Electric bikes grow in popularity every day. They’re far more convenient than regular bikes but are also cheaper than motorcycles and cars. People are turning to these vehicles now more than ever.
Still, there are still people who are skeptical about electric bikes. This is because the vehicles are relatively new to the market, and many people still don’t understand how they work. It leaves plenty of room for myths and misconceptions.
Much like anything new, electric bikes require an open-minded approach. To help you understand what an electric bike is and why it’s a convenient choice. Continue reading as we discuss the most common misconceptions about these vehicles.
1. E-Bikes are too heavy
An electric bicycle is somewhat heavier than a traditional one. Still, much like with any bicycle, the greatest contributor to this is your own weight. The bike itself is as heavy as you’d think a traditional bicycle with loaded panniers.
Many models are coming from a variety of well known brands. They range in quality, features, and materials used for the frame and components. For this reason, they also vary in weight, so some are more lightweight than others.
2. They’re too fast
Not necessarily. Most electric bicycles travel at the same speed as regular bikes. Most quality models have a motor that cuts off after you reach 20mph, which isn’t average speed, but top assisted speed.
When you’re on an hill and flat road, an electric bicycle goes 2 or 3 mph faster than regular bikes. Still, some studies and researches show that these bikes can even be slower than traditional models depending on the power of the motor as well as the road surface.
3. E-Bike riders are reckless
Electric bike riders are as irresponsible as any other. Much like all riders, people who ride e-bikes have good street etiquette and won’t harm you intentionally. There’s nothing that sets them apart when it comes to recklessness, and there isn’t any proof to show they decrease public safety.
4. These bikes shouldn’t be allowed on public trails
The first thing you should know is that this is a pedal-assist vehicle which is entirely different from off-road motorcycles, ATVs and internal-combustion off-road vehicles.
Regulations regarding motorized vehicles shouldn’t be used to regulate electric bikes. These regulations were written before e-bikes were invented.
Electric bicycles are emission-free as well as noise-free, which is why they have access to public trails. They aren’t the same as regular bikes or motorcycles, and people are still working to distinguish them from the two.
5. Riders can’t pedal themselves out of certain remote areas
The truth is that you could find yourself in a remote area with your battery dead. This would be a problem, but prevention is entirely up to you.
Like with any vehicle, riding an e-bike requires preparation. Still, many people are rescued from different situations every day, so don’t think that something similar couldn’t happen on a regular bike or even a motorcycle.
6. E-bikes can’t be ticketed
Excessive speed can always be tracked and ticketed regardless of whether you’re on an electric bike or a regular one.
Speeding on an e-bike is as big of a problem as is speeding on a traditional bicycle. In both cases, you and other traffic participants are in potential danger. For this reason, speeding on these vehicles is still to be recognized as a problem. Until then, we’ll simply have to rely on common sense and public etiquette education on safe riding.
More so, a typical e-bike rider is between 45 to 65 years old. In most cases, these people have experience in riding and probably won’t put anyone in danger by over-speeding. Plus, most e-bikes cannot go faster than 20mph.
7. E-biking is cheating
A e-bike is a more convenient take on a regular bicycle, so we don’t like to call this cheating. It’s made easier for people who might still want to enjoy biking but aren’t able to do so for whatever reason.
Riders with longer commutes or are dealing with different health issues, and conditions often find e-bikes much easier to use. Though these aren’t for everybody, they certainly get more people out and riding.
8. Electric bikes aren’t legal
Quite a lot of people think that these bicycles aren’t legal so you may have heard that story go around. However, these are governed by the CPSC which stands for Consumer Product Safety Commission.
It states that e-bikes are legal so long as they meet several requirements. For such a vehicle to be legal, it must not exceed 750 watts, have operable pedals, and the one who’s riding it must wear an approved bicycle helmet. There might be some additional requirements in the state you live in, so make sure to check that.
9. E-bikes aren’t eco-friendly
The truth is that these vehicles don’t create unhealthy emissions. the batteries can be recycled, so there’s a really minimal threat to the environment. Just by using an electric bike instead of your car once a week, you reduce your carbon footprint by quite a lot every year.
They’re far more eco-friendly than cars and regular motorcycles. On top of not creating any toxic emissions, these bikes also require less maintenance. This means it’s less likely that you’d need to buy additional parts to replace the old ones, which also affects the overall ecological footprint.
10. You need a driver license
Most bikes cannot go faster than 15 to 20mph. The key is in the fact that this isn’t a classic motor vehicle. It’s an electric bike. For this reason, you’re allowed to ride it without a driver’s license, registration, insurance, and in some countries, even without a helmet.
The only rule that applies in most countries is that the rider has to be older than the age of fourteen. Though it’s like this in most places in the world, you might want to check all the laws and rules in your state just to be sure.