eBike FAQ

eBikes or Electric bikes, what is the difference?

We   could   spend   a   long   time   discussing   whether   there   is   a   difference   or not   and   you   can   be   pretty   sure   that   somebody   out   there   will   have   a   theory   or definition   but   to   all   intents   and   purposes   they   are   all   the   same   thing   as   far   as   we are   concerned   -   just   to   add   to   the   confusion   we   can   (and   will)   throw   in   the   term pedelec - an electric assisted pedal bike. All   of   our   bikes   are   pedelecs,   many   of   them   have   a   twist   grip   handlebar control*   (this   can   be   enabled   or   disabled   whilst   riding   along)   which   would   enable the   rider   to   use   them   without   pedalling   but   most   riders   prefer   to   pedal,   it   does them   good,   the   battery   charge   lasts   longer   and   it   feels   more   normal,   in   fact   it feels   extremely   pleasant   because   the   motor   takes   most   of   the   strain   and   the rider doesn’t have to pedal their socks off to climb hills. The   motors   in   these   bikes   are   only   allowed   to   work   at   speeds   up   to   25kmh which   is   about   15.5mph.   You   can   exceed   this   speed   of   course   but   that   will   be   as a result of your pedalling or freewheeling downhill. *   as   of   the   1st   January   2016   the   UK   will   harmonise   with   EU   regulations   for Electrically   Assisted   Pedal   Cycles,   this   will   outlaw   the   sale   of   twist   grip   style controllers   that   allow   the   bike   to   be   operated   at   full   speed   independently   (that   is without the pedals rotating in a forward direction). Easy start / walk assist throttles are allowed up to 6 km/h. ‘Grandfather   Rights’   will   apply   so   if   you   already   have   a   bike   with   a   twist grip    throttle    or    if    you    purchase    one    between    now    and    January    1st    these regulations   will   not   apply.   If   the   ability   to   use   a   twist   grip   throttle   is   important   to you   we   advise   you   to   make   your   purchase   before   the   new   regulations   come   in   to force.
Why buy an electric bike? We set up this business because we love electric bikes (or eBikes, as we all refer to them) and sincerely believe that they have a huge part to play in the future of personal transport. Whether you are riding to work, heading to the shops or just leisure riding the latest generation of eBikes are not only a truly environmentally friendly way to get around they are great fun as well. The UK is on the verge of a personal transport revolution, Europe and the USA electric bike popularity has grown exponentially over the last few years and in Germany this year they will sell over 400,000. More and more people are recognising the freedom and value of owning and riding a powered bicycle. We can thank advances in battery technology with high capacity lithium power packs and incredibly efficient, reliable motors matched to precision drive trains for making environmentally friendly independent transport a viable option for riders who might shy away from the challenges of a traditional bike. Now is a great time to join the pedelec revolution, call us on 01432 850458 or email info@herefordelectricbikes.co.uk and hop on one of our eBike demonstrators to sample the freedom, the satisfaction and the undeniable fun of riding an eBike.

