Are you in the market for a new bicycle and have your eye on an electric version? E-bikes are popular these days and it is easy to see why! Who wouldn’t want a little extra speed and a little less leg work?
Before you make the plunge, here are a few things to consider before purchasing an electric bike.
- What will you be using the bike for?
One of the worst things you can do is to purchase an e-bike without knowing what you will be using it for. If you will be commuting, you don’t want to get a mountain-style bike, and if you will be off-roading, a commuting road bike will not be ideal. For longer distance riding, you will want to find an e-bike that has a longer range, a larger battery, and a more efficient motor.
- Motor Power.
Most e-bike companies list motor power values like 750W, 1000W, or 2000W, but don’t be fooled. These figures do not show pure motor power, but rather the most efficient point of the motor. If someone says their e-bike’s motor is 2000W, try not to be blinded by that figure – the motor power of another may be just as good and can cost less.
E-bikes are a fairly new thing on the market, so many second-hand bikes will come with a warranty that still has a couple years left. The bottom line is, anything with a motor and battery is vulnerable to things going wrong, so if a warranty is an option, it will be worth spending the extra money.
- What comes with the bike?
There are many accessories you can add when purchasing a new e-bike, so before purchasing your second-hand bike, double check with the seller if there is anything extra that is included in their price. Do they have extra batteries, a front light, or a rack on the back?
- Expensive doesn’t mean better.
Many of the finer things in life come with a hefty price tag. But in the case of e-bikes, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it is better. Do your research on the different bike brands, because you may find that in many cases you are paying more simply for the name.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find e-bikes close to home.