E-bikes are simple

 
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Battery

Powers the motor for anywhere from 15-80 miles.

Motor

Automatically senses when you pedal and immediately quietly helps you push. May be located in the middle between the pedals or in the front or back wheel hub.

​You select how much support you want from the motor. Handlebar mounted screen also tells you speed and miles left in the battery.

Controller
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Charger

Plugs into regular wall outlet.  Recharges battery in 2-6 hours

for less than a penny a mile.

E-bikes come in many flavors- e-cargo bikes for carrying kids & stuff, e-trikes, recumbents. folding, and mountain e-bikes

 
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E-Bike Project factsheets and guides for buying and owning an e-bike

  • E-Bike Buyers & Owners Guide (PDF)- An in depth discussion of e-bikes covering a wide range of issues for understanding, selecting, buying, protecting and maintaining e-bikes


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E-Bike Reviews & other info resources

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  • Electric Bike Review (EBR) - Best Electric Bikes of 2021 (constantly updated) mega review site covering literally 1000s of e-bikes in all categories with compare feature. Also has a EBR YouTube Channel YouTube Channel with hundreds of e-bike video reviews

  • Wired Buying Guide - The Best Electric Cargo Bikes for Families (November 2020)

  • Bicycling.com - Best electric bikes for every ride and budget (October 2020 & updated every year) with suggestions in various classes, such as apartment dweller, cheap, folding, e-cargo, heavy loads, fast, and big climbs.  Bicycling.com also provides individual new e-bike reviews and articles on buying, owning and riding

  • Tom's Guide - The best electric bikes of 2021 (March 2021 & updated every year)

  • C|Net - Best e-bike for 2021 (March 2021 & updated every year)

  • Cycling Weekly - Best Electric Bikes (February 2021) Cycling Weekly is aimed at bicycle racing - road and gravel. This review focuses on Road, Hybrid & Folding bikes. UKcentric, but most brands covered are available in the US also.

  • EBiking.com - Reviews of dozens of e-bikes in all categories, plus lots of FAQs and information on conversting a regular bike to an e-bike.

  • Electric Bike Report - E-bike news, reviews, rider stories, guides, and more.

  • BikeRadar - Reviews of e-bikes, issues and advice. UK based but covers many brands that are available in the US and elsewhere

  • Consumer Reports - We Tested 5 Electric Bikes. Here's What We Found (September 2020) This link is included for completeness, but as of early 2021, CR is way behind the curve on e-bike reviewing. They have started to think through their testing categories, but the bikes they picked do not represent state of the art or the full range of types available (no cargo bikes? really CR?)

 
 

Blogs & Stories

  • #EbikeStories - CalBike blog of riders' stories about e-bikes tackling hills, commutes, riding with kids, and helping us keep riding through illness or as we age.

  • This Mom Bikes - Articles on biking with kids, cargo bikes, active transportation, & bike adventures

  • Average Joe Cyclist - Product reviews, news, and advice about ebikes."We love our electric bikes, because they make cycling possible for average people – not just the lean, young, and fit minority."

  • Electric Bikes Forum - Open Q&A forum between e-bike riders. The largest number of threads are on eMountain bike issues but there are other discussions on commuters, folding, cargo recumbent and others. 

  • ElectricBike.com - An emphasis on DIY but with plenty of articles of broader interest.

  • Motherload - Documentary "about how cargo bikes will save the world."

  • Reasons Why I Love My Bike - Bronwyn Ayla lives high up in the Berkeley, California hills talks about without a car, talks about why she loves riding her and her kids in an e-cargo bike.

  • That Biker Mom - Blog by a mom in Bloomington IN who commutes through much of the year on both a pedal and an e-bike and trailers her kids around a lot. Demystifies e-bikes and parental biking.  

  • E-Bikes Offer a Two-Wheeled Solution For Portland Moms - Willamette Weekly “We just have so much more fun together when we’re riding the bike than when I’m driving.”

  • I got beat by a 45-year-old mom on an e-bike - Des Moines Register

  • FreeBike - Blog about the potential of programs to make e-bikes and other micromobility freely available.  

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