• March 6, 2024
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For some time now, e-bikes have been considered the ultimate commuter transport.

Restrictions on public transport during the Covid-19 pandemic, the desire to spend more time outdoors exercising, and the desire for ‘greener’ transport options have led to a surge in e-bike sales.

However, the question is “Are e-bikes heavy?” For some, this is a bit of a turn-off from a practical standpoint.

In this blog, we discuss the weight of e-bikes. There’s no denying that they are often heavier than their conventional cousins, but does that make them impractical? We certainly don’t think so – in fact, the benefits of e-bikes far outweigh (pardon the pun) concerns about weight.

How heavy is an electric bike?

How heavy is an electric bike

Whilst ‘heavy’ may be a relative term, it’s true that e-bikes are almost always heavier than conventional bikes.

However, it should be said, at the start of this blog, that this weight is only noticeable when carrying an e-bike. Once you start pedalling, your e-bike will feel exceptionally light.

Typically, e-bikes weigh between 15kg and 30kg, depending on their model and specifications. In comparison, conventional bikes usually weigh between 5 and 20kg.

Roughly speaking, therefore, the average weight of a conventional bicycle will be about the minimum weight of an e-bike.

What does the weight of an e-bike consist of?

So why are e-bikes heavier than regular bikes?

It depends on the extra materials required and the stronger frame.

Additional components such as motors, batteries, displays and wiring add to the weight. In fact, the motor system alone can add an average of 8kg to the total weight of the bike – a significant proportion.

This extra weight requires a stronger frame to safely support these components and ensure the bike remains manoeuvrable at all speeds.

Portability is increasingly important for cyclists

As we’ve mentioned, e-bikes are becoming increasingly popular among commuters.

However, weight and portability will become a concern for commuters who don’t just travel by bike. For example, many people who commute by bike may take the train for part of their journey.

If you fall into this category, you may want to consider a folding e-bike, as most other train companies prohibit other types of bikes from being carried on board during rush hour due to space considerations.

Of course, if commuting by bike, you will need to consider weight. This can be a factor in storing your bike (at home and at work) and may have an impact on your energy levels if used on a daily basis.

At us, we offer a variety of e-bike models, many of which are lighter in weight and therefore may be more practical for commuters. For more information, please contact one of our expert advisors who can guide you through the process.

Storing your e-bike safely

If you do find that your e-bike is heavier and in the absence of a lift, you may find yourself storing it outside or on the ground floor more frequently.

If storing your bike outside your home or flat, make sure it is properly locked. A quality set of bike locks is a necessity, not something you can cut corners on.

We offer a range of quality bike locks on our website and highly recommend using them every time you leave your bike outside.

At this time of year, the nights are arriving earlier and earlier, so when locking your bike outside, make sure you keep it in a well-lit area, preferably one with a lot of foot traffic. This is always a security boost.

If you choose to keep your bike in the garden because of its weight and size and therefore don’t want to bring it indoors, make sure you protect it from bad weather with a suitable waterproof bike cover. This can make a big difference to future maintenance.

Are heavier bikes always a disadvantage?

No. In fact heavier bikes have their advantages.

Many of the e-bike riders we spoke to said that heavier e-bikes are more stable than lighter conventional bikes.

If you’ve been out of the saddle for a while, or just find it a little difficult to balance, you’ll find that a heavier bike provides a smoother, safer ride.

Of course, e-bikes offer more advantages than lighter conventional bikes.

You can enjoy faster speeds and climb hills with ease without extra effort. Riding that once seemed impossible becomes achievable. Less effort also means less impact on your joints. Again, this is especially good for those who have been out of the saddle for a while.

Commuters often emphasise the time they save by not having to change and shower to get to work.

We also find that e-bikes are great for socialising. Many of our customers tell us that they can now cycle with friends and family in ways that were previously impossible to keep up with, both in terms of speed and distance.

E-bikes are only expected to get lighter

As technology develops and designs continue to improve, we expect lighter and lighter e-bikes to enter the market in the coming months and years.

In fact, at us, our team can guide you through a range of lighter e-bike options that offer all the benefits of an e-bike at a slightly reduced weight.

But even now, we still feel that the benefits of e-bikes over traditional bikes are indisputable – despite the heavier weight.

In fact, it’s only when carrying an e-bike up stairs or over a distance that weight becomes a factor.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Why not contact our friendly team today for a chat? We’re always on hand to share e-bike knowledge and expertise via phone, email and web chat.

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