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How far will a SEB take me? Your range is dependent on a range of factors but an average of 30 to 40km’s is a good figure to base your trip on. The battery size is the main factor, the bigger the battery, the more juice and further it will take you. Some of our bikes will take you 50km’s or more. Your weight also plays a part and the type of terrain you are riding. Here is a quick trip guide based on battery Amp Hours. 9AH > 30 to 40km 10AH > 35 to 45km 12AH > 50 to 65km 14Ah > 65 to 85 17Ah > 85 to 115km It is important to emphasise that these distances are based on pedal assistance, not sitting on your butt and letting the SEB do all the work. Obviously if you only used the SEB to assist you on hills, and you only had a few hills on your journey, you could ride many km.
Isn’t it lazy to ride an electric bike?
Most definitely not! Riding a SEB will get your heart rate up without a doubt. You will be able to travel about five times the distance of your average pedal powered ride so you will more than likely do the same if not more exercise on a SEB than a normal bike. You will get as hard a workout as you want, the pedal assistance is really just to take out the hardest parts of your journey, we don’t suggest you let the motor do all the work. Think of it like using an exercise bike at the gym, with a constant exertion or cadence. You will get into shape without the need for gut wrenching exertion and all the associated wear and tear on your joints. Just start using a SEB bike for all, or at least some, of your commuting.
What is throttle mode? Electric Bicycles come in a few different flavours when it comes to controlling the power of the motor. The most simple is the Throttle only mode. Operating just like a motorcycle, a throttle can be found either on the left or right side of the handlebars and is spring loaded so when it is not used the default position is off. Some throttles are full grip twist ones, others use a half grip and our favourite is the discreet thumb throttle. Very easy position to activate. More often than not the throttle activates the motor whether or not you are pedalling. This style of riding is not possible in Europe as electric bicycles are defined always as “electric assist”, you have to be pedalling at all times to get the benefit of power assistance. Currently in Australia we don’t have that requirement so it’s possibly to have throttle bike that could be ridden without pedalling. We don’t encourage that as the whole point of Ebikes in our mind is to get significant health benefits. Your range from your battery will also be reduced.
What is pedal assist mode?
In this setup there is no throttle on the bike, the only way to get assistance is to pedal. Most bikes with this setup will have a controller on the handlebars that allows the rider to adjust how much power you receive. Either three levels of assistance, just like Low - Medium - High or up six levels. This way you can focus on riding and let the bike assist you automatically. It also saves considerable wrist strain as holding a throttle over a long period of time can be hard work on your hand. Some bikes like the ezee range can be used in Pedal Assist mode but the throttle is always on, irrespective of pedalling.
LAW - NEW SOUTH WALES- In New South Wales, motor assisted pedal cycles with electric engines do not need to be registered if the maximum engine output is less than 250 watts. If you do have a cycle that is exempt from registration, the law states that you must follow the same rules as for cycles without motors. You don’t need a licence or registration to ride a “pedelec e-bike”. Any electric bike with a power source of 250 Watts or less is classified as a standard bicycle in NSW. So jumping on a SEB and heading off into the sunset is so easy. There is no need to deal with registration, parking or special licenses.