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The earliest electric bikes were invented in the 1890s. Today the technology is perfected and many of us are riding them everywhere. E-bikes are just like regular bikes, except that they have a motor connected to the drive system allowing you to go further with less human effort.
Some have just a throttle and some have a pedal assist. For the most part, they even use the same parts as a standard bike. This is why some people buy conversion kits to turn a bicycle into an electric bike for commuting. Electric bikes are also known as E-bikes.
Most of these personal transport vehicles are lightweight and many fold for easy carrying. A folding electric bike is great for those who have to store their bike when they arrive at their destination.
Ebikes use a rechargeable lithium ion battery and many of them travel at speeds of 15 to 30 mph, though high powered versions can go faster.
There are several kinds of E-bikes. You can get electric mountain bikes, a road bike, a Beach Cruiser, folding ebike, electric cargo bike and more. They often come with features like disc brakes, hub motors, torque sensors, a powerful suspension fork and other quality additions.
When buying an electric bike think about how you will use it. Is it for work or play? If you are commuting, you’ll want a model with a long range so that it can get you to work and back. If it is just for fun around the neighborhood, you’ll want decent speed, but range won’t be as much of an issue. The motors and battery should be of primary concern as that is the heart of an E-Bike. A powerful motor and a good battery are a must. You also want a short charging time if possible. There are many more factors to consider and we cover them all in our electric bike reviews and buying guides.
The price range for a decent electric bike today is anywhere from $250 to $3000 and most weigh at least 50 pounds. One thing to look for is the placement of the battery pack as it can affect the center of gravity. These bikes are maintenance free for the most part, but the more you use it the more you will need to take care of it, just like a regular bike.