Frequently Asked Questions
What is an electric bicycle?
An electric bicycle is simply a bicycle with an electric motor, battery pack and controller that adds power to your pedal stroke. This allows you to go further and faster using less physical energy.
Why buy an eBike online?
While most cities in the USA have traditional bike shops, not many offer eBikes, so your choices are much more limited. It can be very difficult to find a quality eBike that suits your needs and your budget from a local bicycle shop. This is why your best option is to purchase an eBike online from www.ElectriCityCycles.com
How fast can an eBike go?
Most eBikes in the USA will reach speeds up to 20 to 25mph. If they go much faster than this, they would need to be regulated more like a scooter or motorcycle, which takes away some of the benefits of riding an electric bicycle in the first place - you can use them just like a traditional bicycle.
How far can I go on my eBike?
Most eBikes can go between 20 to 70 miles on a single charge (depending on conditions like hills, how much you pedal, headwind, etc. and depending on battery size).
How much power does an eBike have?
In the USA, most eBikes have between 250 Watts and 750 Watts (the maximum to still be considered a bicycle.)
How long does it take to charge the battery?
This all depends on the type and size of battery and charger you have, but typically it will take between 3 to 6 hours to fully charge an empty battery.
What does Ah mean for batteries?
Ah stands for Amp Hours and can be considered like the gas tank in a car. Most eBikes have batteries between 8 and 13 Ah. The bigger the battery, the further you can ride before needing to recharge.
What does V (Volts) mean for batteries?
V stands for Volts and is a measure of how fast a battery can send electricity to the motor. Most eBikes have 24V, 36V or 48V batteries. The higher the Volts means the more responsive the motor will be.
Why are Watts important for the motor?
Think of Watts like the horsepower the motor has. The more Watts the motor has, the faster it can take off and climb hills, but the more energy it will consume. Most eBikes have 350W or 500W, but many are now being made with 1000W+.
Can I ride an eBike in the rain?
You would think using anything electric in the rain isn't usually the best idea but actually you can pretty much ride electric bikes in the same conditions as conventional bikes. As long as you don't cycle through things like deep puddles, streams or submerge the electric components of your bike, you will be fine.
How much does it cost to charge the battery?
Of course, this depends on the cost of electricity in your local area, but typically it costs less than $0.10 to fully charge your battery.
Throttle power or pedal assist?
This basically depends on you… Many people prefer throttle power because it´s more like a motorcycle where you just twist and go. Other people prefer pedal assist where the motor only helps you when you pedal - more like a traditional bicycle. There are many eBikes that have both, so you don't have to choose.
How much does an eBike weigh?
Typically an eBike weighs between 40 to 60 pounds. The batteries on most eBikes can be removed to reduce the weight so it is easier to handle.