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 7 Monate
Would you replace a car with an electric bike?
F. L.
F. L. Vor 15 Stunden
I wish my north american city could be more bike friendly... bc i really dont wanna drive cars
Sii Weeyy
Sii Weeyy Vor 4 Tage
i’d have both
David Giler
David Giler Vor 14 Tage
@tstartrekdude what about those rainy days? Wouldn't they break after a while?
Claude Frollo
Claude Frollo Vor 15 Tage
No, I have a 30 mile drive to work on a busy highway in rural Oklahoma
Lorenzo Follador
Lorenzo Follador Vor 18 Tage
Would you replace a wrong video with a good one?
martinishot Vor 7 Tage
Would be great if battery were one commonly used in cordless drills.Imagine three more batteries in your backpack super extending range.
jaytmtb Vor 7 Tage
Thanks for the vid, I dont have an ebike but maybe in the future 😎👍
Cole Studios
Cole Studios Vor 9 Tage
Bruh I got an E bike ad lol
B Jay
B Jay Vor 13 Tage
this was really helpful! not even sure I'm going to get an e-bike, but this was extremely comprehensive and definitely makes the task less daunting.
Shubham Yadav
Shubham Yadav Vor 13 Tage
I have an electric bicylce and its just awesome when people see it they get mad like what in the heck is this Invention. Seriously its a very much enjoyable ride and a head turner everyone just looks at you like you're in a lambo 😂😂
Cancer Called Human Species
In India its not popular becuase ... Motor and battery could be stolen within minutes when you park.. Another reason people can't even afford normal bike
nik maknojia
nik maknojia Vor 17 Tage
I can’t afford a tesla so I guess I have to settle with this.
Stealther Vor 17 Tage
bred Vor 17 Tage
these videos are on another level compared to some of the other content on this platform
Francisco Hestnes
Francisco Hestnes Vor 18 Tage
Americans are waiting for the e-burger to hit first
Cameron Empey
Cameron Empey Vor 18 Tage
I think as times get tough and prices increase electric bikes are cheap and you can pay them off so fast with there savings!
Lorenzo Follador
Lorenzo Follador Vor 18 Tage
4:20 "Check to see the volts and the amps" REALLY? Ah is not 'the amps'. "The number of watts that can be delivered in an hour". WHAT? Come on, Verge, you can do better. That's ridiculously wrong. Jeez.
frances gagliano
frances gagliano Vor 18 Tage
A place of hope small dog Rescue
frances gagliano
frances gagliano Vor 18 Tage
I'm looking for app subscriptions
talha shah
talha shah Vor 21 Tag
Too damn expensive
Owen Chua
Owen Chua Vor 24 Tage
I'm sticking to pure pedal power
Tasib Sharar
Tasib Sharar Vor 21 Tag
Owen Chua and be healthy by doing it
Farshid Rayhan
Farshid Rayhan Vor 24 Tage
Anyone after UKs bike to work scheme press conference?
ItsWolter Vor 25 Tage
thanks for the burn at soccer...
Dranomoly Vor 28 Tage
So what's a good bike to start with?
james braselton
james braselton Vor 29 Tage
Master replacing hiammnetebfor sunbath halonuncerise tyoe 5 sit down diragjns met inhacetere for Nahum NYU screw sunbatyy get flrwbote that nit stefete earttj eqrrttg
goProBikes гоПроБайк
*great job guys but I like just to ride on it*
Shameem Ashraf Syed
Thanks for the video. Super informative and well presented. I am considering getting an Ebike especially because I want to avoid public transportation for some time at least in NY. Do you have any comments about the safety concern for biking in NYC? I will mostly be commuting between Bayridge and Coney Island during rush hours.
Staunch Davie
Staunch Davie Vor Monat
they are way too expensive, probably why they are not taking off
Staunch Davie
Staunch Davie Vor Monat
Eminem is out there carrying the whole white race in the rap game.
P Wolf
P Wolf Vor Monat
Did readly get the point of this video. Thought there would be more of pointing out all the different parts and up and downgrades . Thought it should have been pointing out the parts about the bikes instead of showing people riding them around and who is buying what , so I give it a thumbs down.
Miguel de Carvalho
You'd love to ride to work. But there's that one long, steep hill - there's always a hill. Well...
Ming Ye
Ming Ye Vor Monat
Thank you for the excellent video. Always love seeing and hearing broader global perspectives.
FunBotan Vor Monat
Now if only we had bike lanes...
