Electric bikes: everything you need to know

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We love electric rideables. Hoverboards, skateboards, scooters, motorcycles, mopeds, unicycles, tricycles… You name it, we’ve ridden it. But electric bikes belong in a category of their own because they are more than just a fun tech fad. They could actually be the future of transportation. That said, there’s a lot to choose from out there, and you don’t want to get fooled, so here’s what you need to know.
Around 5:20 in the video, we say that in Europe, class 1 e-bikes are the most popular. Actually, the most popular e-bikes in the EU are unregulated with motors rated at 250W.
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10 Okt 2019



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The Verge
The Verge Vor Monat
Would you replace a car with an electric bike?
Resplendent Moron
@Ben Jones You can own a car for that, but use a bike for shorter trips.
Resplendent Moron
@Dirk Coppens My commute in Beijing was about half as long by bike as by car.
Resplendent Moron
@Ismael If you live in a non-bike-friendly city, but it has a street grid, you can reduce your risk by sticking to the surface streets and avoiding the arterials.
Eduardo Jesus
Eduardo Jesus Vor 3 Tage
The Verge for most of the ways, like to work, to the club, I already replaced my car :) I have a Conway, with the whole Bosch set.
Javier Bonilla
Javier Bonilla Vor 8 Tage
The Verge yeah, specially in Texas where to get from one place to another you have to take a 100 mile freeway
demeanor76 Vor 2 Tage
I think e-bikes are for newbies. I prefer riding real bike but I might need an ebike for cargo bike
MelCanuck Vor 2 Tage
Great video...I am a keen (regular) bike cyclist. My bikes are also US brands, however.... 8:28...US speak: "Bus" = "Loser Cruiser" That's why many Americans don't like taking buses. And fresh-out-of-college youngsters are driving their net worth. "Electric Bike" = "...??..." (probably something not good)
Thad Oviatt
Thad Oviatt Vor 2 Tage
E-Bikes are a great way to get around but where can you securely charge them? Parkent Cycles is the first company to coming out with charging stations that can securely charge every e-bike on the market.
Resplendent Moron
All of the changes ebikes are bringing to the way business are doing business happened in China 10 years ago.
Resplendent Moron
Watt hours are not how much can be delivered in an hour (though watts and amps can give you that). It's delivering one watt of power for one hour. It's a rating of how long it can deliver a certain level of power.
Eduardo Jesus
Eduardo Jesus Vor 3 Tage
I bought me an eBike, Bosch battery/motor/computer, and I drive much less my car. I go to work with the bike :)
Alex Culzac
Alex Culzac Vor 3 Tage
This video is Sponsored by Captial one hahah
suvari225 Vor 4 Tage
I lived both Europe and US. I love riding bikes and getting around town. But northeast US is too cold for riding anything. even NY city is very cold during winter. Europe weather is friendlier except Baltic countries i guess
Tzu Hao Wang
Tzu Hao Wang Vor 4 Tage
Now I want to buy an ebike!
CyrilJap Vor 7 Tage
How can you not talk about Japan here ? It’s everywhere around me here. I’ve been using one to go to work for 3 years. Very reliable, never sweaty, even though summer in Tokyo is so hot and humid. I’ve been saving a lot too.
DM 017
DM 017 Vor 7 Tage
I have been riding my ebike for months. Around 30k’s return trip. Ebike is my best commute to work in congested traffic and over crowded public transport. It takes me 5mins quicker plus i feel more productive and relax at work. But will this replace my car? Definately NOT..
Nedjmeddine Boudjemia
Uploaded just when I wanted to know about this topic , I am so lucky , thanks a lot
ji p
ji p Vor 7 Tage
bikes is not good for man's in general, for occasional ride is good, but not to be hours on top of it.
ToppCat Vor 7 Tage
Ebikes, escooters, has already impacted city transportations, w grid locks, traffic jams 30-60 bucks to park your car. You can rent a car, truck, ebike, escooter w a click of a app. Get there faster. Yearly breakdown : car payment : 6,000, insurance 2,500, registration ,1,000 fuel 1,500 parking 3,000 estimated cost 12,000+ a year.
zachpn Vor 9 Tage
Pablo Escobar is now into E-Bikes :)
Yonas Vor 10 Tage
A remarkable thing happened on the way to the office
Mark Watson
Mark Watson Vor 11 Tage
Climate change? Really?
