Some important things to consider before purchasing an electric bicycle.
1. Price. Let's face it, an electric bicycle is a big investment. Be sure you are buying quality. In our experience, if a new electric bike is under $2000 you will probably be disappointed. A quality bicycle alone is going to cost between $400 and $1500. A quality battery is going to cost between $400 and $1000. A quality motor system including the throttle and brakes and controller is going to cost between $500 and $1500. We have a poster on our wall that sums it up:
The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of cheap price is forgotten!
2. Motor. If you are over 200 pounds, want to maintain 20 mph, and/or live in the hills, you are going to need more than 350 watts. This is especially true if you have bad knees or other health concerns. If you are commuting, you may need to go faster than 20 mph. A 500 watt or larger motor will be necessary for the above scenarios.
3. Battery. If you ride a lot, carry your bike, or ride long distances - avoid lead acid batteries. They are inexpensive (in the short term) but are heavy and only last about one season. They also have limited range. Your best bet is lithium.
4. Comfort. What good is an electric bicycle if it has the best battery, motor, and performance on the planet if it hurts to ride it or you feel unsafe? You will ride longer and farther on an electric bicycle than a traditional bicycle. Make sure it is comfortable!
Very simply, we make electric bicycles that fit people and the way they live.
And, because Iowa Bicycles fit so well; you will want to ride more, farther, and faster than ever before.
Want to know more?
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