Like traditional bicycles, ebikes need routine maintenance to keep them running smoothly. However, ebikes also have motors and batteries. While many motors are almost maintenance free, batteries need some care.

Lithium-ion batteries can be expensive, but they are great for ebikes because they have a high energy density, no memory effect and low self-discharge. Batteries start at about $400 and can go more than $1,000. It can be the most expensive part of an ebike or ebike conversion kit, so it makes sense to try to extend your ebike’s battery life.

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While ebikes are gaining in popularity, they can hardly be called new. The United States Patent and Trademark Office documents electric bicycles from as far back as 1895 when Ogden Bolton, Jr. was granted U.S. Patent 552,271 for a battery-powered bicycle with “6-pole brush-and-commutator direct current (DC) hub motor mounted in the rear wheel.” The motor could draw up to 100 amperes from a 10-volt battery.

Canadian and provincial/territorial laws define what ebikes are. Many types of ebikes are now available to suit almost every need. Let’s take a look at what type of ebike is right for you.

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Before buying an ebike, be sure to consider all the pros and cons. Sure, they are as simple and natural to ride as a regular bicycle, but there are a few things you need to know to ensure they’re right for you. First, let’s focus on the positive.

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An image of the Canadian flag with a grey silhouette of an ebike over the maple leaf

Global concerns about climate change have some people moving away from greenhouse gas-producing motor vehicles and toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation. One increasingly popular option is electric bicycles, or ebikes.

Ebikes ride the same way regular bicycles do, except they have an electric motor that assists the rider while pedalling. Across Canada, most of the same rules for bicycles apply to ebikes. However, there are some differences in ebike laws, which need to be kept in mind.

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