E-bikes or Electric bikes are a simple combination of classic pedal cycles engineered with a small electric motor. So, one can pedal it like a regular bike and switch to electronic driving mode, allowing the motor to take over, which is the main advantage of buying and riding E-bikes. However, one should consider a few factors before buying one for daily use. Also, avoid making these common mistakes to ensure a good deal and price.
Not buying a quality bike
Saving money on the build and quality of an e-bike can cost more because the cheapest option is folding e-bikes, which are made with components not built for rugged use. The risk of breakdowns and malfunctions is higher with cheap e-bikes. One can only spend more on repairs and maintenance when the same money could have been saved to buy a more durable and reliable bike.
Buying without considering daily needs
E-bikes are customized to serve a purpose. For example, if one needs an e-bike to make food or grocery deliveries for their business, the bike should have a strong battery pack with long-range driving. Factors like seating position, riding comfort, and overall carrying capacity must be considered. If one wants to purchase an e-bike for purely recreational purposes, folding is a more lightweight and manageable option. The price of the bike will also vary depending on these specifications. There are even premium mountain and adventure category e-bikes designed for rugged terrains for riders who love to venture out into the unknown. The ultimate use decides the purpose of the bike, so buy, customize, and choose accordingly.
Not understanding the battery capacity
E-bikes run on battery packs, so one needs to understand the range and capabilities of different designs. The designs and specifications are technical jargon that may make understanding confusing. But there are a few basic terms that one needs to know. The e-bike’s performance is measured in kWh (kilowatt) hours or Ah (amp hours). The larger the battery, the better will be the output and range. For example, when fully charged, a 19.2Ah battery pack can run for an estimated range of 70 miles. Of course, factors like terrain, gradient level, and mass of the rider will affect the output. Pedaling will conserve power and extend the range of these batteries.
Buying the wrong size
The wrong size mainly affects the riding posture and increases the risk of injuries. Important points to consider while shopping for an e-bike are the pedaling height, riding posture, and comfortable positioning while getting on and off the bike. Riding in an uncomfortable position will make it even more difficult to pedal, mount, or dismount. Bike manufacturers have a standard height and size chart highlighting the best posture and riding position to help narrow down popular e-bike styles and designs.
Not asking about driving modes
E-bikes not only vary in terms of size but also vary when it comes to performance parameters. For example, in most affordable e-bikes, one gets modes where one can choose different riding speeds. Most bikes come with pedal-only, electric-only, or pedal-assist driving modes. Like any other motorcycle, some bikes also have a throttle feature, where one can adjust the speed according to the chosen mode. The throttle also helps adjust the speed more accurately, so it is a better upgrade to consider while buying e-bikes. Some bikes come with thumb throttles instead of the accelerator. The brand and manufacturer design will mainly determine the style of the throttle and type of motor.
Buying without warranty
If one does not get a warranty, E-bike parts can be expensive to replace or repair. The warranty covers the cost of repairs and replacement for a single premium membership that one pays upfront while processing the bike. It is available for a fixed duration and has only a limited number of uses. So read the terms and conditions of the warranty carefully to see what is covered with the purchase. Never buy without a warranty.
Not taking a test drive
There are two essential reasons to take a test drive. Firstly, one must ride the bike to see if it feels right, considering the posture, pedaling height, and riding position. Testing the bike will allow the technician to make minute adjustments to make it just right for daily use. Secondly, a test drive will also give one an idea of how the bike will perform in actual world conditions as opposed to manufacturer claims. Bike brands will claim some creature comforts and performance points that should be tested to see if the bike can perform. Never hesitate to ask for a test drive and consider alternatives if one is unsatisfied with the results.
Not buying from a reputed brand
Due to the increasing demand for e-bikes, many knockoffs and cheap models are flooding the market. However, only a few reliable brands manufacture the best quality e-bikes that meet the safety and performance standards set by the overseeing authorities. Buying a cheap knockoff e-bike is never safe as the build quality and overall performance may not be up to the mark, making the bike unsafe for regular use. Buying from a premium brand will be slightly more expensive but worth it in the long run.
Along with the above factors, one must secure a regular service plan for e-bikes. These plans would cover tune-ups and replace flat tires to ensure the smooth functioning of the bike.
If someone knows among friends and family members who already own and drive an e-bike, consider asking for an honest opinion about the bike’s performance. One can also go online and read reviews and check out testimonials written for top brands and their products by other users to make an informed decision about the purchase.