What is an electric bike?
An electric bike is just like a standard bicycle, but with an electric motor and battery attached. It can make for faster journey times and sweat-free travel in windy, uphill conditions on a bike that’s a lot more fun to ride!
Why use one?
Most people’s journeys are around 2 miles; about a 25-30 minute walk. However, most people will take their car and spend time finding and paying for parking at their destination. This is when a bicycle becomes a far more practical alternative.
Similarly, the average UK commute has now risen to just under 9 miles, which most people could easily cycle in under an hour. Electric bikes could do this much quicker, and leave you fresh and ready to work at the other end.
There are various makes and models of electric bikes, giving you a range of between 15 and 50 miles, which is ample for most commutes with a recharge time typically around 3 hours.
Where can I try and buy one?
Many independent and national cycle retailers supply electric bikes alongside conventional ones and will be happy to provide advice and even a try-before-you-buy service. A number of dedicated electric bike retailers have sprung up locally in recent years, including:
- 50 Cycles, Loughborough
- Ebike Centres, Leicester
- Justebikes, Leicester
- Plugin Bikes, Leicester
- Powered Bicycles, Long Eaton
Does your employer run a cycle to work scheme? If so, you may be able to purchase an electric bike and spread the payment, tax free. Check with your employer for full details.
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