Electric Bike

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy
Now it's as easy as ever with an ebike without breaking a sweat!

Electric Bike

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~Ann Strong
Look...no feet!

More Information about Electric Bikes

This page is dedicated to providing additional information about electric bikes in general. It will include some background information, benefits of an electric bike, links to electric bike articles, etc.

Brief history of the electric bike

The electric bicycle or commonly referred to as an ebike has evolved significantly over the last few years in Australia. Its popularity is increasing especially in populated urban cities. I remember four years ago it was fairly difficult to spot one and it was like a treasure hunt. Today, they're appearing in numerous bicycle shops around Australia.

E-bikes come in mainly two forms - rear wheel drive, and front wheel drive; with the latter being more common (we'll discuss the benefits of each later on). Recently, I've noticed a mid mounted motor near the crank and is less common.

Benefits of an electric bike

Before writing this article I had done some surveys by asking friends and colleagues of what they think about the idea of electric powered bicycles. To my surprise the feedback was rather negative in the sense that it would defeat the purpose of riding a bike and would be "cheating" to use an ebike. People tend to often associate any form of powered exercise equipment to be a "big no-no" due to the pre-conceptions that it must be turned on without thinking outside the square.

I see an e-bike as an electric assisted bicycle giving the rider the option to use some assistance from the Li-ion battery and its electric motor to go uphills in need. You have full control of when to activate the motor. For the case of our Elite Sprinter model electric bike, you have three operating modes to choose from: (1) you can turn the micro switch to 'N' and ride it like a normal bicycle and have no motor assistance at all; or (2) select the 'A' position on the switch and you can solely rely on the electric power provided by the lithium battery to pull you along at speeds up to 25km/h (speed limited by legal requirements). However, there is no stopping you from pedalling faster though.; or (3) power assist through the pedallic function selectable in the 'P' position. In this mode, the built-in circuitry will provide power to the motor to assist your pedalling effort. This is very useful for going uphills. Just imagine how great it would be when you encounter a hill during one of those exercise days on your OPTIMIST electric bicycle where you can call for a little bit of assistance at the touch of a button.

Another advantage of an electric bike is to offset the rising cost of petrol. I read in the news (27 February 2012) that petrol will rise to $1.50 very soon. --> EDIT... petrol price has risen to $1.60 as of April 2012. <-- Imagine how great it would be to be able to visit your friends or relatives, or even to pick up some grocery without having to drive a tonne of car around. Well, you can do this very easily and conveniently using an OPTIMIST ebike. Charging up an ebike battery usually costs around 20c (assuming electricity price is 20 cents per kilowatt). A fully charged up battery can take you around 50km.

Link to oil price news article here.