The e-bike’s electrical drive system consists of two main components: a battery and motor, each of which works to enhance your existing pedalling power, making cycling a more fun and effective mode of transport.
E-Bikes sold in the UK are pedal-assisted, meaning that the pedals need to turn in order for the bike’s motor to kick in. Simply dialling the bike’s throttle up or down allows you to easily alter the amount of motor assistance provided, with higher throttle settings resulting in effortless pedalling. Whichever level the throttle is set at, e-bikes’ motor-assistance will continue to provide riders with that extra boost and will continue to do so up to a speed of 25km/h (15.5mph), at which point the motor assistance will simply cut out in order to meet current EU regulations.
In one word, yes. There are multiple aspects of the electric bike that make it an obvious choice to other modes of transport, and one which is most definitely worth the investment.
Convenience: One of the primary selling-points of an e-bike is the fact that they are extremely convenient and accessible. With research showing people who own e-bikes are twice as likely to use them regularly as those owning regular bikes, it is very obvious why the electric bike is becoming an increasingly more popular mode of transport.
One main appeal is the fact that it is not necessary to wear cycle-specific clothing whilst on an e-bike, as the electric motor effectively allows you to exert little effort when pedalling, preventing you from arriving at your destination feeling hot and tired. The elimination of the time and effort required to then change clothes or freshen up upon arrival after using an e-bike makes it an extremely effective and convenient mode of transport.
DASH also offers folding e-bikes which means the bike takes up minimal storage space. This is convenient for both home and the office. Paired with the increasing amounts of cycling infrastructure being put in place within cities in order to make cycling even safer and accessible than ever before, there really has never been a better time to recognise the worth in riding an electric bike.
Cost: The cost of the bike may also be a determining factor in how its worth is valued. Figures have shown that using an e-bike overpaying for a taxi or using public transport is actually a much cheaper transport alternative, which will ultimately save you money in the long-run. Rather than encountering all of the costs of driving a car, opting to use an e-bike could save you an average of 11 and a half pence per mile, costing only half a pence per mile in comparison to the considerably higher 12 pence per mile when driving a car.
Environment: There are also enormous environmental benefits of switching from a car to an e-bike. As a Zero Emissions Vehicle, they are a substantially greener and more sustainable mode of travel than driving or using public transport and means that you are not contributing to air pollution in any way.
Since the 1800s, regular bikes have been used as a mode of transport, however, the e-bike takes all the disadvantages of the regular bike and removes them for the modern-day cyclist:
Exercise: Despite the electric motor being able to provide much-appreciated assistance whilst using an e-bike, it is still an effective form of physical exercise, which will therefore positively impact both your physical and mental wellbeing. Choosing to use one over a regular bike is also a more suitable option for anyone looking for a less strenuous form of exercise, as the reduced pedalling effort required takes considerable pressure off of joints and potential pre-existing injuries, making it a great option for those looking to find a safe and fun way of getting back into exercising.
Tricky Terrain and Uphill Cycling: Being able to travel uphill on steep inclines is where the e-bike really comes into its own and excels above regular bikes. Effortless cycling up hills through the power boost from the bike’s electric motor means that hilly routes need not be dreaded or avoided. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the steeper the hill, the faster the battery will drain, so ensuring yours has sufficient battery life remaining before setting off on long, uphill journeys is key.
Pedal-assisted e-bikes not only bring ease to cycling up hills with confidence, but they also are superior to a regular bike when facing challenging terrain or more difficult parts of your cycle journey. Setting the throttle to a higher dial allows you to regulate your speed when facing sections of your ride which tend to slow you down, which ultimately assists in cutting commute times with no extra pedalling effort.
Travel Further: As a result of the e-bike’s ability to help regulate speed, paired with your ability to preserve energy by partially relying on the electric motor, using an e-bike provides you with the opportunity to travel much further than realistically possible on a regular bike, and explore more of the region. Giving you the opportunity to appreciate the outside views by removing the need to continually focus on pedalling is one of the reasons that make the e-bike an effective, fun mode of transport.
Cost:Accessibility: The e-bike is such an accessible mode of transport, with them being used twice as regularly as regular bikes, making them much better value for money. One particular study carried out by The Transport Research Laboratory found that regular bikes were used less than 25 times per year, in comparison to the 81% of e-bike owners who use them at least once a week.