Eddie Jack
Eddie Jack Vor 16 Tage
Great video - expertly explained. I run an eBike tour company, so I know what I’m talking about 🙂 And on that subject, here’s my 5 cents: I totally get the advantages of mid-drive and of torque sensors (in fact I’ve got a bike with that set up, and it’s great). But if you want to experience the most fun (“wheeee”!) feeling on an eBike - go for a rear hub motor with a cadence sensor. And ideally with a throttle as well as pedal assist (if your country’s regulations allow that). Guaranteed fun! 😎
Jeff Walenta
Jeff Walenta Vor 18 Tage
My primary form of transportation is an ebike and it really does make a lot of sense in a city like Portland where there is good enough infrastructure to make it work. It’s got me riding again where I had started to lean more heavily on public transit and now I barely use transit. I think price is a real barrier but if you are planning on going car free then it’s easier to justify the cost. People justify spending thousands of dollars on a lot of stuff it just depends on what you are looking to get out of it. Of course it will seem expensive if you are only looking at it as a toy or something for recreation....that’s fine of course but it really can work as primary transportation as long as you have the right gear to make it work.
Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels Vor 19 Tage
He should have talked prices. Even ballpark.
BB Wolf
BB Wolf Vor 21 Tag
I Will never buy PivotTable! Ever!!!
NeseComedy Vor 22 Tage
If it was allowed to use E-Bikes on Bike Lanes in Germany I would buy one, but I don't want to use them on Country Roads where Cars pass me with 60 mph and honk at me...
kght222 Vor 22 Tage
i live in wichita ks. and the bike paths are often complemented by a walking path. but the walking path is direct while the bike path meanders back and forth, so i frequently end up riding on the walking path just because i am not riding for the scenic rout, but to get from point a to point b. this is just an example of how city planners have screwed up when it comes to bikes. they just don't seem to understand that bikes are for transportation, not just recreation.
Samuel Matheson
Samuel Matheson Vor 23 Tage
We have bikes with lawn mower engines here in Jamaica
Danza Kuduro
Danza Kuduro Vor 9 Tage
I know that kind 🤭
Movie matics
Movie matics Vor 23 Tage
U.S. drivers are obsessed with their cars, more specifically their SUV's so I never see a point where E bikes will ever be seen as a viable means of transportation but more like a recreation.
Jiimy Vor 23 Tage
Pablo Escobar going from drugs to electric bikes, that I like
s3KsH1aS1aN Vor 24 Tage
I'm all for e-bikes and alternative transportation. But the spike in riders I've seen ignoring traffic lights / stop signs is pretty alarming.
Quezonol Vor 24 Tage
One reason I stopped biking to work was where to put my bike. At work we didn’t have a specific indoor place. And locking it up outside was not safe. For some reason the area is safe but for bikes it’s like theft central. Any types on locking out door? Four locks? Or just need to find and indoor solution?
nastythomashobbs Vor 25 Tage
You know why Ebikes are popular...because they are fun and a viable solution for transportation needs. Not because of Climalunacy. Capitalism finds a solution based on making the alternative better,
Andrew Westhoff
Andrew Westhoff Vor 25 Tage
Think of all the regular bikes just sitting in garages or rotting in landfills. Just ride a damn bike instead of making these niche upgrades to an already perfect machine.
Shay Lempert
Shay Lempert Vor 26 Tage
Tel Aviv is full of electric bikes and scooters.
GotSnipes Vor 26 Tage
I think I found Marco or polo wait I’m confused.
dxelson Vor 26 Tage
China been using mainstream electric bikes for over 10 years 😂😂 they put a motor on their bike easy. Oh and they also don't cost a fortune.
Devil's Apostate
Devil's Apostate Vor 26 Tage
Reversered engineered Einstein Made in China
Luke Hero
Luke Hero Vor 27 Tage
I cycle to and from work through all four seasons of the year (in the UK). I have a full driving license, and I can afford a car, I just don't think it's worth it to have a car (for me personally, not applicable to everyone). The only reason I am hesitating getting an eBike is because I'll lose out on the fitness of riding my bike each day 😅 They look super fun though!
