Questions tagged [electric-bike]

Electric Bike (e-bike) specific issues, including batteries, controllers, chargers, and motors -- as well as the legal or social issues surrounding their use. Not for liquid fuel bike kits.

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Why do e-bikes need dedicated tires?

While shopping for new tires on my bike, I saw that some dealers had a specific section for e-bike tires, where the various brands production for e-bikes was present. Why do e-bikes need dedicated ...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

Around the place where I live the electric bicycle is gaining popularity and it's easy to pick those on such bike from far away not just from posture (rather stiff upper body even on steep hills) but ...
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Why aren't electric bikes mainstream?

I've lived in different cities in Europe and Australia, and I noticed more and more the creation of bike lanes, and increases in bike commuters. Still, the number of eletric bikes in the streets is ...
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Why are regenerative brakes uncommon on e-bikes?

Few electric bicycles have regenerative braking. Most quality e-bikes seem to be settling on mid-drive, which even makes regenerative braking impossible because there is a freewheel between the wheel ...
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How much motor do I need for my electric-assist bike?

I take my twins to preschool by car, and I'd like to switch to doing it by bike. There's a hill, and we're heavy, and I'm not in great shape, so it's hard. I've done it a few times, but I always ...
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Cycling to work - 30 mile return

I have recently made the decision to commute to work via bike. It’s about 14 miles each way (so just under 30 miles return). I initially started on my old bike but it clearly wasn’t really appropriate ...
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Why are electric bikes so expensive?

The limited selection of electric bikes available at Halfords ranges from £699.99-£1,199.99. What makes them so expensive — the dynamo, battery, or something else?
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What kind of tires should I buy for an e-bike, commuting on maintained off-road?

I need to buy a new front tire for my new e-bike. Let me give you a few of the conditions I'll be riding in, and I'd like your advice. First of all, this bike is primarily going to be used to commute ...
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Are electric bike speed limitations set in stone?

I'm thinking of getting an electric bike, and like most, it states the speed limit at 25Kph, which also happens to be the speed I typically cycle at. My question: is this speed set in stone? Is there ...
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Are there reasons not to use always the max level of assistance?

I'm using an electric bicycle to go to work. My goals are: Not to arrive late Not to sweat (too much) My bike, like most e-bikes I guess, let me choose the level of electric assistance that I wish. ...
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Shimano Steps ebike E010 and E012 errors: DIY fix possible?

My Shimano Steps-powered e-bike is frequently but irregularly giving me the errors E010 and E012. In the E6000 Series Dealer’s manual and E8000 Series User's manual I found the following: E010: A ...
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What should I do to get an older bike into good condition

I recently bought a hybrid human/electric bicycle at a garage sale, and I've been working on getting it into usable shape again. It is about 10 years old, and needs some work. The battery was quite ...
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Will a pedelec spoil cycling for me?

During the last few years I moved farther and farther away from work. I used to commute by bike a lot when I lived nearer to my workplace, but now it would by about 40km one way. I am thinking about ...
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Center motor ebike costs more, is it worth it?

I am 90% sure that I will buy an e-bike. Today one of my friends who owns an ebike strongly suggested that I should buy one with center motor, because they are more efficient and battery life will be ...
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Hybrid electric bikes, how do they work?

I'm about to move further away from work, so my 5.5 mile commute is going up to 12 miles (24 there and back). I'm not interested in using an elecrtic bike because I can't be bothered to pedal.. I ...
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Is an e-bike more of a bicycle or more of a scooter?

With new battery technologies a new kind of "bicycle" has emerged - so-called e-bike. It usually has an electric motor on one of its wheels. The motor is powered by a rather huge (size of a small bag)...
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Why would I use an electric bike?

I live in an extremely flat city that lies about 15m above sea level. One has to drive an hour or two to reach even rolling hills. Several decades ago, I rode quite a bit, and accumulated a decent "...
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Exceeding speed limit with Ebike, is battery affected?

I bought a ebike and happy with it. My 30 mins ride to work every day dropped to 15 mins. But according to law in country where I live motor stops when I exceed the speed limit which is 25km/h. ...
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Understanding e-bike power/torque

In the UK e-bikes are currently limited to a maximum of 250W assistance if you wish to use them on public roads. However, it seems that the motors do vary in terms of the available torque - from ...
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Can I use an RC motor to make my bike electric?

I would like to make my ebike to have the minimal look, so adding big hubs or mid drive motors isn't really an option since it also costs more. I found this Keda brushless outrunner 2000w 190KV motor ...
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Electric bike rear wheel spokes breaking

I have an electric bike with a 500w rear hub. The spokes have broken twice in the last month on the hub end of the spokes.The spokes are bent at the hub end and threaded. This is where they break. As ...
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Should I consider buying a velomobile as my daily commute vehicle instead of a bike? [duplicate]

What are the advantages/disadvantages between a (possibly electric) velomobile and a regular bike when in daily use?
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Which front and rear lights can run while charging?

I have a 52V battery pack on my krampus, which I use for commuting to work. I plan on buying a DC-DC converter with two USB outputs to run headlight and taillight. So my requirements are mostly to ...
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What criteria should be considered for choosing an e-bike for commuting?

My girlfriend is looking for an electric bike for commuting. My question is fairly broad - What features and capabilities should we consider when choosing an e-bike for commuting? For information, ...
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Suspension compromise for urban use

I ride an eBike in New York City. About 80% of the roads I ride are relatively smooth and 20% pretty bumpy. On my non suspension bike the 80% is great but the 20% is a bit painful. I understand ...
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Feasibility of keeping an Electrical Bike in poor (wet) storage conditions

I'm looking to buy an ebike for my partner, and have been researching how best to store them to protect them from the weather. We live in a south-facing house in a New Zealand city notorious for ...
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How to make a 10 year old electric bike battery work better?

