Can you ride and pedal an electric bike like a normal bike?
Trends come and go. But electric bikes are here to stay and here’s why: Firstly, lithium-ion batteries are becoming smaller, cheaper, and more efficient – perfect for small vehicles like e-bikes. Secondly, the pandemic really made us rethink our lives and people are now turning to cycling for commuting and health reasons. Thirdly, local governments are increasing bike-sharing programs as part of their efforts to make our cities more eco-friendly. And if you need more convincing, according to NPD Group, Americans bought more than twice as many e-bikes compared to normal bicycles between 2019 and 2020! That’s saying something.
Riding an e-bike without using its motor
Without getting too technical, e-bikes are essentially bikes with a motor. Depending on the model, the battery pack or packs can be removed to lighten the load. And if you want to leave them in place, you can simply turn off the motor whenever you want. The choice is 100% yours. Riding without the motor is a great way to fit some exercise into your day, like riding home from work if you don’t manage to get to the gym. Generally, it’s best to ride on flat and smooth surfaces.
Do keep in mind that when the battery dies and if we happen to have forgotten to charge it before leaving the house, the e-bike will feel slightly heavier when you pedal manually. But if you’re already used to handling a little resistance when training with stationary bikes at home or at the gym, riding an e-bike without its motor will be a piece of cake!
How the motor works and why it’s a game changer
So, what makes an e-bike physically different to a normal bike? In short: the motor, the battery, and the controller. The controller can be attached to either the stem or somewhere on the bike frame that’s easy to access for the rider. The battery pack is usually close to the motor, and the motor is connected to the back wheel and the pedals – like with Voya E. Essentially, the controller tells the motor what the rider wants, and the motor draws power from the battery to boost the back wheel to make it easier for the rider to pedal. These three components are designed into the bike in a way that the e-bike actually looks like a normal bike from afar, only they’re waaay more powerful.
As a general rule of thumb, the higher the number of Watts (W), Newton-meters (Nm) and Watt-hours (Wh), the faster and further we can go. Up to a certain limit of course! There are different regulations per country or even cities, so we do recommend speaking with the local sales team or checking with your local city council for more guidance.
Pedaling modes for every mood
Most e-bikes offer three to five pedaling modes, ranging from manual to fully automated. The Voya E for instance, offers three manual power level modes and a Smart Assist mode (auto mode). For our environmentally conscious friends, most e-bikes come with an eco-mode, which helps you find a balance between leg power and pedal assist, while using the least amount of power possible. This means your battery will last longer and you’ll be able to save long-term costs if you like using the motor.
Cycling in manual mode is great if you want to get more of a workout in when you’re using your e-bike; or when you’re riding on flat roads. The Voya E however is light enough for anyone to ride easily in manual mode, so check it out before you reach for the assist!
Whether you’re exhausted, the road is rough, or you’re carrying a whole bunch of stuff. or you just want to take it easy (no judgement here!), you might as well use auto mode to help you get to your destination faster and without breaking a sweat! There’s a mode for whatever you need, on any given day of the week!
E-bikes give you the versatility to ride wherever and however you want. Whether you’re commuting to work, carrying groceries, fitting some exercise into your day or simply out and about for a bit of fresh air – there’s a mode for every occasion. Momentum e-bikes come in all shapes, sizes, stylish colors, and matching accessories, so why not pop into your local store to test ride them? You won’t regret it, we promise!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Get to where you need to go faster and easier than on a regular bike. Depending on how you choose to ride, you can travel without significant effort at up to 20mph on some bikes and even up to 28mph on others.
- Climbing hills is a breeze. and we aren’t talking about the breeze from huffing and puffing.
- No sweat. Even though you can ride much faster, you won’t feel like you have to take a shower once you are there.
- Safer. That might seem counter-intuitive, since you can go faster than on a regular bike, but you also get an easier start from stopped positions, allowing you to get through an intersection steadier and quicker. When climbing steep hills with cars nearby you can FOCUS more of your energy on controlling the bike instead of propelling the bike.
- Easier on those joints. Use the electric assist to ease the pressure on your knees and hips.
