it's going to as time goes on and the technology develops.
This is going to come down to personal preference and your skill level.
If you're new to mountain biking, then I would recommend that you opt for a hardtail. It teaches you how to handle the bicycle and what lines you should be taking when on a trail.
Whereas a full-suspension is much more forgiving - which I know sounds appealing but it does limit your skill development.
For riders who will be taking their pedal-assist bikes on the road, then a hardtail is more suitable. You can lock out the front suspension and your pedaling is reasonably efficient.
As there are more components with a full suspension, they are more expensive so you may want to factor that into your decision. Then there is also the fact that they are heavier, for the same reason, there's more to them.
However, if you want to be hitting the trails big time, then an electric full suspension could be the perfect purchase!
Consider what type of riding you like to do and that will help you decide which suspension is best for you.
A lot of electric bicycles come with a controller either on the handlebars or some come with a button on the top tube of the frame (this is becoming more common). Depending on the bike, there may be a display on the handlebars too - this will display the battery level and which power mode you're currently in.
These controls will allow you to choose between different levels of power - i.e, the amount of assistance you'll get from the motor.
They're usually incredibly easy to use and just one press will change the different modes so when you're needing to get power in an instant, you can!
One thing to keep in mind is that the more assistance you use, the less your range will be.
[How far can electric bikes go? Read more about it here]
Different manufacturers develop electric bikes with different electric motors.
Let's take a look at the types of motor and the different pros and cons.
Some electric-assist MTBs have the motor on the front wheel - think of it like front-wheel drive for your car.
This means that the front wheel is basically pulling the rest of the bicycle along.
The upside to this is that it's usually pretty stable and the weight distribution is well balanced - particularly if the electric bike batteries are at the rear of the bike.
Having said that the downside is that if you're going uphill or on tricky terrain, you will struggle to get traction and therefore any benefit from the front motor.
Think of a rear hub motor like a rear-wheel-drive car. the motor drives the rear wheel. This feature is more popular than the front hub as it has more benefits.
Firstly, you get more traction. As you're sitting in the saddle, your weight is sitting on the rear wheel, this means that the rear wheel is able to hold itself in place better, essentially, it'll perform better on a steep hill!
You can usually get more powerful motors than a front-wheel option as the e-mountain bikes are able to take the power when it's delivered from the rear.
A downside is that they do tend to be more expensive...but you do get what you pay for!
Finally, we have my favourite! The mid-drive or bottom bracket motors. The motor on these e-bikes is located in the middle of the bike, attached to the bottom bracket, where your pedals are.
The reason I like these electric motors is that they perform really well on challenging terrain - making them perfect for MTBs.
They are tucked away on the frame so you get a decent amount of ground clearance - something you do have to consider when on a mountain bike.
As the power is coming from the same area as where you pedal, you get a great distribution of power and they're incredibly responsive.
There may not be my number one choice for every time of bike but they're my number one choice for a mountain e-bike.
The downside to this type of motor is that they do tend to be quite expensive but for good reason.
When electric mountain bikes first became a thing, hub motors were fitted onto the rear wheel. This isn't the best way to do things, especially not for a mountain bike as they can quickly overheat when you're climbing.
They work ok for electric road bikes because the climbs aren't as steep but even for a road bike, I'd try to avoid them.
You will see hub motors being used in the lower end of the electric bike market.
Bottom brack or mid-motor designed bikes work particularly well for mountain bikes.
There we have it. Your guide to what a mountain e-bike is.
I'm a huge fan of e-bikes generally and I firmly believe they have their place. I know some people believe that they are cheating...but you might be surprised to learn that they aren't! Read more about that here!
If you're looking to get yourself a mountain bike with some power, then I would start by looking at those that have a bottom bracket motor, for a mountain bike, they offer the best performance.
What's it like to ride electric bicycles? Find out here!
Electric bike sales are soaring, in fact, sales increased 31% last year and this is only set to rise. So if you want to be able to keep up with your friends, you might want to start thinking about an e-bike!
Do electric bikes work without pedalling?
To be used legally in the UK, an e-bike must have a motor that assists you when you're pedalling. A motor can not be the bicycles only source of power...you must be a source too! With electric bicycles, there will be a torque sensor that monitors your power output and will match the electric motors.
Electric bikes do vary from county to country but in the UK, most of our models come with different levels of assistance.
You can usually control this using a button, often found on the top tube or sometimes on the handlebars. This allows you to change the amount of assistance the bicycle gives you.
Let's say you're about to hit some steep hills, you may want to increase the level of assistance you receive. Simply press the button and the motor assistance level will change.
Do keep in mind that the more assistance you require, the harder the motor is working and therefore, the range of the batteries is going to be less.
In other words...save the power boost for when you need it!
Alright, so for the avoidance of doubt, any bicycle without a motor is a simple bicycle - a normal bike if you will.
However, it gets more complicated when we talk about throttle bicycles - do they fit the criteria for bikes?
Not in the UK, no.
