Why Buy an E-Bike?
Did you know that you get ALL the health benefits (and even more) from riding an electric bicycles as from a non-assisted e-bike?
1. You keep moving your joints - without having to put to much pressure on them.
2. You are using your muscles, lungs, heart - but YOU choose the level of exercise according to your level of fitness.
3. You are keeping your brain fit.
And, and this may be the most important thing, you will ride a bike when you normally wouldn't: why not do your shopping or daily commuting with your electric bicycle, and leave your car at home.
The health benefits of e-bikes are well researched and documented.
And we haven't even mentioned indirect health benefits through environmental benefits, and through giving a good example to others.
We offer a large range of very different e-bike brands:
Riese und Müller, Cube, Smartmotion, evinci, and we have access to other brands as well.
We stock all of the above mentioned brands for test rides.
We offer used e-bikes as well.
And, of course, we provide excellent service on the bikes.
All new bikes are come with a FREE service package, all used ones are checked and safe.
E-Bike technology: How it works
Electric Bicycles are basically normal bicycles that are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor which supports your pedaling when you want or need it, e.g. going uphill or when there is head wind.
Also, it enables you to ride longer distances.
In New Zealand, many electric bicycles also have a throttle and you can also ride them without pedaling.
The small electric motor sits either in the back wheel or in the centre.
You can activate the motor by pedaling, or, on some bikes, by turning a throttle.
The battery charge allows you to enjoy support for between 35 and 200 km on one charge, depending on bike technology, battery capacity, environmental factors and the level of support you choose.
Your maximum speed on the flat should be that of normal pedaling 25 - 32 kph - but there will be support especially with head wind or on slopes. Some brands will support you up to 40 or even 45 kph.
Technical Data: Motor: 250-300 W, Battery 36 V, gearing systems per derailleur or hub integrated, Weight 21-30 kg.
In a nutshell: Important basics of e-bike technology
The sensor: cadence sensor
The cadence sensor is the least expensive way of automating the pedaling assistance:
The bike detects THAT you are pedaling and adds in a fixed level of support that you have chosen beforehand. Most bikes of this technology have a throttle as well, to allow you to manually add more support, or scoot along without having to pedal.
Advantages: Unexpensive technology. You can ride without pedaling if you want to.
Disadvantages: Tends to give you either more or less assistance than you actually want. It can be difficult to ride in groups (to ride at the exact same speed as the others). Unavoidable latency, as you need to pedal first to make the bike understand. Higher power consumption of the bike (less range).
The sensor: torque sensor
The torque sensor measures your pedal pressure and this way tries to anticipate what you want and need. Mostly, but not always, combined with mid motor technology.
Advantages: Very natural bicycle feel. The motor just complements your own efforts, the bike seems to "read your mind". No difficulties keeping up with others - without surging away. Very little latency. Very power-conscious: up to double the range with the same battery capacity.
Disadvantages: Relatively expensive, especially the more intelligent versions built into the mid drive motors. You need to pedal to activate the support.
The motor: mid motor
The mid motor supports you pedaling in the crank, from where you pedal.
Advantages: benefits the centre of gravity. No cables to the front or rear wheel, which makes puncture repairs easier.
Disadvantages: More expensive. More strain on the chain. Therefore, changing gears needs some delicatesse.
The motor: hub motors
Rear or front hub motors directly drive the wheels.
Advantages: Motor often less audible to rider (rear motors, as located behind you). Less strain on the chain. Changing gears goes smoother, more natural.
Disadvantages: More hassle when changing tires or repairing punctures. Rear drive: adds weight to the back of the bike. Front drive: pulling feeling when steering.