- Staying together. You may have a riding partner that rides at a different pace than you. An e-bike can even out the pace for both of you.
- Ditch the car. The convenience, the ease and the speed of an electric bike make it an alternative to an automobile more often than a regular bike. A study by Portland State University shows that e-bike owners ride more frequently and farther than when they relied on their traditional bike. This was the case for all age groups.
- It’s FUN. Just try one and you’ll see. Or catch a friend coming back from their first test ride with a big smile on their face.
Do I need a license?
No. As long as the e-bike has a motor size of 750 watts or less (1000 watts in Oregon) and is programmed so that it can’t go more than 20mph without pedaling, there is no need for a license. No electric bike sold by Cynergy E-Bikes requires licensing. FYI – you must be at least 16 years of age to operate an e-bike in public places.
Where can I ride my e-bike?
First and foremost, make sure your bicycle with an electric motor is classified as an e-bike. The definition of an e-bike and rules on where to ride will vary state by state. For federal land the rules vary depending on the branch of government. For the most complete resource, check out PeopleforBikes.org
For Oregon, you can ride an e-bike on:
- Any bike lane on the street.
- Shared use paths that are reserve for bicycles and pedestrians
- For state parks, you can ride on paved trails that allow bicycles, but check with the individual park’s management for their rules for unpaved trails. It varies from park to park.
- Any trail where motor vehicles are permitted, such as unpaved forest service roads.
In Oregon, you must be at least 16 years old to ride an e-bike on public property. While most states have motor wattage limits of 750 watts, Oregon’s limit is 1000 watts.
- National Parks – opportunities are expanding, but check with the park.
- Bureau of Land Management trails – the trend is to allow e-bikes wherever non-electric bikes are allowed, but we advise you to check with BLM office that manages that trail.
- U.S. Forest Service – opportunities are expanding, but check with the Forest Service.
- Another resource for finding mountain bike trails where e-bikes are allowed is People for Bikes nationwide EMountain Biking Map.
What about theft?
As best as we can determine, e-bikes don’t get stolen with any more frequency than non-electric bikes. That’s most likely because people tend to lock them up better and because a bike thief needs to get a charger and a battery key to make the bike truly saleable.
The best ways to protect your bike from theft are:
- Get a high-quality bike lock. Cable locks are way too easy to cut. High-quality u-bolts and folding locks are better.
- If you are parking your bike in your garage, lock your garage. It’s probably the #1 location we’ve seen bikes get stolen from.
- When in public, lock your bike in a visible location.
Do I need special insurance?
Check with your insurance company. Some insurance companies do not treat e-bikes as bicycles, so you may need to get a rider added to your homeowners/renters insurance for theft protection. You can also check with two bicycle specialty insurers – Velosurance.com and Spokeinsurance.com.
Aren’t electric bikes heavy?
As one of our customers told us, E-bikes might be heavy to lift, but they are heavenly to ride.
Electric bikes are typically heavier than regular bikes. But the weight of any bicycle (electrical or non-electrical) is felt the most when climbing hills. The electric assist on an e-bike makes up for the additional weight many times over. Where weight does matter is if you need to lift the bike. That’s one of the many reasons why e-bikes are favored over electric scooters, which often weigh 150 pounds or more.
If you have to climb several flights of stairs to store your bike, we strongly suggest finding a more accessible storage location.
CHARGING, BATTERIES RANGE
Do electric bikes recharge when applying brakes or going down hill – like a hybrid car’s regenerative braking?
It’s rare and the concept doesn’t work very well. A few models of electric bikes include a feature to recharge the battery, usually while you are braking. In those cases the range of the battery can be extended 5-10%, while adding several hundred dollars to the cost. However, due to the design of the motors that provide regeneration, you’ll often find that the bike is harder to pedal if you are using the bike with the power off.
What is the range I can get from a single charge?
The biggest factor contributing to your range is whether you pedal or just use a throttle without pedaling, along with what level of assist you use. Cynergy E-bikes is a strong proponent of the synergy cynergy resulting from combining human pedal power with electric power, so we’ll tell you the expected range when you do both. With relaxed pedaling expect 22-50 miles on a single charge for most e-bikes. In some cases you’ll go even farther. We have bikes that are getting 80 miles on a single charge. Range will also be impacted by the battery capacity, the hills, wind and your size. Many electric bikes pedal easily as regular bikes. So you can extend the range even further by using little or no power on level surfaces and down hill.
