Electric assistance on the humble bicycle, it has been around on bikes for the last 25yrs and has been an idea for even longer, however the technology and innovation has only recently become affordable to the masses, reliable technology that is. We are now seeing massive growth in the number of people using electric bikes, whether it’s for commuting, touring, goods transport or to get fit and back onto 2 wheels, Ebikes are here to stay.
There are 2 forms of electric assistance:
The first is ‘Pedelecs’ or pedal assisted bicycles, these are road legal in the UK, Europe and throughout the world, these work by providing assistance when the cyclists starts pedalling, the technology varies from a basic Rotation-sensing magnet to the advanced crank driven torque sensors, the later being particularly more expensive than the former, but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”. This method of assistance will give an Ebiker the greatest range of distance as the motor is assisting the cyclist as opposed to doing the work for the cyclist.
The second is a throttle control, this is operated by twisting the right-side grip, it will engaged the motor and is for off-road use only, for example; bridleways, fire-roads, woodland excursions, etc. This method enables people who perhaps don’t have the mobility ride a bicycle to get out and enjoy a leisurely ride with their friends and family that might not have been possible otherwise. But be careful when using the throttle control as this will likely use more battery power as it tends to be used as a substitute for pedalling, so be sure you have enough power before embarking on a long ride.
Both methods are a fantastic as they help people get back into cycling, continue cycling as the seasons pass and also bring people into cycling who previously hadn’t known how easy cycling can be.