If you have to control the motor on the bicycle with a throttle or a twist grip then this wouldn't be considered an e-bike.
The power has to be regulated with the power output from your pedals (and you).
If not, then you're effectively riding a moped and in the eyes of the law, this type of bike is treated in the same way as a petrol-powered moped.
What does that mean for you?
For starters, you would need a licence, you would have to pay road tax and have insurance.
You will also legally have to wear a helmet at all times and you wouldn't be able to take a ride on a bike path. You would be required to ride alongside other road users and motor vehicles on public roads.
For those cyclists tempted to get the most powerful motor, you can afford...a word of warning!
E-bike riders who have power assistance greater than 250w will need to follow the same rules as those who ride moped too. This applies even if you still have to use some degree of pedal power.
If you're still wanting a throttle electric cycle then you might want to check out the best one's right here!
You bet you can!
Electric bikes are heavier than regular bikes so it can take a little more effort if you're going up a hefty hill but otherwise, you should find cycling straightforward, just like standard bikes.
As I've got more comfortable with electric bicycles over the years, I've tended to use the motor less frequently, saving it for the hills or the slog back home - that is a treat, let me tell you! Just as everybody else is wearing out, pop your assisted speed on and reap the benefits!
The very short answer is that you can!
Though it does depend on your motor and bike and there's a little bit more to it than that.
If I'm being totally honest, the e-bikes that are currently able to re-charge through pedalling aren't all that brilliant at it.
However, there is more than one option, pedal power isn't the only answer here! Some electric bike owners recharge their battery when the brake is applied.
On these electronic bikes, it's known as regenerative braking. This is actually worth having as it can increase your range by up to 15%!
If that's tempting you then I should probably add that a electrical bicycle with regenerative braking does come at a premium. The technology is still quite new and new things tend to be more expensive until the technology becomes more established.
So as things stand, it can be an expensive way to get more power out of your bike, although you will get yourself a very nice high-end bicycle!
For a more in-depth explanation, you can check out this post.
In 2018 the European Commission introduced a rule that means if your electrical bicycle has a motor that is 250w or still receives assistance above 15.5mph then you will need third-party liability insurance.
That's not to say you shouldn't have insurance for your bike anyway.
A electrical bicycle can be a large expense, it's worth protecting it. I even have my standard bicycles insured.
Hey, I love them and I wouldn't want to pay to replace them. That's the question you want to ask yourself.
Would you want to pay to replace your e-bike outright if you needed to?
If the answer is no, then consider insurance!
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If your battery is totally empty then you're going to be looking at it taking around 3 and a half to 6 hours to fully charge. I'll be honest, the time does depend on the model and the battery itself.
In the UK, an e-bike will stop providing assistance when you reach a maximum speed of 15.5mph.
After that, you're on your own, just like you would be on a normal bicycle.
In my experience, this is more than enough. Anything more than that and your average speed will be too great.
So there we have it.
Pedal assistance is necessary if you don't want to have your bike be considered a moped.
I think it's a positive thing, after all, having a bicycle is all about getting some exercise and if you just had to twist the throttle and go, it wouldn't be the same, would it?
Related Post: Do E-bikes provide exercise or is it cheating?
Electric bicycles are changing the way we ride bikes, how we get to work, how we exercise, they’re brilliant.
They’re also quite expensive, making them desirable to thieves. So how do you lock an e-bike?
A chain should be placed through the main triangle part of the frame and fixed to an object. Ideally, you should remove your front wheel too. If you’re storing your electric bicycle at home, you should take safety precautions such as adding a privacy zone on your Strava profile.
There are many more little steps you can take to keep your e-bike secure and they’re worth knowing about so let’s get to it!
Whatever way you want to go about it, one thing you must do is to run a chain through the main triangle part of the frame and through a fixed object.
To be honest, that’s probably not going to be enough but it’s a start and if you’re just quickly nipping in somewhere then this could be enough - though I’m not saying it is!
[Want to know why e-bikes are so expensive? Read this.]
This method is really easy if your electric bike has quick-release wheels - a lot nowadays.
What I like to do is to remove my front wheel and lock it through the mainframe too, this adds an extra level of security.
Depending on how long your lock is you can also take it through the mainframe triangle, front wheel, and rear wheel.
The idea behind this is that when your e-bicycle isn’t fully assembled, you’re making a thief’s job more difficult...which is exactly the aim!
Most of the time a bike thief is looking for an easy target, if it looks too difficult, they may well move on...make sure your bike isn’t the easy target.
So you know it’s all about making things so difficult for a bike thief that they don’t feel like it’s worth trying.
Another security tip is to add another lock.
Have you ever looked at something that you can’t figure out and rather than trying to work it out, you simply move on?
That’s what we’re going for here.
Don’t just add two locks in the same place. Make sure to place it somewhere awkward but somewhere that will do the job.
Getting your e-bike stolen at home is a risk and you need to minimize that risk as best you can.
