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Electric Bicycles: How They (types, speed, range,

How e-bikes work is by assisting pedaling. Electric bikes are bicycles with an added electric motor. Although of pushing you along without help, electric bikes noticeably better when you

The average couch potato who rides at 10 mph can ride at 15-20 mph the same effort. He can also a range of 10 miles, with a time of several hours. Do you that easy pedaling you get your bike up to speed?

the cruising feeling you get all the time an electric bike.

Power, when activated by a on the handlebar (power-on-demand) or in response to pedaling (ped-elec), gives you an nearly silent push. you release the throttle (or stop the motor coasts or freewheels like when you stop a regular bike. Standard hand brakes and gearing out the controls.

Power-on-demand means that — no pedaling Although all electric (or electric-assist) are designed to work with pedaling, power-on-demand allows you to the rule. Most systems a variable speed control, some are simply on/off the yellow switch pictured). A won’t deliver motor unless it senses you are pedaling. And power output to pedal ratio is often adjustable.

Most people find motors adequate for their although folks with hills may want more Some bikes offer power assist — the force of the motor goes the bike’s gearing system which provides better and top-end speed than drive systems with of the same wattage rating.

bikes come in two basic — adaptive and purpose-built. The type starts with a and adds a drive system to it. A e-bike is designed from the up.

Adaptives are less expensive, stylish, and may require installation 3 hours if you’re familiar tools; otherwise your bikeshop mechanic will about $75). Purpose-builts interesting designs and features brake-activated tail lights). of both types enjoy acceleration, hill climbing, and through headwinds.

Rechargeable usually sealed lead-acid, power for the electric drive Charging costs less 5 of electricity from common 110 VAC outlets. Charging times widely due to charger output and capacity, but you can expect to recharge in than 8 hours with stock chargers.

Quick are available.

Mopeds differ e-bikes in that they more speed, risk, expense, pollution, and legal Top speed of mopeds is limited by law to 30 Often, a driver’s license and is required.

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An electric bike, which by law is to a top speed of 20 mph, reduces the of serious injury. It’s range of 8-20 miles is for errands and short commutes. are the cleanest motorized vehicles both in terms of air pollution and If you own a bike, you can motorize it for as little as Or buy a purpose-built e-bike for up to $3000.

way, you can ride your without a driver’s license, registration, or insurance.

Diagnose and f ix e-bikes.

First distinguish between the bicycle and the system. If you’re having with a bike part, local bike shop can Or you can find lots of useful information at:

Or get Bicycling Magazine’s at: www.bicycling.com

Or get an interactive repair CD www.bfr-it.com (1-866-237-2453 toll

If you start with our diagnostics and successfully isolate your you’ll know whether you can fix it or want a service company to fix it. To fix it get parts from a parts such as:

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