How long does it take to charge an e-bike battery?
A lithium ion ebike battery that is fully depleted will take 3.5 to 6 hours to recharge. Batteries that still have a partial charge when you start charging will take less. In addition, the last hour or so of a charge is used to top-off the cells, and you don’t have to wait for that process to be completed. So some batteries can be 90% charged in 2.5 hours or less.
How many charges can I get out of a battery?
Most e-bike batteries sold in North America are lithium-ion, which will provide a minimum of 500 full charge cycles at which point the battery will hold about 80% of its original capacity. Some batteries can deliver up to 1200 charge cycles. If you recharge the battery when it is only 50% depleted, that counts as only 1/2 of one charge cycle. If you usually use your e-bike in pedal-assist mode, combining both pedal power and electric power, you can expect to go 10,000-30,000 miles before replacing your battery. That is a lot of miles on a bicycle.
How much electricity does it take to charge a battery?
Depending on the capacity of the battery, it will usually take 500-800 watt hours (0.4. 0.8 kilowatt hours) to charge the battery. Assuming a rate of 0.10/kWh, it will cost you 5-8 cents for a charge that will last you 20-80 miles.
MOTORS, SPEED PERFORMANCE
What is the difference between Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 electric bikes?
This system of classifying electric bikes is being adopted by several states as a means of regulating electric bikes. The classifications are as follows:
- Class 1. is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling (thus no throttle), and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
- Class 2. is a bicycle equipped with a throttle that can propel the bike up to a maximum of 20mph with the rider pedaling, and may also have the ability to achieve up to 20mph with the rider assisting, without the use of a throttle.
- Class 3. also known as a speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle, is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour.
For all classes, the maximum power output is 750 watts (1 h.p.).
Several states, including our neighbor to the north, Washington, have adopted regulations that use this class system. Our home state, Oregon, has not yet done so.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this classification system is how some states are treating Class 3 e-bikes. While these bikes are permitted in bike lanes on streets, they can be restricted from shared use paths, such as those in parks and rails-to-trails paths that are designed to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians.
Should I buy a bike with a mid-drive motor or hub-motor?
They both have their benefits. Hub motors tend to be a little easier to operate if you are a less experienced cyclist, because they require less shifting of gears. Mid-drives tend to get a little better range for equivalent battery capacity, because you’ll get more efficiency by shifting. While theoretically you get better hill climbing with a mid-drive, you’ll usually find both types will climb just about any hill.
Finally, it’s usually easier to change a rear tire with a mid-drive.
But the real test of determining which type of motor is best for you is to ride both and compare.
What’s the difference between a cadence-sensor and a torque-sensor?
With a torque sensor, the power that is delivered is increased in proportion to the amount of pedal force the rider is applying. So as you pedal harder, the motor automatically delivers more assist. As you reduce pressure, you get a little less assist. It’s essentially amplifying whatever power you are applying to the pedals. You have multiple levels of pedal-assist, with each level representing a higher or lower amplification of your own power. A torque-sensor can feel more like riding a conventional bicycle than a cadence-sensor. It also tends to deliver power smoother.
A cadence-sensor, perhaps more appropriately called a crank-sensor, delivers a uniform amount of assist at each assist level, regardless of the amount of pressure you are applyng. It is activated just by getting the crank turning. Because a cadence-sensor is not reading your pedal pressure, the power delivery is not quite as smooth or “bike-like”. But it’s fairly easy to adapt your use of the controls to smooth out the power delivery. Some people prefer a cadence-sensor because it tends to provide a great sensation of power without applying much pedal pressure.
The best way to know which type of pedal-assist is right for you is to try them both.
How fast can an electric bike go?
If you are pedaling, you can go as fast as you are able to pedal it. However, most bikes stop providing electric assist while pedaling at 20 mph (Class 1 and Class 2 ebikes). Some will provide assist going at speeds up to about 28 mph (=45 kilometers per hour – Class 3 ebikes.)
