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Electric Bikes 101

What are the benefits from an Electric Bike?

  • Reach your destination faster if biking is your primary mode of transportation

  • Senior citizens that wish for extra assisted power

  • Limitation on stamina due to lingering injuries that needs the assisted power

  • Recreational rider who desires help climbing steep hills or extended range for long distance travel

  • RV / Campers

Other benefits not covered in video

  • Great towing power, some people use it to tow little cargo or family uses it to tow their children

  • Environmentally friendly




E-bike courtesy & negative perception

Although e-bikes has an established culture in Europe, riding an e-bike in North America can be the subject of scorn, perceived as "cheating" or its an "automobile" not everyone has understanding or willingness to accept e-bike as part of the bike culture.

This short video segment looks at some common (mis)perceptions around e-bikes and how to courteously counter them. With the right attitude and information, we can build a strong community of awareness on the subject and creating a respectful biking environment for everyone.



Are ebikes legal?

 

Electric bike legislation is mandated at federal, provincial and municipal levels so there is no single answer for all areas.  This video segment looks at the current Canadian laws, with a focus on the laws in Calgary, Alberta.  In Calgary, electric bikes are legal on city pathways if using "Pedelec" or pedal-sensing technology.  We also look briefly at how our laws compare to the United States and the United Kingdom. 

 

Please follow the below link for the official e-bike regulations from the City of Calgary

City of Calgary - Electric Bikes on Pathways



What is difference between Pedelec and Power on Demand (POD)?

Power on Demand systems only require the use of a throttle to engage the motor, and as such pedaling is not required to engage the motor. 

Pedelec systems respond to the rider's pedaling input to drive the motor, and as such require the rider to actively pedal the bike in order to engage the motor.



What is the difference between Mid drive system vs hub motor

The main differences between Mid Drive and Hub Drive motors are in weight placement and bike handling, interaction with gears to produce greater torque in a mid-drive system, and ability to use regenerative braking in a hub motor.  This short video segment looks at these and other differences in more detail.


What components make up an e-bike ?

Most electric bikes work around the same basic system, which includes a battery to power the motor, a motor to propel the bike, a device to control the speed (either Pedalec or Power on Demand), and a controller to facilitate power management.



What are the difference between ebike conversion kit vs purpose built eBike?

 

Some basic point for starter is that conversion kit can be more economical option, however, kits are general less discrete, whereas manufactured e-bikes are more aesthetically pleasing.

Conversion kits are often modular and feature open architecture, while manufactured e- bikes has all the components correctly placed on the bike saving headache of overthinking about fit.

For further discussion please review the Kits vs Factory E-Bikes video where we dive deeper into the subject.