Electric Bicycle FAQs

What are Electric Bicycles?

Electric bikes are sometimes referred to as e-bikes, or pedelecs. E-bikes are ridden as you would a conventional bike, however they offer a much faster speed and the ability to travel up hills with ease. They use a battery and a motor to provide the rider with electrical powered assistance. Electric bikes are typically either use pedal assistance technology, where the motor is activated using the pedal power of the rider, or power on demand, where the motor is activated using a throttle, similar to an electric scooter or motorbike.

How fast will an electric bicycle go?

In the UK, the law states electric bikes may only assist you up to 15.5 mph, however, just like a normal bicycle, you are able to pedal faster if you desire.

Do I need insurance or tax to ride one?

You do not need insurance or to pay tax on an electric bike, nor do they require an MOT, making them a fantastic option for commuters or anyone looking to switch to a low cost, yet convenient and fast travel option.

Is there an age limit to riding an electric bicycle?

Anyone who is over the age of 14 can legally ride an electric bicycle.

How many miles can I cover?

How far you can travel using assistance depends on a few factors of the rider, and the riding conditions, these include...
• The chosen assistance level on the electric bike (this is navigated, chosen and changed by the rider on the bikes control panel)
• The effort expended by the rider
• The rider's weight
• The capacity of the bikes battery
• Te amount of hills and inclines you encounter on your journey

Considering all of the above factors, the average distance a good e bike can cover is about 40 miles, however batteries with larger capacities are available, and with these it's possible to cover 100 miles or more!