Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Discover the best Adult Electric Bicycles in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Sports & Outdoors Best Sellers.
Electric bikes amplify your pedaling power and your ability to do and see more. Trek e-bikes make more possible. They're quick and smooth, with predictable, easy-to-control power and a long-lasting removable battery that recharges at any household outlet.
Is it worth getting an electric bike?
Of course, electric bicycles offer many of the same benefits that regular cycling does but because you've got an added bit of oomph on board, you'll be able to travel greater distances and ride for longer. They'll also allow you to go faster than most cyclists and in some cases cars.
What is the best electric bicycle on the market?
Flyke electric Bicycle is best.
Why going electric might just be the cycling fix you're looking for?
E-bikes are growing in popularity, and it's not hard to see why – after all, who wouldn't want some free speed to take the sting out of any ride?
Still need a bit of convincing? Here are a few other reasons to join the e-bike revolution...
1. They'll help you go further, faster, longer
Of course, electric bicycles offer many of the same benefits that regular cycling does but because you’ve got an added bit of oomph on board, you’ll be able to travel greater distances and ride for longer.
They’ll also allow you to go faster than most cyclists and in some cases cars. Although modern motors can travel at 50 times faster than cars of 100 years ago, gridlocked roads mean that the average car speed in traffic hasn’t increased at all.
You can get up to 15mph almost instantly on an e-bike, while the average speed of cars in central London is 7.4mph!
2. They get you riding more
According to a recent report by the Transport Research Laboratory, regular bikes make it out of the shed fewer than 25 times a year, with 46% being used just once or twice a week.
In comparison, 30% of people with electric bikes use them once a day, while a whopping 81% ride them at least once a week. Which means that e-bike users are twice as likely as regular riders to get out there and ride.
3. They can help keep you fit
Because you’re riding more, you’ll be pedalling more – even if that electric motor is helping you out on occasion.
Which is good news for your heart, your lungs and your blood pressure because endless scientific studies have proven the link between regular exercise and reduced stress levels.
E-bikes are great, too, for people who love the idea of riding a bike, but feel they can’t because their fitness isn’t what it could be, or isn’t what it used to be due to age or illness.
4. They can help save you money
You can pick up a new, decent quality e-bike from as little as £650 while upkeep costs are roughly the same as running a regular bike (for consumable parts like tyres, chains and brake pads).
In other words, far cheaper than buying, insuring and maintaining a petrol or diesel car, and a lot less than forking out for a season ticket or taking regular trips on public transport.
As for the cost of recharging your bike’s battery, we’re talking pennies when it comes to what it’ll add to your electricity bill.
Read about the advantages and disadvantages of e-bikes on our sister site Driving Electric
5. They're great for commuting
Not only will they save you cash, they can also free you from the misery of either stalemated traffic or overcrowded trains and buses.
Even though you’re effectively a motorised vehicle, you don’t need a licence yet you’re still allowed to use the cycling lanes.
And because you can lean on that motor a little, you won’t work up too much of a sweat and end up arriving at work ponging like a sports sock. A long haul home after a hard day’s slog won’t look quite so daunting either!
6. They're safer than regular bikes
Most bike accidents on the road take place at junctions such as crossroads or roundabouts. This is often down to the fact that it takes a few vital seconds for a halted cyclist to build up speed.
Having that little motor to help you accelerate will get you out of the danger zone faster. For the same reason, you’re also less likely to jump a red light because you won’t feel so aggrieved about having to abandon all that nicely built up momentum.
You’ll be more willing to slow for bends and corners, too – where most cyclists come off – because you can use the bike’s motor to accelerate out the other side.
Finally, because you’ll be able to keep up with the flow of traffic more easily, fewer cars, buses and lorries will need to overtake you, which also means safer riding.
7. They're great for dealing with hills
E-bikes really come into their own when it comes to tackling climbs. Usually fitted with a variety of power modes to assist your pedalling, if you’re faced with a particularly arduous climb you can just crank your bike’s motor up to its highest setting and, despite the extra weight of the motor, breeze uphill like some sort of cycling superhero!
