Electric bike buying guide 2021
Why use an electric bicycle?
Contrary to what some might think, riding an electric bicycle is not cheating. These power-assisted bikes open up many avenues for people who otherwise might not be able to ride a bike. Thus, they create the potential for reduced car use and, in the longer term, less burden on the NHS as more people are active.
In essence, these are brilliant tools for a wide variety of people. They make journeys easier and less sweaty to some extent, and they make short journeys manageable without a car. Not only that, but they are amazingly fun to drive. The moment the power assist kicks in is like the first time you coasted down a hill with your bike as a child – a feeling you will recall with immense happiness!
Types of electric bikes
Be sure to read our article on the best electric bikes once you’ve decided on the style that’s right for you.
Electric city bikes
City bikes provide a more upright riding experience that complements the urban environment. Often available in slip-on or slip-on frame designs, they are also frequently referred to as “Dutch” bikes. They are designed for shorter city trips and often provide chain cover so you can wear regular clothes without worrying about oil and grime transferring from the chain. They usually come with a smaller selection of gears, so keep that in mind if you live in the mountains.