It's not cheating to ride an e-bike, it offers the chance to start cycling and improve your health or gives current cyclists an added boost to help them cycle further, carry a heavy load or keep a faster pace.
Bicycles are a wonderful means of transportation that helps preserve the environment: it reduces air contamination, ecological footprints, carbon emissions, is healthy and very inexpensive!
The recent crisis and rise in the price of oil has contributed to a slight increase in the use of cheaper, more ecological means of transportation, such as the electrical bicycle. The popularity of pedal assisted electric bikes or ebikes for short, has been growing year on year. They are a good alternative to a normal bike especially if your route includes hills, is more than 5 miles long or if you need an extra boost on the road.
It consists of several parts: cycling system (part of the traditional bicycle), battery, controller (sends power to the motor), electric motor and pedaling sensor. The motor is supplied with power from the battery, which is recharged in the electrical grid, although a solar panel can also be used. Certain modern motors can be charged while riding down hill.
When the sensor detects pedaling, it starts the motor, which helps on steep hills and long distances. When the rider stops pedaling or brakes, the motor stops.
There are almost as many variations of e-bike as there are regular bike.
Hybrids/commuter e-bikes - Probably the most popular class as they are suitable for a variety of uses including commuting, leisure rides and daily chores.
Off-road e-bikes - E-mtbs – electric mountain bikes – are growing hugely in popularity as people discover how a bit of electric assist really comes into its own off-road where the going can get very tough.
E-cargo bikes - An ideal use for extra power allowing you to move what couldn't be moved easily by bike otherwise.
Folding e-bikes - Well-engineered, portable brands are rarer than you might think. Designed to be stored in cars, apartments or on arrival at the office.
Speed-pedelecs - Speed-pedelecs are capable of 45kmh / 28mph assisted speeds so they are not, legally speaking, e-bikes but mopeds
There are a number of locations across Scotland where you can view, demo and buy e-bikes - Find out more here.
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