The bicycle has been around since approximately 1817. The actual inventor and origins of the original bicycle are still up for debate. However, “electric bikes” or “e-bikes” have been around only for the past 30 or 40 years. In China, the electric bicycle has been a mainstay of transportation- but they were not truly introduced into the U.S. until the late 1980′s, when Lee Iacocca introduced the E-bike. His was truly the first electric bike in the U.S. However, his first attempt at the electric bike was loud and heavy in comparison to many of the electric bicycles on the market today. They no longer manufacture this bicycle.

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The e-bike was noisy and clunky. It is no longer manufactured.

With gas prices still fairly inexpensive in the U.S., the e-bike has taken a long time to catch on. Our society has been truly reliant on the automobile as the main mode of transportation. Over the years, as gasoline has become increasingly expensive, the electric bike has grown in popularity for commuting.

Is an Electric Bicycle a “Motor Vehicle”?

In most states, electric bikes are classified as bicycles for 2 primary reasons:

First, they have pedals and second- they DO NOT exceed 20 MILES PER HOUR. For these reasons, “electric bikes” are classified simply as “bikes”. The fact that they are classified as bikes means that you DO NOT need a driver license, registration or insurance. This makes electric bikes perfect for anyone who has a DUI or a family that has only one car and needs a second mode of transportation. This is also great for the green-minded college student looking for an alternative to just riding a regular bike.

Electric bikes have various types of batteries but for the most part there are 2 mainstays, The SLA (Sealed Lead Acid Battery) or the LI (Lithium Ion Battery).

The SLA or Sealed Lead Acid Battery is great for the e-bike purchaser who is looking for a bike strictly for commuting purposes. It does weigh a considerable amount more than the lithium ion, so if you are not doing some serious biking- and only looking to commute- this is a better and less expensive style of battery.

The LI, or Lithium Ion Battery is much lighter in weight BUT it is also more expensive. For the person who is serious about biking (using the pedals of the bicycles as much or more than the motor), this is the type of ebike they would look at.

As far as the motors go in electric bikes a person looking to purchase an ebike will want to look for a brushless and gearless rear hub motor. This type of motor has NO moving parts and has virtually no maintenance. The brushless electric bicyle motor is a self sealed and self contained motor that drives your electric bike. It is controlled by a twist throttle the you use to control your speed. When you compare this to a geared motor that has moving parts and can wear out quickly over time there is no better choice that using a brushless hub motor. The main difference in brushless motors are simply in the wattage which is what will decrease your distance that your battery can propel you. For the most part a 250 or 350 watt brushless hub motor will fit your needs. Any more than this can simply be wasted energy and wasted money out of your pocket.

How to purchase a good, affordable electric bike is pretty simple, all it takes is one phone call. At HyBikes Electric Bikes in Phoenix, Arizona, we are here to assist you in your electric bike purchase from start to finish. We will find out what your primary purpose for an electric bike is, and we will discuss the various ebikes and electric bicycles that fit your needs. Once you have found the perfect bicycle we will discuss your purchase, whether you want to pay in full (at time of purchase) or take advantage of our NO CREDIT CHECK, NO INTEREST FINANCING (low down payment and then just $99.00 a month until your electric bike is paid in full) we make it simple and easy.

Feel free to call our professional electric bicycle consultants and let us assist you in your purchase.

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