There are lots of different ways to do this depending on where you’re storing your bike.
When I bought my first expensive road bike, I kept it in a spare bedroom with a chain on it. It felt like the safest option and gave me peace of mind. I also always kept the blinds closed in that room as the window faced out onto a park so nobody knew what was in that room.
That’s the key, if nobody knows what’s there, they don’t know if it’s valuable. I was fortunate that my house was on a private road and I was at the end so nobody ever really saw me with my bike.
If you have two bikes, it’s worth locking them together, nose to tail if you can. It makes it just that little bit more difficult to steal and sometimes that can be enough.
Anything that isn’t on the floor is more difficult to take. Securing your e-bike to the walls or ceilings is another deterrent that I’m a fan of and I promise you it isn’t that much of a faff to do as you may think!
Cameras are relatively inexpensive these days so if it’s an option to get some installed, I’d highly recommend that.
If you do record your rides on Strava then you might want to adjust your settings and introduce a privacy zone, which will increase your overall security.
What this will do is create a radius of your choosing around an address (your home address for example) so nobody will be able to see where you start/end your ride.
This means that nobody on Strava will be able to work out where you keep your bikes.
I understand that this could sound like overkill but if your profile is public or you don’t know every follower you have, this can leave you open to risk and it genuinely happens.
A cyclist posts a nice picture of what type of bike they ride, clearly showing where they started and finished their ride and a bike thief has everything they need to know.
Don’t be that person!
While we’re on the topic of Strava, do you know how you can add equipment? It’s great, isn’t it?
I have several bikes so it’s nice to keep track of how many miles each one covers. I recommend it, highly!
What I don’t recommend is clearly stating the model of your bike.
Let’s say you ride an S-Works Turbo Creo SL EVO, firstly I’m rather jealous but more importantly, this bike retails at £11.5K so don’t advertise where you store it!
If you’re tracking your mileage on Strava, give it a nickname.
I’m not the best to come to for inspiration as my indoor bike is simply called “Indoor Bike”...but that’s the point. You can’t work out what type of bike I’ve got kitted up to on my trainer. You don’t know whether it’s worth breaking into a house for and you don’t even know where I live!
[Just for the record, it’s not an S-Works :(]
There is some temptation to buy the biggest U-lock you can find but don’t do that.
Get the smallest one recommended for your e-bike. You may think I’m a bit mad for saying that but stay with me on this!
The smaller space, the more difficult it is to get crowbars or bolt cutters in.
If you get a really good one and both sides of it are locked in place, a thief is going to have to make two cuts and that could be too risky, take too much time and they might move on.
If you’re unfortunate enough to get your electric bike stolen, your best chances of getting back are if you have registered your bike.
If the Police have all the information they need, then you do stand a better chance.
Make sure to keep a record of your serial number somewhere safe. As well as other places, I do keep it handy on my phone in the notes section.
[Should you insure your e-bike? Find out here.]
This is a bit of a tricky one but it’s important.
Cycling is encouraged in a lot of workplaces, many even run the “Cycle To Work’ scheme. Thankfully that has been improved so you can now purchase an e-bike using that scheme.
Which is genuinely fantastic and really opens up plenty of opportunities for people to use cycling as a way to commute.
However, what needs to happen in workplaces needs to provide a secure place to store these expensive electric bicycles, secure bike parking is a must.
If a few of your work colleagues feel the same, it could be worth an email to someone higher up to request more secure storage of bicycles...you never know!
If you have a removable battery or motor and you're planning on putting your bike in a bike rack then you should remove the battery and take it with you.
Don't leave your battery with your bicycle. A battery pack can be expensive and something regular bikes obviously don't have, which will stand out in a bike rack!
If you don't have a removable battery, then you don't have to worry about it!
Some e-bikes these days come with a pre-installed battery lock and this functions to keep the battery safe, with the need to remove it every time - a nice security feature!
Food for thought I hope.
Keeping your electric bike safe is something which I think about a lot. Heck, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep my traditional bikes secure!
It sounds cruel but if you’re locking your bike up in a public place, you need to make sure your bicycle is more secure than others. That way, a thief is more likely to go for someone else’s bike...sorry for whoever that person is but it’s true.
At the end of the day, it’s about not catching the attention of a thief. If they don’t know what you’ve got, they can’t take it. If you make it too hard for them, they will find another e-bike to target.
Keep your electric bikes safe, people, and ride on!
When looking into electric bikes, you may be faced with a few different types to choose from, you've got some models with PAS or throttle power and designs such as mountain bikes or commuter bikes.
Each type of e-bike has there advantages and disadvantages depending on what you are looking for in a bike, with some commuter bikes being the best for long-range, and PAS giving a more natural feel to your ride.
The main types of electric bikes on the market today are; mountain, folding, commuter and hybrid. These e-bikes will also come in three different classes and three different motor placements.
To understand more about these e-bike types, as well as how to choose the best type of e-bike, we have put together an informational guide below with everything you need to know.
