How do electric bikes work? Depending on the bike model, they can operate in up to three different ways:
A. ELECTRIC MODE. That is to say: without pedaling with the accelerator (only on private property and where the law allows it).
B. PEDAL ASSISTED . Electric bicycles incorporate the PAS or similar pedal-assist system. They use an electric motor to assist the cyclist when required. The motor is activated, and when you start pedaling you can take an effortless journey that will take you up to a speed of 25 km/h. From there you can use the gear changes if you want to go faster. As soon as you stop or stop pedaling, the motor will stop working.
c.NO ASSISTANCE. Just like a conventional bike. The battery can be easily removed, saving weight.
What is the approximate energy consumption of an electric bicycle?
The approximate consumption every 100km is 1kw/h. Approximately 20 € cents, not counting electricity rate offer times.
If it rains, can I ride my bike?
You can drive in the rain or leave it parked in the rain, although afterwards it is advisable to always dry the components of the electrical system with a dry and clean cloth: controller, battery, and wiring.
How are the batteries charged?
The battery can be recharged at any 220v outlet. The maximum load is achieved on average between 2-4 h. depending on the model and battery capacity.
What autonomy do batteries have in bicycles?
The autonomy will depend on each model and type of use and can range from 35 km to more than 200 (see the technical data sheets). These autonomies are usually estimated on the driving of a 70 kg person on a flat circuit, without strong winds and alternating the different assistance modes in equal parts.
When should I renew my battery?
The batteries have an approximate life of 36-60 months that can be greatly prolonged or shortened depending on the care of it. Authorized centers will facilitate the recycling of used batteries. They can also be deposited in municipal clean points if necessary. At Secutronic we only work with the brands that offer the best lithium treatment in their batteries.
Is it necessary to have a license to drive an electric bicycle or to pay some type of insurance?
Unlike motorcycles and cars, for the use of electric bicycles you do not need a permit of any kind or pay insurance to circulate on public roads. If they are approved, they are considered bicycles for all purposes.
Is the use of a helmet mandatory?
In Europe, the use of a helmet is not required on urban routes. Although the use of a helmet is recommended to go on any bicycle.
Can I circulate on cycle paths and other bicycle services?
Yes. It is one of the advantages over other vehicles such as motorcycles or cars since you can take advantage of the bicycle lanes and all kinds of infrastructure for conventional cyclists.
Where do I repair my bike?
Secutronic has specialists who can carry out all maintenance and repair tasks on any electric bicycle sold by us. Just call and tell us about your case.
I see some aesthetically very similar bikes with different brands. They’re all the same? Definitely not. It is one of the most common doubts. Although many bicycles of Asian origin look similar on the outside, the difference lies in the electrical and mechanical components. Another very important difference is the after-sales and warranty service, which in many cases is non-existent, especially in “Low Cost” brands. At Secutronic we have carefully selected each brand so that this problem does not exist. All of them are of the highest reliability. They can be calm.
Why are electric bike shops different from other bike shops?
Electric cycling is in many ways very similar but at the same time very different. Especially in Spain, cycling shops only serve sports cycling and not transport. The “electric” cyclist, in addition to keeping fit, needs another treatment when using his bicycle for many more needs. Of course, the same thing happens to bicycles. For this reason, some knowledge and ways of selling traditional cycling are not applicable to electric cycling. Let’s say that with the electric ones it is closer to the forms of any motor vehicle, which after all is what it is.
The most common question: What differences are there between the different motors and electrical systems?
At the level of sensation of thrust and operation, the differences are in the location of the power plant. They are divided into: Front, Rear and Central.
The front electric bicycle motor is ruled out for sports use and on mountain bikes or roads due to the possibility of skidding in areas of low grip and its tendency to “pull the handlebars” due to being in front. It has the advantage of leaving the rear axle free to mount internal gears for city bikes and it is also an economical system that is usually used by Asian brands in their electric conversion kits. It is only acceptable for urban electric bicycles. Nothing more.
The rear electric bike motor, is the one that offers a sharper thrust feeling when pushing from behind “motorcycle style”. Non-cyclists tend to like it a lot because of that sensation of push that we mentioned. Most of them are usually Asian like the front ones and they do not have a great dose of technology, in fact they need, like the front ones, to give a complete pedal stroke to start acting, something uncomfortable when starting on slopes for example.
The only exception is the German ‘Xion’ range of systems used on some Focus and Kalkhoff models. These systems, in addition to being the strongest of all existing systems, have a very large technological load, being moved by electromagnets and with the possibility of regenerating load with pedaling as well as braking and descending.
