Why eBike?

10/05/2018

What is an ebike?

Just like a regular bike, you still need to pedal and steer with the handles. The idea of the electric motor is to assist, not completely replace pedalling. It means that hills and headwind are much more approachable and manageable, meaning you can travel further without getting tired and sweaty – perfect for a morning commute or to tackle that mountain trail all day long!

 

 

Electric Bike Laws & Regulations

All Raleigh ebikes meet EAPC requirements, this means they are classed as regular push bikes. You can treat it just like a regular bike, you’re able to ride it on cycle paths, roads and any other places that regular bikes are allowed.

 

You do need to be 14 years old or over to ride an ebike. However, you don’t need a licence nor does it need to be registered, taxed or insured. These rules apply to England, Scotland and Wales.

 

What if I live in Northern Ireland?

The rules are slightly different in Northern Ireland and you do in fact need a moped licence to ride any electric bike. It will also need to be registered, taxed and insured. You can register your bike online through this link. You do have to tax your bike, however you don’t have to pay anything.

 

 

How do I maintain my electric bike?

Battery maintenance
When storing your battery it needs to be kept between 1 to 39 degrees otherwise this will cause damage to the battery.  It’s important to keep this in mind if you store your bike in a garage or shed over winter. An easy solution is to remove the battery and store it inside.  If you’re also storing your bike for a long period of time you’ll need to charge the battery every 3 months, if you don’t it can cause the battery to drop below residual power.

 

Motor
Most motors are sealed and don’t require servicing so there’s practically no maintenance needed. You don’t have a bottom bracket bearing like a normal bike, so one less thing to service. The motor will be serviced by your local electric bike store when you take it in for the ebikes regular checkup.

 

Controller and display
Our number one tip from the Raleigh mechanics is to use an air duster to clean any dust or dirt from behind the buttons on your controller and display.

 

Keeping your ebike clean
To clean your bike after a long muddy ride, simply hose down (trying to avoid any electrical components) although these are water resistant you can never be too careful! The most important tip is to avoid using a jet washer, these force water into seals and remove essential grease from bearings and can also damage your electrical components. Spray all over with a bike cleaner, we recommend GT85 Bike Wash as it’s easy to apply and is brilliant at removing post ride mud. Using a brush to remove the stubborn bits of mud and grime, and old toothbrush works wonders on your chain and cassette. Hose down to reveal your sparkling bike. Dry with a clean cloth paying special attention to the drive train (chain, cassette and chainring/s) to ensure all excess water is removed. Once completely dry apply a light layer of lube to the chain, we recommend GT85 Wet Lube as this is better in wet conditions – which we are always blessed with in the UK!

 

Tyre pressure
It’s important to check your tyre pressures before every ride.

 

Gear and brake adjustment
Over time gear and brake cables will stretch as you use them so they will need some adjustment; although it is possible to adjust them yourself we always advise taking your bike into your local bike dealer as they will often do this as part of a service for you.

 

Brake pads
Check your brake pads before each ride. If you have rim brakes it’s very easy to check as they have wear indicators that show you when you need to replace them. With disc brakes it is a little trickier as the pads are inside the brake calliper. The easiest way to check them is to remove the wheel, this way you can see inside and check the wear on the brake pad.

 

Servicing
It’s always worth getting any bike serviced by a mechanic every 3-6 months to ensure everything is working as it should. With electric bikes we advise to take it to a Raleigh electric dealer who will have the diagnostic software to check the electric software on your bike, they will also be able to run any update for you. With the software they will be able to check the condition of your battery, motor and identify any issues.

 

 

Ebike Motors

Front wheel motors:

  • An affordable option for all
  • Provide good levels of power for getting around town
  • Give a steady assistance when climbing hills on trails

 

Rear wheel motors:

  • Provide higher levels of assistance from more powerful motors and are perfect for long and steep hills.
  • Are more sensitive to how you ride so provide the power exactly when you need it.

 

Mid-mount motors:

  • Offers better handling and traction
  • Smooth acceleration and natural feeling pull with power usage
  • Stealthier appearance, it isn’t always a giveaway that you’re riding an ebike as oppose to a regular push bike

 

 

10 Reasons to eBike!

1
The environment benefits
Pedelec users go easy on the environment, especially if they use their eBike on a daily basis. Half of all car journeys are five kilometres or less. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the CO 2 emissions of a car are around 40 times higher than those of a bicycle with a battery-powered motor. So by using an eBike rather than a car for short distances, you are protecting the environment – and also travelling quietly and economically.
2
Headwind is a thing of the past
Who hasn’t wished for a little help when cycling on steep mountain roads or into strong winds? An invisible “hand” that provides a gentle push. Tackle
slopes or steep climbs almost effortlessly. Mountains are no longer a problem. Headwinds are hardly noticeable. All thanks to the eBike.
3
Perfect for commuting
Would you like to keep fit on your commute? Then the eBike is for you. It is a sporty option. A glance at the statistics reveals that there are 30 million  commuters in Germany. Nearly 25 million of them travel less than 25 km to work. Indeed, nearly every other German commuter travels less than 10 km to work. eBikes are ideal for distances of this kind.
4
Alleviation, exercise, extra boost
Thanks to the even, adjustable assistance provided by the eBike drive system, an eBike is ideal for training or for getting back into cycling after an  injury. Furthermore, the drive system prevents an excessive burden on knees and thigh muscles. This eases pressure on joints, tendons and ligaments. You would like to be fit and healthy and improve your wellbeing? An eBike is a step in the right direction.
5
Keeps you fit, makes you mobile
Are eBikes just for those who want to take it easy? Not at all! Despite the power assistance, eBikers still have to hit the pedals to get moving. And it is
up to you to decide how much power assistance you want or need. Studies have found that eBikers get on their bikes more often and cover much
longer distances than conventional cyclists. So: now is the time to get on a bike with power assistance regardless of whether it’s for comfort or for sporty use.
6
Wheely good advice
Could you do without discussions and complaints? No arguments, please? The mood can turn fast when people with unequal physical conditions and expectations set out on a cycling ride together. That is when a little motor can work wonders. Its power assistance equalizes differences in performance
and brings people closer together again. The result is that the tour is an experience everyone is happy to repeat. Again and again!
7
Easy on the wallet
eBikes are much less expensive than cars to buy and to maintain. Fuel costs, insurance premiums, car tax or parking charges? Zero. The cost of fuel alone for a diesel-powered car is currently around EUR 7.00 per 100 km. 100 km on a pedelec costs around EUR 0.25. Now that is a genuine saving. Plans already?
8
Fun factor
eBikes make cycling less work and more fun. With power assistance the eBiker can sail past many other road users freely and easily. The pedelec
is the fastest mode of transport available in urban traffic over distances of up to and including 5 km, even over distances of up to 10 km
eBikers can easily keep up with car drivers.
9
Pure mobility
Intermodal traffic? Not the slightest problem with an eBike. eBike to the rail station, take the train and then either use public transportation
or rent a pedelec to your destination. With an eBike you are fast and flexible. You can cover distances more easily and increase the radius of
distances that you can travel. Power assistance gives you a real boost in the city. eBikers leave tailbacks behind them and don’t need to worry
about finding somewhere to park either.
10
Something for everybody
The market is constantly coming up with new models and versions. Pedelecs are capable of speeds of up to either 25 km/h or 45 km/h. eBikes are available for urban or cross-country use, for leisure tours or for summiteers with sporting ambitions. There is a wide range from which to
choose and the right eBike for every kind of person. You really are spoilt for choice.

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