When it comes to talking about different electric bike types on the market, you should first start by understanding there are three different classes to choose from out there which will affect the type of power that your electric bike has.
A class one type e-bike is the most popular kind of electric bike on the market and uses a PAS system that assists you according to how you pedal on the bike. This type of assistance typically has a speed limit of 15.5 mph and can be used without a license in most countries.
The assistance on a class one bike can additionally be changed via the settings on the bike depending on how much help you want when pedalling, class one type electric bikes are the best for a more natural ride.
Class two electric bike types have throttle power which allows the bike to push you forward with its power without any pedalling required on the bike. Having a class two bike with throttle power is not legal in a few places as the throttle can reach very high speeds like a scooter.
Most bikes on the market tend to have a mix of throttle power and PAS.
A class three e-bike is not legal to ride without a license as its classed as a motorcycle and scooter. This type of electric bike is also known as a pedelec and can some times even get to speeds of 28mph.
It is legal to have a class one electric bike in the UK as long as its speed is limited to 15.5mph and it has a 250W motor. You have to be 14 and over to ride one too, but no license is needed.
E-bikes that comes with a twist throttle type power may need to be checked before they can be used out on the roads.
When choosing the electric bike type which is right for you, most (likely being a class one e-bike), you will also have to pick where you want the motor to be on your e-bike.
Having the motor hub placed on different areas of your electric bike can cause it to feel different when you ride and determine what your bike can or cannot do.
A mid-drive type motor on your electric bike is one of the most popular types on the market and is located by the bottom bracket of your e-bike and its cranks. This type of e-bike will always have a PAS system due to its placement and has a great weight distribution too which gives it a more stable feel as you ride.
A front hub type electric bike is less common on the market due to the fact it makes pedalling harder and doesn't give as smooth of a ride. This type of motor placement is commonly found in e-bike conversion kits as it is easy to DIY but does not give the best assistance.
Along with a mid-drive motor, you will also find rear hub motors on most electric bike types as they give the most natural and powerful assistance on an electric bike due to their position on the rear wheel. More weight will be distributed to the bottom end of your bike and this system can be used with a class one type or a class two type of assistance.
Now we know the types of power and motor placements to look for in your electric bike, we can get into differentiating between the main types of e-bikes on the market and what they do so as you can see which type of e-bike might be suitable for your use.
Commuting electric bikes are the type of e-bike which is suited for road use and long-range distances so as they can be suitable for commuting. These bikes typically aren't suited for the incline or off-road use and sometimes have the additions of throttles to make pulling away from traffic quicker.
You will often find that these bikes come with front and rear taillights, as well as a horn to make them suitable for road use, they normally have an upright sitting position too and have medium-sized tyres.
Folding electric bike types can be folded up into a small footprint and stored away after use, with some being small enough to fit under your desk and having lightweights of only 16kg. Foldable e-bikes will often have small wheels to compensate for size but can still be heavy to carry.
You should additionally check if these bikes come with gears too, as many simplified models don't and will be hard to use on inclines without.
A mountain bike is often much heavier than a commuter bike and will be more suited to tackling inclines and rough terrains, they tend to come with a durable suspension and gears to allow for more control. These bikes often now have a mid-drive motor as they can deal with hills better than the other hub motors.
Next up we have the last electric bike type which is hybrid e-bikes. These types of electric bikes are best suited for people who want a mix of a mountain bike and road bike, they tend to be a little more expensive because of this versatility and might or might not come with suspension.
When you have decided on which type of electric bike is right for you, you should ensure it comes with the right type of features too.
We have listed out the essential features to consider in your new electric bike below.
What are the benefits of e-bikes?
E-bikes are gaining popularity more than other transport as they are eco-friendly, keep you fit, save you time and can help you whizz up those nasty hills on your commute home.
Are there different types of batteries that come with e-bikes?
The most popular type of battery that comes with an electric bike is a lithium-ion battery. Other battery types you might find in e-bikes are lead-acid but these tend to be rarer nowadays as they add a lot more weight to the e-bike.
How much do electric hybrid bikes cost?
This will all come down to the brand and quality of the hybrid bike you buy, but for an average, they can range between a price of £500-£2000.
We hope you enjoyed our guide to explaining the different types of electric bikes on the market and have figured out which type of e-bike will be best for you, whether its a road bike or a tougher mountain bike. Always ensure that the type of bike you decide on is legal for use on the roads too, sometimes hidden throttle options may make your bike illegal without you knowing.
One of the best advantages to electric bikes in comparison to regular ones is the extra help they give you when tackling steep inclines or hills.
Electric bikes are great for riding up hills as they can give you a boost of power when your legs get tired from pedalling, however, the types of electric bike you choose will often be more suited to handling hills depending on its design and placement of the motor.
So as you can decide which type of electric bike is the best for climbing hills, how they can help you and what you can do to make hill climbing easier, we've put some information below along with some tips and tricks for tackling even the steepest of inclines with your e-bike.
