How to Get the Most Out of an Electric Bicycle

When shopping for an e-bike, take into consideration its amps and volts; these will determine how far each charge can take you.

Many brands of e-bikes now incorporate batteries seamlessly, creating sleek designs with integrated batteries that also lock to their frames to deter theft and can even be removed for storage at home.


E-bikes combine a motor, battery and controller to power your ride. Most e-bike motors are located within the hub of the bicycle wheel where they convert electrical energy to mechanical work to help power pedalling motion. E-bike motors can give riders either gentle assistance while pedalling, or powerful boost for climbing steep hills and increasing your speed – some models even feature a boost button to increase power briefly for short bursts.

Your e-bike’s motor size and placement have a tremendous effect on its performance and weight, and will also have an effect on overall bike weight. Motors with higher speeds generally consume more energy to operate, leading to heavier motors; however, modern designs have greatly reduced these dimensions for optimal results.

As you will notice when purchasing an e-bike, its motor’s power output is listed as wattage along with voltage and amp-hours – this information helps determine its performance as well as how far you can ride before needing to recharge it.

Most E-bikes resemble standard bicycles in appearance and in riding technique, making the transition seamless for cyclists of any experience level. Their motor makes powering up steep hills easier or speeding past traffic lights easier, and as long as their motor does not exceed 750 watts they are classified as bicycles and may legally use bike lanes.


An electric bike battery is an integral component of quality ride, providing power to enable riders to go further and enhance their experience. High-grade batteries will last long while providing consistent performance over time so you can maximize the experience on your e bike.

Proper storage and maintenance can play an integral part in battery lifespan and performance, including proper storage conditions and usage patterns. Ensuring you use an appropriate charger when not in use can prevent undue stress on its cells that could otherwise lead to significant degradation over time.

Additionally, it’s also vital that you gain an understanding of your battery’s wattage and amp-hours. Wattage gives an indication of the speed your bike can reach while amp-hours reveal how long before needing recharged again.

Lithium-ion batteries provide superior energy density and durability over other battery types, while remaining lightweight and available in various sizes. When selecting one for use on an e bike, make sure it meets your riding needs; for long rides it is wise to opt for one with higher wattage than what came standard on your ride.


E-bike motors are activated when pedaling begins and are designed to complement your efforts by providing extra power. Most e-bike models feature either an LCD display unit or smartphone app for selecting how much of an additional boost should be applied when necessary.

Utilizing a cadence sensor, your motor can be customized to deliver more power when pedalling hard, and less when coasting or slowing down – creating an intuitive biking experience.

Choose an electric bike mode without motor assistance and power it only by your feet if you want to stick within specific intensity zones during training sessions. This feature may also come in handy if your plan requires specific intervals of intensity for maximum results.

Most e-bikes feature a pedal assist system controlled by a sensor to monitor pedalling speed and foot force on pedals, known as Pedelecs and can reach speeds of 28mph before their motor ceases assisting pedalers.

Others feature manual throttle controls on a handlebar-mounted control, similar to mopeds or motorcycles. These no-pedelecs, known as no-pedelecs, cannot be considered bicycles but may still be legally used without needing a license in certain jurisdictions. Their motor is located near (often beneath) the crankset and drives a pulley or sprocket attached to one arm of said crankset which in turn powers either chain or belt connection that leads back out towards the wheel.


An e-bike is a regular bicycle equipped with an electric motor to make riding it easier for people with limited physical fitness, or those commuting long distances to work. The motor provides extra oomph when climbing hills or fighting headwinds; plus longer rides or commutes without tiring and becoming sweaty can now be taken without getting sweaty or fatigued!

The motor is typically housed within the rear wheel hub and utilizes a brushless hub motor powered by magnets, making maintenance-free cycling conditions and power output adjustments quite effortless. Furthermore, sensors monitor cycling conditions to help adjust power output accordingly.

Some manufacturers opt for third-party software when developing their electric assist systems, while others develop their own in-house. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, with the latter giving brands an opportunity to develop proprietary technologies and set themselves apart in the market.

Mokumono, a start-up based in Amsterdam, provides the stylish 21kg Polder model made entirely from European components with an estimated range of up to 80km. Momentum Bicycles also offers its PakYak cargo bike which can carry 164 kg for family use; equipped with an additional battery to extend range and suspension fork for rough terrain terrain.

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