Maybe you’ve been wanting to check out electric bikes but have a few misconceptions holding you back. Here are 7 common myths about e-bikes that turn out to actually be false.
- An electric bike can't be used in the rain.
Not true, at all thanks to waterproof and airtight connections and totally sealed electric motors. If you don’t mind getting wet, you can ride around in a rainstorm all you want. And don’t worry, all e-bikes are engineered so that there is no risk of ever getting shocked.
- My commute will still be longer if I take an electric bike to work.
If you live and work in a busy city with bumper to bumper traffic every morning, it is a guarantee that an electric bike will get you to work quicker than your car. E-bikes can skip the traffic altogether because they can ride on the road, sidewalk, alleys or straight through Central Park if you live in New York City.
- Electric bikes batteries wear out too fast.
While older model batteries might have diminished in capacity over time and worn out quickly, the newer Lithium Ion or LiFePO4 batteries can be charged thousands of times before a noticeable change in charge capacity. Your e-bike battery if used properly, can last 15 years or longer.
- Electric bikes are complicated and require constant maintenance.
If you can plug in a cord and flip on a switch then congratulations, you’re qualified to own an e-bike. The batteries are made so that any kind of person can figure out how to charge and use it. A good quality electric bike has many of the same working parts as a normal bike and requires very little regular maintenance besides cleaning and oiling.
- The batteries are worse for the environment than using gasoline.
We aren’t sure how this rumor got started but it certainly is far from the truth. Batteries take about 10 cents of electricity to recharge, which is a lot like leaving a light on in your house for the day.
- Electric bikes are too heavy and difficult to pedal.
The bikes themselves are about 20 pounds heavier but they aren’t any harder to pedal. Most e-bikes have pedal-assist, which uses the electric motor to double your effort making small movements go a long way.
- Electric bikes are too expensive for the average joe.
Until recent, electric bikes have been rather expensive. Good news is that the prices have been brought down so much that it is now comparable to a good quality regular bike you would find in any bike shop. For around or under $1,000, you can get a high quality e-bike of your own. And the price of electricity to fully charge it is about $0.15.
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