E-bikes are the best for going uphill as they are using the torque power from their motor to assist you with the incline, making it feel considerably less taxing and also helping you ride up it faster.
Depending on how much assistance you need when climbing a hill, you can control it from full-on throttle (which will use a lot of battery but get you up with no effort) to a medium level of PAS that will require you to pedal but make it much easier than with no assistance.
Gears are essential to have on your e-bike if you will be riding uphills, as they make it much easier for the motor to handle and takes off all the pressure being on the PAS system of the bike.
Having a good gear system like a 7-speed Shimano gear set will allow you to pick very low gears and assist you better with inclines when going downhill, however, you can set the gear level to high and let the motor and PAS have a break.
Using the right gears according to the assistance level you have set will help you save battery life too which is greatly affected when going up or down inclines.
Yes, if you have repeated inclines on the route you ride with your electric bike you will inevitably notice that the battery gets drained quicker. If you want to be going up hills often with your electric bike then you should be making sure that you buy a battery with a longer range to compensate for this or using the throttle less often while you ride.
This depends on the speed limit of your electric bike, most UK legal electric bikes will be limited to 15.5mph which is enough for climbing most hills with assistance, however other average speeds for climbing inclines could range from 18mph to 25mph.
When looking for the best electric bike which is suited to climbing hills, there are a couple of important features you will want to ensure your e-bike has, such as gears, PAS levels and more.
We have listed out the key essentials that are typically found in good electric bike models for climbing hills below.
For you to climb steep hills with your electric bike, you should be making sure you use it in the most solid way possible so the ride will be easier.
We have listed out some tricks below that should be valuable when tackling hills.
You might have heard of a downhill electric bike on the market and wondered if it relates in any way to going up and down on your bike over inclines, and it does in some sense, but they are not directly made for hills.
Downhill electric bikes are essentially the more aggressive version of a mountain bike and have a very durable frame and suspension which can tackle even the toughest of terrains and sharpest inclines when riding your bike.
Most downhill electric bikes tend to be very expensive due to this very robust design, so you could be looking at spending anything from £2000 and above depending on the model and its quality.
Will higher power motors climb hills better?
Yes, the higher in power your motor is the more assistance it can offer during a hill climb, however, you should note not all countries allow high-powered motors over 250W and they are more likely to drain your battery quickly.
What does pedalling cadence mean?
Pedalling cadence on an electric bike refers to keeping your pace steady as you pedal without losing momentum, this is very important to have as you climb up a hill.
Do e-bikes have regenerative braking?
Yes, but only some electric bikes do have regenerative braking which kicks in as you go downhill with your bike and allows the battery to recharge off this kinetic energy. Most e-bikes still don't include this option as it is a very complex system and also heavy.
To finish, e-bikes are very good for going uphills and inclines due to their motor assistance which makes pedalling up them feel easier and allows you to ride up them quicker too. Just remember that hilly rides will reduce the range of your e-bikes battery and your bike should always be in a low gear to make pedalling uphill easier.
Electric bikes are pretty much a norm in the commuter market at the moment, allowing us to get to work quicker and climb all kinds of terrains with ease if you are a mountain biker.
You might look at an electric bike and think, they just look like a regular bike, how do they work? Well, e-bikes are just the same as a regular bike but have the addition of a motor, battery and controller, which offers electric power to assist you when cycling and make the exercise easier.
For us to get into more detail about how these e-bikes work, the different types on the market, the benefits of using one and how to purchase the best model, we have put together an extensive guide below that will give you all the essential information you need to know.
So without further ado, let's get into it!
First of all, before we can understand how an e-bike works, let's get to know what one is.
An e-bike is essentially a normal bike, with gears, chains, seats and handlebars, however, what differs is that they can assist you with cycling, making you speedier and more able to tackle obstacles on your routes such as hills.
They do this with a battery-powered assist, which engages as you pedal or use the throttle, allowing the motor to give you help as you ride.
Ebikes get their power from the motor installed on your electric bike, this motor will be placed on either front, rear or mid of your bike, and gives consistent matched power to your pedalling as measured by the torque sensor on the bike.
The battery is what powers this motor and is often placed within the frame of the bike, this battery is typically able to be removed for charging.
To control the power that your e-bike gives you most bikes tend to come with a controller on the handlebars of the bike. This will normally allow you to pick from three different power assist levels depending on the help you need from your bike, some also offer a boost of power if you need a short amount of high energy to get you over hill for example.
Depending on the capacity of the battery that comes with your bike, it can offer assistance for up to 100 miles or less according to the battery range.
As we mentioned above, an e-bike will typically come with three different motor types, all work in the same way and provide your bike with power, but do come with their pros and cons.
If your e-bike comes with a front hub motor then it will be placed front hub of the wheel, where it will provide power to your bike. This means the front wheel of your bike will essentially pull you along while you drive the back wheel of the bike with your pedalling.
Rear hubs motors have a similar set-up to front hub motors except they are placed on the rear hub of your wheel. These style of electric bikes are the most popular on the market and push you along rather than pull you along.
