Electric bikes- the gerner way to ride- are sure catching on the world over. Slowly but surely, people across the world are realizing the benefits of these bikes and how they can save on costs as well as save the environment. Of course, the rising fuel costs and the depleting fuel deposits are another trigger. Considering the awareness, where there were just a handful of e-bike manufacturers a few years ago, today, there are a plethora of them.
And as always, choice leads to confusion. E-bikes are a new segment of transport and people still do not know much about it. And because of the lack of knowledge, they end up buying the wrong one. Here is what you should be looking at while buying an electric bike and then make an informed decision.
Electric Bike Motor
The capacity of the motor determines the speed of the e-bike. Of course, there are other parameters to which affect the speed like the weight of the rider and the wheel base diameter. Most e-bike manufacturers specify the capacity of the motor in RPM and Watt. More wattage means more power which means more speed.
Batteries of Electric Bikes
Different e-bike manufacturers use different batteries for e-bikes, with the most common of them being sealed lead acid batteries. Each battery has its pros and cons and it really depends on your requirements and your budget. However, lead acid batteries should be your preferred choice because of three reasons- low-cost, maintenance-free and easily available. The same can not be said about other battery types, especially in areas of cost and availability.
Of course, when buying anything, cost is a determinant factor. The same holds true for electric bikes too. Finding the right balance between the price and the quality is the key issue. Going for dirt cheap electric bikes is not a good idea, while investing in an expensive e-bike is not recommended either. As the Buddha said, "adopt the middle path."
The three factors above are a tough nut to analyze. Therefore, the best way to go about buying an electric bike is to take a test drive. It will give you an idea of the right quality, the power of the motor, the distance it can traverse in a single charge etc., which will help you decide whether it fits your needs or not.
Experience the ride and then make the decision. Happy green commuting!
Source by H Mehta