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Best Electric Bicycle

You're looking for a little help with the work involved in that commute to the office. You have heard about electric bikes, but aren’t really sure you know where to begin. All that comes to mind is a vision of the mopeds from yesteryear. The electric bikes available today are much cooler and more sophisticated.

One of the most important things to consider is how you will use the bike. Are you just commuting to work? Will you need to pull some hills? Do you want the option to pedal, or would you just like a throttle? Is weight and size an issue?

When searching for an electric bike, look for the best bike for your lifestyle as well as your budget. You will find models that will work for whatever kind of riding you do.

OHM Urban XU 700 Electric Bicycle

OHM Urban XU 700 Electric Bicycle

OHM cycles are manufactured in Vancouver, BC, Canada. They manufacture high performance electric bikes with quiet BionX electric motors. The OHM cycles drivetrain has 4 pedal assist settings and a patented removable battery. The Urban XU 700 has a lightweight frame, long-lasting battery, and is the ultimate electric bike for commuting and recreational fun. It comes with a standard rear rack for carrying everything you need for the office or the trip to the park.

Optibike Electric Bicycle

Optibike Electric Bicycle

If you are looking for Made in the USA at any cost, the Optibike is for you. Each Optibike is hand-built in Boulder, Colorado. You can customize this bike with the motor size you want: 500-850 watts. The battery is stored inside the frame. With speeds of up to 30 mph and exceptional hill climbing ability, the Optibike is a winner. The R-series took the championship 2 years running in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb event. The Optibike has long run times of up to 55 miles. Hydraulic disc brakes give it exceptional stopping power.

The Shadow Ebike

The Shadow Ebike

The Shadow Ebike is manufactured by Daymak Inc. and is completely wireless. This bike is like the "Bluetooth" of the bicycle world. The Shadow features wireless throttle, wireless brakes, and wireless pedal assist. All of the state-of-the-art technology is hidden inside a sleek wheel design. The motor is available in two sizes: 250 or 350 watts. With pedal assist, this bike can reach speed of up to 25 mph, and approximately 20 mph if you want the motor to do all the work.

Prodeco Genesis Folding Electric Bike

If you're looking for sleek style in a foldable electric bike, look no further. The Genesis 250 comes with a 250-watt motor mounted in the front wheel - barely noticeable, but there when you need it. Reaching speeds of up to 17 mph, this bike will take you up to 25 miles on a single charge. Weighing in at 46 pounds, it is fairly lightweight for an electric bike, and has the added convenience of the folding frameset. A notable safety feature on the Prodeco is the disc brakes with heat-resistant rotors. Expect smooth shifting with the SRAM shifter and derailleur.

Currie Technologies eZip Skyline Women's Electric Bicycle

What would electric bikes be without including the ladies? The Currie eZip Skyline has the perfect step-through frame for women. This bike comes with a 250-watt motor, and can reach speeds up to 15 mph. You can travel up to 22 miles on a single charge, and do it in comfort. The Skyline comes with a comfort saddle, a more upright riding position, and the battery mounted behind the seat tube.

I've been a cyclist since I was a child. I've owned as many as 5 bicycles at a time and all served a different purpose. I had a mountain bike for rough trails, a hybrid for on and off rail trails, a light weight racing bike for road riding, a modified mountain bike for longer distance riding, and a touring bike. I currently own the most compact folding bike available on the market. It's great for commuting and travel. I do the basic maintenance on them and I use a bike for travel purposes. I have had the folding bike down the east coast and from California to Maryland. I'm currently a staff writer for a NYC bike shop and enjoy seeing all the new equipment as it hits the store.
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