Aldo Alonso
Aldo Alonso Vor Monat
Eric Fallabel
Eric Fallabel Vor Monat
Sorry, but "Watt-Hours" is definitely not the number of Watts that can be delivered in an hour, in the context of this application.
Kim Vor Monat
The transportation of the future is actually good public electric transport
Theodore Olson
Theodore Olson Vor 2 Monate
Thanks for putting together this primer. I found it pretty useful in helping me understand the e-bike landscape a little better.
greylynnjr Vor 2 Monate
Do you recharge it?
the tessellater
the tessellater Vor 2 Monate
Just so people in the UK know: Unless your electric bike complies with the EAPC Regulations, which specify the motor power - must be less than 250 Watts; the speed - limited to 15 mph; and the need for pedals - that means no e-scooters - they can only be ridden on private land with the owners permission. If they do not comply, then on public land they are classed as motorcycles and must be registered, plated, taxed and insured, and you must have a minimum licence, wear an approved helmet and can only be used on public roads - never cycleways ! You take the risk, ignorance is no defence. If you do get caught, you risk having points on your licence and you will have future insurance problems - and premium loading ! I have ridden a (compliant) e-bike for ten years or more.
Martin R. Krause
Martin R. Krause Vor 2 Monate
There is also a front motor variant. E.g. VanMoof uses a front motor.
A M Vor 2 Monate
What about recommendations for those of us looking to buy our First ebike. The last time I owned a bike was about five years ago. It was a “Giant” brand. I exercise daily ; am 52 and was thinking of buying a compact foldable ebike but which one?!
Joseph Obenauer
Joseph Obenauer Vor 2 Monate
Electric bikes are for morons.
C C Vor 2 Monate
cool. I was thinking of creating a electric bike.
Wellington wts
Wellington wts Vor 2 Monate
If I was American I absolutely would not care about e bikes, unless you live in new York cars are pretty much for free in there
Ren Rants
Ren Rants Vor 2 Monate
I commute by eBike and did so all through winter rain or shine in Seattle, there were few days I didn't ride my bike to work since I got it. It's the best way to get around smaller cities.
Exit Paradise
Exit Paradise Vor 2 Monate
What’s the most common battery hookup type that these use? Is there a universal battery?
Bla0 Vor 2 Monate
4:00 that's not power through :)
Jay Vor 2 Monate
UK is like US on cycles, the electric cycles are still to expensive to buy but are getting cheaper as the tech gets better.
Jay Vor Monat
@Aurora there is a ebike conversion kit called Swytch uk based they send you everything needed to turn any bike into an ebike
MERCY Sparks
MERCY Sparks Vor 2 Monate
This is such hilarious . A motor with two wheels will be the future of the transportation?
corynardin Vor 3 Monate
There are so many laws in the US that need to change in order for anything other than cars to be a viable transportation method. Starting with citizens united.
Scrappy ChildHood
Scrappy ChildHood Vor 3 Monate
my Hub motor is 1k watts and comes with38 14 amp control
Bryanx1964 Vor 3 Monate
This is such an informative video!! Thank you.
Jimmynoleaks boilerman
I'm getting a motorcycle 60mpg alot more fun thanks!
IngA Pinsel
IngA Pinsel Vor 3 Monate
Mother Earth doesn't need this! Move with your own muscular strength!!!
Pak Busu
Pak Busu Vor 3 Monate
there another question of ebikes getting stolen by hackers .
Oleg Petelevitch
Oleg Petelevitch Vor 3 Monate
I bought from a store ! Their wankers and rip off,s ! Shops just as bad !
flyonbyya Vor 4 Monate
Class A Video !
Wong Tik Ki
Wong Tik Ki Vor 4 Monate
200+ years of industrial revolution and we are back to human muscle power :'(
Elvis Pfützenreuter
3:37 :D
Lone Ninja
Lone Ninja Vor 4 Monate
So what happened if terrorist attack out electric grid? 😂
dogiit1 Vor 4 Monate
I was going to say dude then you just corrected yourself electric bikes have been around before the combustion engine motorcycles bikes
Darren Leck
Darren Leck Vor 4 Monate
I'm getting total mixed messages when looking into these bikes in the UK.... Can I actually get a bike that goes over 15mph??? Would definitely love it if you could.
Lukas Vor 4 Monate
Sorry for the obvious question, but I didnt really get the point whats the main difference (practical) between a normal bike (say city) and an e-bike? Is the pedal pushing and riding easier than on a normal bike? Or you can just push a button and ride without needing to even push the pedals, like for example like on an electric scooter?
