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What is a Pedal Assist Electric Bike or e-Bike?
Electric Bikes, otherwise known as "E-bikes" are bicycles that have an added electric motor to assist riders on their rides. Erik's stocks two different styles of E-bikes; pedal-assist and power-on-demand. In pedal-assist, an electric bike applies power based on the pedaling speed to move the rider faster with less energy while power-on-demand is used by moving a throttle and doesn't require rider input. E-bikes are different from a scooter or a motorcycle by going at a slower speed, and can be used on most bike paths with proper lighting and horns.
Why should I get an E-bike?
Electric bikes are great for many different riders. If you're a commuter, you don't have to deal with hard to find parking spaces and you can get to work or run errands with less energy. For recreational riders, e-bikes allow riders to more easily tackle hilly terrain, or to keep up better with others. More and more people are using e-bikes in urban areas as a replacement for a car - there's no need to fill it with gas, and it takes up a much smaller parking space. At the end of your ride, all you do is plug it in until you are ready to go again.
What else do I need with an electric bike?
If you're going to be out after dark, local laws require appropriate lighting, often including a white front and red flashing rear light. To carry your load, a rack and bag works very well, and when on commuter paths, it is a good idea to let others know you are approaching with a bell or horn. Be safe and enjoy the stress-free commute of an electric bike!