How important is motor wattage? (also. I’m really big, so don’t I need a 1000-2000 watt motor? or. I want to go fast, so don’t I need a lot of wattage?)
The benefits of a high wattage motor are very overstated. A street legal e-bike in Oregon can go only 28mph, and only 20mph unless you are pedaling (and we recommend pedaling). You’ll be able to get that with even some 250 watt motors.
With a properly designed e-bike and e-bike motor, you’ll find that you get far more power than you need with 500 watts or less. There are many 250 watt motors that deliver as much torque as motors that are 500 watts or higher. The design of the motor and the gearing of the bike are far more important than the wattage of the motor.
Higher wattage correlates with higher power consumption, so using a higher wattage motor means you’ll need a bigger battery to go the same distance. The most expensive part of your e-bike is the battery, thus a larger motor, requires a larger battery which leads to higher cost.
As for hauling a lot of weight, we have several 300lbs customers that do fine at 250-350 watt motors.
Can I ride an e-bike as a regular bike. without the electric power?
Yes. And it is easy to switch back and forth. For example, you might want to use the power only when you are going up hills.
Do I have to pedal?
It depends on the bike. Some electric bikes sold in North America allow you to operate by simply turning the throttle without pedaling. Europeans have stricter rules, requiring that you pedal. which we support. If you think you’ll get by without pedaling, think again. Even for e-bikes that have a throttle, you’ll need to pedal when going up long, steep hills, although you won’t have to pedal hard. Pedaling is more fun, extends the range of your battery, extends the life of your motor, and extends your own life too.
Is servicing an e-bike any different than a regular bike?
Look at an e-bike as being comprised of two groups of parts – mechanical and electric.
- Mechanical parts are the same parts that you’ll see on non-electric bikes. Servicing mechanical parts can be performed at any bike shop. You might find that your bike parts might wear a little faster than on a non-electric bike – especially brake pads, chains, cogs and tires. But that’s because most people put many more miles on their e-bike. There is some basic maintenance that you can do on your own, like keeping your tires properly inflated and lubricating your chain. For some basic bike maintenance tips, check out our recommended maintenance videos.
- The electrical parts don’t require any maintenance. If you do run into a problem with an electrical part, you’ll want to go to a shop that has some expertise in servicing e-bikes. While not really a maintenance task, you do want to make sure that the battery keeps some charge in it. If you don’t, it might discharge to a point so low that you can’t charge it anymore, thus killing your battery – an expensive mistake to make.
Cynergy E-Bikes has a complete service department for both mechanical work and electrical work, with expertise servicing electrical parts for from many different e-bike brands.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
How much will I reduce my carbon footprint if I use an ebike instead of a car?
Our favorite question! In Oregon, which depends on hydropower and wind more than coal and gas, it takes the carbon footprint of over 60 e-bikes to equal the carbon footprint of one single occupancy, gasoline-powered car. In states that depend more on coal, it might be around 20-30 e-bikes compared to one car. No matter how you calculate it, even though an ebike uses electricity that might come from fossil fuels, the amount of CO2 emitted compared to a car is miniscule.
What about leaving my electric bicycle out in the rain?
The motor and battery are sufficiently sealed to be protected from the rain. However, we do suggest that if you are carrying your bike on the back of a car and rain is in the forecast, that you place the battery inside the car. Driving 70mph in a downpour with the battery exposed is like pressure-washing your battery. That’s a lot different than riding your bike in the rain.
E-Bike Classifications and Laws
Federal laws give states the freedom to regulate electric bikes in unique ways. Classification systems and e-bike laws in California are different from those you’ll find in other states. If you own an e-bike or are considering purchasing one, take some time to understand California’s regulations, as well as those you’ll encounter across state lines.
Electric Bike Laws and Regulations
There are three different e-bikes classes. Classes were created to determine how e-bikes should be used according to local e-bike laws. Currently, 36 states across the U.S. utilize the three-class system for electric bikes. States may alter some details within their three-tier systems, but most are very similar. The classes include:
- Class 1: The Class 1 e-bike provides assistance only when you pedal, and stops assisting when you reach 20 mph — great for bike lanes, bike paths, roads or anywhere you’d take a traditional bike.
