We’re getting emails every day with questions about electric bikes - while we do appreciate them, the team thought it would be a great idea to write down the most frequently asked questions about electric bikes, so here goes..
An electric bike (e-bike) is a conventional bicycle that also has a battery, motor, and mode of acceleration - sounds convenient, huh?
The motor usually is located in the hub of the front or rear wheel (hub drive) or within the crank of the pedals (mid-drive unit).
The battery varies in volts and amperage in which the combination affects uphill power and distance - it is usually located in either the rear rack or in the down tube of the bike's frame.
There are two modes of acceleration - pedal assist and throttle.
Pedal assist only activates the motor when you are pedaling.
Throttle allows you to engage the motor without the need to pedal (think of a moped).
There are many combinations that affect battery life and riding style, so you'll want to consider all three when choosing a bike.
Does the bike come assembled?
Most of our bikes come 85% assembled - usually the customer can put the remaining parts together themselves, if not - we suggest you turn to your local bike shop, who will sure be able to help you out!
How fast is the shipping?
Normally it takes between 3-5 days, however some delays might happen - we'll keep you updated on the status at all times.
What is the top speed of an electric bike?
Normally, electric bikes can be as fast as around 20 miles per hour, but some can travel up to 28 miles per hour.
How long can I travel on an electric bike?
The possible distance traveled by an electric bike is dependent on the battery capacity.
We typically say to expect an average of 25 - 40 miles on a bike - but again, it depends on the brand and their battery capacity.
How do I charge my battery?
Usually you can charge your battery on or off the bike.
Your battery will have a charging port, often closed off with a cap to help prevent water and dust from getting into the port.
Charging the battery is as simple as charging a phone - flip open the cap, insert the charger, and plug the charger into the wall. Voila!
How long do I need to charge the battery?
Charging your electric bike battery depends on its capacity, but a good estimate is 4 - 6 hours from an empty battery to full.
Can you charge the battery as you pedal?
No, they can’t. Some bikes have regenerative braking, though!
Where can you ride electric bikes?
In most of the areas, you can ride electric bikes as you would a normal bicycle.
For some states, they have restrictions - we recommend you to look at People For Bike's page on the latest on your state's electric bike laws.
P.S. Yes, there are tons of questions about electric bikes - If there is a question that has not been answered in this article, please contact us and we’ll help you right away!