Will Electric Bikes Become the Future of American Bike Transportation

Our friends at Cycling Utah recently reported on the topic “Electric Bikes: Will They Become the Future of American Bike Transportation?”  We believe e-bikes are already becoming the future.

We appreciate the author, Lou Melini’s, introdcution.  He writes, “The commuter column has now been published for 10 years.  I will start the next decade with what could be the next revolution in bicycle transport-Electric bicycles (e-Bikes).”

We agree that e-bikes are poised to be the next revolution in bicycle transport.  That’s why we started eSpokes, because we believe in e-bikes and we believe they are the future.

Elicia Cardenas, a Salt Lake City commuter

Elicia Cardenas, an active and experience cyclist, and Salt Lake City e-bike commuter, shares her experience in the article, “I don’t think of myself as someone who rides an electric assist bike. I’m strong, and fit, and reasonably healthy, but between the demands of a job that requires professional dress, foot surgeries, and a huge increase in my asthma, bike commuting just wasn’t working for me…The Turbo [e-bike] has been a game changer for me.  I can carry all the clothes I need (I have little storage and no shower at work) plus meals and any materials I need for the day to teach elementary school…no asthma or misery, no matter how much I carry.  But I am still getting all the great benefits from riding- clear head, no freeway, fresh air, neighborhood perspective, human-scale interaction, etc.” (Emphasis added).

Elicia does a great job explaining how her e-bike works:

“The bike is like a cruiser around the city, upright and cushy, while traveling at 20mph.  There are four modes, including full assist, eco-assist (uses less battery), no assist, and regeneration mode.  Full assist means that I can go to work and back , moving very quicky, about 15 miles round trip, and still have about 60% of the charge left.  It kicks in as soon as I pedal, and it’s powerful!  The eco seeting (represented by a leaf shape on the interface screen) is a less-powerful option that is more efficient.  I’m still experimenting with that.  The no-assist and regeneration modes both have a lot of pedaling resistance, and seem to be best for long downhill rides.  One nice thing about the power-assist is that if your battery in running low, the eco-mode will automatically kick in to extend the range.  In addition, there is a built in light system that will continue to light up even in your batterfy runs too low to provide any power to the wheel.”

While every e-bike operation is unique, Elicia’s explaination is helpful for anyone researching how e-bikes work.

More and more people are familiarizing themselves with e-bikes and adopting these bikes as a reliable and efficient way to commute. Visit our eSpokes stores in Daybreak/South Jordan and St. George and let us help you find the right e-bike for your commute.

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Photo: Courtesy Elicia Cardenas/ Cycling Utah