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Is an e-bike right for me?

If you’re looking for a quick, environmentally-friendly and economical way of getting from A-to-B, an e-bike could be a great option.

E-bikes are pedal-powered like a conventional bicycle but assisted by an electric motor and rechargeable battery that help out at speeds of up to 15.5mph. This is often faster than the average person would cycle, especially in hilly terrain, so an e-bike could help you reach your destination a lot quicker than a traditional pedal bicycle.

There are lots of different types of e-bikes, including electric hybrid bikes, electric folding bikes, electric mountain bikes and e-cargo bikes. The different categories suit a wide range of activities from commuting to hardcore mountain biking.

Charging an e-bike at home and on the go

E-bikes use regular three-pin plugs, compatible with domestic wall sockets. This means you won’t have to install charging points as you can charge an e-bike battery at home, or on the go.

Lots of e-bikes also come with removable batteries, which can offer extra flexibility on where you can charge.

Learn more about charging

Are e-bikes legal in the UK?

E-bikes are legal in the UK, as long as you are 14 or older and the e-bike meets Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) requirements. It is vital you buy your e-bike and e-bike battery from a reputable seller who makes sure that the e-bike not only meets the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) requirements but also follows the Construction and Use regulations, complies with the European standard EN15194 and contains a CE mark.

You don’t need a licence to ride one and it doesn’t need to be registered, taxed or insured.

Learn more about the legalities

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How to Measure Yourself to Find the Right E-Bike

Here we'll guide you through the process of measuring yourself for an e-bike, to help you make an informed decision to find the perfect e-bike for you.

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