Lastly, we have mid-drive motor e-bikes. These electric bikes have their motor located right on the crankshaft of their bike, balancing the weight of the bike and providing power from the centre of the bike. Those types of motors are not as popular as front or rear hub but do have some great advantages.
As you start doing more research into e-bikes and how they work, you will come across two types of assistance your motor can give, throttle assistance or pedal assist. Some e-bikes will come with the option of allowing you to use both options on your bike, but it's useful to know how each power assist works and when to use it.
Pedal-assist powered e-bikes only give power from the motor when you are pedalling, allowing it to feel very natural and letting you gain speed on a commute easily or tackle small inclines.
This PAS system works via a sensor in the bike and comes with options that allow you to change how much help you are getting from the bikes motor, useful if you still want to get a workout in now and then. Most PAS systems on an e-bike use a torque system that will match the pedalling on your bike.
Throttle powered e-bikes on the other hand are much like a motorcycle and when engaged (which is typically by twisting), will propel the bike forward without any effort required by the user.
These throttle powered systems usually come as twist or button style and are suited for getting over very hilly terrain or whenever you need a strong burst of power when riding.
Overall, the sweet spot to choosing an e-bike in terms of how it gets its power is by choosing one that comes with both PAS and a throttle option. Having both types of options on your bike allows you to get that boost from the throttle when you need it, and only choose to assist for normal riding.
Now we understand the inner workings of an e-bike and the different parts you can choose within one, let's get on to the different types which are the market so as you can see how their inner workings differ according to the style of riding they will be suited to.
Folding e-bikes are most suited to students and commuters as they come with a very lightweight and portable design allowing you to carry the bike anywhere you want and fold it up to a very small footprint for storage, letting it sit in places like under your desk.
Commuter e-bikes often are the most regular style of bike and tend to have smaller wheels than other e-bikes with accessories such as road lights and mudguards, which allow you to use the e-bike on the road safely. Most of these bikes are designed so the rider is sitting very upright.
For people who love adventure, mountain e-bikes are designed for just that; with large wheels, different suspensions and a durable frame. These bikes tend to be made just for the hard terrain, rather than tarmac and typically have a throttle option.
Hybrid electric bikes are a mix of commuter bikes and mountain bikes and are becoming more and more popular on the market as they give the user a choice to use the bike on different terrains. These bikes will often come with commuter accessories such as taillights but also multi-purpose tyres.
If you are on the edge of deciding whether or not you need an electric bike, we have put together a list of all the advantages you can gain by investing in one so as we can help with your decision.
Now we have discussed how e-bikes work, the different types and why you should consider buying one, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the best features you should be looking out for in one, so as you can ensure your electric bike will work efficiently for you when it's used.
Now you know how an e-bike works in comparison to a normal one, you may have the question of, can't I make my old bike into an electric one by adding a motor and battery?
Well, the answer to that is, yes! You can buy a rear-wheel, front-wheel or mid-drive conversion kit for your bike if you don't want to buy a whole new electric one. This can save you money and also recycle your old bike rather than locking it up in storage.
Do I need a driving license to ride an e-bike?
No, in England you do not need a license to ride an e-bike as long as it does not match the power requirements of a motorcycle, if yours is as powerful then you will need a license.
How fast can an e-bike go?
It all depends on the model that you buy but on average an electric bike can reach speeds of 15mph by law in the UK, some can reach more however with the addition of throttles.
How much does an average electric bike cost?
This varies but can be within a range of £500-£1500 and above depending on the quality of the model you buy and factors such as its motor battery capacity.
Is an e-bike the same as a motorcycle?
No, if your electric bike has limits of 15mph and a 250W motor it is not considered the same as a motorcycle.
What does the Wh rating mean on a battery?
This Wh rating refers to how many watts of power your e-bike's battery can provide till it runs out, this figure is not always accurate to calculate from however as multiple factors will influence how long your battery lasts such as your weight and the speed you are riding at, as well as the assistance level that you have chosen.
Overall, an e-bike is the same set-up as a regular bike but is made electronic by the addition of components like the motor and battery which works to assist as you pedal and help you tackle inclines or ride further without getting as tired as you would on a regular bike.
Electric bikes are pretty amazing inventions, the only downfall of having all these electrical components is that if one has an issue, it can cause the whole bike to cut out, and there's nothing worse than being halfway up a hill only for your bike to stop working.
An electric bike can cut out mid-ride due to several different components not working in your bike, this could be the motor, battery, controller, PAS system or sensor. Most of these issues can luckily be identified and solved quickly to get you back on the road, but we need to know how to identify one first.
So with that being said, we have got a troubleshooting guide below which will help you determine why your electric bike keeps cutting out, along with how long your e-bikes motor should last and how to maintain these electrical components properly to minimise the chances of them cutting out again.