Matthew P
Matthew P Vor 27 Tage
You're riding your bike in parts of Prospect Park where you really shouldn't. Just sayin'
David Berkovits
David Berkovits Vor 28 Tage
In Israel a loot of young people have e bike, a lot of teenage and young adults it trendy things I believe that you can find a lot more e bike than regular ones on the street
SAnder Dossi
SAnder Dossi Vor 28 Tage
Electric Unicycles , If only they can Water proof them better and Better performance on them . It was once a myth for phones to be waterproof
Sean Nicolaysen
Sean Nicolaysen Vor 28 Tage
You mention going to your local bike shop and discouraged buying online, but failed to highlight perhaps the most unique ebike from the most interesting bike company in New York! Do a profile on Priority Bicycles. They have a great track record and make a variety of low-maintenance commuter-friendly bikes including an ebike...
string1414 Vor 28 Tage
As someone who ditched the DC metro for my eboard, electric vehicles are the future. I commute a total of 12 miles round-trip, save about 25 bucks a week, get to work faster, and have a ton more fun! I hope to try an ebike soon
Cebutraveller Vor 28 Tage
Thank you so much for pronouncing it 'neesh'
The Maz
The Maz Vor 28 Tage
Super 73 is pretty hype.
Boris S.
Boris S. Vor 28 Tage
Ebikes have other uses, too. I like mountain biking, and I'm relatively fit. But the cardio strain of pedaling up a mountain makes trail biking really tough for me. Having that extra boost would help a lot of people who want to get out there but just can't
Nintendo B*tch
Nintendo B*tch Vor 28 Tage
A disadvantage of having so many E-Bikes in the Netherlands is that people go way faster than they are used to so a lot of dangerous situations appear with them.
michael fisher
michael fisher Vor 29 Tage
so before it blows up who shall i buy shares with?
Yuuta Sai
Yuuta Sai Vor 29 Tage
Ignoring the differences in distance traveled on an average commute in an American city. That's the biggest barrier for anything to replace cars as the primary for of transportation
Роман Хакимов
My friends and I call weather and asphalt rideable (usually for longboard / scooter) Thumbs up if you ride daily too
Propel Electric Bikes
Thanks so much for visiting and making this great video! We welcome you back anytime to test some ebikes! :)
lance flare
lance flare Vor 29 Tage
If you are younger than 50 and physically healthy then just get a regular bicycle. Many of the people riding e-bikes in Germany haven't been avid cyclists before and more often than not they aren't capable of properly controlling their machine. I'd say people should learn to actually ride bikes (I don't mean the basics of course, what I mean is real world experience) before jumping onto an e-bike. You're doing yourself and others a favor.
Eli Fonseca
Eli Fonseca Vor 29 Tage
Good informative video. Great place to get a crash course. Well done.
Cballin Vor 29 Tage
The biggest problem for e-bikes is theft, in places like victoria bc and vancouver there are bike thieves all over, thats the number one reason why i havnt gotten one yet, sure they are great for a joy ride but if you wanna take it downtown and go for a meal or a drink or coffee, theres a good chance your bike could get stolen if it's not within view for you.
Kavish Shukla
Kavish Shukla Vor 29 Tage
Take a look at hero town master . Lovely ,branded and cheap
banjir jir
banjir jir Vor 29 Tage
this guy can replace ron jeremy
Herman Pierrot
Herman Pierrot Vor 29 Tage
Oooeh, bringing up the world cup finals... ouch, why, o why
Leonell Cawayan
Leonell Cawayan Vor Monat
Bikes are dangerous and hazardous modes of transportation in major cities in my country because of the sheer absence of bike lanes. These things would have been my transport of choice going to work.
DustyMeteor Vor Monat
The verge isnt a technologically informed platform
Livid Music
Livid Music Vor Monat
Id love to ditch my car for a bike, but the cold weather and snow make it not viable X.x
Shai Golan
Shai Golan Vor Monat
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