Tips for Purchasing an Electric Bicycle

Electric bicycles and scooters may be the best green choice for transportation.

If you love the environment dearly but don't want to have to choose between having a car and going on foot everywhere you go, there is a solution: electric bicycles.  

Basically, electric bicycles are regular bicycles that have been fitted with an electric motor.  You can pedal less than a traditional bicycle and still take advantage of the electric motor to get you to your destination quickly.  However, the selection of electric bicycles is massive — without a clear idea of what you really want to get, it can be really hard to purchase an electric bicycle. This guide strives to clear up the confusion by giving you exactly what you need to look for in a good electric bicycle.

First, establish a budget.  The world of electric bicycles is just like their traditional counterparts — very vast with plenty of options to choose from at every price level.  It is very true that you get what you pay for, but electric bicycles exist to provide freedom, excitement and joy to everyone regardless of budget.  There are even do it yourself kits that allow you to turn existing traditional bicycles into electric-based ones. If you see an electric bicycle that you like that is still a bit out of your price range, you can always save up the difference in order to get exactly what you want.  Don't forget that just because the type of electric bicycle you want is out of your price range today that it won't become cheaper over time — sales on electric bicycles do indeed happen from time to time and the rise of the Internet has also given rise to good deals on these electric-powered bicycles.

Next, understand some of the technical factors that will undoubtedly guide your choices in electric bicycles.  The first point to realize is that weight will play a big role in the electric bike that's right for you. Even though the motor will help you get where you need to go, you will still need to be able to lift the bike in order to transport it.  As a rule of thumb, a bike should not be larger than 65lbs. Anything heavier than that becomes a bit difficult to move around easily.  Along with weight comes the power of the motor itself, which is measured in voltage.  The more volts, the more power that can be generated to move you forward.  Ideally, you would want an electric bicycle with more than a 14 volt motor.

Finally, you want to make sure to look for a site that sells electric bicycles that also includes plenty of pictures as well as full technical descriptions.  While it is true that technical details will differ between bicycle manufacturers, these details should be displayed as much as possible so you can make a well educated decision about your investment.  

There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to enjoy the pleasure and freedom that electric bicycles provide so easily. With these tips, you'll not only be on your way to purchasing a great electric bike, but you'll be taking good care of the environment we all share!

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