Electric Bike Technology

There   are   three   different   ways   to   deliver   the   power   to   your   electric   bike   wheels and and all of them have something to offer: Front   hub   drives,   perhaps   the   simplest   way   of   adding   pedal   assistance   to   your bike   riding   -   these   bikes   use   an   rpm   sensor   mounted   close   to   the   pedals   to detect   the   speed   that   you   are   pedalling   at   and   then   add   power   from   a   250w brushless   motor   in   the   sealed   hub   of   your   front   wheel.   That   means   you   have   an All Wheel Drive bike, some people love this and some don’t. Rear   hub   drives,   probably   the   most   common   form   of   electric   bike   power   out there,   these   feature   a   sealed,   brushless   motor   mounted   in   the   rear   hub,   most rear   hub   bikes   use   an   rpm   sensor   to   assist   your   pedalling   effort,   some   have straight   cut   gears   and   others   use   bevel   cut   gears   which   are   quieter   and   produce more   torque   but   cost   more.   Many   feel   that   this   has   a   more   normal   ‘feel’   as   it   is just topping up the power from the pedals. Crank   or   Mid   Drives,   until   recently   these   were   seen   as   the   preserve   of   big budget   electric   bike   buyers   but   with   more   manufacturers   entering   this   section   of the   market   there   are   a   whole   host   of   more   affordable   mid   drive   bikes   arriving   in late   2015   and   early   2016.   The   advantage   that   these   bikes   have   is   the   delivery   of power   to   the   chain   (and   thus   through   the   gears)   gives   more   control   over   the   way that   the   battery   power   is   utilised.   These   are   the   obvious   choice   for   off   roaders who   may   encounter   extremely   demanding   terrain.   Delivering   the   extra   power   to the   drive   train   rather   than   through   the   wheel   hub   puts   extra   strain   on   the   drive train   and   so   upgraded   chains   and   gear   components   are   the   order   of   the   day. Most   of   these   use   torque   sensors   to   evaluate   and   supplement   the   effort   that   the rider is putting into turning the pedals. Your   choice   of   drive   will   come   down   to   what   you   want   to   use   your   eBike   for,   how often    you    will    use    it,    your    fitness    and    your    expectations,    your    budget    and ultimately   how   it   makes   you   feel,   work   out   what   your   budget   is   and   then   ring Hereford       Electric       Bike       Centre       on       01432       850458        or       email info@herefordelectricbikes.co.uk    and   make   an   appointment   to   come   down and sample some bikes.
The EU regulations summed up • The rider must be aged 14 or over • The bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it •   The   motor   cannot   have   a   maximum   continuous   rated   power   of   more than 250 watts • Maximum assisted speed of 25 km/h (approx. 15.5mph) •   Cannot   be   fitted   with   a   full   speed   throttle   that   can   work   independently (that   is   without   the   pedals   rotating   in   a   forward   direction).   Easy   start   /   walk assist throttles are allowed up to 6 km/h • All bikes will conform to EN15194
About non-conforming bikes As   soon   as   you   start   talking   about   eBikes   it   is   almost   inevitable   that   somebody will   start   talking   about   electric   bikes   that   travel   at   huge   speed   and   use   1000   watt motors    (that    is    4    times    the    power    permitted    for    legal    road    use    as    a    pedal assisted   bike)   and   we   are   aware   that   those   motors   exist,   not   sure   what   they   do to   battery   life   or   to   the   drivetrains   of   the   bikes   that   they   are   fitted   to   -   we   will   let you   make   up   your   own   mind   about   what   you   need   to   do   to   the   brakes   for   bikes that have been modified in that way. They   are   legal   to   use   in   certain   off   road   circumstances   although   we   are   not   sure where   you   would   stand   if   you   were   involved   in   an   accident   on   one   -   even   off road. So   before   anybody   asks,   we   do   not   sell   eBikes   that   are   not   road   legal   in   the   UK, neither   do   we   offer   ‘performance   dongles’   or   remaps   etc.   That   is   it,   remember   if you   buy   one   of   our   electric   bikes   and   you   carry   out   motor   modifications   your warranty will be void. Ebikes    are    tremendous    fun    to    ride    and    quick    without    having    to    travel    at breakneck speeds.
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eBike FAQ

eBikes or Electric bikes, what is the

difference?

We    could    spend    a    long    time    discussing    whether there   is   a   difference   or   not   and   you   can   be   pretty   sure   that somebody   out   there   will   have   a   theory   or   definition   but   to   all intents   and   purposes   they   are   all   the   same   thing   as   far   as we   are   concerned   -   just   to   add   to   the   confusion   we   can   (and will)   throw   in   the   term   pedelec   -   an   electric   assisted   pedal bike. All   of   our   bikes   are   pedelecs,   many   of   them   have   a twist    grip    handlebar    control*    (this    can    be    enabled    or disabled   whilst   riding   along)   which   would   enable   the   rider   to use   them   without   pedalling   but   most   riders   prefer   to   pedal,   it does   them   good,   the   battery   charge   lasts   longer   and   it   feels more   normal,   in   fact   it   feels   extremely   pleasant   because   the motor   takes   most   of   the   strain   and   the   rider   doesn’t   have   to pedal their socks off to climb hills. The   motors   in   these   bikes   are   only   allowed   to   work   at speeds    up    to    25kmh    which    is    about    15.5mph.   You    can exceed   this   speed   of   course   but   that   will   be   as   a   result   of your pedalling or freewheeling downhill. *   as   of   the   1st   January   2016   the   UK   will   harmonise with   EU   regulations   for   Electrically   Assisted   Pedal   Cycles, this   will   outlaw   the   sale   of   twist   grip   style   controllers   that allow   the   bike   to   be   operated   at   full   speed   independently (that is without the pedals rotating in a forward direction). Easy start / walk assist throttles are allowed up to 6 km/h. ‘Grandfather   Rights’   will   apply   so   if   you   already   have a    bike    with    a    twist    grip    throttle    or    if    you    purchase    one between   now   and   January   1st   these   regulations   will   not apply.   If   the   ability   to   use   a   twist   grip   throttle   is   important   to you   we   advise   you   to   make   your   purchase   before   the   new regulations come in to force.
Why buy an electric bike? We set up this business because we love electric bikes (or eBikes, as we all refer to them) and sincerely believe that they have a huge part to play in the future of personal transport. Whether you are riding to work, heading to the shops or just leisure riding the latest generation of eBikes are not only a truly environmentally friendly way to get around they are great fun as well. The UK is on the verge of a personal transport revolution, Europe and the USA electric bike popularity has grown exponentially over the last few years and in Germany this year they will sell over 400,000. More and more people are recognising the freedom and value of owning and riding a powered bicycle. We can thank advances in battery technology with high capacity lithium power packs and incredibly efficient, reliable motors matched to precision drive trains for making environmentally friendly independent transport a viable option for riders who might shy away from the challenges of a traditional bike. Now is a great time to join the pedelec revolution, call us on 01432 850458 or email info@herefordelectricbikes.co.uk and hop on one of our eBike demonstrators to sample the freedom, the satisfaction and the undeniable fun of riding an eBike.

