For a lot of people the answer will be yes, but before we get into that, you have to first understand what an electric bike is all about. Basically, an electric motor takes care of all the mechanisms and if you want the bike to move well, you have to keep it recharged and ready to go.
Another question people ask about electric bikes is, why do you need pedals if you have a motor? Well, modern electric bikes, such as the Salisbury LPX, can switch between three modes: normal cycling – in which you use it as a ‘normal’ bike; ‘pedal assisted’ – you still use the pedals but the motor helps out, making it less fatiguing; and ‘motor only’ – where you simply twist the grip and let the motor take the strain.
Last but definitely not least is brakes. Most of the current mini bicicleta eletrica kits require front and rear hand brakes. This is mostly in the form of “v” or “u” style friction brakes. There are a few kits that will accommodate disc brakes but these a quite rare at the moment. You can use a rear coaster brake but only if you use a front drive kit and you must also have a front hand brake. There is a safety device built into electric bikes that causes the motor to cut out as soon as you activate the hand brakes. Without at least one hand operated brake, the bike will be unsafe to ride.
In this way electric bikes enable you to cycle with as much or as little effort as you like. With the motor off or on low power, you benefit from the same level as exercise as a regular bike, but when you are tired or come to a hilly area the bike can assist you.
E-bikes as they are also called only assist the cyclist and may improve the speed of someone who averages 10 mph by 5 to 10 miles per hour. Unlike a moped, the legal maximum speed of an e-bike is 20 miles per hour. The legal speed of a moped is 30 miles per hour. An e-bike works best when the cyclist pedals and is not designed to act as a motorcycle. The battery has a recharge time of several hours and a normal range of about 10 miles depending on conditions such as power of the battery, wind speed and terrain. A factor to consider may be the size and weight of the battery. A car battery on a trailer attached to the bicycle may give more power but the extra weight may not be worth the extra power it provides or the extra expense.
As much as possible, you need to get the best battery that you can install in the bike that you will buy. It will be helpful if you will be able to buy one that can run twice the distance that you have actually planned to travel. The batteries of the bike must not be emptied totally. If this happens, the life of the battery decreases. Thus, the battery cannot store as much power as it used to have. Reserve some power and avoid emptying it totally all the time.
In other parts of the world, however, they haven’t been so lucky. Europeans have been experiencing gas prices between $5-$8 per gallon for years. But they still get around. Common among their usual transport is a bicycle. You’ve seen many pictures of common folks getting around town bicycling. Kinda like what we did when we were kids. To get more “mileage”, a lot of Asians and Europeans use hybrid electric motor bikes.
I’m not sure if I’ve lost any weight, but my knees hurt less, and my legs feel stronger. Best of all I love riding my bike every day. Practical and fun: That’s my secret weapon for staying fit after fifty.