Bikes have evolved a great deal through the years. However, it was the introduction of the electric bike that really turned the game on its head. Today, the ebike is a bonified solution to a great deal of issues, and today they are more widely available than ever before. For example, there are a few city specific complaints that are well-known amongst everyone; noise, traffic and pollution. The electric bike cancels them all out, leading to a popularity rise.
It only gets better. More and more, cities are taking steps to become more bike friendly, carving out cyclist only lanes and providing bikes on the street corner for a measly sum. Of course, this isn’t the sole reason as to why they’re becoming more popular. Here are all the techy shenanigans that continue to make the electric bike as appealing as ever.
Lightweight and Foldable
Bikes were (and some still are) made from cheaper but strong materials, like wood and steel. Obviously, this contributes to the weight of the bike, making it a larger build, heavier to carry and generally more rigid in manoeuvring. From this starting point, they have progressed from large and clunky nuisances to lightweight and foldable god sends, making every trip easy, comfortable and convenient.
This is partly due to the materials used to build the newer electric bike models. Most cyclists now prefer carbon fibre and aluminium materials in an exchange for the steel, meaning their bikes are lighter to carry and use. Moreover, the foldable aspect is benefitted by this, as the lighter weight means a faster fold time!
No matter what it is, if there is a battery involved, there is always wiggle room for improvement. After all, the source of power literally generates the experience of the electric bike, so tinkering here can continuously redefine the experience through the years. One adjustment could make all the difference!
Bigger batteries could boast more power, propelling riders along with newfound ease, especially giving them the power to more freely roam uphill. Additionally, even smaller batteries could be cheaper and tucked away for convenience, helping riders get along more affordably. Increased wattage, higher speeds, faster charge times, it’s all possible and perfectly poised for some innovation.
Many improvements surrounding electric bike designs have been centred around comfort and will likely continue to do so in the future too. This may be achieved through focus on aerodynamics, which is generally associated with sleek, smooth and delicate designs. Of course, this can also contribute greatly to increasing comfort, as well as speed and weight.
For improved aerodynamics, smaller bikes would need to be built. After all, technological improvements are often defined by what is made smaller and more convenient for use. Consequently, by removing excess weight from the design, bikes can also be set to travel at faster speeds and become lighter to carry by default. Of course, the speed doesn’t come naturally from the size, but definitely shifts the amount of power a rider can put into their bike.