Electric Bike Popularity and Growth in U.S.
e-Bikes - Riding the Wave of Popularity
US Electric Bicycle Growth
According to bicycle retailers in the United States, electric bikes are gaining in popularity and the availability has surpassed other bikes where the supply is been low. Despite the fact that the e-bike market in the United States is much smaller than in Europe or China, an increasing number of Americans are beginning to recognize and appreciate the many advantages that an e-Bike can offer. As a result, the e-Bike market in the United States is finally growing.
Electric bicycles are especially popular with those who are not avid cyclists already and want a little help when faced with hills, headwinds, or commuting/shopping with heavier loads or cargo. Both cyclists and recreational riders can travel much longer distances and climb hills without breaking a sweat. Since these bikes can be pedaled with or without the electric motor assist, they are still called bicycles. Electric bicycles are powered by rechargeable batteries and usually operate at speeds of 20 to 30 mph.
Pedal assist bicycles are extremely common among commuters and senior citizens in Europe, and are finally gaining traction in the United States as a safe, environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Despite the fact that the e-Bike market in the United States is much smaller than in Europe or China, an increasing number of Americans are beginning to recognize and appreciate the many advantages that an e-Bike can offer.
Why are e-Bikes Gaining Popular in the U.S.?
Obstacles to Climb Over
Mountain / Trail - Commuter / City - Cargo ?
Trail - Cannondale - Moterra Neo Carbon 1
Mountain - Trek - Powerfly FS 4
Some statistics and reports state that many Americans live less between 12 and 18 miles from work. This distance can take on average 20 to 30 minutes to drive. E-bikes are ideal commuting vehicles for commuters who live within this distance. E-bikes allow riders to go farther and quicker than they could on a traditional bike while paying a fraction of the price of a vehicle. E-bikes need very little maintenance and storage space, making them ideal for use in metropolitan cities and urban areas where parking spaces are often expensive and hard to come by. There are also folding e-bikes that can fit inside small spaces such as an apartment, an elevator, your office or even a car trunk. E-bike riders often travel by bike rather than driving, avoiding the hassles and obligations that come with owning a vehicle, such as insurance, parking, gas, registration, and overall maintenance costs.
Commuter - Surface 604 - Colt/Rook
“A feature-complete and approachable step-through hybrid electric bike available in two frame sizes and two colors. The Rook comes standard with an integrated rear rack, fenders, and lights that run off of the main battery pack. The rear light activates when braking, the bike has two USB charging ports, and there’s an optional battery size upgrade!. A rare combination of a torque sensing with a hub motor delivers a smooth and responsive riding experience. The bike also comes with a trigger throttle, so you can relax or add power to climb hills or catch up to friends. Upright comfort-oriented geometry with a quality adjustable angle stem, wider swept-back handlebar, ergonomic grips, adjustable suspension fork, and high volume 2.4″ tires.” Surface Bikes
City - Aventon Level
E-Bikes are now being used by city couriers and food delivery services because they make it possible to easily navigate congested streets, can be parked almost anywhere. Unlike an automobile fleet, e-Bikes need very little maintenance. Such businesses could greatly expand their service area while rising delivery speed and volume by converting to a fleet of e-Bikes. Delivery services can increase the number of deliveries made in a single trip. They can also deliver heavier items. Motor assist gives e-Bikes the ability can handle much larger loads without exhausting the rider. Fortunately, there are some excellent cargo e-bikes available.
Cargo - Surly Bikes - Big Easy Long Tail
“Riding loaded with cargo is core to us here at Surly, whether we’re running a front rack and bag setup or a full-blown cargo bike and trailer. When it comes to geometry, Big Easy rides and feels like a normal-length bike. We also increased stand-over height clearance and threw in dropper post routing to promote bike sharing across different-sized riders. Consider it the 18-wheeler of the cargo bike world, minus the diesel fumes.” Surly Bikes
Cargo - RAD Power Bikes - RadWagon 4
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