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E-Bikes

Wheels Cycling Centre are now stocking Scott E-bikes and have a range of high quality E- bikes for hire , test and for sale.
Book your test ride today and find out the benefits of electric assisted bikes.
Electric bikes (e-bikes) are a relatively new, environmentally friendly, easy and fun mode of transport. E-bikes are not merely bicycles with motors, but have integrated motors whilst retaining the ability to simply be pedalled by the rider. The motor's there to ease the burden of pedalling when you choose, making it easier to go up steep hills or cycle into headwind, and it will help you cycle further, with less effort, than you could on a regular bicycle.
They are classed according to the power of the electric motor and general classification is dictated by whether the e-bike’s motor assists the rider using a pedal assist system, commonly known as a pedelec, whereby the motor is regulated by pedalling, or by power-on-demand where the motor is activated by a throttle..
Key benefits of E-bikes -
E-bikes have all the features of a ‘normal’ bike, with the added benefit of a motor and propulsion system which gives you extra power when you need it. The electric bike motor is rated for 250W output, normally regulated to up to 25km/hour.

You decide how much power you want to engage by choosing your level of pedal assist. Some bikes feature regenerative braking, charging the battery as you engage the brakes.

E-bikes open up a whole world of possibilities even for those who are not 100% physically fit. A whole new world of destinations becomes available, enabling you to reach places that would normally require a strenuous hike, or car, to get to otherwise. You can plan longer and more ambitious rides, choosing to use your own pedal power on the way if you wish, knowing you can cruise home with more support if you need it

Those unfamiliar with electric bikes are often surprised in the huge variations in performance and feel that are on offer.

E-bike motors are rated for 250W output, normally regulated to up to 25km/hour, dependent on the country legislation. The performance of an e-bike is a combination of battery, motor composition, quality of component parts, efficiency of the system and the controller which regulates the power output of the motor. The higher quality the bike, the smother the ride.
In Great Britain, if you’re 14 or over you do not need a licence to ride electric bikes that meet certain requirements, and they don’t need to be registered, taxed or insured.
The law in the UK requires electric bicycles to reduce the power supplied by the motor as the bike's speed approaches 25km/hour (15mph). This doesn't prevent you to going faster than that, but you're going to have to do it under your own steam as the motor will stop helping you (switch off) once you hit the top legal speed it's allowed to operate at.
Electric bikes meeting the requirements are called ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs). They can be 2-wheeled bicycles, tandems or tricycles.
The requirements are:

  • the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
  • the electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15mph
  • the bike (including its battery but not the rider) must not be heavier than 40 kilograms (kg)
  • the motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts
  • the bike must have a plate showing the manufacturer, the nominal voltage of the battery, and the motor’s power output

Where you can ride an e-bike
If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it’s classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules

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