- Class 2: The Class 2 e-bike is equipped with a throttle which provides a boost without pedaling, and stops assisting at 20 mph.
- Class 3: The Class 3 e-bike is equipped with a speedometer, and only assists until the bike reaches 28 mph — an excellent choice for commuters. The most popular bikes fit into Class 1 or Class 3 because riders still want to pedal.
If you’re shopping for an e-bike, it’s important to understand the e-bike laws in your state, as they may be slightly different than the popular 3-classification system. Familiarizing yourself with these laws and regulations is crucial for a variety of different reasons. They’re meant to keep you riding safely and to protect others around you. Electric bikes are fun to use and convenient, but they are still machines that require these types of regulations to protect consumers and people in public places.
Depending on the state, these regulations can be about where you ride, what gear you need to wear, certain attributes of your bike and more. When you know all about these different policies, you’ll avoid fines and are keeping yourself and others safe.
What Is A Class 1 E-Bike?
Most municipalities treat class 1 e-bikes like regular street and mountain bikes.
The fundamental distinction is that electric bikes have pedal-assist technology that works when you engage the pedals. When using this mode, the motor will not run itself without any pedaling. However, as mentioned above, class 1 electric bikes can only get a pedal-assist boost up to 20 mph. Class 1 models from Juiced Bikes also have throttle-only capabilities. Unlike using pedal assist, the throttle-only mode allows you to ride your bike without pedaling. Enjoy taking a break, or turn your excursion into a low-effort ride.
Before taking a class 1 electric bike to an area that may discourage you from using motorized vehicles, research local rules and regulations. They can differ widely between cities and states. If you’re interested in buying an electric bike to commute on standard streets and highways, you’re probably in the clear with a class 1 e-bike. Many first-time electric bike users start in this class.
Information on Class 2 Electric Bikes
The electric bike classes make many customers assume that class 2 electric bikes are one direct step up from class 1 e-bikes in handling or difficulty. Instead, the class 2 e-bike is suitable for a few extra surface terrain types, such as off-highway vehicle (OHVs) trails. If you’re unfamiliar with OHV trails, they are popular paths for enthusiasts with dirt bikes, golf carts, jeeps and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.)
When weighing whether to buy a class 1 vs class 2 e-bike, check out the specs of the bikes you’re considering. Like class 1 bikes, class 2 e-bikes have pedal assistance up to 20 mph and throttle-only mode, where the motor can work independently. This mode may be valuable to you if you’re unable to pedal because of an injury or limited mobility.
Need-to-Know Facts About Class 3 Electric Bikes
Speed differentiates class 3 e-bikes from their counterparts in the other classes. Electric bikes under this classification continue to garner support by e-bike fans, especially ones eager for adventures. Because class 3 e-bikes offer pedal assistance up to 28 mph, they help riders go faster. Like all Juiced Bikes, class 3 versions have a throttle, so your motor is always ready to help. That means you can reach your destination with less legwork.
Is a class 3 electric bike the ideal choice for your unique needs and riding style? If you’re interested in both commuting and adventuring, we recommend checking out the full lineup of class 3 models from Juiced Bikes. You may even see some e-bikes that can qualify for a few classes available on our website. From sporty, moped-style frames to the ultimate variant in light commuters, our wide range of class 3 e-bikes will help you get where you’re going safely and stylishly.
Please be careful to obey local rules if you’re using bike-only paths for your cruising. Many places have electric bike regulations that prohibit class 3 e-bikes from some lanes and trails because of their speed, and such rules discourage visitors from racing.
California Electric Bike Laws
Since there are so many different types of electric bikes out there with different capabilities, these classes help keep cyclists, drivers and pedestrians safe. In California, and 21 other states, bikes are sorted into three classifications based on top speeds and whether pedaling is a necessary function.
Knowing the class of your e-bike or your future e-bike will tell you where and how you can ride. For instance, in California, a class 3 electric requires that the rider wear a helmet. E-bike users in class 2 and below can be any age and have access to pathways meant for cyclists.
