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Top 7 Electric Bike Myths

Electric Bicycles are becoming more common in the US, however many people have misguided views about how they work. E-Bikes can be our answer to the exorbitant cost of automobile commuting and the environmental impact fossil fuels case. We have put together a list of the common misconceptions people may have about electric bicycles.

Myths:

1. Electric Bikes don't last long because the battery wares out.

Many people think the electric bike batteries become useless after a fairly short time of riding and recharging. This might have been true on older sealed lead acid battery powered bikes which have a life span of about 500 charges before they drop to 80% capacity. However today most bikes use Lithium Ion batteries or LiFePO4 batteries which can be recharged 1500-2000 times before dropping to 80% maximum capacity. Which means if you fully drain your battery every day the battery will last 4-5 years before dropping to 80% capacity and they will last about 15 years under normal riding conditions, which is usually longer than the bike lasts.

2. You can't ride an electric bike in the rain

This is a completely untrue myth. Most ebikes today have water proof and airtight wire connections and completely sealed electric motors and batteries. You can ride your bike in a hurricane and not worry about getting electrocuted, or the motor shorting out. Also the bikes don't operate at an amperage that could kill a human. If you somehow manage to get a shock from the battery Autel MaxiCOM MK808, which you have to try to do this, you will only get a little uncomfortable jolt, but no bodily damage.

3. Electric Bikes are too slow to commute with

On rides under 15-20 miles this is usually untrue. The electric bike comes into its own at rush hour when cars are jamming the road and only moving at a slow pace. On an ebike you can use the sidewalk which is usually completely clear so you can skip the traffic. You can also use short cuts through parks, alleys, dirt paths and the like which can cut the distance down dramatically. You can go through traffic lights at your leisure and cut streets which cars can't do without getting a ticket. Not to mention you are outdoors enjoying your commute instead of being trapped in traffic. I have saved 30-45 minutes on my rides from South Beach to the Miami Suburbs through some of the most heavily congested roads in America.

4. Electric Bicycles require a ton of extra maintenance

Electric Bikes don't require you to do anything different than a normal bike except plugging them in and flipping a switch to turn them on Autel Diaglink. The electric drive systems have the same moving parts as a normal bike, except sometimes a few gears in the motor on geared drive motors. A good electric bike requires no special maintenance that a normal bike wouldn't require. You may need to oil the motor or clean an electrical contact if you let the bike sit too long, but really that's about it.

5. The batteries are worse for the environment than burning fossil fuel

Would you rather be breathing polluted air full of carbon monoxide, and lowering your life span? Electric bikes themselves don't create any unhealthy vapors. The batteries do need to be disposed of properly, so they can be recycled or placed in sealed landfills that don't pose a significant threat to the environment or release green house gasses. They take about 10 cents of electricity to recharge which is like leaving a florescent light on for the day. Some say the supply line uses just as much fossil fuel as you save from using the bike. Electric Bikes have a much smaller and simpler supply line than just about any vehicle, so the Prius argument doesn't hold up here.

6. Electric Bikes are too hard to pedal

Electric Bikes can be pedaled just like a normal bike. Most good motors don't add any resistance, while some of the direct drive motors have a negligible amount of resistance due to the rare earth magnets. The bikes are generally around twenty pounds heavier, but if you use your gears properly this extra weight won't be noticed. Most bikes have pedal assist which uses the electric motor to double your effort, which makes a small effort move the bike quite fast. So unless your used to a carbon fiber road bike, electric bikes are as easy to pedal underpowered as any normal bicycle.

7. Electric Bikes are too expensive

These days ebikes are becoming amazingly inexpensive while still maintaining good quality. They usually go for less than what a local bike shop would charge you for a similar people powered bike. They aren't exactly Walmart cheap, but they are usually far better quality, and better equipped. You can get a e-bike kit which you can convert a bike you already own, and now there are bikes for under $1000 like the Electric Wheels EW-800 or EW-850 which go for $699 before discounts.

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