An electric bike, also known as an ebike, is a motorized bicycle that uses rechargeable batteries and an electric motor for propulsion. Depending on those two components, motorized bikes can travel up to 28 mph and go 20 or more miles on one charge. The most common battery systems include sealed lead-acid (SLA) and lithium-ion (Li-ion), although for weight reasons, Li-ion is becoming the most popular.
There are many very good reason you might want to own a motorized bike. Here are just a few:
Electric bikes are an important and popular option when it comes to choosing the perfect electric rideable for you. We care a wide range of e-bikes including the high quality, but affordably priced eBikes. Take a look at the specs and price points of our wide selection and you'll see why ElectricRideables.com is known for offering the best value in e-bikes anywhere.
To learn even more about motorized bicycles and why one may be the right choice for you, see the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page.
We saved this question for last because it can be a complicated one, but the simple answer – particularly for the ebikes we sell – is yes. If you want to know more, read on...
According to the Consumer Product Safety Act HR 727, in the U.S. the definition of a low-speed electric bicycle is a "two or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph." That’s all fine and good, but unfortunately has little to do with the law that applies to you, which is your state law wherever you live.
Most state laws define what is an ebike, what is a moped, and what is a motorcycle and there are usually different laws for each. You usually don't need a driver's license to ride an ebike, but it's possible in some states. Don't be surprised by this; remember that there are laws regulating riders of regular bikes, horses, and even pedestrians. If you want to look up your state's regulations Wikipedia has a nice summary of each state's ebike laws. Just remember, Wikipedia may or may not be up-to-date at any given moment, so to be sure, also check your official state laws.
In conclusion, it's been our experience that almost all electric bikes, including the ones we sell here on ElectricRideables.com fall well within the federal and state guideline. Some motorized bicycles, particularly those with a gasoline engine, can cross the line and be treated by the laws and rules regulating mopeds. Our ebikes don't.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that we are not attorneys and in no way are offering you legal advice. Our comments here are intended only as a guide to help you determine whether an ebike is right for you. Please refer to your own local and state laws to determine the rules and regulations governing ebikes in your state.