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  Last updated: 1/6/2012

Electric Bikes


This article (Over the Alps on a Bike With a Boost) caught my eye as it suggested a way to let those who aren't quite as strong (spouse, physical limitations, slowing down but still yearning to get out on that bike) enjoy the camaraderie of cycling with a partner or group.

One of my readers, Miles Walker*, pulled together this summary of currently available (as of 12/2011) electric bicycles.

Top 5 Commercially Available Electric Bicycles

Electric bicycles are something of a curiosity for many people, as it seems like an abstract idea. Quite simply, an electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, is defined as a bicycle that uses an electric motor to power itself. There are three important components to an electric bike: the electric motor, a battery, and a controller that turns the bike on as well as regulates the power delivered to assist and propel the bike. The idea is that while the bicycle must be pedaled by the rider, the electric motor augments the mechanical pedaling so that pedaling actually becomes easier. Usually electric bikes do not go faster than 20 miles per hour. This article reviews the top 5 electric bicycles available on the market today.

  1. Urban Mover UM26S TERRAIN

    Urban Mover produces some of the higher range, high quality, and most lightweight electric bikes on the market. Their UM26S Terrain model is the ultimate electric bike in terms of flexible options and varied uses. There are many great features of this bike that make it highly flexible: first of all, its flexible, and weighs only 43 pounds. This makes it highly portable. It has a range of up to 60 miles. This bike also comes with its own carrying bag. Retail price is around $999.

  2. Yuba elMundo Cargo Bike

    This e-bike is excellent for those who want a little more room to carry their stuff around with them, thanks to an extra long back tail over the rear tire. It is also great because it offers a wide variety of fully customizable and practical accessories and gear. For example: a baby seat for young passengers; stand alone kickstands; and a high quality bag that is precisely fit to the cargo bike's long tail. This bike is great for grocery shopping and running other errands around town.

  3. Daymak Shadow Ebike

    This is another innovative, high quality e-bike with a higher price tag. However, it uses novel wireless technology to make this electric bike completely wireless. The wireless nature of this bike means no wires in the open, saving the owners of this bike from many of the other common complications that can arise in wired bikes. Priced at around $999.

  4. Stromer

    This elegantly designed bike is made by Swedish manufacturers, and is made with some of the finest ebike technology around. Dual power modes offer the rider the ability to cruise effortlessly, or to assist in the delivery of power by pedaling. With a maximum range of 45 miles with power assist, this is one of the longer ranged bikes.

  5. HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain

    This is one of the best and only all-terrain e-bikes, built for riders who like to go off paved roads. A three hour charge will give this powerful bike a one hour ride. With additional batteries, the ride time can be extended to five hours. With fat tires and a strong chassis, this bike is made for adventure.

*Miles Walker is a freelance blogger who usually writes about getting the best car insurance quotes at Car Insurance Comparison.org.



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