A Few Interesting Facts (and Myths) about E-Bikes

The eBike Store in Portland is Portland’s first electric bike store. You’ll find that we introduce many a blog with that fact, mostly because we are very proud of it. But there is more to our e-bike store than simply being first to set up shop in Portland — we want to be the first and the best for our customers. That’s why we offer electric bikes for rent and for sale, in addition to offering eBike Tours and service, whether you bought your ebike at The eBike store or otherwise!

At the end of the day, we want to be the ebike community’s top resource in Portland and beyond. Between offering affordable prices on top electric bike brands and our commitment to outfitting anyone who walks through our doors with the best bike for their unique needs, we believe we are well on our way to accomplishing our goal of being an excellent resource for our community!

In keeping with that goal, we’d like to take the opportunity to offer up a few interesting facts about electric bikes in today’s post. Not only do we hope you find these tidbits interesting, but we think you’ll find them to be practical as well. Enjoy a few interesting, if not random, facts about e-bikes from The eBike Store. And be sure you keep reading if you enjoy the busting of myths; we’ll shed some light on some common misconceptions regarding electric bikes as well.

Electric Bike Facts

Below, we’ll start with a few basic facts about electric bikes and how people use them, before we dive into some little-known tidbits!

  • Electric bicycles are legal. In case you were wondering about this, we’ll alleviate your fears right off of the bat. eBikes are governed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission,  or CPSC, which states that eBikes are perfectly legal as long as they meet certain requirements. Among these stipulations are that electric bicycles must have operable pedals, may not exceed 750 watts, all rides must wear approved bicycle helmets, and many others.
  • Electric bikes for sale at The eBike Store here in Portland are equipped to go between 12-30 miles on just one charge. Keep in mind, however, that certain eBike models are able to go farther because they either have superior, high-capacity batteries or have multiple batteries.
  • You do not have to pedal on an electric bicycle. Pedal-activated bikes need to have pedaling take place in order to engage the motor, whereas throttle-activated electric bikes do not. If you have any questions about this distinction and what might be best for your goals, you should come on in the shop and we’ll be happy to help you!
  • Electric bike myth – eBikes are dangerous. Most every eBike out there won’t surpass 20 mph on its own. If you pedal to supplement the eBike’s propulsion, you’ll probably be able to go over 20 mph, but most people don’t have any issue controlling an electric bike while it goes 20 mph. And while we are certainly capable of “overvolting” or otherwise modifying eBikes to go over 25 mph, we have yet to encounter a customer who has independently modified their eBike and failed to make an appearance in the hospital within the next six months. Yes, there’s no exaggeration here — it’s virtually a guarantee that folks who break the speed limit on their bike will eventually injure themselves. Don’t be that person, your health is important!
  • eBikes are ridiculously eco-friendly, namely because they don’t produce harmful emissions the way vehicles with combustion engines do. To put this in perspective, bikewalktwincities.com has estimated that if you were to use your electric bike to take a 10-mile chunk out of your regular driving each week, you’d reduce your carbon footprint (CO2 emission) by around 500 lbs. Each year!
  • Electric bike myth – riding an eBike will cheat me out of some good exercise! For one, it just might do exactly that! Which, if you are trying to not get drenched in sweat on your way to work, might be considered a good thing. However, we want our readers to know that, on average, electric-bike owners tend to spend more time outdoors when compared to before they owned an electric bike. What’s more, research shows that electric-bike owners also get more exercise while riding their bikes than when they did prior to owning an eBike. Ultimately, personal experience has taught us that owning an eBike will typically help you get outside more. This a virtue in and of itself, but when you consider the fact that you can exercise as much or as little as you want to (in terms of pedaling) while on your eBike, it’s no wonder why people love their ebikes as much as they do!
  • The use of electric bikes is growing among a variety of demographics. In Portland and elsewhere, commuters are using eBikes more and more. But other sectors which have seen an increase in the use of eBikes include travel and tourism, teenagers who come from privileged families, leisure riders, and even everyday cyclists who could use a break from constant pedaling every now and then!
  • Most kinds of electric bikes are able to be recharged pretty much anywhere — no electric bike changing station required! You can plug the battery into any outlet. Plus, some electric bike models have removable batteries, which makes the charging process even less of a chore. Charging the battery of an eBike usually takes a few hours.
  • Electric bikes let people with varying degrees of fitness to travel together at leisure. Think about it, eBikes afford such a unique opportunity for groups of friends and families! Whether there is a member of your party with mobility issues, or perhaps you’d personally prefer to not soak yourself in sweat in an attempt to keep up with your semi-pro cyclist friends, you can all easily traveling together with the wonderful electric bicycle.

Shop The eBike Store in Portland!

Whether you are looking for eBikes for sale or rent, the final fact we’d like to leave you with is that you can find what you are looking for a The eBike Store in Portland. Browse our wide selection today!

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