Here we have compiled the answers to some FAQ’s (with thanks to all our suppliers!)
How fast will it go?
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Do I need a license, tax or insurance?
Will my Electric Bike need an MOT?
Will it go up hill without me pedalling?
Are there different battery types?
How do I recharge my Electric Bike?
Battery Charging – how long does it take?
Advantages – Kind to the battery, suitable for low power situations.
Disadvantages – you can’t recharge over lunch!
Fast Charger – 2 to 3 hours Advantages – Fast!
Disadvantages – can reduce the life of the battery
Charging from 12V – generally not available as a direct charger but can be done via an inverter
What is the lifespan of my Electric Bike battery?
Do I get a warning when my battery needs recharging?
What does battery charging cost?
What is the battery replacement cost?
Does the battery charge during peddling?
Are there different types of motor?
Crank Motor – drives the bike through the normal gear system, only used on specialist bikes
What’s on the ‘dashboard’?
On Battery Meter – some batteries incorporate a meter, which is useful if you have more than one battery and can’t remember which one you have charged.
Power level – shows selected level of assistance.
Normal brakes, gears and suspension?
Lights – these can be powered in several ways, directly from main battery, separate battery for individual lights, dynamo. Be aware that if they are powered from the main battery and it goes flat you will be without lights.
Suspension – Can be in the forks, frame or seat, depends on model.
Gears – Exactly the same as conventional bikes….. between 1 and 27 depending on model! Also 3 or 8 speed hub gears or NuVinci and Rolhoff automatic