What's the scoop on electric bikes? You've seen RVillagers scooting around on them at the RVillage Rally, in campgrounds, and RV parks. Are you thinking about buying some? What questions do you have? RVillage has answers!

RVillage recently emailed and posted a survey on eBikes (electric bikes). Here are the resulting questions and comments from you, as well as answers from someone in-the-know.

The Survey: Questions we asked you

"Do you currently travel with one or more bicycles?"

Answer:  48% of you said yes!

"How likely are you to add eBikes to your RV equipment in the next 12-18 months?"

Answers:  

21% of RVillagers are an immediate yes;
11% not likely at all; and
68% of you are undecided one way or the other.

Hopefully this article will help you make an informed decision!

Questions and answers about eBikes

We asked your questions to Christian Dennis, marketing specialist at Lectric eBikes in Phoenix Arizona, and got some great answers! (Click each question to expand the answer.)

The most common eBikes in today's market cost anywhere between $400 to $2,000. Obviously, quality is going to vary in the range of those bikes, so it is important to make sure that the eBike company you are looking at uses name-brand parts. Some companies charge extra to add fenders, rear rack, baskets, bags, suspension, etc.


The battery's range depends on a lot of different factors—for example: terrain, weather, weight of the rider, how many times you stop & go, how often are you using the throttle, what level of pedal assist are you using, etc. The average mile range of an eBike's battery is around 20-35 miles, but it really depends on how a user is riding the bike.


It depends on which class. There are 3 classes of eBikes:

Class 1 eBikes have PEDAL ASSIST ONLY, no throttle, and top off at 20 mph. With pedal assist only, the drive system is only activated when you start pedaling, then you will be able to get up to 20 mph. Class 1 eBike riders are allowed to ride anywhere you would ride any other type of bike—on bike lanes, bike paths, and on the road.

Class 2 eBikes feature a THROTTLE, and max out at 20 mph. A throttle is a feature that can come in a grip-twist or a button that you hold down, and the bike takes off without having to pedal. The throttle is limited to a certain speed for safety & regulation reasons. In most places you will be able to ride a Class 2 bike anywhere you would ride a non-eBike.

Class 3 eBikes feature PEDAL ASSIST ONLY, and top off at 28 mph! Due to the high power of Class 3 eBikes, they are restricted from certain bike trails and bike paths.


The weight of an eBike can vary between 38-70 pounds. This is all based on the frame of the bike, battery, motor, tires, suspension and all other components of the bike.


This depends on what the frame of the bike is rated at. Normally the range of weight is 200-300 pounds.


Most eBikes come with pedal assist sensors built into the bike. (Read about the 3 classes of eBikes in the third question above, "How fast can an eBike go?")


Yes, as long as the frame is locked properly, foldable bike frames are sturdy for heavier people.


There are a lot of bike rack brands that are great for RVs. Lectric eBikes always recommends Hollywood Racks. They have a bike rack that is designed for fat tire eBikes!


Comments from members

At the end of the survey, we asked for your comments about eBikes. Here are a couple of those:

"As it stands to date, eBikes fall under New York State motor vehicle law and cannot be ridden on any street or sidewalk. On a good note, Governor Andrew Como has shown interest in changes to allow for use of them." (Pro Tip: You may want to check local municipalities for these rules, wherever you travel and plan to ride.)

"According to Forrest Gump: 'Bicycles and RVs are like peas and carrots!' " (or something like that.)

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