Buying an E-Bike in 2024?

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Things to know before buying an E-Bike. Electric bikes are often referred to as E-Bikes. E-Biking is a fantastic way to explore, whether at home or on holidays. Read David's overview of E-Bikes and some of their benefits. If you want to buy an E-Bike in 2023, visit Echuca and hire before you buy!

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What is an Electric Bike?

Electric bikes are often referred to as E-Bikes.  E-biking is a fantastic way to explore, whether at home or on holidays!

Maybe you’ve heard a bit about electric bikes but are unsure exactly what an E-Bike is?

Our Green Pedal E-Bikes are “pedal assist”, which means as you pedal the electric assistance is activated.  There are various levels of assistance you can choose.  Our Merida E-Bikes have three levels – low, medium or high.  Or you can choose to use no assistance at all.  One of the great things about E-Bikes and E-biking is that if you are riding with others you have an equaliser that allows the group to ride together, and you get the exercise you want.

And E-Bikes are also great for home to work commutes.  With less effort you can arrive to work fresh, and with no fuel costs.  On the way home at the end of the day, wind back the electric assistance and tick off some exercise!

E-biking can be suitable for all ages – whether you’re a teenager or a senior – E-Bikes are FUN!  And, no licence is needed.  There are many types of E-Bikes too.  Our hire fleet also includes NORCO hard tail E-Mountain bikes in sizes small, medium and large.

Echuca has some amazing river tracks and there’s no better way to enjoy the Murray River nature based attractions, than on two wheels.

Step-through-cruiser – our most popular E-Bike

Our best selling style E-Bike is the step-through cruiser.  This style of bike is growing in popularity thanks to their clever design, which means you don’t have to lift your leg awkwardly to step over a frame to get on.  A step-through generally doesn’t have a cross bar (the bar that goes from the seat to the handlebars) and if it doesn’t then it’s angled down towards the pedals.  A step through E-Bike is very easy to mount and dismount, making it a perfect choice for people of all ages.  E-Bikes that have a low step-through also allow you to sit in the most upright position which can also add to your comfort when riding.

What is an Electric Trike?

An electric trike is basically a regular tricycle with an electric motor.  E-trikes open up a whole new world to people who find riding a bike with two wheels difficult.  The added stability of an electric trike, along with easy mounting can be a life changer, increasing access to the community, transport to the shops and a new way to keep physically active. Why would you ride a tricycle?  Riding a trike is a great way to keep active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Green Pedal is an agent for Scoobo Electric Trikes, and the Scooter Trike.  Both are designed and made in Germany, are excellent quality and provide an exceptionally stable 3 wheel experience.

Benefits of an Electric Bike

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An electric bike is really just a regular bicycle with the addition of an electric motor, battery and controller to provide assistance to the rider.

You can pedal a little, or pedal a lot!

  • E-biking gives you the ability to bike further and see more!
  • E-biking gets you to your destination faster and sweat free
  • E-bikes provide a great equaliser for riders of different fitness levels
  • E-biking gives you the chance to relax and take in the surroundings you might not have noticed before your journey
  • E-biking provides the satisfaction of doing your part for the environment, with no emissions and no fuel costs
  • E-biking may be suitable for getting back into exercise following an injury or illness
  • E-Bikes make riding fun, even with a head wind or riding up a hill!
 
And yes, even when you ride an E-Bike you can be exercising.
 

Things to Consider Before You Buy an E-Bike

Factors to consider when purchasing your own E-bike include:

  • your budget
  • battery size and how far you plan to ride
  • style of bike – step through, mountain bike, hybrid etc
  • where you plan to ride – on trails, sealed roads, mountain bike tracks
  • do you plan to transport your bike and if you do, factor in the cost of a quality bike carrier
  • It is important to note if you plan to ride long distances you will need to choose a bike that has a suitable battery size.  If you plan to commute to work on your E-Bike, then make sure the battery will cover your return trip.

How do I charge an E-Bike?

Most electric bikes come with a charging adapter that plugs into the bike battery and the mains power.  There are various factors including the wattage of the bike battery and the charger’s amp that determines the charging time.  There’s nothing too technical about charging the battery, and each bike will come with specific instructions.  In fact, it’s a pretty similar process to charging your phone.
 

Hub Drive or Mid Drive?

There are generally two types of E-Bikes, a Hub Drive or a Mid Drive.

A hub drive is where the motor is in the hub of the rear (or front wheel), whereas with a mid drive E-Bike, the motor directly drives the pedal crank assembly.

Our Green Pedal E-Bikes are mid drive, pedal assist.

The pros of a mid-drive E-Bike include

  • they provide more efficient use of the battery. This is the main benefit and in our opinion is the most important.
  • we have found them to be more reliable and quieter.
  • it is much easier (and quicker) to change a tube in the rear tyre on a mid drive, compared to a hub drive.

The down side is that mid drive E-Bikes are typically more expensive.  Although investing in a quality E-Bike in the first instance is always preferred, cheaper E-Bikes are also a great way to get started. Establish your budget, then investigate the options. 

Recommended Accessories

  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Bike Pump
  • Repair kit
  • Pannier or Rack Bag
  • Gloves (sun protection in summer, and for chilly mornings in winter)
  • Bike Rack for transportation
  • Toddler Seat or Bike Trailer – perfect for including your children or grandchildren in your riding actitivites
  • Bike trailer or basket for your pet!

E-Bike Regulations

In Australia there are various rules and regulations regarding E-Bikes. Each State and Territory have specific regulations, but one of the universal regulations is that an E-Bike maximum speed must not exceed 25 km per hour.  It is also compulsory to wear a helmet.

Try before you buy

Hiring an E-Bike or joining an E-Bike tour is a great way to find out if E-biking is for you.  Green Pedal has various hire options, from 2hrs to a full day E-Bike tour.   When you hire an E-Bike from Green Pedal, David will happily assist you with answering your E-Bike questions to help you select an E-Bike this suits your budget and E-Bike adventure plans!  Buying an E-Bike is an exciting purchase, and you want to make the right choice of bike.

Purchase a Bike from Green Pedal

Green Pedal is an E-Bike supplier.  We supply Merida, Norco and a range of other quality brands. Green Pedal also sells Pfautec Scoobo electric trikes or e-tricycles.  These are great for people with mobility limitations, including older people and people with disability.  For trusted, no obligation recommendations or a quote, contact David on 0490 048 239 or email info@greenpedal.com.au.

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