Having a bike for daily commute in the busy urban life saves valuable time, saves money, and reduces tiredness. There are different prices, and types of bikes are available in the market according to the need and affordability. If you are thinking about buying a bike and don't know which one to buy while the price is also an issue, you may think about an electric bike! However, you should check out the regular bikes too. It is evident that, after looking at the electric and regular bike, you may get confused. To make your buying procedure easier, we have listed out the key differences between an electric bike and a regular bike.
What are the differences between E-Bike and Regular Bike
It is the main factor for most bike riders. Since electric bikes consist of more features than a regular bike, E-bikes are a bit pricey. Electronic bikes are costly because they are built with more expensive components. Moreover, E-bikes have extra costs on servicing, wear, charging, battery, and more. However, there are some expensive regular bikes too. But it all depends on features and build.
Since electric bikes come battery-powered, you can expect more speed than conventional bikes. While the regular bikes can get you around 8 mph speed, an E-bike cab gets you up to 20 mph. However, it depends on the motor's power too. The average motor can give you 12-14 mph speed. On the other hand, the speed on regular bikes depends on your paddling speed too.
Both electric bikes and conventional bikes are environmentally friendly. Carbon emissions are rising dramatically around the world. So, some countries are encouraging people to use environment-friendly vehicles. As a result, E-bikes are getting popular as it gives you more speed while it is suitable for the environment too. Since these do not emit carbon, you can use them as you wish. But, an electric bike will save you time.
First of all, let me say that no matter what vehicles you use, your safety is a very important issue. Bike helmets should be worn when using any of the bikes. On the other hand, you don't need to put much pressure on your body while riding E-bikes as the motor will push some speed for you. But, you should take extra care while riding the regular bike. Apart from the helmet, try to wear all the necessary gear for the regular bikes.
E-bikes and normal bikes are almost the same in size. But electric bikes need extra care while storing/parking somewhere as it contains motors. On the other hand, conventional bikes don't need much caution while storing. You need caution for the E-bikes while keeping them outside because rains may hamper the motor.
Electric bikes and regular bikes do not produce sound. So, whether you buy an e-bike or a regular bike, there is no possibility of noise pollution. So, these can be called noise pollution-free vehicles. But, the average quality conventional bike may produce sounds after using it for a year or so; even e-bikes can also produce noises too. But proper servicing can help you to keep the bikes noise-free.
The size of the wheels of regular bikes is much larger, usually about 32-36 inches, while the size of the wheels of electric bikes is smaller, from a maximum of 16 inches to 26 inches. However, electric bikes can run on most of the regular roads, while a particular type of regular bike may be needed for different roads. For example, BMX bikes are needed for mountains or hilly tracks. However, using e-bikes is not recommended for risky roads.
To Keep Your Body Fit
Although, both bike types come with pedals. But, if you want to keep your body fit, riding a conventional bike can be a very good exercise. Because electric bikes have motors, you can ride through motors without much effort. Of course, the whole choice is yours, whichever you prefer. If you like to exercise, then a conventional bike is good for you, and if you don't like to exercise, then an electric bike will be good.
Cons of Using Electric Bikes
Replacing the battery after a certain period of time can cost a lot. If you want to rely more on the battery, you will not be able to go far because of the limitations of the charge. It also takes more time to charge. It may need a few hours to be fully charged. As a result, it becomes a problem in case of emergency. But if you prefer pedaling, a conventional bike is more useful. Furthermore, riding E-bikes on highways is risky. Lastly, it is relatively expensive.
Cons of Using Regular Bikes
For a long time, riding electric bikes is not very suitable as it is tough to pedal and ride on your muscles at the same time. Compared to the E-bikes, regular bikes are not comfortable. Apart from these disadvantages, riding regular bikes is good for your health, but you have to maintain a limit if you have any physical issues.
Things to Look before Buying E-Bikes
Let's assume you already know everything about regular bikes, and you may feel interested in buying electric bikes. So, what should you consider before buying E-bikes?
· Do not buy a bike with a lead-acid battery, and the battery will not last long. You will now find bikes with lithium-ion batteries on the market.
· The battery can be detachable in some bikes, while others may have fixed batteries. So, think before you make the buying decisions.
· Avoid buying without pedal assist.
· Usually contains a 250-watt motor, but if the motor size is bigger than that, you may need to register it.
Electric bikes are currently quite popular in foreign countries. But this has not yet become widely available in Bangladesh. However, thanks to the internet, many people are now very eager to buy these. So, this article was for those who want to know about electronic bikes and want to compare them with regular bikes.