Electric Bikes: Cop or Drop?


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Before the pandemic, many consumers spent more time at home with less need for a car. Because of this, sales of pedal bikes and hybrid bicycles grew. Bicycles and their variants, powered by electric motors, have been popular in the US since people looked for new ways to cruise around town. I personally think an electric bike is a great investment, but there are many factors to consider before buying.

If you choose to buy an electric bike, you have to think about it first. E-bikes are about as common as pedal-driven bicycles, but many of them do unique things. A significant consideration is where you live. The location, availability of cycle paths, and the extent to which you choose to travel regularly are all factors that can determine how you can use them.

Another factor that I would like to talk about is safety. Bike safety is crucial and e-bikes have been handling safety better than traditional bikes. Many road bike crashes occur at intersections such as intersections or roundabouts. This is often because a slowed down rider would need a few critical seconds to obtain speed. The whole idea of a typical bike’s lack of traction has been deemed irrelevant due to e-bikes because you can just step on your pedal and then you will be at a cruising rate. You’ll be most likely to slow down on curves and twists as the bikes accelerate to the other side, where most riders crash. Also, with a compact engine, you’ll be able to speed out of the dangerous region faster.

Finally, let’s talk about pricing. Electric bike prices vary from $500 to $5000. For most buyers, the upper end of the spectrum is about $6,000 or $7,000. The NCSL predicts an estimated expense of $2,000 and $3,000 for an e-commuter bicycle compared to $1,000 for a typical midrange bike. As you can see, electric bikes are more expensive to buy than regular bikes which can detract a lot of consumers.

If you are thinking of buying an e-bike for commuting, traveling long distances, or having a safer ride than normal bicycles, e-bikes will be the better option for you. But if the steep pricing gets to you, you might just need to opt for a traditional bike.