Times are changing and it is interesting to observe the evolution of a sport keeping up with the latest news.
In these years, e-bikes, or electric bikes, are having more and more success in the city (but not only).
And if it is true that by now many people are getting to know this hybrid halfway between a scooter and a normal bicycle, it is also true that today it is not really appreciated by everyone.
Although the majority of the mostly young public remains tied to the two classic wheels and the e-bikes have so far attracted mainly the over 55s (for the advantages they offer in leisure biking), it is equally true that the growth of this hybrid halfway between one scooters and a normal bicycle have been exponential in recent years. While electric conversion kits are increasingly common for city commuters, e-bikes have also become part of some classic cycling competitions, where they are admitted to the races, although generally there are some adjustments to the route compared to bicycles traditional.
In this regard it is therefore necessary to specify the first point: the e-bikes for city use must be in compliance with the law, that is, have a maximum of 250 Watts and go at a speed not exceeding 25 km / h.
Those who use bicycles in the city and want to convert to an e-bike must keep this legislation in mind.
For those who instead live the two wheels as a sport and practice it in a more demanding manner, training outside the city on uneven ground or in the mountains with its steep slopes, a 250 Watt bike would not be adequate and should be directed towards something more powerful.
For these needs there are in fact 1500 Watt electric bikes, which obviously have greater performance and allow you to tackle more challenging routes.
However, this type of electric bicycles are not allowed in the city and on the cycle paths, so the user who uses the bicycle both for daily activities in the center and for training outside the city on the weekend, should buy two different ones ...
If you see yourself in this type of user and you are disappointed by the news, don't be discouraged: there are also options that allow you to have both a 1500 Watt electric bike and a 250 Watt one at the same time!
These are bikes that have a double engine, but obviously when they are used in the city they can only circulate with the less powerful engine activated.
When you move out of town for training, you can easily activate the 1500 Watt motor and enjoy the routes.
The power of the e-bike however is not only determined by the Watts of the engine but also by the Volt of the battery.
Normally in fact the electric bikes with 250 Watt motor have batteries that vary from 24 to 36 Volts, which can be fine if the city route is mainly flat, but if we live in a city with hills or hills, then the battery might not be sufficiently powerful, because uphill the engine strains more and consequently consumes even more.
This is why it is possible to install a 48 Volt battery, which increases the power of the bicycle.
There are bikes with 48 Volt batteries already installed or if you prefer you can buy it later and mount it if you realize that you need an extra boost.
In addition to those just listed, there is another aspect to consider when buying an e-bike: wheels.
They are in fact one of the fundamental elements for the movement of all the bikes and therefore the principle does not change for the e-bike.
When you are evaluating an e-bike, pay attention to the weight, for example: lighter wheels make the pedaling more fluid and less tiring, since the weight of the entire bike is reduced and inertia is also reduced.
Furthermore the wheels are what keep us in contact with the ground while we are pedaling and for this reason they must absorb and cushion all the movements of the road we are following.
A soft wheel will better absorb the variations on the track making the bike more stable, but on the other hand will make it more perceived friction with the ground.
If, on the other hand, you want to use the e-bike on the track for sure you should head for a stiffer wheel, as it would be more agile on that type of ground.
In addition to the wheels, clearly every element of the e-bike makes the difference and quality is not to be overlooked, like in a classic bike.
Pay attention and carefully choose the elements that make up your e-bike, because they will affect performance!
Here you find all the Miche components to make your electric bike special!
Now that you have an idea of what kind of bicycle is best for you, let's understand what are the reasons why an electric bike could be for you.
For all of them they would make a city use, for example, the e-bike is a good substitute for the car, as it avoids queues and there are no parking problems.
Furthermore, with an electric bike you can enter limited traffic areas and arrive right in front of the place we need to reach, without having to park far away and having to spend money on the parking meter.
Do not forget also that the electric bike does not need gasoline what the car needs instead, so even in this it has a more economical maintenance and above all it does not pollute the environment!
To all these advantages that you would certainly have even with a classic bicycle, we add that in the case of e-bikes you can take advantage of the convenience of assisted pedaling, which is obviously the main feature of the electric bike.
With the e-bike in fact the ride will not be tiring and this is certainly a help for those who are not particularly trained, or when you have to carry something heavy like shopping in the basket, or for people who no longer have a certain fluidity in their movements .
Even for those who go to work by bike, don't get tired in the office with your breath after a morning ride, it's a great advantage!
The battery of the e-bike then easily recharges at home, or wherever you prefer, via a battery charger that connects to a simple power socket: the beauty is that it will take just a few hours for you to have 100% charge again.
The ideal is to leave it in charge overnight, so by day you have the top battery available.
For small daily trips in the city, you will almost never have the fear of running out of battery, because it will last many hours.
Just remember to put it in charge after using it and you're done!
So far we have talked about small and short trips but also for those who love to ride out of town, to enjoy a trip out of town or fresh mountain air, the electric bike can be an excellent ally.
Why choose this variant instead of the classic bike?
Surely one of the most common reasons is that not everyone is trained to tackle tens of kilometers by bike and with the electric variant it is much easier to cover more kilometers, even in less time ...
Certainly for some it may have another fascination with the effort and effort to follow difficult tracks relying only on their own strength, compared to being helped by the electric scooter ...
We must remember, however, that the electric bike remains a bicycle, so our ride is however fundamental
The convenience of the e-bike is that you can get to go along very challenging roads that otherwise with a normal bike we would not have been able to face.
The electrical component ensures that there is assisted pedaling, and the "intensity" can be chosen based on the type of route or one's own athletic training and physical tiredness.
In "eco" mode, for example, you will have a slight help in pedaling, while choosing the "tour" mode you will be much easier because the bike will increase the power.
In this way, if you want to go for a bike ride with the whole family or with friends in the mountains but not all are trained in the same way in order to tackle a complicated route, you can do it with an electric bike: everyone will choose the power they need and in this way it will be feasible for everyone!
The only thing to consider when using the bike for long periods of time and requires a lot of power is battery consumption.
Clearly in eco mode it does not consume much, while in tour mode consumption is higher and the battery discharges faster.
We cannot make a precise estimate of how long a battery lasts because it depends on the type, quality and use that is made of it, but generally for mountain tours without extreme use of pedal assistance, it lasts about 4 hours.
To keep the battery charge under control, the bike is equipped with a battery indicator so you will always know how much charge you have left.
Our advice, however, when the journey is particularly long, is to consider tracks where there is sometimes a bar, a restaurant, a mountain hut.
In this way, by bringing the battery charger and cables to you in a backpack, you can take a restorative break and in the meantime recharge your battery, without running the risk of finding yourself zero in the middle of the journey.
Usually a couple of hours are enough to recharge about 50% of the battery, which gives you a lot more autonomy and the freedom to be able to go back quietly without having the thought that the battery gets drained.
And once at home remember to charge the battery 100% in order to find the bike ready for the next ride!
I wonder if any of you are intrigued and now you will be interested in this modern variant of the bicycle .. Let us know your experiences and impressions!
For those who still remain faithful to the traditional bicycle, we suggest you take a look at this article where you can find some advice about the components of your bike, to ensure optimal performance!