E-bikes have certainly taken off in recent years, and riders interested in picking one up now have several options available to them. But how economical are they really? Are they easy to operate and maintain? And how do they ride? Here, we take a look at the thirteen things you should know about these two-wheeled machines.

China’s experience, as the leading e-bike world market, has raised concerns about road traffic safety and several cities have considered banning them from bicycle lanes.[2] As the number of e-bikes increased and more powerful motors are used, capable of reaching up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h), the number of traffic accidents have risen significantly in China. E-bike riders are more likely than a car driver to be killed or injured in a collision, and because e-bikers use conventional bicycle lanes they mix with slower-moving bicycles and pedestrians, increasing the risk of traffic collisions.[2]

If you have dynamo-powered bicycle lights, you already own an electric-powered bicycle! Consider: as you pump your legs up and down on the pedals, you make the wheels rotate. A small dynamo (generator) mounted on the rear wheel produces a tiny current of electricity that keeps your back safety lamp lit in the dark. Now suppose you could run this process backward. What if you removed the lamp and replaced it with a large battery. The battery would kick out a steady electric current, driving the dynamo in reverse so that it spun around like an electric motor. As the dynamo/motor turned, it would rotate the tire and make the bike go along without any help from your pedaling. Hey presto: an electric bike! It may sound a bit far-fetched, but this is more or less exactly how electric bikes work.

Artwork: One of the first electric bicycles. Two artworks from US Patent 552,271: Electrical Bicycle by Ogden Bolton, courtesy US Patent and Trademark Office. Please note that we’ve colored the original artwork and edited it slightly to improve clarity.

Jump up ^ Fishman, Elliot; Cherry, Christopher (30 Jul 2015). “E-bikes in the Mainstream: Reviewing a Decade of Research”. Transport Reviews. Taylor & Francis Online. 36 (1): 72–91. doi:10.1080/01441647.2015.1069907.

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One of the most powerful, fastest accelerating, quietest, and beautifully designed electric bikes I have ever tested, premium drivetrain and custom battery. Surprisingly lightweight and well balanced front to rear considering the large 750 watt hub motor,……

They’re Kind of a Bargain: E-bikes are less expensive than you might think—in fact, you can buy one new for under $1,000. (They vary greatly in technology, design and price, however, so be sure to read reviews and try a few models out in person before you hand over your credit card; it’s important to know what you’re getting—and not getting—for your money.)

 Looks pretty similar to the Texas definitions, but there is one key difference.  There is no definition for electric bike. There seems to be no such thing as an electric bike in New Mexico. The closest match is “moped” So it looks like in the State of New Mexico the example e-bike is a moped.  Some good news, you can go 30 mph. And you don’t need to register and insure a moped.

Jump up ^ Newland, Cameron (September 24, 2015). “IMBA Preliminary Study Results Suggest That Electric Bikes Aren’t Especially Damaging To Mountain Bike Trails”. Overvolted Electric Bike News and Reviews. Retrieved 2015-09-25.

This all-black e-bike looks futuristic in design, from the handlebars to the Shimano Alfine drivetrain, and its tech is pretty far ahead, too. This Contro-E has Cannondale’s classic Lefty fork (a rigid one) and 2.35-inch Schwalbe tires hefty enough to do urban battle with potholes and the occasional shards of glass. Full front and rear fenders make it a rainy day machine, and a Bosch engine gives you a bit of boost when your morning coffee hasn’t yet kicked in during your commute. 

Jump up ^ European standard NF EN 15194 for Electrically power assisted cycles Archived 2012-12-24 at the Wayback Machine. section 4.2.6.1 Requirements: The maximum [assisted] speed [is] 25 km/h (…) During a production conformity check, the maximum speed may differ by ± 10% from the above-mentioned determined value.

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We sourced a custom spec 650 Watt geared hub motor that is not found on any other e-bike. The special high speed copper winding setup is intelligently driven by an upgraded 9-transistor controller peaking at 20 Amps.

  So my e-bike was a bike before the motor was put on. But it’s not a bike when the motor is turned on.  This could be important. If you are not using the motor, EVERY device propelled by human power with tandem wheels is a “bike” except for scooters. It does not seem to exclude carrying a motor you are not using on your “bike”.

​It was in 2013 that we first heard about the Rubbee, a device featuring a motorized roller that could be added to any bicycle to turn it into an e-bike. A new-and-improved version followed the next year, and now the even-newer-and-more-improved Rubbee X has just hit Kickstarter.

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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?

Electric Bike Conversion Kit Systems Now Available from one of USA’s Leading IBD Distributors Philadelphia, PA: Electric Bike Technologies USA, a manufacturer specializing in affordable high-quality electric bicycle conversion kits, announced that their EBikeKit ™ and E-TrikeKit™ systems are now available via J&B Importers. With J&B’s extensive network of authorized dealers, the conversion kit products will now be readily available throughout the country at most local bicycle shops. Of the…

While the electric assist will ensure that you get up that hill, an E-bike does not make up for the need to be a practiced and comfortable rider. Operators of E-bikes must be capable of and comfortable with all of the usual aspects of bike operation including mounting/dismounting, starting/stopping, pedaling, shifting gears, balancing and maneuvering in varying traffic and road conditions.

Once you experience the fully proportional torque sensing pedal assist system, you can’t imagine riding anything else. Our already world-class assist system has been refined to be more intuitive and insanely smooth.

Does any of this matter?  That’s a valid question. Where I ride, the cops sure do ignore me.  If your local cops don’t care, why should you?   I can’t say if you should care or not, but I can say you should at least know if you are legal or illegal.  You should not ride any different either way, but it’s always good to know where you stand.

$Xport 350W 7 Speed Electric Bike Features: 350W motor, Samsung Lithium Battery 3 Riding Modes: Electric (Throttle, 3 speed), Electric with Pedal, Pedal Only Spec: Motor: 350W Battery: 24V Samsung Lithium Battery Gear: 7 Speed Shimano Gear Speed: Up to 20 MPH Range: 25-28 miles per full charge Display: Battery level, Speed level Tires: 26inch x 1.95 inch Kenda brand Frame: 18inch Steel Front head light: Pre-wired Led light Lock & Key: Removable battery can be locked on the bike Charger: UL Certified Smart Charger.

  Finally we are getting somewhere.  I have a bicycle, check.  It has an electric motor, check. I weighed it, and it was 80 pounds, check.  When I rode it, it went 23-MPH.  Whoops!  “Cannot attain a speed of more than 20-MPH”

This article seems incorrect. I have read the HR-727 and can’t seem to find anywhere that states the 750 watt 20 MPH limit is only for people selling ebikes. The way it is written seems to imply the law is for riding ebikes.

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