Electric bikes (or e-bikes) have exploded into the market in recent years. And there’s one for everyone – from the adventurous mountain biker to the city commuter.
Indeed they are the helpful, eco-friendly transport option.
The electric bike can be traced back to the 1890s. But it’s only since 2007 that e-bikes have been making their mark on the transport industry.
And now, in cities all over the world you’ll see them zooming up and down bike lanes and on mountain bike tracks.
Why are electric bikes becoming more popular?
- Biking is made available to a wider range of people – the semi-elderly or people with knee or leg strains are no longer excluded
- Like all popular technology, they make our lives easier
- Eco-friendly and low-cost
- Pedal-assist – does what it says on the box. The motor kicks in as the rider pedals to assist and reduce rider strain – half man, half machine.
- Power-on-demand – the motor is activated by a throttle (similar to an electric scooter) which is usually located on the handlebar.
There are some e-bikes with both pedal-assist and power-on-demand.
More and more people are looking away from petrol-run transport and looking towards going electric. Electric bikes are becoming affordable and they come with the added bonus of reducing one’s carbon footprint.
As well as the above, city commuters avoid the rush hours traffic and the lack of public parking.
From cheap electric bikes to electric mountain bikes, we’ve reviewed some of our favourites. Check out our e-bike reviews to make your buying decision easier.