If accessibility is a concern, you may want to consider a folding e-bike. The light-weight, folding electric bikes can effortlessly be stored away under your desk when not in use, making it an easily accessible mode of transportation for daily commutes.
When deciding on which e-bike to choose from, it is important to assess the type of scenarios you will be using the bike for. The amount you have to spend on an e-bike will, of course, be a factor impacting your decision, however, it is important to assess other aspects of the electric bike in order to choose the best one for your individual needs.
The three different categories of e-bikes available as part of the DASH subscription allows you to identify your cycling requirements and select the bike best suited to your needs. DASH has already taken care of searching through all the different manufacturers to ensure that each of these bikes are best in class. If your regular commutes require taking your bike onto trains, busses, and even storing in the boot of a car or under an office desk, then the light-weight, folding Brompton bike would be a suitable option and add definite ease to these journeys. On the other hand, the Cargo bike has the benefit of having thicker wheels, making it more efficient at travelling through rugged terrain, whilst its primary function is their ability to transport large amounts of goods with ease. If you are after a slightly less expensive choice of bike, and one which has a great balance of comfort, weight and range, the Commuter option would perhaps provide the most suitable transport solution for you.
Ultimately, with each e-bike’s varying specifications, it is important to seriously weigh up the benefits of each bike in accordance to what you want to get out of your cycling experience in order to assess which would be the best option for you.
On average, the range of a fully charged e-bike will vary between 30-50km, however, this is highly dependent on a variety of factors, including the specifications of the e-bike chosen. Environmental factors are likely to impact the distance your e-bike will last, including whether you are cycling across rugged terrain, into a particularly strong wind or going uphill on your bike. Other factors relating to the rider are also able to either reduce or increase this figure, such as the rider’s weight, how much they choose to pedal, the throttle setting, and also importantly, how ‘stop-start’ your journey is.
Knowing how to care for the e-battery in order to ensure you are able to make the most out of your e-bike is essential, and we feel it is important to understand how to keep your battery safe and working to a great standard for you and your bike.
Battery Replacement: Bikes available as part of the DASH subscription are all fitted with Lithium-Ion batteries, which will last an average of 1000 charge cycles/between 2-4 years before needing to be replaced. As part of DASH’s subscription package, we are able to provide you with a battery health-check whenever we service your bike. If any issues are found with the bike’s battery, DASH will fix or replace it for you in order to keep you mobile and able to use your bike safely. Due to e-batteries not being universal, it is essential that your bike’s e-battery is only replaced with one directly provided by the bike’s manufacturer, ensuring it is for the correct bike model.
Trying to replace your e-bike’s battery with third party batteries will not only invalidate your warranty but could potentially cause harm to both yourself and your bike. Although batteries bought from other sources may be a slightly cheaper alternative, these counterfeit models will likely cause you to spend a larger amount more money in the long-term on fixing potential safety issues that arise as a result of not purchasing directly from the manufacturer.
Charging Your E-Battery: You can charge your e-battery at any point, as it is not necessary to wait until it is completely depleted. Using the battery level indicators on the bike’s exterior, assessing when to recharge is extremely simple. E-bikes take approximately 5-8 hours to fully charge, making it convenient to be plugged into a normal domestic socket overnight in the safety of your home.
Average daily use will result in the e-battery only requiring a recharge once or twice per week, and with the average cost of attaining a full-charge being only 5 pence with current electricity prices, the e-bike is an extremely cost-effective transport solution.
Are E-Batteries Waterproof? Whilst attached to the e-bikes provided by DASH, the IP67 e-batteries are completely sealed and water-resistant. As long as the entire e-bike is not submerged in water, the battery should remain sufficiently protected, making cycling in wet-weather a completely safe and realistic option. Do take extra-care when detaching the e-battery from the bike, however, and ensure that it is kept in dry conditions (and out of direct sunlight) the entire time before it is then safely reattached in order to effectively prevent the possibility of any water damage to the battery from occurring.
Purchasing An E-Battery: The batteries fitted on the various e-bikes provided by DASH range between £400-£700, however as part of the DASH subscription package, all purchasing of batteries will be taken care of for you. As part of our bike check-up service, we provide replacements and checks on your e-bike and battery, taking the necessary action in order to remove the stress from this entire process for you as soon as we are notified of the problem.