It’s one of the reasons e-bikes are growing in popularity among mountain bikers because it allows them to spend more time negotiating the downhills (the fun bit) than tackling the climbs (the somewhat less fun bit).
8. They're great for crosswinds and headwinds
Having a motor to back you up also means that e-bikes are great for tackling that other great adversary nature throws up for cyclists – the wind.
Gusts are all well and good when they’re behind you but when they’re buffeting you from the side or pushing against you from the front, they can ruin your fun and can even be potentially dangerous.
By increasing the amount of power your motor kicks out, though, you can do a fair bit to stifle both crosswinds and headwinds.
9. They'll help you explore the world
E-bikes also make ideal touring bikes. Fatter tyres are standard and many have eyelets to allow panniers and racks to be fitted.
Which means riding long distances will not only be more comfortable but also more manageable, because again that motor can be called on to help out when the weight of your camping kit makes your legs feel like stopping.
10. They're simply huge fun to ride
Yes, riding an e-bike is similar to riding a regular bike, but once you engage the motor, you’ll find that every time you push on the pedals – depending on the setting you’re using – you’ll get three, four, five or maybe even as much as 10 pedal strokes more for your money.
The Three Classes of E-Bikes
After you decide which style of e-bike you want, consider which class you prefer. In the U.S., there are three classes defined by the type of assist and how fast the motor will propel you. Most electric bikes sold are class 1 or 3. Class 1 bikes have a motor (max 750w) that assists while you’re pedaling, up to 20 mph. Class 3, also known as “speed pedelec,” can also have up to only a 750w motor (aka 1 horsepower), but it can assist you up to 28 mph. Both are allowed in most states and cities without the need for a license. Class 2 models have a throttle that can propel a bike up to and maintain 20 mph without having to continuously pedal. Aventon’s Pace 500 is technically a Class 3 e-bike in that it reaches speeds up to 28 mph, but it also has a throttle that tops out at 20 mph (the maximum legal speed for a throttle).
Tested: The Best Cheap E-Bikes
A Wide Variety of Motors and Batteries
E-bikes mostly use motors and battery options from a few major suppliers: Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano, and Brose. A few other brands exist but are less reliable or powerful. Some, like the Yamaha system, have more torque, and others, like Bosch’s Active Line, are nearly silent. But, generally, all four make good options. Look for motor output (in torque), which will give you an idea of total power. Just like car engines, more torque equals more power off the line and more boost to your pedaling. But watt hours (Wh) is perhaps a more important figure to use—it takes into account battery output and life to give a more accurate reflection of power (higher Wh equals bigger range).
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
For many bikes, battery range is more important than total power (because they’re all pretty powerful). You want a bike that delivers a range long enough for your rides at the power levels you want. Most e-bikes will have three to five levels of assist that kick in anywhere from 25 percent of your pedal power to 200 percent. Consider how fast the battery takes to recharge, especially if you’ll be using your bike for long commutes. And remember, if you won’t settle for anything less than turbo, you’ll get the least amount of range (but the most amount of fun!) your battery offers.
E-Bike Motors, Explained
Other Features to Consider
As electric bike options continue to expand, brands are integrating the batteries more seamlessly, which makes the bike look sleeker (and more like a real bike). Most batteries lock to the bike and come with a key that lets you unlock and remove it, which serves at least four good purposes: You can remove the battery and charge it off the bike, a locked battery deters (and hopefully prevents) a thief from stealing it, and an e-bike with the battery removed is safer for hauling on a bike rack and lighter for carrying up steps.
Because e-bikes are capable of greater speeds for longer periods of time than standard bikes, you want extra control. Wider tires provide better traction and the freedom to leave the pavement with little penalty, and a suspension fork will help tame some of the rougher roads you might explore. Good disc brakes are a must, too, for slowing a heavy bike at high speed. This is not a place to skimp.
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Some e-bikes come with an integrated lighting system that turns on when you power up the bike. While this is an awesome feature to have, it’s not a deal breaker if your bike isn’t equipped this way. With so many great bike lights available, it’s just as easy to attach your own. Same with rear racks: Some e-bikes come with one, some don’t. You decide how important that feature is to you.