E-bikes are simple
You select how much support you want from the motor. Handlebar mounted screen also tells you speed and miles left in the battery.
Powers the motor for anywhere from 20-80 miles.
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.
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
How to select & outfit an e-bike:
Intro to e-bikes (factsheet) A brief description and FAQ on e-bikes. Aimed at introducing newcomers to the concept of an e-bike and answering basic questions about how they work.
Outfitting & protecting your e-bike (factsheet) A list of important accessories to purchase with a new bike and reminders about insurance. Designed for use as a shopping checklist to get everything needed to ride safely and protect and maintain the bike. Also check out the Security section below for
E-Bike Buyers & Owners Guide (23 page PDF, last updated 8/30/21) An in depth discussion of e-bikes covering a wide range of issues for understanding, selecting, buying, protecting, insuring, and maintaining e-bikes
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Electric Bike Review (EBR) - Best Electric Bikes (updated regularly) 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
Bicycling.com - Best electric bikes for every ride and budget (updated regularly) 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 (updated regularly)
C|Net - Best electric bike (updated regularly)
Wired Buying Guide - The Best Electric Cargo Bikes for Families (November 2020)
Cycling Weekly - Best Electric Bikes (updated regularly) 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 converting a regular bike to an e-bike.
Electrek - Yet more reviews & news about e-bikes (and everything else in electric transportation)
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 late 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?)
Stories & Blogs Tales from riders about what it is like to ride an e-bike and how it can change your life, as well as blogs about maintaining and upgrading your bike and about policies to help more people get on e-bikes. Plus ways you can help share your story
FAQ Our growing collection of the questions people ask: Cost? Rebates? Good or the environment? How far & how fast? What about theft? Is it cheating?
Owner's Guide How to ride & take care of your e-bike ... and keep it safe from theft.
San Francisco Bay Area - where can I buy? where can I ride?
To find e-bike dealers, bikeshare systems and info on where you can ride, see the San Francisco Bay Area e-bike info page