Having your electric bike cut out unexpectedly can be frustrating, not to mention dangerous if you are in the middle of the road. One of the first questions to ask is, how old is your bike? Sometimes electrical components on bikes will just cut out when they have reached their end of life, this can be the case especially with batteries and motors.
If your electric bike is still pretty new and in good condition, try reading through these common causes below and see if they could be the problem.
First of all, you should check the sensors on your bike. Knocked out sensors can easily be a reason for your bike to cut out, or they may just be faulty, bad brake sensors in particular can be known to cut off your bike when they think you are trying to slow down.
In terms of sensors, it would also be a good idea to double-check that your brake motor inhibitor wires are not connected, if so they could potentially be cutting off your motor as they will assume that the brakes on the bike are being activated.
To test if this is the issue you could unplug then sensors then see if your motor will start working again.
Having a bad battery is a very typical reason for your electric bike to cut out. The battery management system on most batteries will cut off the battery if any cells start to fail or overheat, this could be likely if your battery is old or part of a low-quality e-bike, as these packs tend to be recycled.
You may have also been charging your battery too much and not letting it drain each time before a new charging cycle, all these reasons can cause the management system to cut the battery off. Check the battery charger too and ensure it has a charging light.
One way to verify if your battery is to blame for your bike cutting out could be by trying it on a different bike, if your battery is the problem, you can simply replace it with a new one instead.
Battery prongs are also worth checking on your bike as these can become out of position if you knock them accidentally, to fix just simply re-align them.
Next up, it could be the controller on your electric bike which is to blame. Your controller is part of your bike which will determine the amount of power your bike assists you with from the motor and battery, as soon as this part of your bike is damaged, it can cause power issues, like your bike cutting out during use.
Check the controller for loose wires, make sure it is turned on and that there is no blown fuse. Any burnt components could happen from the system overheating.
Sometimes throttles can get stuck on bikes and can cause connection issues when it comes to power, a loose one will often miss on strokes and give a loss of power. The throttle on your e-bike can be replaced if it is damaged.
It is also possible for the PAS to be causing power cut-outs on your electric bike if it has been knocked out of position, or other mechanical adjustments have been made around it. You can always move the magnet sensors back into position if need be.
If your motor has not simply reached its end of life, then it could be causing you to have power issues if there is a loose connection.
On rear hub motors, in particular, wires can become frayed or even burn out over time, which can stop your motor from working properly. Copper coils could also overheat and cause your motor to short circuit.
To conclude, if you try all the troubleshooting causes above and still can't figure out what's wrong with your e-bike then your best to take it to a professional for it to get looked at. If a power cut out happens to you while on your road, just simply ride your bike manually till you get home, this may be more of a workout due to its weight but is still doable!
Since worn down electrical components on an e-bike can cause power issues, you might be wondering how long your e-bikes motor and battery should last before they need to be replaced.
For the motor of your electric bike, on average it should last you at least 10,000 miles, however, factors such as weight and throttle use can affect this as they will cause your motor to wear down quicker. Avoid buying too high-powered motors for your requirements as they are heavier and will often cost more.
The battery of your electric bike if lithium-ion should last for at least 1000 charging cycles before you start to get any age-related issues, which is around five years with correct care. You can increase the lifespan of your battery by storing it at incorrect temperatures and not letting it fast charge or go flat completely.
To avoid premature issues in your motor, battery and other electrical components of your e-bike, should make sure you are doing regular and correct maintenance so as things can stay running smoothly
We have listed out our essential maintenance tips below to keep your bikes electric parts in the best condition possible.
What is the 80/20 rule for an e-bike battery?
This is a rule for charging your battery, letting your e-bike's battery get below 20% or above 80% gives it great stress levels, so you should always disconnect it before 80 and stick it on charge before it drops below 20.
Should I drain my battery each time before charging?
No, letting your battery completely drain can damage it and reduce its lifespan.
Why is my e-bikes power making jerky and erratic movements?
Jerky movements can be caused on your bike by PAS settings being changed, a damaged motor or your brake sensors could potentially be playing up.
What causes the motor to wear down quickly on an electric bike?
Heavyweight, too much power and using the throttle also can contribute to wear down of your motor, but it should last for around 10,000 miles before you see any of these signs.
Overall, as worrying as it can be when your electric bike cuts out, most of these electrical components can be fixed pretty easily. If something goes wrong or there is a loose connection, just simply ride your bike home manually and troubleshoot your bike with the common causes above or take it to a professional if your unsure what is causing these power cuts when riding your e-bike.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly alternative transport to cars or motorcycles, then it's likely you've heard of electric scooters as well as e-bikes.
Electric scooters are a great way to get around city roads and help you save time as they miss the congestion which typically occurs in busy places such as London, they are proving very popular in the rest of Europe, but why not the UK?
Well, that's because electric scooters are not legal in the UK yet due to them being classed as a 'powered transporter', meaning they need to abide by the same law as a car and motorcycle do. The UK says that electric scooters do not meet the technical requirements yet for them to be legal, with some still missing out on headlights or topping speeds of 30mph.
