Top 6 Reasons To Buy an Electric Bike!
2 - The batteries recharge for pennies. The normal charge time for the battery is 3-5 hours depending on the manufacturer and uses very little power. Which is great for the environment!
3 - They're great for dealing with hills! E-bikes really come into their own when it comes to tackling climbs. Usually fitted with a variety of power modes to assist your pedalling, if you’re faced with a particularly arduous climb you can just turn your bike’s motor up to its highest setting and, fly uphill like some sort of cycling superhero!
4 - Spend less time in your car. If you are an everyday commuter you may find cycling to work is a great way to include more regular exercise into your daily routine. Check out this online map of the National Cycle Network to see if you can plan your new route to work.
5 - Even fit, experienced cyclists can reach for the car keys when faced with a long, tough journey that involves plenty of steep hills. So if e-bikes help people get up hills or bike around to run errands, that can only be a good thing. They're also great for keeping cyclists active while they have injuries or helping people keep cycling as they get older.
6 - Riding an electric bike is much less demanding on your knees and joints, meaning it’s a great option for people of all ages and health. The general seating position of them also can reduce back and neck pain, and cycling reduces stress and promotes relaxation, regular exercise helps alleviate mild depression and anxiety. Riding an electric bike helps release endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. There’s no better way to increase the benefit than with a healthy dose of fun!
The law in England, Scotland and Wales means that you do not need a licence to ride an ‘electrically assisted pedal cycle’ (also referred to as an EAPC, e-bike or Pedelec). Nor do you need to register, tax or insure it - if you are over the age of 14 you can simply ride an electric bike in the same way as you would a regular push-bike. ( Always wear a helmet ) Unfortunately, in Northern Ireland, this is not the case and you will need a motorcycle licence to drive any form of electric bike.
There are some regulations of course: your bike will only be pedal-assisted when you are travelling up to 15.5mph and have a maximum power output of 250 watts.
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