I have taken a 10 year old electric bike out of the garage a few weeks ago after not having used it for multiple years. The bike is an elops 7 bought at decathlon with a geonaute battery. It still ...
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Charging eBike Battery with Solar

I need some advice / info on solar charging an eBike battery. We have two RadRovers from Rad Power Bikes. They are powered with a Panasonic Dolphin 48V, 11.6Ah Lithium-Ion battery https://www....
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Why do most E-MTBs have 1x drivetrains?

I'm contemplating about getting an electric assist MTB but as much as I can see all (or at least majority) of e-bikes are equipped with 1x transmission. Is there a reason why there are no e-bikes ...
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Electric bike: Do I need display?

I'm planning to buy an electric bike kit. However, I don't really like adding the display for aesthetic reason. However, the display (either LED or LCD) has function on/off and low/mid/high power on ...
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Bosch battery stopped charging

It is a Bosch powerpack 500 and the other day it stopped charging. The charger seems to have some output since one of the LEDs on the battery lights up. It is only one LED though and I believe I ...
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Electric Bike (eBike): Freewheel or Regenerative braking?

Not asking for opinion which one is better, so please do not state without some reasons why one is better than another on eBike. Question is: Freewheel or Regenerative braking is more efficient in ...
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24V Vs 36V Brushless DC HUB Motor For Electric Bike

I am considering buying an electric bicycle using brushless DC Hub Motor. What is the difference between 24V Vs 36V motor? Is it related to the maximum torque produced by the motor? If yes, what does ...
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Could the E-bike drivetrain wear down till needing replacement after 400 km?

The drivetrain (chain? gears?) of my E-bike started to make loud clicking sounds, with the impression that the chain is skipping over teeth. The gear switching itself still works well. I have tried ...
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Can I charge an ebike from another ebike battery?

I have a fiido d2s, and I love it. I'm not sure if I could upgrade to a bigger bike, because it fits so well in the back of my car and public transport. Anyway, it doesn't have a detachable/...
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E-Bikes - Is it bad for the bike to run out of battery?

Today, I ran my e-bike out of battery for the first time. Interestingly enough, the bike didn't actually turn off, but automatically moved the mode from "Eco" (light pedal assist) to "Off" (no pedal ...
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What is the process of adding a light to a Yamaha PW equipped ebike?

I recently got a bike with a Yamaha PW system. The bike computer has a light on/off button but the bike itself has no light and I want to add one. How do I do this? From what I understand, I need a ...
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Experience biking with child trailer during winter?

What's your experience biking with child trailer during winter in the city? I live in Cracow, Poland. Recent winters were almost snow-less, but it's <0°C cold and slippery anyway. I am used to ...
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EBike hub motor vs external motor

Some bikes, e.g. Busettii Vortex use an external motor, while others (by the same manufacturer) use hub motors. Busettii claims that external motors have higher efficiency (http://www.biyadii.com/), ...
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City Bikes vs E-Bikes with baby trailer

We moved the Denmark where the bicycle roads are extremely good and there are only a few hills. Our house a bit far from the center so my wife and I will need to ride like 8-9km to city center quite ...
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E-bike drivetrain demagnetization

I've heard conflicting reports that demagnetizing drivetrain parts to prevent metallic debris sticking is a real thing I'm supposed to care about when servicing e-bikes, but I can't find anything ...
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Looking for a waterproof electrical bicycle, is there such thing as ip68 for electrical bicycle?

I'm currently trying to find a bicycle brand that produces electrical bicycle with ip68/ip67 waterproof. Currently I could find any, google is not helping with my search and when I find something ...
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Stromer S1 bottom bracket replacement

I have a soon-to-be-unusable bottom bracket on a 2016 Stromer St1. I believe the cause is bearing failure. I cannot find the exact replacement online (BB-7420: BC 1.37 x 24 T: Shell 73 : spindle ...
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What is the regular maintenance on electric hubmotors?

I don't own a Blix bike/electric bike though I rode one once... I was wondering where are the technical docs/howtos on the rear motor's maintenance? I have to rework the back wheel, replace axle or ...
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Why is my electric bike 'clanking' under load?

I have a Giant Esprit Twist Power electric bike, which apart from not having nearly enough words in its name also has a problem related to the crank. When I put a lot of load through the pedals there ...
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Jump start electric bike?

I bought a Huffy electric bike but I don't have charger. The person at pawnshop where was bought said I can charge it with a car, like jump start.
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My 1000 watt rated hub only pulls 6.7A (321.6 watts @ 48v) suggestions?

I am a big boy (~230lbs) living on a mountain. My 1000 watt electric hub powered by 78 18630 Lion batteries in 13 cells barely moves me level let alone up a hill (which was its intended purpose). I ...
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Increasing e-bike battery range by limiting speed

Can I get more range out of my e-bike if I put a speed limit on it? I got my bike a few days ago and I really am enjoying it. As of now I am getting about 35 km per charge. So I was wondering if I am ...
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Fiido D2: shock absorber broken

I bought almost an year ago a Fiido D2 bike. I use it everyday for my commute to work and unfortunately it broke. I brought it to a bike repairer and he said that there's nothing he can do. The only ...
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How much is average annual maintenance of a mid-range electric bike?

I'm considering buying a mid range e-bike for commuting (3 miles one way, all city road/bike lane). it's about £1000 to buy the bike, but how much is it to service the bike? I don't need an exact ...