Blending Different Classes
Juiced Bikes are super versatile e-bikes that can be used for a wide variety of purposes and can fit into multiple classes depending on the mode you are using. When you own an electric bike that meets the specifications of more than one class, you can enjoy the benefits of each class at different points. If you ride a bike that toes the line between two classifications, you have more control over how and where you ride.
If you have an e-bike that allows you to pedal or not pedal to power the bike, that model could be class 1 or class 2 in a 3-class system. Or, if you have a e-bike where you can change out the battery, you could even go between a class 2 and a class 3 specification. This added versatility gives you access to other bikeways in the state and more ways to use this versatile, fun and environmentally friendly way to get around.
E-Bike Classifications Outside of California
All fifty states and Washington, D.C. define e-bikes in some capacity, but their classifications can be slightly different from state to state. Here’s how e-bike classification looks outside of CA.
Of the states that categorize e-bikes, 36 of them use a three-tier system similar to what we discussed above. Tiered categorization allows states to separate e-bikes from other motorized vehicles like mopeds or scooters. Most of the classification parameters in these states are fairly similar, so riders shouldn’t have much trouble understanding the overlap.
Fourteen states regulate e-bikes without implementing the classification system. These include Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
E-Bike Requirements Across States
If you live outside of California or plan to take your e-bike on the road with you, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with different e-bike laws and regulations in the U.S.
Insurance and Registration
Most states with a three-tier classification system do not require you to register or insure your e-bike. However, all 36 states that use a three-tier model require e-bikes to have a visible label displaying the class, top speed and motor wattage. You may need licensure, registration and vehicle insurance to ride in states that lack a classification system or only use two tiers.
State lawmakers set unique helmet laws for e-bike riders and passengers, and some even leave regulation to local governments. Many states require helmets in some capacity through laws centered around age, class or a hybrid of the two. Connecticut is one state that requires all riders to wear a helmet, while a few states allow you to ride without one. Inquire with your state’s transportation department to determine its helmet requirements for e-bike riders.
E-Bike Road Rules Across States
Understanding electric bicycle laws by state is important so you know where you can and can’t ride. Reach out to the transportation department or local authorities for the state in question to find out where you can and cannot ride an e-bike.
Road and Sidewalk Regulations
The legality of riding an e-bike on the road or sidewalk varies across states. E-bikes must share the road with cars and follow the same rules in Alabama, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Virginia and a few others. Some states allow e-bikes on sidewalks as well as roads, including Arizona, Washington, Minnesota and Utah. Even so, keep in mind that these states may limit which e-bike classes can ride on the sidewalk.
Multi-use Trail Regulations
Whether or not you can ride an e-bike on multi-use trails is up to local and state governments. Some states like Colorado have implemented pilot programs to test how e-bikers affect other riders on rail trails and hiking paths. Inquire with city officials to determine if e-bikes are allowed on local multi-use trails.
Contact Juiced Bikes
The experts at Juiced Bikes are here to help you understand which e-bikes you can ride and where you can ride them in California and beyond. If you are unsure about which Juiced Bikes models fit into the three classifications, please contact us online for more information!
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Electric Tricycles: A Must-Read Guide on How to Ride One
An Electric Tricycle is an electric bike with three wheels for added safety and comfort. Like a traditional tricycle, one wheel is in the front, while the other two are parallel to each other in the back. This makes balancing on them much easier than bikes and scooters, while their motor makes it much easier for people to go far without over-exerting themselves.
In short: Electric Tricycles are electric bikes, but safer. Their back two wheels add an extra layer of sturdiness, while their motors help folks with limited mobility.
Getting On an Electric Tricycle
When it comes to mounting an Electric Tricycle it is going to be much easier than mounting a normal two-wheeled bike, because it’s stable. You don’t have to worry about losing your balance; it’s going to be almost like sitting in a chair.
Two things to make sure of before mounting an Electric Tricycle:
- Make sure the motor is off, or at power level 0.
- Make sure you’re on level ground so the trike’s not going to roll in any direction
Next, you’re going to want to grip the left brake and step through, then sit on the Electric Tricycle’s seat. Make sure you have a model that doesn’t have a bulky motor that might get in the way.