Electric Bike Technology

There   are   three   different   ways   to   deliver   the   power   to   your electric   bike   wheels   and   and   all   of   them   have   something   to offer: Front   hub   drives,   perhaps   the   simplest   way   of   adding   pedal assistance   to   your   bike   riding   -   these   bikes   use   an   rpm sensor   mounted   close   to   the   pedals   to   detect   the   speed that   you   are   pedalling   at   and   then   add   power   from   a   250w brushless   motor   in   the   sealed   hub   of   your   front   wheel.   That means   you   have   an All   Wheel   Drive   bike,   some   people   love this and some don’t. Rear    hub    drives,    probably    the    most    common    form    of electric    bike    power    out    there,    these    feature    a    sealed, brushless   motor   mounted   in   the   rear   hub,   most   rear   hub bikes   use   an   rpm   sensor   to   assist   your   pedalling   effort, some   have   straight   cut   gears   and   others   use   bevel   cut gears   which   are   quieter   and   produce   more   torque   but   cost more.   Many   feel   that   this   has   a   more   normal   ‘feel’   as   it   is just topping up the power from the pedals. Crank   or   Mid   Drives,   until   recently   these   were   seen   as   the preserve   of   big   budget   electric   bike   buyers   but   with   more manufacturers   entering   this   section   of   the   market   there   are a   whole   host   of   more   affordable   mid   drive   bikes   arriving   in late   2015   and   early   2016.   The   advantage   that   these   bikes have   is   the   delivery   of   power   to   the   chain   (and   thus   through the   gears)   gives   more   control   over   the   way   that   the   battery power    is    utilised.    These    are    the    obvious    choice    for    off roaders   who   may   encounter   extremely   demanding   terrain. Delivering   the   extra   power   to   the   drive   train   rather   than through   the   wheel   hub   puts   extra   strain   on   the   drive   train and    so    upgraded    chains    and    gear    components    are    the order    of    the    day.    Most    of    these    use    torque    sensors    to evaluate   and   supplement   the   effort   that   the   rider   is   putting into turning the pedals. Your   choice   of   drive   will   come   down   to   what   you   want   to use   your   eBike   for,   how   often   you   will   use   it,   your   fitness and   your   expectations,   your   budget   and   ultimately   how   it makes   you   feel,   work   out   what   your   budget   is   and   then   ring Hereford   Electric   Bike   Centre   on   01432   850458    or   email info@herefordelectricbikes.co.uk         and        make        an appointment to come down and sample some bikes.
The EU regulations summed up • The rider must be aged 14 or over •   The   bike   must   have   pedals   that   can   be   used   to propel it •   The    motor    cannot    have    a    maximum    continuous rated power of more than 250 watts •    Maximum    assisted    speed    of    25    km/h    (approx. 15.5mph) •   Cannot   be   fitted   with   a   full   speed   throttle   that   can work    independently    (that    is    without    the    pedals rotating    in    a    forward    direction).    Easy    start    /    walk assist throttles are allowed up to 6 km/h • All bikes will conform to EN15194
About non-conforming bikes As    soon    as    you    start    talking    about    eBikes    it    is    almost inevitable    that    somebody    will    start    talking    about    electric bikes   that   travel   at   huge   speed   and   use   1000   watt   motors (that   is   4   times   the   power   permitted   for   legal   road   use   as   a pedal   assisted   bike)   and   we   are   aware   that   those   motors exist,    not    sure    what    they    do    to    battery    life    or    to    the drivetrains   of   the   bikes   that   they   are   fitted   to   -   we   will   let you   make   up   your   own   mind   about   what   you   need   to   do   to the brakes for bikes that have been modified in that way. They   are   legal   to   use   in   certain   off   road   circumstances although   we   are   not   sure   where   you   would   stand   if   you were involved in an accident on one - even off road. So   before   anybody   asks,   we   do   not   sell   eBikes   that   are   not road    legal    in    the    UK,    neither    do    we    offer    ‘performance dongles’   or   remaps   etc.   That   is   it,   remember   if   you   buy   one of   our   electric   bikes   and   you   carry   out   motor   modifications your warranty will be void. Ebikes   are   tremendous   fun   to   ride   and   quick   without   having to travel at breakneck speeds.
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