Electric bikes, or eBikes as they are sometimes known are bicycles that have an integrated motor and battery system. The benefits of owning one include uphill assistance and giving a helping hand when you’ve got a heavy load.
eBikes are a great alternative powered transport, with a much lower CO2 output than a car and no need to queue at the petrol station. eBikes can be charged at home or work using the charger. eBikes are also not eligible for the congestion charge in London.
Will I still get a workout? Yes. Though the bikes are powered they still require pedal power. The best way I can describe them is as power assisted rather than fully powered. Meaning you have to pedal but the motor will give assistance when you need more power, IE going uphill or when you want to travel a bit quicker. Under EU law ebikes are limited to 15mph for safety reasons.
In this blog, we’ll look at some of the folding ebikes on the market. These are designed with the commuter in mind and are perfect for taking on the train, tube or taking in your campervan wherever you go.
Coyote Connect Folding Electric Bike
This folding electric bike has 20” wheels, a six-speed gear system and an 8.8Ah battery which will fully charge in 6 hours. The manufacturers say the bike has a range of 20 miles on one charge and its folding design means it can be folded for going on trains or the tube as part of your commute.
Byocycle City Speed 20 Folding Electric Bike
This foldable bike is designed for use in the city and offers 20” wheels a six-speed gear system and 10Ah 36V Lithium-Ion battery and a 250W motor. The range is quoted by the manufacturer at up to 20 miles and the battery will fully charge in five hours. The folding frame is small enough to take on the train, so is perfect for commuters.
Powacycle Puma Folding Bike
This ultra-compact folding ebike has 16” wheels and is only 18kg in weight. It uses a 1870W motor and has a 16V 13Ah battery, giving a range of up to 20 miles. It has a lightweight aluminium frame with front suspension and a six-speed Shimano gear system. It uses V type brakes and takes six hours to fully charge.
Pulse ZF4 Folding Electric Bike
The Pulse ZF4 uses TranzX components throughout, who have over 30 years of experience in making eBike components. The lightweight aluminium frame is available in two sizes – 44cm for people up to 5’10” and 48cm for people up to 6’1”. It has 20” wheels and an eight-speed Shimano Altus gear system. Using a 36V 6.8Ah battery it has a range of up to 20 miles and takes 5-6 hours to fully charge.
These are just four of the folding options available on the market. If you’re interested in eBikes you might see some great little vouchers and deals here.