To understand more about electric scooters, how they work, why they are banned and if they differ from e-bikes, we have answered all your questions below in our short guide to help you out.
Electric bikes are similar to regular bikes but have additional electrical components such as a motor and battery which provide adjustable assistance to the user as they pedal.
E-bikes in the UK are considered legal if they have a speed limit of 15.5mph and a motor with a power limit of 250W, above this, you will not be able to ride your bike on public roads legally.
Electric scooters on the other hand have two small wheels and a thin deck to stand on with handlebars. These scooters are similar to old-school manual ones yet have the addition of a motor, battery and air-filled tyres, they are also controlled standing up so require some balance.
Now your probably wondering, if electric scooters have similar electrical components to an electric bike, why are they still not legal in the UK?
Well, as we mentioned above, electric scooters are considered powered transporter which puts them under the same regulations as cars and motorcycles due to their power and speed.
The UK legal requirements for an electric bike is a motor of 250W and a speed of 15.5mph, electric scooters on the other hand can reach up to 30mph so is not considered legal.
Electric scooters still often come without helmets and taillights which are essential for road use too, meaning more needs to be done on these scooters to make them suitable for the roads in the UK. You would also have to have a driving license for a scooter as they are considered the same as motorcycles.
Apart from the fact an electric bike is legal in the UK and an electric scooter is not, there are a lot of similarities between these two forms of transport, as well as some differences.
So as you can decide which type of transport is right for you when the UK makes these scooters legal, we have compared the two below and discussed their pros and cons.
Electric scooters are powered solely by their battery and motor and don't require any user effort to ride them, unlike the e-bike, making them a great choice for people who want to avoid cycling but still have a portable transport which gets them from A-B.
These scooters are additionally very easy to lift as they are lightweight and simple to use as there are no techniques or fancy controls involved to power the scooter. Scooters may also be better for people as they are much easier to mount than a bike.
The downfalls of electric scooters in comparison to electric bikes is that they can't be used on any kind of uneven terrain, they are also not legal in some countries and would need a license to be ridden. E-scooters additionally are not very safe to ride in comparison to bikes and can get knocked easily, they offer no form of exercise to get fit too as you are simply just standing on the scooter while it moves.
Electric bikes in comparison to scooters are much safer to ride and offer more of a presence on the road, they are also regulated and legal in the UK and don't need a license to be ridden.
These bikes offer the advantage of having more range than a scooter, being able to handle all terrains, carry things and give you exercise, due to the varying levels of assistance that you can control on the bike.
Downfalls of electric bikes are that they tend to be more expensive than scooters and heavier, some people may also find riding a bike harder than a scooter and they require much more of an effort to mount.
Electrical bikes are less portable than scooters too, so not as ideal for short commutes.
Overall, at the moment if you live in the UK, an e-bike is the more obvious options as it is road legal, however, this law is looking to shift within the next couple of years.
We would choose an electric scooter over an e-bike if you are wanting to do short commutes with no difficult terrain, you don't know how to ride a bike and you are on a low budget.
It's best to stretch your budget and go for an e-bike however if you want a kind of transport which is more durable and easy to take anywhere, if you are worried about size, you could always go for a folding e-bike which will be more commuter-friendly.
Right now in the UK, you can legally ride an e-scooter if it's on private property, you can also buy one legally with no issues. You cannot take them out on public roads, however.
Countries, where it is legal to ride your electric scooter out and about, are places such as Germany or France, however, even then laws are in place to control the speed (such as France which have a 13mph limit) and road use.
So you might be wondering if the rest of Europe is making e-scooters legal, when will the UK? Well, the UK is already putting trials and regulations in place to test e-scooters, with talks of them being legal if you hire them from a licensed company and use them.
These hired scooters are legal because they have engine limits and speed limits in place, meaning you would not be able to go faster than 15.5mph on them. It is still very illegal however to use your private e-scooters on roads.
Now we known when it will be legal to ride an electric scooter, we have listed out some safety tips for you to consider for when you get the chance to ride one, as you will need to be focused and alert when riding a scooter as there is a higher chance of injury due to factors such as uneven terrain.
What makes an e-scooter different from an e-bike?
An e-scooter requires you to stand, not sit, it also doesn't need you to pedal as the motor on the scooter will move you along with no user effort.
How much does an electric scooter cost?
Depending on the model and brand you buy an electric scooter could cost you around £250-£500 and above.
Are electric scooters good for long-distance?
No, when compared to an e-bike, an electric scooter is not great for long-distance. They are great for minimising small commute times which would take longer by walking.
To conclude, electric scooters are likely to be legal in the UK very soon but will follow similar regulations to electric bikes, such as having a motor power limit and speed cut-off at 15.5mph. It is legal to hire an electric scooter in the UK at the moment, but you can only use one of your own on private land.
We would always recommend going for an electric bike over an e-scooter if you want a transport that is safer, sturdier and better suited to long-distance riding.