E-bikes get a bad rep from people who aren't familiar with them. As e-bikes become more popular and common on Atlanta's streets, we want to help people separate facts from fiction. When people take one of our e-bikes out for a test ride, they fall in love with them. They're just as comfortable and easy to use as a non-motored bicycle. Yet, e-bikes offer you the ease and safety of being powered up when you need that extra boost to get you up a hill. And, when you want to ride your e-bike just like a non-electric bicycle, you can pedal as much or as little as you want. Here are some common e-bike myths and facts that will help you make an informed buying decision.
E-bike myth #1: Electric bicycles are dangerously fast.
While electric bikes can go faster than a non-electric bicycle at coasting speed on a flat surface, most e-bikes won't go over 20mph on their own. If you pedal vigorously, you will hit a faster speed than 20mph, but you can do this on a regular bicycle as well. Most state and local laws limit e-bikes to 20mph max powered speed - which is a pretty safe speed for most people to control. Electric bikes aren't any more dangerous than the bike you'll find in your garage right now.
E-bike myth #2: Electric bicycles are too heavy.
Most non-electric mountain bikes & cruisers weight in the 25-30 lb. range. The addition of the motor on the e-bike does add weight. Our e-bike's weights fluctuate by style, but the average weight is around 50 lbs. The disadvantage of a heavier bike really only impacts those who have to carry their bike up multiple flights of stairs. Lifting your e-bike off and on a bike rack shouldn't be a problem for most people.
E-bike myth #3: Electric bicycles will clutter bike paths and trails.
Bike paths and bike trails are usually full of recreational enthusiasts on most days and weekends. The addition of e-bike riders isn't going to impact the amount of people on the trail any more than non e-bike riders will. Electric bikes don't create the same noise level as gas powered or electric scooters, so they blend in with the environment and are just another way to enjoy nature and Atlanta's bike trails.
E-bike myth #4: An e-bike will leave me stranded on longer rides.
You should always leave home with a fully charged e-bike to make sure you don't go further than you are charged up. But even if you do run out of a charge on a longer than expected ride, you can always use the pedals to power yourself back home. All of ElectroBike Georgia's e-bikes are capable of being ridden the old fashioned way - with pedal power!
E-bike myth #5: They're cheating. I won't get enough exercise if I ride an e-bike.
Most e-bike owners say that they spend more time outside on their bikes than they did when they had a non-electric bike. Studies have shown that electric bike owners get as much or more exercise on their bikes than they did prior to owning one. Electric bikes may be a motivating factor to go for more rides because you'll have the confidence to tackle the big hills in Atlanta knowing that you can fall back on the electric motor to propel you up the hills when you need it most.
E-bike myth #6: Electric bicycles are too expensive.
Electric bikes do cost more than an entry level mountain bike from a big box store. We have a variety of bike styles and prices that can fit most budgets. The best thing to do is come into our store and see what we have to offer in your price range.
E-bike myth #7: They're bad for the environment.
Electric bikes are as energy efficient as a toaster. E-bikes don't emit toxic fumes because they run on electricity and battery power - not gasoline and engine oil. Electric bikes use batteries that charge via a standard wall outlet - just like your toaster - and don't leave bad environmental footprint. You'll find that your e-bike is energy efficient, doesn't emit toxic fumes, and has a more positive impact on the environment than your car or motorcycle.
"We’ll cut to the chase: electric bicycles, like their traditional counterparts, are much better for the environment than cars. In fact, electric bikes are six times more energy efficient than even rail transit, and their environmental impact echoes that of traditional bikes.
According to National Geographic, motor vehicles produce more than 30% of carbon dioxide, 80% of carbon monoxide, and 50% of nitrogen oxide emissions each year in the US. Much of this pollution is produced by commuters making short trips from home to work and back, and switching to an electric bicycle for these commutes cuts down on a huge amount of harmful emissions and fossil fuel usage." - Green Future
E-bike Myth #8: Electric bikes are hard to maintain, and they break down a lot.
A lot of e-bike shop owners report that their e-bike customers ride bikes more often than non-electric bike owners. If you buy your e-bike from a local shop, you can easily take it in for a tune-up and regular maintenance. Engines that get used a lot may be prone to wear and tear, but buying from a local shop is the best way to make an electric bike purchase. They'll get to know you, your bike, and help you keep it maintained for years of bike riding pleasure.
E-bike myth #9: You need a license to drive an electric bike.
If you live in Georgia, you don't need a license to own or drive an electric bike. As long as the bike is not great than 1000 watt and has a max speed of 20 mph, you are good to go!
E-bike myth #10: They're the same as mopeds or mini-bikes.
Mopeds & mini-bikes are not the same as electric bikes. While all three do propel you down the street unassisted, mopeds & mini-bikes require a license to operate. They generally run on gasoline and can keep up with normal non-highway traffic easily. Mopeds & mini-bikes aren't allowed on most of Atlanta's bike paths or bike trails.
E-bike myth #11: E-bikes are loud and will be distracting on bike paths or trails.
E-bikes are pretty quiet so they won't generate a lot of extra noise to interfere with the beauty of nature. Unless you decide to get loud and rowdy, most people won't even know you are on an e-bike when you pass them on the trails. The loudest thing most people will hear from you is, "On your left."
E-bike myth #12: E-bikes are for older or weaker people who can't ride a standard bicycle.
This myth is one of the most tragic out there! E-bikes are for EVERYONE! They're just a blast! We sell e-bikes to commuters, weekend warriors, mountain bikers, and people who want to spend more time outside.
E-bike Myth #13: The battery doesn't last very long & they're expensive to charge.
E-bike batteries will take you about 25 to 70 miles on a single charge. Most people ride up to 25 miles for recreation, but not a lot of people ride much further unless they are training for bike race on a non-electric bike. If you are riding full-throttle, you'll run out of the battery faster. It's best on longer rides where you may go up to 70 miles to alternate between riding and pedaling to maximize the battery life.
If your e-bike isn't ridden much, you should charge it at least once a month. The cost of charging an e-bike is similar to using any home electronic. And, the more you ride your bike, the stronger the battery will be... but all batteries do deteriorate over time and will need to be replaced. ElectroBike Georgia can easily replace and dispose of old batteries as needed.
Whether you are looking into e-bikes for commuting or adding power to your usual bike riding routine, come into ElectroBike Georgia for a test ride. We'll walk you through the advantages of our e-bikes and help you pick the right bike for your budget and planned use.