#1 Where can I ride an electric bike?Treat an electric bike just the same as a normal bike. You can ride an electric assisted bike anywhere you can ride your regular bike. Be it on the road commuting to work or at your local trail center, electric bikes & regular bikes are governed the same.
#2 Do I need a license to ride an electric bike on the road?No not at all, again treat it the same as a regular bike. You will only ever need a license if you exceed the specified specification of EU law. Green Hybrid Bikes Adhere to EU Law, All our electric bikes can be used anywhere without the need for a license.
#3 Does the electric bike recharge whilst I am pedaling?No it does not. Some manufacturers do advertise that the bikes regenerate whilst braking or going down hill. To be honest this is mainly marketing talk, we looked into this a while back, you generally have to add resistance to generate extra energy, you also have to add weight to the bike for the regenerative components. The gains are minimal and not worth the extra cost / weight / resistance.
#4 How long does it take to recharge the battery?All our electric bikes use lithium ion / Lead Acid battery packs. These packs recharge very quickly compared to others on the market. In general a 250Wh pack will take about 3.5 hours to recharge 100% from a flat (zero percent) battery. Interestingly the battery can be charged at any Standard UK plug point, does not need an special amp sockets, its Brilliant on the go, charge at home, work & any convenient place.
#5 How should I look after my battery?Generally speaking as long as you don't leave your battery for long periods of time completely empty and you top the battery up after each ride, this is all you need to do.
#6 Should I completely drain the battery before charging?
False. Today, most batteries never truly fully discharge.
What you see as 0 percent or "dead" when your phone or laptop won't power on is the battery still sitting at somewhere around a 10 percent charge. This is why, when you hold the power button, the screen will turn on long enough to tell you to charge the battery.
So what if you do follow this wrongheaded advice anyway? If you allow your battery-powered devices to go to "dead" each and every day, it will reduce the battery's effectiveness over time.
In other words, top off more often to prolong the battery life of your electronics, and stop letting your phone or laptop die every day. C|net Advice
#7 Why should I ride electric bikes?Electric bikes are many things to many people, some use them as a vital tool for commuting, saving fuel, cutting transport costs and time. Whilst some people enjoy recreational rides, where you can go out traveling all day without the aggravation of steep hills. On the other extreme we have hardcore mountain bikers using an electric bike to beat up lifts. Of course whatever you ride up you get to hurtle back down. Generally you can get a lot more use in a day and cover more ground on an electric bike. Remember with an eBike you get to do everything you are doing already but - Longer, harder & faster.
#8 Does it matter if the electronics get wet?Generally speaking the electronic items on all of our electric bikes are sealed units, from the motor to battery to head unit. They are all weatherproof and have been designed for all purpose use i.e mountain biking, where occasionally there are deep puddles. Your eBike is expected to be able to handle this without any issues. If possible, try not to completely submerge your eBike. If you fall into a lake for example, make sure the bike is recovered quickly, along with yourself. Allow the bike to dry off before turning back on and returning to the trail.
#9 Will the electric bike arrive assembled?Your bike will arrive 99% assembled (with any accessories you have added to the order, fitted to the eBike) and will be delivered in one of our specially designed boxes. Someone needs to be available to sign for the parcel. The box is rather large, our courier will help you carry it in, but they may not enter the property and carry up stairs for example. To fit the eBikes into our special boxes we have to turn the handlebars 90 degrees and remove the pedals. This are simple to re-fit once you have unpacked your bike. If you require assistance please email us and we will be happy to help.
#10 How often should I have my electric bike serviced?Remember all of the components are regular cycle components, so you can pick up spares e.g inner tubes, tyres, brake pads etc. from any good cycle shop.
#11 How much does it cost to charge the battery?In general it will cost 5p to 10p to charge an electric bike battery pack. This will depend on what your local electricity supplier charges.
#12 What is an Electric Bicycle or e-Bike?This is a bicycle that can be powered both by human power and electrical power. The human power is exerted through the pedals like a normal bicycle and the electrical power is provided by an electric motor. The motor gets its electricity from a rechargeable battery. The battery is charged through a 240V mains or a 12V charger.
#13 What are the advantages of electric bicycles?For some cyclists who are very fit relative to the distance that they need to travel or who are never in a hurry, there are no advantages. For the other 99% of the population, electric bicycles have many advantages: they make hills flat and flats like downhills, they get you there quicker, you can wear whatever you want and not sweat, you can carry more on an e-bike, you can ride further and faster, you'll have more control and confidence on the road, you'll use an e-bike more often, you'll have a big smile on your face... It's just a great, convenient, sustainable transport solution.
#14 Is riding electric bike cheating?First of all, the purpose of cycling is to move yourself, not physical exertion. Otherwise shouldn't we just run everywhere? You'd get more exercise that way. Wear heavy shoes too.
#15 What is pedal assist mode and why is it necessary?Pedal assist mode on electric bicycles means that the bicycle's electric motor only operates while you are pedaling. It is a great little innovation as it allows you to operate the bicycle's motor with your feet and therefore don't need to operate a throttle. This leaves your hands free to hold onto the handlebar properly, use the brakes etc. The other good thing about pedal assist mode is that riders can discipline themselves to always pedal, gaining more exercise and getting a longer range from the battery. However, in our opinion mandatory pedal assist is a mistake, it's an appropriate design choice that doesn't require legislation for you to take your pick of how you operate your e-bike. There are many reasons why a rider might want to operate the motor without pedaling. This includes a roundabout, when your pedals will hit the ground if you are pedaling while turning yet you still might need the motor to maintain the speed at which you entered the roundabout. You might also have an injured leg, a bad hip etc. Furthermore, pedal assist can catch riders by surprise by engaging the motor when they were not expecting it, such as taking off from a stop at a slow speed, for example because there is a pedestrian in front of you. Pedal assist might engage and accelerate you suddenly. It would have been much better to leave mandatory pedal assist out of all legislation as it is simply an unnecessary complication with no enhancement to safety.
#16 What is Throttle assist mode or Throttle & Go
A throttle on an electric bike is the means by which you engage power from the motor accelerate from the grip. .