What Everyone Should Know Before Buying an Electric Bike?

Cycling is more than just a recreational pursuit; it is also a green transportation option and a great workout. While traditional bikes get the job done, they’re not always practical for longer travel. Can you say burning thighs? Conventional cycles also represent issues with accessibility for those that cannot physically pedal for long distances.

Enter the eBike, a combination of function and fun. Electric bikes come in a variety of styles, from easily foldable commuter models to larger-framed designs built for endurance. Plus, electric bike storage and maintenance is way more practical than cars.

But with so many product options, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few things you need to know before buying an electric bike. 

Guy wearing sunglasses and helmet riding an EB5 Pro Plus eBike in the park.
The EB5 Pro Plus.

What Is an Electric Bike?

Simply put, it is a traditional bicycle with motorized capabilities. The design of the cycle may vary depending on the manufacturer. However, the concept is essentially the same as a traditional cycle, with two wheels, handlebars and pedals. The difference with an eBike is the electric motor that propels the bike, the more sophisticated gear shift system and the customization of the tires. These eBike features let you enjoy more uses, from pedaling or using the motor, taking the bike off-road or choosing a model meant for longer distances.

Benefits of Buying an Electric Bike

Electric bikes offer all the benefits of traditional cycles with none of the drawbacks. Want to pedal to burn calories and bring on the sweat? Hop on your eBike, leave the motor off and enjoy the workout. Want to tool along enjoying the scenery, effortlessly getting from one point to another? Switch on the motor and let it do the work for you.

It’s all a matter of choice as the motor gives you options regarding how hard you want to work. Batteries are rechargeable and cover a significant amount of ground on one charge. For example, the SWAGTRON® EB12 Classic City eBike is a full-sized cycle with a traditional design with a 250W motor and Shimano® gear speed system. Combined, this makes for an easy and efficient ride that’s also environmentally friendly.

Woman wearing a helmet riding an EB12 electric bike on the sidewalk.
Full-sized bike with power to spare – the EB12 Electric Bike.

Have eBike, Will Travel

Use an electric bike anywhere you would a traditional one, first, checking local and state laws, which can vary according to eBike definitions and permissions.  Enjoy challenging city or trail rides, combining pedal and motor to control physical exertion. If you’re a bike commuter, use an eBike to reduce your carbon footprint.  Traversing sprawling college campuses? The lightweight and sleek design of the EB5 Pro Plus Folding City and Campus eBike folds easily for transportation and storing, providing solid portability without the campus parking headache .

Woman riding an EB5 Plus Pro ebike in front of a psychedelic backdrop.
The EB5 Pro Plus eBike from SWAGTRON® — budget-friendly, feature-rich.

Motors Matter

It might seem strange to be talking motors and bicycles in the same sentence. But motor choice matters when buying an electric bike. For example, if yours is a mountain style, then you likely plan to travel across some complex off-road trails. Choose a bike with a strong motor so you can make the ascent. Trail enthusiasts do best with the 350W high-torque motor on the EB8 off-road electric bike, as well as the fatter tires. But if yours is a city-dwelling eBike, then you may not need as powerful a motor, especially if you plan to combine motorized transit with pedaling.

The EB8 Off-Road eBike.
The EB8 Off-Road Fat-Tire Electric Bike – Conquer the Great Outdoors!

Be a Choosy Consumer

An electric bike purchase should be seamless and informative. Opt for brands that tell you exactly what the bike is all about. The more informative the product descriptions, the more informed a consumer you will be when making a final decision. If you’ve never purchased this type of cycle, then brands with more extensive catalogs are ideal. Remember, reputable eBike brands want you to know exactly what you are getting into before you make a purchase. Look for reliable brands with good warranties.

Electric Bike Maintenance

Electric bike maintenance consists of a few routine steps to extend the life of the cycle. By completing these regularly, you can limit the need for service calls.

  • Avoid eBike storage in extreme heat or cold for prolonged periods.
  • Charge batteries after each cycle use.
  • Wipe down the bike with a low-grade cleanser to keep it looking fresh.
  • Lubricate the chain to avoid rust build-up and keep the tires properly inflated.
  • Check the brakes regularly and

If you’re worried about how your bike is performing, take it to an electric bike professional for a routine check. Proper eBike maintenance can significantly extend your bike’s life and ensure many more miles of smooth rides.

Now that you’re up on everything eBikes, make a list of all the reasons you want one. Then figure out your budget. Once you start looking, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whittle down your choices to what suits your needs and your wallet. 

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