With the boost of a 250W motor to get you up to speed from the lights and up hills, e-bikes are great for commuters who need to arrive at work fresh. They’re also perfect if you’re not confident about your fitness. Electric bikes limited to 15mph can be used on the road without a helmet or licence, and most of them are designed to be comfortable and easy to live with thanks to flat bars, mudguards and luggage capacity. There’s a price and weight premium over an equivalent regular bike for the battery, motor and control electronics, but as the technology develops these are coming down. You’ll need to remember to charge the battery overnight or even at the office if your commute is longer – as you’d discover, pedalling an e-bike with a flat battery is hard work.
For Easy to ride Comfortable Against Recharging Heavier and pricier than a regular bike