It's your early morning commute and you find yourself scrolling through different bike reviews again. You would really like an electric bike to be in the fresh air instead of a stuffy train.
But there are so many options. And all the reviews end up recommending bikes that are well above your budget.
You don't want to pay more and still end up with a bike that doesn't ride well, or falls apart.
You see, there are a lot of bad choices out there.
Know what? You are not alone. I felt the same way when I was picking my first electric bike. And also for the second
So I made this easy to use guide that will guide you through the steps to buy the perfect bike for you.
Let's get started....
Buying an electric bicycle can be a daunting task especially if you don’t know what to look out for. It is essential to take your time when looking for an electric bike. Otherwise, you may end up with a bicycle that will not be able to meet your needs.
So, if you want tips on how to choose the best electric bicycle, then this article was written with you in mind. Without further ado, here are tips for choosing the best electric bike:
When looking for a good electric bicycle, it is good to look for a reputable brand as this will give you some assurance over quality and the availability of parts and support in future. Keep in mind that some of the electric bikes are not brands at all.
People import them from unknown factories, have a logo printed on them before selling them. Therefore, it is usually a good idea to search for the brand name of the electric bike you want to buy online and see if it the brand is a reliable one. A good brand has positive reviews and has been on the market for some time.
This is the best way to compare the different electric bikes available. Many large cities usually have electric bike shops that rent electric bikes. You can rent an electric bicycle and see if that particular model will suit your needs.
You can also look for a used look for a used electric bike near where you live on Craigslist to test ride. This can give you an opportunity to find out form the owner of the bike why he or she is selling it and what he or she liked or did not like about the electric bicycle.
Most of the electric bicycles in the market are either mountain/hybrid or city/commuter. Folding bikes which are ideal for those who like portable bikes are also available. City bikes are ideal for low gradient off-roading and pavements.
This is because their upright seating position and low step frame make them ideal for this form of riding. City bikes are stable for the riding they are meant for and is also easy to get on and off.
Mountain or hybrid bikes have crossbars that provide extra strength to the frame. However, with a mountain or hybrid bike, it is more difficult to get on and off. When riding a mountain or hybrid bike, you will have to maintain a forward riding position and not a sit-up riding position. They also have chunkier tires that enable them to grip on challenging terrains.
If you are not going to ride on terrains that are less challenging than a rail trail, then it may be a good idea to consider buying a city bike. However, if you would like to buy a mountain bike to ride on pavement, then find out from your dealer if you can add mudguards, lighting, slicker tires, and a more upright handlebar stem to optimize your ride.
The weight of an electric bike can determine whether or not an electric bike will fit in your life. Heavier bikes are hard to lift and hurt more if they fall on you or a friend at the bike rack. This comes into play if you ever have to walk your bike home after running out of battery or after getting a flat tire.
A heavy bike can also be limiting if you plant to ride to a train/bus station or if you live upstairs as lifting the bike will require a lot of effort. Some of the electric bicycles are even too heavy for traditional racks and can be too heavy to lift for your car’s roof-mounted bike rack.
Another thing to consider when looking for a good electric bike is how you will be storing and maintaining it. Do you plan to park it in a safe place and keep it inside? Or will you be leaving it outside?
If you will be parking your bicycle at a safe place and keep it inside, then it is okay to buy a bike with a fancier computer system. However, if you will be leaving it outside, then it may be a good idea to avoid a bike with a fancier computer system as it will have to deal with vandalism, theft and bad weather outside.
Different people have different needs. The good news is that there are different bikes to suit these needs. So take your time and follow the tips given in this article to make an informed decision so that you may be able to choose the best electric bike in the market.
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