The electric bike is healthy and ecological and continues to grow in popularity. The phenomenon is unstoppable and sales are expected to explode within the next few years. Cheaper than cars and motorcycles, easy to recharge and equipped with pedal assistance, these efficient vehicles allow you to take complete control of your ride.
Electric bikes are a bit different from the standard bicycle, but many people have gathered false information about them.
While a bit of electric assistance is an obvious benefit to some riders, among UK cyclists there are still some misconceptions about what e-bikes offer and the potential benefits they provide:
In the common imagination, e-bikes are often associated with a kind of moped. “Press the button and they go without doing anything,” says the man on the street. But no: you have to pedal, electric bikes are designed to be 50/50 pedal assist with the rider doing half the work.
Assistance is excellent when restarting or uphill and during fatigue phases. But the engine stops its help function when the speed exceeded 15 mph. And to reach it, even by moving around the city, you certainly don’t need to be a champion. So, pedal people, pedal. Even with e-bikes.
The engine weighs, and so does the battery. Sure, how to blame you? But technology, like in every other field, is making huge strides. Thus the motors and batteries become smaller and lighter. ST3IKE integrate batteries with the frames, they become one with the bicycle. In a certain sense, they “disappear” from sight and the sensation of being a burden, an encumbrance.
For the cyclist, urban or otherwise, aesthetics matter. And how it counts. And electric bikes are clunky, big, and ugly. Unsightly.
False: or rather, it was true in the past. Design is a mantra that cannot be given up even in the electric field and ST3IKE make everyone’s heads spin for their magnificent design.
Rest assured, therefore, you will not go unnoticed.
If we are talking about e-bikes, therefore bicycles, “vehicles equipped with an electric auxiliary motor with a maximum continuous rated power of 250W whose power supply is progressively reduced and finally interrupted when the vehicle reaches 25 kmh (15.5 mph) or sooner if the cyclist stops pedalling”, then no. As stated in Directive 2002/24 EC, and the UK’s EAPC legislation, e-bikes of this type are bicycles in all respects and therefore do not need a license plate, that is, they must not be registered. Riding an e-bike really is as simple as that.
You are permitted to ride your electric bike with no insurance, registration and license and even no helmet, but you must be over the age of 14.
Maybe for commuting, certainly not for sports. “Old people use it.” “Stuff for losers”. Hard and pure cyclists have their own rules. And the same could be said for cyclists for which the success of their enterprise is proportional to the degree of effort spent. This is what says who has never tried an e-bike, who has never ridden on it.
Seeing is believing: many will be revisiting that remark after a ride.
This false legend, or rather, not entirely true, keeps away from e-bikes especially those who do cycle tourism. But, as already mentioned above, technological evolution runs at a frenetic pace. So the batteries become smaller and lighter, but at the same time more performing and guarantee greater autonomy, even 100 kilometres (62 miles).
Batteries are designed to be fully charged overnight so that they can be used every day.
Additionally, the battery can be remotely charged pretty much anywhere where there is a plug socket or computer.
This is NOT true for us. e-Bikes ST3IKE’s price is comparable to the price of a high-end classic bicycle and compared to the cost of motorcycles, cars, vans and other automobiles, electric bikes will save you money rather than cost you. Think of all the things you won’t have to pay for, including petrol bills, insurance and tax.
Unfortunately in the UK (as well as abroad) electric bikes are stolen. Thefts are a major headache and the fear of seeing the bike purchased a few weeks earlier disappear keeps many possible buyers away.
We strongly recommend buying theft insurance and installing our anti-theft electronic GPS tracking.
Although they require essential maintenance, there’s not much more upkeep involved than that of a standard bicycle. Electric components usually never need maintenance and good quality motors can be expected to go for several thousand miles without maintenance. The most common problem with an electric bike is underinflated tyres.
If you enjoy green living, having fun, getting out in the fresh air, exercising and saving money, then there really is no “cheating” with an e-bike.
An electric bike is simply a form of assistance that means that you won’t have to struggle uphill!
Electric bikes are actually encouraging people of all ages to get active and all they do is make the ride smoother and more enjoyable. It’s all a matter of how much assistance you desire on the day. An electric bike is healthy and ecological!
Has your motor car with a petrol or diesel engine reached its nadir? European cities are starting to ban diesel vehicles and employers are beginning to restrict car parking spaces for those who live within 5 miles of their workplace. As time goes by, more households will realise the benefit of having a small, convenient, electrically assisted vehicle in the garage for short trips, ease and recreation. The only thing that will be cheated is the build of exhaust gases in the atmosphere…
Electric bikes are just as reliable as high-end bicycles. How you treat and care for your bike depends on durability, for example. Leaving it out in the cold over time could affect the performance, but if you care for your e-bike, there’s no reason it can’t last. We now have hundreds of bikes over 5 years old, most of them are still going strong and are still using their original batteries.
Sustainable mobility identifies an ideal transport system thanks to which it is possible to reduce the impact on the environment and make travel more efficient, faster and smarter. This area has become an increasingly central issue in recent years, discussed by individuals and institutions. Electric cars and motorcycles, green bicycles and scooters and sustainable buses have marked a real turning point in the world of especially urban mobility.
The electric bicycle allows you to travel in a healthy and ecological way as well as fun. It is a key element of electric mobility, as well as a response to resource scarcity, climate change, urbanization and increased emissions. EBikes are an effective and efficient means of transport, especially over short distances. Everyone who drives an eBike can get around quickly, are environmentally friendly and save money. At the same time, the possibilities of cycling are being expanded. Longer distances and higher elevation gains are easier to manage with the electric wind behind you, so electric bicycles are used more and more often and for longer distances.
Many people choose to drive to work. However, this means that the roads at rush hour are full of cars, often with just one person inside. This problem is reduced in cities, where there are options for public transport such as buses, trains, subways and trams – but people still need to be aware of the CO2 emissions. With the Cycle to Work Scheme, you can select a bike you wish to have and use for your commute and, if supported by your employer, set up a salary sacrifice scheme over a year so you can save on income tax and national insurance.