E-bikes are completely legal to use in the UK, as long as these 3 legal requirements are adhered to:
The UK electric bike laws state that you must be 14 years or older to ride an e-bike;
All Pedelec e-bikes must not exceed the electric motor power rating of 250 watts;
The electric motor should not be able to propel the e-bike above the speed of 15.5mph.
As cycling becomes an increasingly popular mode of transport for commuting to work, it is useful to understand how to make the most of this opportunity, and why it could be beneficial to you.
Cycling to work can help eliminate multiple negative aspects associated with opting to use public transport or travelling by car. Especially now, given current circumstances resulting in the possible increased risk of spreading COVID-19 whilst using public transport, choosing to cycle could be an ideal solution for keeping safe and maintaining social distancing measures on your daily commute when we eventually return to the office.
Choosing to cycle to work using an e-bike also has the ability to completely cut your transportation costs associated with using public transport. With no need to purchase travel cards or tickets, and by avoiding the extortionate costs of fuelling a car or paying for taxis in and around the city, using an ebike could certainly save you money in the long-run.
Using an e-bike on your daily commute to the office also provides you with a more fun and active way to travel. Even with the ebike’s motor-assistance, the physical and mental benefits of undertaking this form of cardio-vascular exercise could allow you to arrive at the office feeling increasingly more energised. Wearing your suit/work-clothing whilst cycling to work becomes possible when using an e-bike as a result of the electric motor providing you with assistance as you pedal.
Storing an e-bike at your workplace can also be more efficient than trying to park a car or travel from the nearest public transport. Simply stowing it under your desk if using a foldable model, or placing it in an undercover storage area provided by most city offices will keep it safe and protected from the outdoor elements.
The Cycle To Work scheme is another potential incentive to using an e-bike as your mode of transport into the office. Some companies are already offering the Cycle To Work Scheme for many of their employees, providing them with the opportunity to save substantial amounts of money on hiring a bike and cycling accessories. This scheme has the ability to generate savings for employees, with the cost of the hired bike being taken out of their pre-tax salary. The DASH subscription successfully rids cyclists of the one-off fee at the end of their bike hire period, which can often be over 25% of the cost of the bike. Instead, DASH allows you to simply continue paying the monthly subscription fee, ultimately saving you money.
You get what you pay for in relation to e-bikes. The e-bikes provided through DASH’s subscription model are made to last, and DASH customers can, therefore, be assured that their bikes are certainly worth their price. The materials required to construct an e-bike are considerably more expensive than a regular bike, with their battery and electric motor being the two most expensive components, however, the multiple benefits of choosing to purchase an electric bike over a regular bike definitely make them worth their price tag. Opting for a low-price model often means that you will be receiving a low-quality bike, which will be either less efficient or less powerful when compared to more expensive models fitted with high-quality batteries and motors.
As the regular use of public transport, taxis, and driving a car are all shown to be considerably more expensive transport options over time than an e-bike, this mode of transport will ultimately save you money in the long-run.
E-bikes effectively help to reduce noise-pollution and the amount of congestion on roads, whilst also successfully assist in cutting carbon emissions. DASH pays to carbon offset the electricity usage associated with using an electric bike, helping you to further reduce your carbon footprint. As the uptake of electric bikes could assist in lowering carbon emissions in England by up to 50%, the environmental benefits of using an e-bike rather than cars or public transport is just one of the many reasons that clearly help to justify their cost.
As well as the clear environmental positive impact that the e-bike is able to make, it could also allow you to travel faster to your destination than other transport options. The e-bike gives you the potential to avoid heavy traffic and road congestion entirely on occasion by taking quieter, quicker routes, which may allow you to beat the traffic in big cities at particularly slow, busy periods during the day.
There are multiple different types of insurance that are suitable for e-bike owners. With DASH’s User Liability and Third Party Insurance, you can be confident that your included insurance covers personal accidents, accidental damage, and also third-party liability. It is, of course, possible to take out other forms of insurance, such as additional theft insurance, which can be taken out by individuals at an extra cost.
One of the benefits of having a DASH subscription is that we provide an effective Bike-Repair and Check-Up service. By simply contacting DASH via [email protected] and giving a clear, detailed description of your bike’s issue, one of our friendly bike mechanics will promptly be in touch in order to help fix the problem.