E-bikes aren’t exactly new, with American inventor Ogden Bolton Jnr. registering the first patent for one in 1895.
But it’s only in the last decade or so that the technology has really taken off and they are starting to become a familiar feature on roads in Britain and elsewhere.
An e-bike is very similar to a regular bicycle – the only difference is that it has an electric motor and a battery.
While you pedal, the electric motor kicks in and helps you up to a maximum speed of 25 km / h – after which you have to go purely under your own power.
An e-bike is very similar to a regular bicycle – the only difference is that it has an electric motor and a battery
They do not produce loud noise or fumes and you have – unlike a moped – you still have to keep pedaling … you just feel like your legs are suddenly more powerful.
If you’re interested in buying an e-bike, check out Halfords, where you can choose from over 30 models, many of which cannot be found anywhere else.
Plus, fully trained staff are on hand to answer all your questions and provide expert advice, so you can be confident you’re buying the right one for you. Consider Halfords your one stop shop for e-bikes in the UK.
E-bikes offer a host of exciting benefits for everyone, not least if you want to get back to cycling, are a current cyclist looking to upgrade, or if you want an electric model to complement your regular bike.
This is why you should be excited about e-bikes …
They help you get fit
Depending on how fit you feel, you can get a little boost or a bigger one with an e-bike.
What are the different types of e-bikes?
Like mechanical models, there are different types of e-bikes, depending on your specific needs.
The most popular type of e-bike for everyday use. Ideal for surfaces such as asphalt and smooth bridal roads.
These are very versatile and can be used on irregular and rough terrain as well as on ordinary roads.
Mountain E-Bikes have thicker tires so you can ride over the roughest terrain. And just like regular mountain bikes, you can choose from full suspension and hardtail styles.
These fold up easily for storage and travel and are ideal for busy commuters, camping holidays and those with limited space in the home.
For the full range, go to the Halfords E-Bikes pageAll models come with a two-year warranty on all electrical components for peace of mind.
The requirement to pedal while riding an e-bike means you still enjoy some of the great health benefits of cycling.
A recent study *** revealed that volunteers who used electric bicycles for a month on their commute to work showed improved aerobic capacity and blood sugar control.
In 2018, a review of the existing research on their health benefits led by an expert from the University of Bristol ^ confirmed that the moderate exercise involved in driving helped improve fitness.
You can adjust the power on most electric bicycles. So depending on how fit you feel on that particular day, you can get a little boost or a bigger one.
While you may not reach the same intensity levels as on a regular bike, e-bikes are still a significantly healthier option than cars or public transport.
You have no limits
E-bikes are suitable for all levels and ages, allowing more inexperienced riders to keep up with more experienced riders.
The motor also gives you the potential to ride farther without exerting more energy, opening up a whole new world to explore and providing more opportunities for exercise.
Worried about getting sweaty on your commute to work? This is no problem with an e-bike.
While you’re still pedaling as you go to work, the electric battery’s power boost means you don’t have to exert as much energy, leaving you arriving at the office fresh as a daisy. No more hasty changes of clothes in the bathrooms? Sounds good to us!
And don’t forget, if your commute includes a train journey, there’s the option of a folding model that you can store next to your seat.
You help the environment
While you are pedaling an e-bike, the electric motor will kick in and help you up to a maximum speed of 25 km / h – after which you have to go purely on your own
E-bikes are a low-carbon, energy-efficient means of transport that emits no fumes and makes very little noise.
Yes, you CAN ride an e-bike in the rain!
Some people think you can’t ride e-bikes in the rain, but this is a myth.
The battery and power components of an e-bike are completely sealed and safe, so you can go out in all weather conditions.
If you want…
The energy required to power an electric bicycle is minimal, especially when compared to the amount required to power a motorcycle or car. And now that 40% of the UK’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources *, it’s a win-win for the environment.
Researchers at the University of Leeds ** found that if drivers in England switched from car to e-bike for every trip where possible, the CO2 emissions from cars could be reduced by 50 percent.
Plus, e-bikes can help alleviate our growing congestion problem, with the average Briton now stuck in traffic jams for 115 hours a year! †
In addition, all batteries are fully recyclable, so they do not have to be landfilled.
Plus, they can save you money!
E-bikes can be easily recharged from the mains via a normal power socket with three outlets and a full charge usually costs only a few cents
E-bikes can be easily charged from the mains via a normal socket with three sockets.
Leave the battery on the bike and charge it while it is in place, or remove the battery and charge it indoors before replacing it when it is fully charged again.
A full charge usually only costs a few cents, making e-bikes a cost-effective means of transport.
And without having to pay for gas or public transport, you will quickly find yourself saving more than you expected.
Three of the best e-bikes on sale right now at Halfords
Halfords’ best-selling e-bike is the Carrera Vengeance, a monster mountain bike.
Loved by cycling commentators and cyclists alike, the Vengeance delivers up to 40 miles of power thanks to its 317Wh battery. It can be charged in about 4 hours.
Suntour XCT coil suspension and 27.5 ”Kenda tires absorb the bumps, Tektro disc brakes provide the braking power and the 8-speed SRAM gears make you accelerate faster. The Carrera Vengeance E is also supported by a Suntour Eco electric rear hub motor, seamlessly integrated into the rear wheel; reliably delivers high torque power directly to the wheel.
Carrera Vengeance E Mens Electric Mountain Bike 2.0 – 18 “, 20” frames (£ 1,099)
Carrera Vengeance E Ladies Electric Mountain Bike 2.0 – 14 “Frames (£ 1,099)
On a single charge, the Subway can propel you up to 40 miles, with its sturdy 317 Wh battery reaching a top speed of 25 km / h.
It’s a hybrid bike, which means it’s ideal for commuting, with robust Tektro disc brakes and high-quality Shimano Altus gears rounding out this fantastic package.
Carrera Subway E Electric Hybrid Ladies Bike 2.0 – 14 “, 16” frames (£ 1,099)
Carrera Subway E Electric Hybrid Mens Bike 2.0-16 “, 18”, 20 “frames (£ 1,099)
The rear hub motor offers three levels of assistance – Climb, Tour and Eco – so you have the power you need at exactly the right time.
The lightweight aluminum frame and nine gears help you up the hills, while the suspension forks with 75mm of travel soften the bumps so you stay in control.
Disc brakes provide reliable stopping power, while puncture-resistant tires should help keep a flat tire from holding you back.
Carrera Crossfire E Electric Hybrid Mens Bike 2.0 – 17 “, 19”, 21 “frames (£ 1,399)
Carrera Crossfire E Electric Hybrid Ladies Bike – 18 “frames (£ 1,399)
* https: //assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/946748/Energy_Trends_December_2020.pdf
** https: //www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4595/e-bikes_could_slash_transport_emissions_and_get_britons_back_to_work
*** https: //pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27299435/
^ https: //ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12966-018-0751-8
† https: //metro.co.uk/2020/03/09/12367175-12367175/