1. What is an e-bike?
“Pedal assist” means the cyclist has to pedal to engage the electric motor.
A throttle-controlled e-bike is operated like a motorcycle or scooter: just twist the bicycle’s hand grip to control the motor’s output. This type of e-bike has pedals that are independent of the throttle-controlled electric motor.
A few manufacturers have designed models with both types of motors for the e-bike. Each type of e-bike can also be pedaled without the motor operating, though that is generally harder to do than a regular bicycle because of the added weight associated with the extra components. Conversion kits are also available for those who wish to transform a regular bicycle into an e-bike.
2. What are the benefits to the Lab if I commute by e-bike?
3. What are the benefits of an e-bike?
4. How fast can an e-bike go?
5. How safe is an e-bike compared to a regular bike?
6. What should I consider when I buy an e-bike?
7. Where can I buy an e-bike?
Local bike shops with e-bikes on display include:
8. What does an e-bike cost?
9. Where can I find more information on e-bikes?
Besides visiting and test-riding e-bikes at a local bike dealer, you may want to do some independent research on the sites listed below. Or enter “e-bike” in your favorite search engine for more information.