Q: How do electric bikes work?

A:  Electric bikes come with an on-board battery and electric motor. Using a throttle or pedal assist system the bicycle will be propelled forward.


Q: Why would I use an eBike over a regular bike?

A: There are many reasons:

  • Get to where you need to go faster and easier than on a regular bike. Depending on how you choose to ride, you can travel at an average speed of 18 mph or faster without significant effort. For some bikes, you can even average 25 mph.
  • Climbing hills effortlessly… The motor flattens hills for the riders.
  • No sweaty office shirt. Even though can ride much faster, you won’t feel like you have to take a shower once you get to the office.
  • Safer. That might seem counter-intuitive, since you can go faster than on a regular bike, but you also get an easier start from stopped positions, allowing you to get through an intersection steadier and quicker.
  • Easier on those joints. Use the electric assist to ease the pressure on your knees and hips.  Injured veteran can gain mobility again with the extra assistance of the pedal assist.
  • Staying together. You may have a riding partner that rides at a different pace than you. An eBike can even out the pace for both of you.
  • Ditch the car. The convenience, the ease and the speed of an electric bike make it an alternative to an automobile more often than a regular bike. A study by Portland State University shows that eBike owners ride more frequently and farther than when they relied on their traditional bike. This was the case for all age groups.
  • Save Money.  Charging the battery only costs a few dollars a year.  Compare that to gas, maintenance and road tax every year.  While an eBike cannot replace the car entirely, it can be a tool in your garage for when you need it.


Q: Should I buy a bike with a mid-drive motor or hub-motor?

A: They both have their benefits. Hub motors tend to be a little easier to operate if you are a less experienced cyclist, because they require less shifting. Mid-drives tend to get a little better range for equivalent battery capacity, because you'll get more efficiency by shifting. While theoretically you get better hill climbing with a mid-drive, you'll usually find both types will climb just about any hill. 

Finally, it's usually easier to change a rear tire with a mid-drive. 

But the real test is to ride both and compare.

Q: Do electric bikes recharge when applying brakes or going down hill – like a hybrid car’s regenerative braking?

A: A few models of electric bikes include a feature to recharge the battery, usually while you are braking. In those cases the range of the battery can be extended 5-10%, while adding several hundred dollars to the cost. However, due to the design of the motors to get regeneration, you'll often find that the bike is harder to pedal if you are using the bike with the power off.

Q: What is the range I can get from a single charge?

A: The biggest factor contributing to your range is whether you pedal or just use the throttle without pedaling. I’ll tell you the expected range when you do both. With relaxed pedaling expect 22-50 miles on a single charge for most eBikes. In some cases you’ll go even farther. We have bikes that are getting 90+ miles on a single charge. Range will also be impacted by the battery capacity, the hills, wind and your size. Many electric bikes pedal easily as regular bikes. So you can extend the range even further by using little or no power on level surfaces and down hill.


Q: How long does it take to charge an eBike battery?

A: A lithium ion eBike battery that is fully depleted will take 3.5 to 6 hours to recharge. Batteries that still have a partial charge when you start charging will take less. In addition, the last hour or so of a charge is used to "top-off" the cells, and you don't have to wait for that process to be completed. So some batteries can be 90% charged in 2.5 hours or less.


Q: How many charges can I get out of a battery?

A: Most eBike batteries sold in North America are lithium ion, which will provide a minimum of 500 “full” charges, after which the battery holds only about 80% of its original charge. Some battery makers are claiming up to 1200 full charges. Lithium ion batteries have no memory effect, so if you recharge the battery when it is only 50% depleted, that counts as only ½ of one charge. If you usually use your eBike in pedal-assist mode, combining both pedal power and electric power, you can expect to go 10,000-30,000 miles before replacing your battery. That is a lot of miles on a bicycle.


Q: How much electricity does it take to charge a battery?

A: Depending on the capacity of the battery, it will usually take 400-500 watt hours (0.4 - 0.7 kilowatt hours) to charge the battery. Assuming a rate of $0.10/kWh, it will cost you 4-5 cents for a charge that will last you 22-40 miles.


Q: How fast can an electric bike go?

A: If you are pedaling, you can go as fast as you are able to pedal it. However, most bikes stop providing electric assist while pedaling at 20 mph. Some will provide assist going at speeds up to about 28 mph.

Q: Can I ride an eBike as a regular bike - without the electric power?

A: Yes. And it is easy to switch back and forth. For example, you might want to use the power only when you are going up hills and free ride down hills with the motor off.


Q: Do I have to pedal?

A: No. Most electric bikes sold in North America allow you to operate by simply turning the throttle without pedaling. Europeans have stricter rules, requiring that you pedal. If you think you'll get by without pedaling, think again. Even for eBikes that have a throttle, you'll need to pedal when going up steep hills, although you won't have to pedal hard. Pedaling is more fun, extends the range of your battery, extends the life of your motor, and extends your own life too.


Q: Do I need a license?

A: Almost always NO.  Each State is addressing the technology of eBikes and how they play a part in our day to day lives.  Some States have embraced ebikes and recognize them just like regular bicycles with no real limitations while other States are less responsive to the advancements in technology.  Since the laws change regularly trying to keep up a very good resource for verifying how your own State views eBikes is at this link:  https://peopleforbikes.org/our-work/e-bikes/policies-and-laws/


Q: What about leaving my electric bicycle out in the rain?

A: The motor and battery are sufficiently sealed to be protected from the rain. However, we do suggest that if you are carrying your bike on the back of a car and rain is in the forecast, that you place the bike or battery inside the car. Driving 70mph in a downpour with the battery exposed is like pressure-washing your battery. That's a lot different than riding your bike in the rain.


Q: Aren’t electric bikes heavy?

A: Electric bikes are typically heavier than a regular bike. But the weight of a bicycle is felt the most when climbing hills. The electric assist on an eBike makes up for the additional weight many times over. Where weight does matter is if you need to lift the bike. That's one of the many reasons why eBikes are favored over electric scooters, which often weigh 150 pounds or more.


Q: What is an Electric Hunting Bike?

A: Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years and technology has come a long way. Contrary to popular belief they are not simply painted camo and call “hunting bikes”.  They are designed for offroad terrain, capable of carrying a lot of weight and designed also to carry extra gear like pannier dry bags and trailers.  They are also built to be whisper quiet so you don’t scare away the game.


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Q: What is the best resource for reviewing electric hunting bikes?

A: The best resource on electric hunting bikes is this review post: https://ebikegeneration.com/blogs/news/top-7-electric-hunting-bikes-for-2019

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