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Electric Bikes FAQs

Why should I choose an Electric Bike?
Hills and Headwinds

This is the obvious one! Electric bikes will help you climb hills that would normally stop you, or severely slow you down. Headwinds... what headwinds?!? This in turn means you can go further than you would on a conventional bike and with far less effort.

A "Sticky "Situation

It is a known fact that a bicycle is the most efficient way to travel. But no-one wants to arrive at their destination all sticky and sweaty! Electric bikes allow you to cover greater distances and no need to shower when you get there. You turn up feeling fresh and no sweat.

Health and Fitness

It is a common misconception that electric bikes are "cheating", in fact it is quite the opposite! Using power-assistance means that you can now go further. Yes you are getting assistance, but you are able to cycle for longer, and therefore getting a prolonged period of exercise. Generally because electric biking is a far more enjoyable experience, the bikes are used far more regularly.

Road Safety

On an electric bike you are able to maintain a more constant speed, and therefore less of a risk to other road users. You won't slow down as much on hills, and that means less wobbly moments! Electric assistance gives you confidence at roundabouts and junctions too, the times when a cyclist is at their most vulnerable.

Cheap to Run

Ok so the initial purchase is not exactly cheap, but look at the bigger picture. Once you have purchased the bike, the running costs (even if you include a replacement battery every 4-5 years and regular servicing) are minimal compared to public transport or a car. You avoid paying to use toll roads, parking and road tax.


Using a bicycle is far better for the environment, but with an electric bike it is far more versatile than a standard bicycle, so even better for the environment. One less car on the road means less traffic and less pollution.

Faster Travel

This will depend on the journey of course, but on average town/city commutes are faster by electric bike. Cycle lanes help you avoid traffic, and all those short cuts you can now take! Try using your electric bike to find alternative traffic-free routes home. Maybe through a park, forest track, canal towpath or heath land?

Do I have to pedal?

Our bikes are pedal-assist, and by that it means that the power comes in as the pedals are turned. A torque sensor picks up how much pressure you are putting in and distributes power accordingly. This means no more numb hands from holding a throttle open, a much more natural feel to riding the bike and much greater hill climbing ability.

What happens when I stop pedalling?

The bikes are still classed as normal bicycles, so when you stop pedalling the power assist stops, and you freewheel like a conventional bike.

Can I go faster than the 15mph legal limit?

The legal limit is based on when the power stops assisting you, so basically, yes! You can go as fast as you can pedal. The bike will just not provide any further assistance beyond 15mph.

Do I need a licence?

No. All of our electric bikes are classed as standard bicycles so no licence/insurance/MOT requirements whatsoever!

How long does it take to re-charge the battery?

This will vary depending on which battery you use, but on average they are 10Ah so most charge times are in the region of 5 hours.

Can I use the bike in the rain?

Yes! All of our bikes are designed to be used in all weathers.

Can I jet-wash my bike?

No. You should never jet-wash any bike as it forces water into the bearings causing premature wear.

About Raleigh Electric

About Raleigh Electric
For those looking for some help going the distance or an extra lap of the trail centre, whether you are just starting commuting to work or enjoying retirement, E-bikes deliver smooth, reliable power assistance for miles.

Whether you opt for a front mounted motor or a centre mount motor, an E-bike is the perfect partner to explore the great outdoors and get further!