Do you still have to pedal on an electric bike?

The future of transportation is outdoors — and if you live in urban environments electric bikes are the way to go.

Simply put: they’re fast, cost-effective, great for a variety of ages, and fun. But, what constitutes an electric bike, and what makes it better than a standard road bike?

Motor and Battery of Electric Bike

The motor and battery are the two key components that make up an electric bike; bicycles with an electrically-powered boost are classified as pedal-assist, which means the power activates when you start to pedal.

Some bikes also have a torque sensor built-in, so you simply need to press a button to start moving, whether or not you’re pedaling.

In the United States, federal law states that an electric bike motor can’t power the bicycle at speeds above 20 mph.

So, do you have to pedal? It actually depends on the bike — some bikes sold in North America allow you to ride simply by turning the throttle (as mentioned above, no pedaling necessary),

but in Europe, laws require that you pedal.

But, even with bikes that do have a throttle,

you’ll likely need to pedal when climbing uphill or to preserve battery life.

Assitance or No Assitance?

Most e-bike systems allow you to choose the level of assistance you want, typically via a button.

More pedal-assist means less range (the distance you can travel), so it’s best to save the max assistance for steep inclines or hills so that you never have to worry about running out of battery when you’re far from home.

To preserve battery life, you can also turn the motor off entirely and ride unassisted, like a traditional bike.

It’s important to note that e-bikes tend to be heavier than regular bikes due to the weight of the parts, so it will require more physical effort and exercise.

FAQ

they’re fast, cost-effective, great for a variety of ages, and fun.

there are bicycles with an electrically-powered boost are classified as pedal-assist, which means the power activates when you start to pedal.

some bikes also have a torque sensor built-in, so you simply need to press a button to start moving, whether or not you’re pedaling.

In the United States, federal law states that an electric bike motor can’t power the bicycle at speeds above 20 mph.

More pedal-assist means less range (the distance you can travel), so it’s best to save the max assistance for steep inclines or hills so that you never have to worry about running out of battery when you’re far from home.

ridel bikes grey export

MORE NEWS

If you are shopping around for an e-bike, you probably have a list of requirements for what you want on your bike. One thing that people often overlook is the practicality of the frame. If you live in a small apartment or are commuting through a city, you might prefer a folding frame instead of a fixed frame. Our ‘Tripster’ bike has a folding frame, making it easy to grab and take with you anywhere. […]
If you’re thinking of buying an electric bike, you’ve probably spent hours researching them online. An e-bike is an investment that you want to take care of and make sure it is properly maintained. As an electric bike has a motor and battery, you might wonder if it needs servicing. Electric Bike Maintenance You need to take your e-bike for regular maintenance every few months to a bike shop that specializes in electric bikes. If you use your e-bike to commute to work or for daily errands, you’ll want to take it into the shop more frequently. […]
If you’re thinking about purchasing an electric bike, there are a few things you should keep in mind while shopping around. It’s not as simple as going into a store and choosing the first bike you see. Each model will have its nuances, and you’ll want to decide which factors are the most important for you and your lifestyle. With this guide, you’ll be able to find the right e-bike for you in no time! Consider Your LifestyleThe most significant factor will be how you intend to use your e-bike. […]