If somebody in another state from yours tells you the bike he wants to sell you is legal for you to ride, it’s not very likely he knows all the statutes that apply in every state.  Get your own information from official state websites before you start shopping.  That way, you will know what rules apply before you buy a bike that is not a “bike” in your state.  Pay particular attention to your e-bikes local status as a “motor vehicle”  “motorized vehicle” or “biclcyle”.  It will make a great deal of difference which one you are when it comes to using multi use trails and paths.

Disclaimer.  This article is not written by a lawyer, and in no way constitutes legal advice. This article is intended only as a guide to how to look up information that will allow an individual to understand their local laws pertaining to operation of electric bikes.  This story was submitted by non-lawyer Dogman, our electric bike commuting guru, and electricbike.com staff writer.

The Townie® Commute offers the comfort and control of the best-selling Townie with standard upgrades that will allow you to go the distance in comfort and style. If you’re thinking about getting around on two wheels more often, this is the bike for you. 

since it uses both the pedal cadence sensor in combination with its own torque sensor; to throttle and control the actual power flowing from one electric bike batteries to be directly supplied to ones electric bike motor; the more one presses down on ones pedal the more electric motor assist one gets as a direct result;

The Netherlands has a fleet of 18 million bicycles.[74] E-bikes have reached a market share of 10% by 2009, as e-bikes sales quadrupled from 40,000 units to 153,000 2006 and 2009,[75] and the electric-powered models represented 25% of the total bicycle sales revenue in that year.[74] By early 2010 one in every eight bicycles sold in the country is electric-powered despite the fact that on average an e-bike is three times more expensive than a regular bicycle.[70][75]

In terms of how far you can go, there’s a big difference between a pedelec (pedal-assisted electric bike) and full-time electric bike. If you’re prepared to pedal and only need help on hills, you could get anywhere from 50 to 100 miles on a single charge with the former.

If you’re going for a full-time electric bike, the distance you travel on a single charge will be reduced considerably, though it’s difficult to offer precise figures. Manufacturers will quote anywhere from 20 to 40 miles while simultaneously using phrases like “in ideal conditions.”

  Now I will dig through some examples of state motor vehicle codes, to give an example of how to find and possibly understand  the statutes, short of hiring a lawyer. In the examples, I give only my personal opinion of what the statutes mean.

A fully equipped speed commuter capable of 28 mph operation, running on the proven Bosch Performance mid-drive motor and updated 500 watt hour Samsung battery. Extra large 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes offer smooth solid stops without requiring exorbitant hand……

Using the throttle only, GenZe e-bikes will go about 20 miles per charge. With pedal assist, the range extends to 20-40 miles per charge. Range is affected by the weight of the rider, the type of terrain, and frequent stops and starts. Did you know that the average commute is less than 8 miles a day?

Rent the eBike you like (or one that operates similarly to the one you like) for up to 3 days: it is only $99.  If you purchase a new eBike within 30 days, we will deduct your rental fee from your purchase price!

Some assembly of your new electric bike may be required. Often, this merely involves attaching the front wheel, but assembly chores are sometimes more complex than that. Several manufacturers provide instructional videos to help owners with the task of e-bike assembly.

In the 1890s, electric bicycles were documented within various U.S. patents. For example, on 31 December 1895, Ogden Bolton Jr. was granted U.S. Patent 552,271 for a battery-powered bicycle with “6-pole brush-and-commutator direct current (DC) hub motor mounted in the rear wheel.” There were no gears and the motor could draw up to 100 amperes (A) from a 10-volt battery.[5]

The Townie® is the perfect run-around-town bike for riding to the farmer’s market, grabbing a coffee or just rolling around the neighborhood. With an upright riding position that lets you see the world better and the ability to place your feet flat on the ground whenever you want, our Townie collection sets the standard in comfort and control.

A highly polished, purpose-built electric bicycle with easy-to-mount frame, adjustable bars and ergonomic touch points, available in five colors, additional $99 shipping with assembly by Velofix. Custome extra-wide Aluminum fender that don’t rattle, integrated Supernova LED lights with a custom light……

South Korea’s women’s curling team, known as the “Garlic Girls,” became the unexpected stars of the Olympics by reaching the finals. WSJ visited their garlic-producing hometown to understand an improbable curling craze that will be remembered far beyond the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The Stromer ST1 Platinum may look less decked out than the other models, but this e-bike is pretty high-tech. It looks like something a Storm Trooper might pilot and has a futuristic computer readout to go with it—showing speed, odometer, trip time, and battery level, among other things. The battery is built into the down tube, and the speed tops out at 28 miles per hour. It also has fender and rack mounts if you want to make it a great commuter bike in the winter and can go up to 55 miles on a single charge.

Our take on the classic Dutch city bike, the Amsterdam® is the embodiment of sophisticated elegance while providing a practical, comfortable, stylish ride for running errands or just rolling around town.

This aluminum commuter bike is all business, but it’s one of the most versatile e-bikes available. With a Bosch Performance Speed motor housed around the bottom bracket, the center of balance is lower for stability, comfort, and control, even at speeds up to 28 miles per hour. It makes errands easier and won’t stand out when locked in front of a building, thanks to a low-key, matte black paint scheme. And if you ride at night, Super Nova headlights illuminate your way for safety at high speeds.

The majority of folks can’t even recognize an ebike…and if you don’t advertise it, you can ride everywhere…I do…parks…trails…even paths that say no motorized vehicles…but I use courtesy and respect and ride within limits of the path…until I get out of sight…

The GenZe Companion app looks for active faults your 200 series e-Bike has submitted. If something is wrong, it will display the fault, and provide you with an appropriate action to resolve the issue.