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Electric Bicycles: Twelve Reasons for NOT Getting an Electric Bike.
Reason 1. Electric Bicycles are Too Heavy.

Right. Heavy compared to what? A Washing Machine? A Dogs House?

No – OTHER bicycles of course.

Now – lets pull back from this a little. I don’t know about you but The big worry that I have is being caught with a dead battery, at the bottom of a hill, miles from home and having to push or pedal a TANK of a bike up that hill.


At the moment, the typical weight of an ordinary (only pedal-power) Mountain Bike around where I live is about 15kg (33lbs) or less.

electric bicycleAs you might imagine, if you take that weight and ADD a battery, motor, heavier brakes etc. – you will be adding quite a bit of weight – but how much?

Well, the first electric bicycles weighed in at about 38KG (84lbs) – which you would not find me pushing up a hill! Imagine – almost 3 times the weight of a modern mountain bike.

And now? Things have changed. One of the better looking e-bikes that I have seen – the Kalkhoff Pro-Connect weighs in at about 20 kg (44lbs) – 30% over the weight of a Mountain Bike.

electric bicycleIt is now predicted that the average weight of an Electric Bike will fall to 14kg (31lbs) within 2 years – YEAH! – the SAME weight as a mountain bike.

My Conclusion?

Although weight isn’t everything (how that weight is distributed is just as important) – it was one of my first worries when looking at electric bikes. This was probably because I live in such a hilly area.

But – it seems that most e-bikes are only 1.5 the weight of a typical mountain bike. As long as you get an alloy frame with a light lithium-ion battery.

And I think I can handle that!

Now, what was the next reason NOT to get a Electric bicycle?


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