They also allow parameters to be modified by computer and have a sensor that, as in the BOSCH, YAMAHA, SHIMANO, provides us with assistance from the first moment of pedaling. The inconvenience of rear motors is always some discomfort when doing puncture repairs and other maneuvers on the rear wheel. BionX and Xion make this easy with a lightweight motor and fully detachable connections. They are the only rear motors truly considered “premium” by the big bike brands. Another important advantage over central motors is the possibility of mounting complete gearboxes with chainrings and sprockets like on any conventional bicycle, something that is undoubtedly decisive at times. The The inconvenience of rear motors is always some discomfort when doing puncture repairs and other maneuvers on the rear wheel. BionX and Xion make this easy with a lightweight motor and fully detachable connections. They are the only rear motors truly considered “premium” by the big bike brands. Another important advantage over central motors is the possibility of mounting complete gearboxes with chainrings and sprockets like on any conventional bicycle, something that is undoubtedly decisive at times. The The inconvenience of rear motors is always some discomfort when doing puncture repairs and other maneuvers on the rear wheel. BionX and Xion make this easy with a lightweight motor and fully detachable connections. They are the only rear motors truly considered “premium” by the big bike brands. Another important advantage over central motors is the possibility of mounting complete gearboxes with chainrings and sprockets like on any conventional bicycle, something that is undoubtedly decisive at times. The They are the only rear motors truly considered “premium” by the big bike brands. Another important advantage over central motors is the possibility of mounting complete gearboxes with chainrings and sprockets like on any conventional bicycle, something that is undoubtedly decisive at times. The They are the only rear motors truly considered “premium” by the big bike brands. Another important advantage over central motors is the possibility of mounting complete gearboxes with chainrings and sprockets like on any conventional bicycle, something that is undoubtedly decisive at times.
The central or “bottom bracket” electric bicycle motor, is the one that provides the greatest sensation of riding a bicycle but always helped. It is the system manufactured by the “premium” brands with the greatest technological capacity such as Panasonic, Impulse, BOSCH, YAMAHA and the newest and lightest SHIMANO E8000. They incorporate a torque sensor, so that they act immediately when the foot is placed on the pedal and make starting easier. In addition, the wheels are released as in a conventional bicycle and it is easy to make adjustments and repairs, also allowing the assembly of external or internal changes indistinctly. On the other hand, the weight is perfectly centered. 90% of these systems are manufactured by the aforementioned firms and both SHIMANO, YAMAHA and BOSCH are usually the ones chosen together with the Impulse by the best electric bicycle brands. The differences between them could be found in the autonomy and the figure in the thrust torque fundamentally. At the moment, all the aforementioned bikers have different versions of their propellers in their catalog and it is good to consult specialists about them. For all the above, it is necessary to know the needs of the client and his budget to recommend one or the other. At Secutronic we will advise you on your purchase so that you know how to choose the most convenient for you.
How much saving can the electric bicycle represent with respect to the car? Is it considered an anti-crisis vehicle?
According to an easy study carried out on the basis of a daily journey that any electric bicycle and user can afford of about 25 km per day, the average annual savings can be around €2,000. In fuel we would save about €3 a day, which in a year is €1095, we would also save about €300 a year in municipal taxes and penalties, another €450 in insurance and about €300 in mechanical maintenance, revisions and others. Total €2145. The electric bicycle would only cost us about €145 per year between electricity and maintenance, so we would have saved about €2,000 per year. Undoubtedly a saving to take into account in these times.
Are there Secutronic bikes with more power and speed than the approved ones?
Indeed, although the European homologation for bicycles that circulate on public roads limits motor assistance to 25 Km/h and maximum power to 250W nominal, there are bicycles that allow greater power and performance, up to 500W and 45 Km/h or more. Keep in mind that these bicycles are for use in private facilities or circuits and that despite being able to buy them, we have to know what the limitations on their use are. For more information on any of them, call 916 379 556.
What kind of bike should I choose?
The first thing that we have to take into account before buying an electric bicycle or not, is the type of use that we will make of it. There are electric bicycles for almost all types of users and choosing well will largely depend on our desire to use it and overall satisfaction.
As for electricity, we can define the following types:
The non-folding urban ones are recommended for those looking for comfort in the city and short trips. Comfortable above all, they usually incorporate a multitude of practical details. Their brakes change systems are of simple and proven technology, most of them being low bar, which accentuates their practicality and comfort when getting on and off them. They are not recommended for use much beyond the city due to technical limitations in brakes, frames and gearboxes.
Trekking: They are the ones that in most countries are considered the “total bicycle”. The “premium” brands are equipped with high-quality aluminum frames accompanied by brakes and gearboxes at a very good level. Its posture is slightly more sporty than the urban ones but without getting tired. They also usually mount “all-purpose” covers and some practical detail such as lights, rear grill, etc. They are recommended for all uses in a moderate way, being able to circulate in the city, on soft and wet roads, road trips, etc. Most “premium” brands have models of this type with various engines as they have a wide variety of uses.
Cross or Mountain (MTB):
Equipped with frames and components intended for trails and broken mountain and mountain roads, both the change, tires, etc. they are designed for that purpose. They are recommended for the user who will really give them that sporty use on dirt and trails. They are not recommended for asphalt because, on the one hand, their wide tires offer more than twice the resistance to pedaling, translating into greater effort and battery consumption, since their grip is very limited and can become dangerous in curves and others. In this type of bicycles we also have a difference between those with only front suspension and those with double suspension. Those with a rigid rear frame will always make us move faster and with less effort by taking advantage of all the energy of our pedaling in horizontal forward motion.
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