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There have been many improvements to electric bikes over the last few years and before checking them out here are a couple questions that should be asked.

Choosing an electric bike for your style of bicycle riding

You have probably read or heard about electric bikes (e-bikes) and the improvements that have been made over the past couple of years. If you are curious and would like to check them out, you need to ask a couple of questions before purchasing one and having some fun.

First ask yourself, how will I use an electric bike

  • maybe commuting to work, running errands and/or hauling cargo
  • bike touring or just some recreational riding to stay active
  • spending more time on off-road trails
  • assist me while rehabbing after a sports injury?

Then ask

  • will an e-bike make it easier for me to stay active
  • make it more enjoyable, especially when dealing with hills and headwinds
  • help so I can keep up with my friends who ride faster?

As electric bike technology continues to progress quickly, with batteries that are lighter and offer you a better range between charges, the options are endless. Today there are bikes for every conceivable application, from hauling cargo to making a climb on a mountain bike a breeze.

Geared to accommodate different kinds of activities (cargo hauling; relaxed cruising; trail riding; mountain biking; child transportation; road biking; fat bike riding; touring; and urban commuting) they make biking fun. With so many e-bikes on the market today, you will find design options that vary to fit different people and their preferred use. It’s up to you to decide what is most important. Is it the ease of riding; the cost; maintenance; dependability; range – or the above? With so many models on the market to choose from, first, figure out where you are going to be riding, and then how often?

Now that you have a list, visit a few bike shops to see the brands they carry. Or, attend the e-Bike Challenge, March 23-24, see video below.

 

One of the most fun parts of buying an electric bike is taking the models you are most interested in out for a test ride, just like buying a car.

The fun begins, test riding the electric bike before purchasing

One of the most important, and yet fun parts of buying an electric bike is taking the models you are most interested in out for a test ride. Just like buying a car, once you have narrowed the selection down a test ride will help you finalize your decision.

Visiting several bicycle shops that carry the e-bike brands you are most interested in will allow you to put aside skeptics, reviews, and research. Helping you answer the most basic question, which e-bike do I love the most?

So put on your bike shorts and helmet and go for a ride. Check your list and get a feel for which electric bike is best for you. Also, don’t forget to bring your driver’s license and a credit card along. Some shops may require you to leave your identification card with them. Or, they may want to swipe your credit card in case some damage happens on your test ride.

Does the electric bike you are looking at climb hills, haul cargo, or help you keep up with freinds the way you expect?

Does the electric bike you are looking at climb hills, haul cargo, or help you keep up with freinds the way you expect?

While test riding an e-bike:

  • does the bike climb hills the way you need it to
  • will the e-bike fit you the way you would like it to
  • And finally, while riding, is the quality and functionality what you expected?

Now that you are back from your test ride, does the e-bike you like the best fit into your budget and is there a warranty? Buying an electric bike is a big investment, regardless if it is $1,500 or $10,000. With a warranty, you can rest assured that your investment is somewhat covered. A two-year warranty on parts, motor, and battery (with no exclusions for normal use) is reasonable to expect from most electric bike manufacturers with bikes selling for over $1,500.

Most of the questions above can be answered at a bike shop that carries the model you are interested in. Or, they can easily be answered by the experts at the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis, March 23-24, 2019, see video below.

So, make your list of question and come prepared to test ride some of the best e-bikes available in the market.