Ebike – The Electric Cruiser Bike

Eleanor Hanson

Just like non-powered bikes, ebikes come in a wide array of shapes, sizes and styles. You can find street bikes, mountain bikes and all kinds of frames all fitted out for extended range and power with an electric motor system, but when it comes to leisurely errands around town, nothing is as comfortable and effective as a cruiser. Cruiser frames are sometimes also referred to as European style bikes as they are very popular in the streets of many countries in Europe as a primary mode of transportation. They are very solid and can carry a lot of weight, all while allowing the rider to sit at a comfortable upright angle, much the same as driving a car.

Electric motor assisted cruiser bikes, or ebikes, are available from a wide array of brands and like all ebikes, each model comes with some slightly different features. That said, most of these cruiser ebikes tend to have speeds of up to fifteen miles an hour when running on full electric power with no pedal assist; certainly more than fast enough to get you to and from the grocery store or the post office. Most current batteries will get you up to about twenty five miles per charge, and some ebikes have the ability to carry multiple batteries so you can swap them out mid-trip and extend your range before charging them up. These high capacity batteries usually charge in four to six hours, and can be charged either with the use of a special battery charger or by plugging your bike directly into the power outlet in your wall.

Electric cruiser bikes have several different modes that they can be operated in. There is fully powered mode, where you do not pedal at all and the bike’s electric motor does all the heavy lifting. This is easy on the legs but rather harder on the battery. If you want to get a little exercise and extend the life of your battery, there is also the pedal assist mode, which gives you an extra boost as you pedal, effectively making you a more powerful biker. Many models also have some in between modes, giving you more or less power as you need it.

Pre-made cruiser style ebikes come mostly or completely assembles already as opposed to their conversion kit cousins, meaning the buyer will not have to work hard to get on the road. They are easy to operate and maintain, and do not require any sort of special license to drive them. They also provide a very smooth, comfortable ride. All in all, if you are considering an ebike as your in town errand running, grocery getting, leisurely commuter, a cruiser style frame is a good way to go.

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