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Electric Bike Buying Guide

Electric Bikes Buying Guide

An electric bike (also known as an e-bike) is the same as a regular bike, but with the addition of an electric motor and battery.

You pedal as normal, but the electric motor gives you a boost when you need it, helping when you are getting tired or are cycling uphill.

Electric bike repair and maintenance

An electric bike should be as simple to maintain as a regular bike, so long as you take a few basic steps to look after it.

Here are a few tips to keep your electric bike in great condition:

  • Keep it clean. Just as you would with a normal bike, try to give your ebike a wipe down after each ride using a bike friendly cleaner.

  • Use a good quality chain oil and make sure that this doesn’t dry out

  • Check your tyres and make sure that they are kept properly inflated. This will ensure you get the best life out of your tyres and will allow the bike to travel with less resistance.

  • Avoid jet washing or hosing down your bike as the force of the water may wash away some of the lubricants that are needed to keep your bike running well.

  • With regards the motor, most of these are sealed units, so little to no maintenance required.

  • When not in use, store your bike somewhere dry, so that it is ready to use again when you need it next.


If you experience any electrical issues with your bike, then you should contact your local Raleigh dealer who will be able to assist you and offer advice.

It is also important to make sure that the bike is set up correctly from the off and that it is fitted well to the rider.

Range and charging

Charging your ebike is as simple as plugging it in to a household socket. The time between charges required will vary depending on the size of battery that you have and the amount of power you use on your journeys. It may be possible to get 40/50 miles from a single charge.

Speed

This very much depends on how hard you are prepared to pedal, but you could reach speeds of up to 15 MPH!

How much is an electric bike

The cost of an electric bike can differ a lot depending on what you want, but prices generally range between £1,000 to £2,500.

An electric bike is an investment and compared to a car of a similar price, will have significantly lower running costs, not to mention that it is much better for the environment and your health.

Choosing your ebike

When choosing which electric bike is most suited for you, it is best to think about what you will be using it for and then pick a model based on these requirements.

Cruiser bike

  • Good for short distances and quick trips

Mountain or hybrid bike

  • Halfway model between mountain and road bikes, which are better for longer distances

  • Folding or non-folding – folding bikes are good if you are short on storage space or if you are planning on taking them on public transport

Raleigh electric bike system

Raleigh electric bikes come with two different motor systems:

1. Front wheel motors:

  • An affordable option

  • Provide good levels of power for getting around town

  • Give a steady assistance when climbing hills

2. Centre mount motors:

  • Provide higher levels of assistance from more powerful motors and are perfect for long and steep hills.

  • Are more sensitive to how you ride so provide the power exactly when you need it.

  • Use the gears of the bike to extend the range of the battery so you can ride further.

Batteries

All Raleigh ebikes come with rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries.

These are usually rated or measured in watt hours and indicate how much energy can be stored in the battery. The higher the number of watts, the further you can go between charges.

If you're only going a few hundred metres each day around a flat, well-kept road system, then even the smallest bike batteries will probably suffice. If you intend doing 25 miles a day, with some steep inclines thrown in, then you'll need premium battery power.

Electric bike regulations

There are a few regulations to be aware of if you are thinking about an electric bike:

  • You must be at least 14 years old to ride the bike on a public road

  • You must wear a helmet and the same safety gear as a normal bike

  • An electric bike must not weigh more than 40kg

  • The power output of the motor must be less than 200 watts

If you would like to talk about any of the regulations regarding electric bikes, then you can pop in to your local Raleigh store, where a member of the team will be happy to talk these through with you.

Test ride an electric bike

In order to help you make up your mind on which electric bike is best for you, we would always recommend visiting a store and test riding before you buy. Then you can get a real feel for the bike and how comfortable you are on it.

At our Raleigh select dealers, you can test ride a bike for free, which will allow you to try a variety of models whilst also being able to ask the staff member any questions that you may have.

Disclaimer

We always try to provide images and information that are representative of our products, however, please note that colours may vary slightly from on screen to the colours you see on the products.

If you notice something that you feel is not true to life, then please feel free to let us know by getting in touch via the contact us page on our website.

Raleigh electric bikes

About Raleigh Electric Bike Buying Guide

For those looking for some help going the distance, or an extra lap of the trail centre, whether you are just starting work or enjoying retirement, modern ebikes make cycling inclusive!

Our electric bikes offer a high specification and performance for any budget.

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