What is an eBike?
Never heard of ‘em? Electric bikes have been around longer than you may think, the 19th century to be exact. In the United States, one of the first battery-powered bicycle patents was granted to Ogden Bolton Jr. in 1895 for an eBike that shared a similar design to many eBikes on the road today.
Evolving from the less conventional 19th century design, e-bikes have turned the tide of 21st century transportation across the globe. Combined with the obstacles of travel cost and pandemic aftermath, eBikes exploded as a realistic way to get to work, transport groceries or simply have a blast with a bunch of friends.
For the most part, there’s really not a whole lot of mechanical engineering that goes into an eBike; it’s just a pedal-assisted bike with a battery. In most cases, a throttle is included to alleviate the effort of pedaling. Lectric eBikes combined both features with total perfection.
For commuters without a car, eBikes are also a great way to climb hills and hit long distances without breaking a huge sweat. These benefits are especially helpful for riders with knee pain, asthma or other health related issues.
Electric bikes remove many of the barriers that riders face when using traditional analog bicycles, which is exactly what made eBikes so popular in 2020.
Along with many other bicycles, eBikes saw an enormous boom during the pandemic, because people needed a quick way to get outside while remaining socially distant. And with less traffic from vehicles, due to pandemic lockdowns, cyclers had more range to explore the roads without feeling anxious.
In particular, sales of eBikes grew 145 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, outpacing sales of all bikes, which were up 65 percent, according to a report from a market research firm quoted by the New York Times.
But even before the pandemic, eBike sales were still blowing everyone out of the water.
According to a 2018 report from market research firm NPD, the fastest-growing bicycle on the market was still electric, while eBike sales totaled $77.1 million in 2017, up 91 percent compared to 2016. In 2018, sales of electric bikes grew more than eight times since 2014.
In Europe alone, riders are expected to buy an extra 10 million bikes per year by 2030, according to organizations quoted by Forbes. That’s 47% more than the annual number in 2019. If accurately predicted, the 30 million bike sales per year would more than double the number of passenger cars currently registered in the EU per year.
So with that said, there’s really no better time than now to hop on the electric bike wave, which why you should start strong and ride with an industry leader like Lectric eBikes.
After recognizing the high demand for reliable and affordable transportation, Lectric eBikes wanted to make biking attainable for everyone. Within its first year on the market, the Lectric XP was selected as one of the best bikes of 2020 by ElectricBikeReview.com.
These are the advantages of choosing an eBike from Lectric eBikes:
- They don’t burn gas, making them eco-friendly and free to fuel
- They are the most affordable class 3 eBike on the market
- They are foldable, making them incredibly easy to transport
- They don’t require insurance or a license
- They are designed to accommodate any rider
- They are incredibly easy to pedal
- They are designed for both leisure and adventure
- They only weigh 63 pounds
- They offer mounting points for racks and baskets
- They have a front oil suspension for enhanced shock absorption
Who can ride an eBike?
Anyone! Lectric eBikes designs bikes to accommodate college students, senior citizens, commuters and everyone in between.
Can they be ridden without pedal assist? How does the throttle work?
Our bikes have five pedal assist modes, so if you feel like taking it slow just bump your pedal assist to 0 for a normal cruise. Cycle through the pedal assist modes to increase your speed. Don’t feel like pedaling? No problem, simply twist the throttle to turn your bike into a moped. You may also use pedal assist and the throttle at the same time to reach maximum speeds.
How fast are they?
The Lectric XP 2.0 and the XP Step-Thru 2.0 have the ability to reach top speeds of 28mph!