In short: Make sure the motor is off and you’re on level ground. Grip the left brake, step through, and mount the bike. Take your time.
Turning With an Electric Tricycle
Turning corners is easier on an Electric Tricycle, but there is something to keep in mind: Electric Tricycles are wider than two-wheel bikes. This means you’re going to need more room to turn.
Practice your turns in your neighborhood before going on a longer ride. Be aware that you’ll need more space to turn.
Also, do not “lean” into your turns as you would a normal bike: keep your weight centered over the middle of the trike. Electric Tricycles are not meant to be ridden on “edge,” and if one of the rear wheels comes off the ground, the rider is at risk of tipping over.
In short: Leave more room for turns, and practice in your neighborhood. Keep your weight centered over the middle of the Electric Tricycle.
Using the Motor
Electric Tricycles use motors in the front wheel, or rear wheels of the trike to power forward, which means an Electric Tricycle will track infinitely better when compared to a normal bike or trike. For instance: riding up a hill on a normal bike is hard. With an Electric Tricycle, it’s easy.
Simply turn on your pedal-assist or full-throttle feature, and your Electric Tricycle will have no problems with hills. Adjust the power levels and your level of pedaling in your neighborhood to get used to how fast you’d like to go before going out into the world.
In short: The motor on an Electric Tricycle makes life way easier. Take your time learning how the motor works in your neighborhood.
Electric Tricycles are easier to learn how to ride than two-wheeled bikes. But when getting used to its wider base, we recommend riding down a quiet street or finding an empty parking lot to practice.
In terms of braking, you’re going to apply the same strategy used with a normal bike or trike: just grip the brakes. But because your Electric Tricycle is motorized, please give yourself more time to brake if you’re moving faster.
When you see obstacles, realize that you’re not as nimble on an Electric Tricycle as you are on a normal bike. You’re going to want to slow down and give yourself a wide berth when maneuvering.
Be aware of your larger footprint when riding. Your Electric Tricycle will take up more space when riding.- the rear wheels are likely wider than your shoulders.- so keep that in mind when riding around pedestrians or cars.
Finally: obey all cycling laws in your local jurisdiction, and wear a helmet.
In short: The motor on an Electric Tricycle makes life way easier. Take your time learning how the motor works in your neighborhood.
Electric Tricycle Benefits
Electric Tricycles are easy to learn and maintain, not requiring a license or formal training. They can be taken for rides on paved surfaces such as sidewalks, bike paths, golf courses, and parks, offering people a great way to get around and see their community.
Electric Tricycles offer freedom from traffic jams, and they’re eco-friendly because you don’t need gas. They make for a great hobby for folks who place a premium on feeling balanced, sturdy, and safe.
This is perhaps they’re greatest benefit: they’re safe for people of all abilities. Electric Tricycles offer a lot of advantages to people with certain disabilities and are great for senior citizens. Riders have to worry much less about falling off or over-exerting themselves in the face of strong headwinds, due to the balance provided by the back wheels and the added help of the motor.
There are also health benefits to cycling with an Electric Tricycle. It’s a great way for folks to stay in shape and exercise, while also staying engaged in their community. Getting from point A to point B becomes much easier when you’re on such a sturdy bike, and the electric motor makes it easier to ride up hills or flat terrain. You’re also engaging with your environment in a way that simply feels different than riding in a car. In addition to the physical benefits, this also provides a boost to your mental health, which becomes increasingly important as you age.
Although providing a great way to exercise, Electric Tricycles reduce unwanted physical strain because they don’t require as much effort from the rider when using them over long periods of time.
In short: Electric Tricycles offer many advantages for people with disabilities and seniors who want to ride without pain. Electric tricycles provide the added advantage of being powered by an electric motor that makes it easier to climb hills and go farther than traditional bikes over long periods of time.These motors also reduce physical strain because pedaling with them doesn’t require as much effort from the rider.
What Situations are Electric Tricycles Best Suited For?
As mentioned, Electric Tricycles have three wheels: one in the front, two on the rear. This makes them significantly more stable than a bicycle.
