Electric bicycles are a light and agile means of urban transportation, and are significantly cheaper than fuel-powered vehicles, both in terms of purchase and routine maintenance. No licensing and insurance costs and no parking issues. And since part of the ride is done on pedaling, cycling is also a great way to keep fit and engage in exercise on your way from place to place. It is important to make sure you choose a bike that meets the legal requirements in your jurisdiction and that it suits your needs. Our guide will help you choose the right bike according to the following considerations:
1. Size & Weight
For maximum comfort and safety it is important to adapt the bike to the dimensions of the rider and the nature of their use. For a mature and tall rider, bicycles with a high chassis will be suitable; While for a younger and less tall rider lower bikes will suit. In most bicycle pairs, the height and angle of the seat can be adjusted, as well as the distance between the seat and the handlebars. Therefore, when adapting the bike to the rider, the various adjustment options must also be taken into account and adapted to the rider in an optimal way. A professional bike shop will know how to properly fit the bike to the rider, both in terms of chassis size and precise adjustment to its dimensions. It is therefore highly recommended to purchase the bike at a store with a reputation in the field. Another statistic to consider is the carrying capacity of the bike - depending on the rider's weight and the extra luggage he usually carries.
Another thing you will need to decide on is a folding or regular bike. Folding bicycles will be suitable for any case where the normal size of the bicycle is a limitation, for example for train passengers, for storage, a small elevator, a narrow stairwell or a small and crowded apartment.
3. Engine's Location
Electric bicycles are divided into two types according to the location of the motor in them: one type is a motor consisting of the wheel itself - front or rear (Hub Motor), while the other type is a motor consisting of the crank (the gear on which the pedals are mounted). A crank-mounted engine is attributed good handling ability with ascents, but the engine tends to be noisy; Whereas a motor mounted on a wheel has more difficulty in ascents but is characterized by quiet operation. The differences between the two have narrowed over the years, but still exist, at least in some models.
4. Wheels Size
For the most part, the diameter of the wheels on a bicycle is directly proportional to the size of the chassis, but there are quite a few models in which the diameter of the wheels varies on bicycles with the same size chassis.
In pedaling, a large wheel allows for higher speeds with less effort. Also, a large wheel serves as a natural shock absorber, which improves ride comfort on a bumpy road. On the other hand, with a small wheel it can be accelerated at the start of a ride faster, and is more comfortable for riding uphill. The ideal size for an electric bike is 20 inches.
The battery is the driving force of the bike and is a key component in it. Therefore, it is recommended to choose the best battery that you can afford - both in terms of the type of battery and its data and location on the bike.
The best and recommended type of battery is lithium, which provides a relatively long driving range, long life, fast charging time and light weight. Other batteries are nickel cadmium and lead, but they are older, heavier compared to a lithium battery and less efficient than it in terms of driving range and charging time.