30 seconds Tech
30 seconds Tech Vor 2 Monate
Yeah you can ride it like a scooter, no need to pedal
joe blow
joe blow Vor 4 Monate
i dont need all the extras of a kit,,dont need pedal assist,or lcd screen or electric brakes,,can i just hookup the throttle only and go,,thx
joe blow
joe blow Vor 4 Monate
i dont need all the extras with an ebike kit,,cant i just hook up the throttle and go,,no need for screen ,,peddle assist or electric brakes,just the throttle power
Douglas Patterson
Douglas Patterson Vor 4 Monate
Is “rear hub motor” really over anyone’s head?
Brian Spragge
Brian Spragge Vor 4 Monate
They say unicycle and show a two wheeled "thing"
Orange Vor 4 Monate
get your units straight. Christ.
Thomas King Schillerlein
Thx for the vid YOUNG RON JEREMY! LOL
qazi faisal
qazi faisal Vor 4 Monate
But what about the winter do you want to ride an rbike in snow storm and high winds.
D Larson
D Larson Vor 4 Monate
My Rad City step thru ebike is on its way now! Cant WAIT to get it and get out there! SUPER STOKED!! Rad is the way to GO!!!
Qualms Vor 4 Monate
You want something that makes you feel like a pro cyclist: get a mid drive If you want something that feels like a mini motorcycle: get a hub motor If you intend on going faster than 20mph: never get a front hub
james braselton
james braselton Vor 29 Tage
Qualms my resdlind pecdel did 30 mph
grtzlf Vor 4 Monate
I got me an Ampler! super bike!
D Larson
D Larson Vor 4 Monate
Waiting for my Rad Power bike to arrive! Cant WAIT! HAPPY BIKING!
Pat C
Pat C Vor 4 Monate
My license is suspended.... I am DEFINITELY replacing my car with an electric bike
Mike Miller
Mike Miller Vor 3 Monate
Remember no drinking and pedaling
John Albarran
John Albarran Vor 4 Monate
Pat C same here 😂
Dennis Rogers
Dennis Rogers Vor 4 Monate
Ebikes are a lazy mans bike. Won’t get fit on an ebike prefer an ordinary bike have better fitness
jamie turnage
jamie turnage Vor 4 Monate
your better off with a gas bike much cheaper the battery for this thing is 400 or more dollars .when i seen the price of the battery i allmost had a stroke .get a gas motor its cheaper and it will go futher unless the batterys get way cheaper its not worth the investment.that is just the truth .they are great as long as the batterys last.sooner the battery dies be prepard to shell out 400 dollars or more for it.
jamie turnage
jamie turnage Vor 4 Monate
@TryingToFind AName no offence my thinking is by the time you pay for a new battery that savings is gone .when you have to buy a new battery at 400 dollars a pop.battery have to get 3 times cheaper for it to compete with gas engines right now you can buy a 2 stroke kit for the bike at the cost of the savings on the electric bike before you buy another battery. it will go long have cheaper gas milage with a 2 stroke than a electric motor
TryingToFind AName
TryingToFind AName Vor 4 Monate
except by the time the batery dies, you will have saved a lot of money not paying for the gas.
Jeffson Chung
Jeffson Chung Vor 4 Monate
I love the concept but I just can't see anyone wanting to ride in the rain. I'll still need a car
evan jenkins
evan jenkins Vor 5 Monate
E bike owner for over a year. Def worth it.
Fatehjot Singh
Fatehjot Singh Vor 5 Monate
it's a mower for alge >end question
dranenko Vor 5 Monate
Actually here Est Europe almoust all delivery companies use electric bikes
lain11644 Vor 5 Monate
Electric bike is for the weak.
Edwin Stewart
Edwin Stewart Vor 5 Monate
What if Elon Musk made an E-Bike? 🤔😁😍
Jorge C.
Jorge C. Vor Monat
Would be circling the earth by now!
D Larson
D Larson Vor 4 Monate
No kidding!
Jin Kusanagi
Jin Kusanagi Vor 5 Monate
Yeah, that's what we need for Americans, bikes that require less work from the rider to move.
Lewis Skinner
Lewis Skinner Vor 5 Monate
e-bikes are less sustainable that bikes.
Ian Sherwood
Ian Sherwood Vor 5 Monate
Have your speed limit also in metric units, eg 34 miles is 55 km., 20 mph is 32 km/h and 28 mph is 45 km/h.
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