Electric Tricycles are great for those whose ability to pedal is limited due to injuries or disabilities. It affords a great way to ride on bike paths, and if the Electric Tricycle has fat tires and the right motor, they can even be used to ride in conditions like snow or dirt paths. This means they’re perfect for people who are looking to get out more, but who want a safer ride than those provided by an electric bike or a standard bike.
A proper Electric Tricycle should have seats that can be adjusted so that you don’t have to bend over while riding them. Ergonomics are key, and for this reason, Electric Tricycles are best suited for those who value comfort in their ride.
In short: Electric Tricycles are far sturdier than bikes, electric bikes, and scooters. They provide a great way to ride on bike paths, paved surfaces, and even hills. In the case of Electric Tricycles with fat tires, they can even be used on dirt paths, beaches, and snow.
Commonly Asked Questions About Riding an Electric Tricycle
Here are the most commonly-asked questions about riding an Electric Tricycle:
How safe is the Electric Tricycle?
First and foremost, you need an Electric Tricycle that you feel secure on. That means feeling balanced, getting on and off, and being able to customize it if you have special needs (while not losing any of the Electric Tricycle’s sturdiness). Next, you need front and rear lights for safety. Finally, check to see that the Electric Tricycle has disc brakes.
How comfortable is it to mount and dismount?
Find an Electric Tricycle that’s easy to mount and dismount. Ideally, it’s one with a well placed motor and battery that makes getting on and off more comfortable. Its frame should have the rider in mind; it should have a low step through so it’s easy to step in and out.
How easy is it to set up?
From order to shipment to assembly, the process needs to be simple and safe. Look for companies that provide fast and free shipping, and that provide bikes that are mostly assembled already. If they have a white glove service option when the bike arrives, even better; someone can come help you make slight adjustments to customize the ride is key.
How easy is it to use once it’s set up?
It should take less than five minutes from the time you set up the bike to the time you’re riding. Anything more than that is too complicated.
Does the battery matter?
Yes, for a few reasons. Electric models can be powered by several types of batteries, but you want to look for one with a “Smart charger” so you don’t have to worry about over-charging it. You also want to be able to travel a long distance on a single charge.
What modes should it have?
Both full throttle and pedal-assist, so you can choose how much physical exertion you want to use.
What if I have issues with the bike after I start using it?
Look for a company that can provide service anywhere. They should be able to send someone to you to help with any simple fixes. You should also look for a company that offers a strong warranty.
In short: Know the answers to the questions above when purchasing an Electric Tricycle.
The best Electric Tricycles to ride
With many options on the market, you need an Electric Tricycle that:
- Suits your specific needs.
- Is safe, dependable, and affords you freedom and joy when riding.
Based on the criteria outlined in the previous section, these are the best Electric Tricycles to buy if…
You’re going to be mostly on paved surfaces, and want the best all-around Electric Tricycle on the market.
Anywhere Trike. Electric Adult Tricycle – Breezy Edition
For those who want a fun and easy way to travel, but don’t like the idea of riding a standard bike. The Anywhere Trike is also for those who value safety, but still want the freedom and joy that comes from cycling. Not only does it help with commuting, it also makes for great exercise and a way to get outdoors.
It sports a long-lasting battery that gives you 28 miles on a single charge, a full throttle mode, and a pedal-assist mode. This Adult Electric Tricycle comes 90% assembled, and will be delivered in a week. Once it’s assembled, it takes less than five minutes to learn to ride. It’s perfect for those who want to ride on paved bike paths, flat surfaces, and even hills.
For those who want a little more torque:
Anywhere Trike. Rugged Edition
A well-hidden front hub assembly motor and fat tires mean you’ll never have to worry about hills again with this Electric Tricycle. A 500W 48V motor has enough torque to get you uphill, while an oversized battery means you’ll be able to go 31 miles on a single charge.
Although this Electric Tricycle has more power, safety is not sacrificed. The fat tires provide balance and stability on bike paths, roads, dirt paths, beaches, and snow. An ergonomic design allows you to keep your back straight and remain comfortable. Finally, the best warranty in the industry helps buyers feel secure in their purchase.