Commuting by bike is more popular than ever. Yet for many of us, a cycle commute is intimidating. The route is either too long or too hard, leaving us exhausted as we trudge into our office. But with social distancing rules still in place and many of us returning to work, commuting by bike is becoming a popular choice for avoiding public transport.
Well, thanks to the number and variety of electric bikes now available, commuting is easy. Assisted speeds of up to 15.5mph allow you to pedal further and faster, all with minimal effort! And with more e-bikes now available, there is the perfect option for anyone, allowing you to ditch the train and enjoy a fresher start to your mornings.
At Halfords bikes are built into our DNA and we have a range of high-quality e-bikes available at a price that won’t break the bank. Below are the different types of e-bikes for commuters and our top picks.
There was a time when all e-bikes were large, cumbersome beasts. Not anymore!
With easy folding frames, folding e-bikes are designed for commuting, perfect whether you need to pop onto public transport along the way or quickly get to a nearby meeting. Easy to assemble and quickly break down, you can be sat down one minute and pedalling away the next.
Electric folding bikes come in a range of guises, from those that have a larger distance range such as the Raleigh Evo Electric Folding Bike 20” (a whopping 30 miles!) or ones that prioritise being lightweight- the Apollo Transport Electric Folding Bike barely registering at only 16kg.
Unlike on most e-bikes, the electric drive is usually located in the the front or rear wheel, allowing the bike to remain compact. Wheel sizes vary between either 16” or 20” depending on whether you prefer comfort or lightweight.
With such convenience, it is no surprise that folding bikes are now everywhere in our cities. And whichever option you opt for, a folding e-bike will be a worthy companion for your daily urban commute.
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Of course, not all of us are city based, or even restricted to the road! For those of us who value versatility, there is no better option than an electric hybrid bike.
Combining comfort with the ability to ride on both smooth and moderately rough surfaces, hybrid e-bikes provide you with bigger tyres, comfortable saddles, and an upright riding position. Many also provide front suspensions, the benchmark for cycling comfort. You won’t be able to hit the trails with one, but you’ll easily glide along well-maintained canal paths. A great way to mix up your commute!
With hybrid bikes being larger than folding bikes, you also get the bonus of a larger motor and battery, with most having a range of over 60 miles. Living too far away from work is no longer a problem! Short recharge times will also ensure that your bike is ready every morning when you need it.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of all, electric hybrid bikes typically come with a rear pannier rack, so you’ll have no problem carrying your essentials.
Our top hybrid e-bike pick? With a leading Bosch Active Line motor, a range of over 60 miles, disc brakes, front suspension and dependable Shimano gearing (the list could go on), the Raleigh Felix Step-Through Electric Hybrid Bike is a pure commuting machine.
As much as comfort is important, some of us have a need for speed! Of course, riding fast into work is too tiring, right? Not with an electric road bike.
Incorporating powerful motors with the aerodynamic characteristics of your standard road bike, an electric road bike will have you powering down the road, wind in your hair and clothes flapping- all without your muscles burning!
Great for those facing a longer journey, or those keen to incorporate more exercise into their daily commute, electric road bikes are the perfect commuting option. You’ll get the maximum 15.5mph level of assistance (a legal limit)- at that speed you may never be late to the office again!
Smaller tyres mean a diversion off-road is inadvisable, but with most road bikes now coming with increased tyre clearance, an upgrade can change this.
Tempted by the prospect of a swift two-wheeled commute? Try the Carrera Crossroad Electric Road Bike. With a lightweight aluminium frame, integrated Suntour STL battery and a high-performing Kenda wheelset, it will be a worthy edition to your commute.
Whatever e-bike you choose for your commute, safety remains of paramount importance. Use bright lights, reflectors and clothes, learn the rules of the road and most importantly of all, wear a helmet!
Lightweight, comfortable and with the latest MIPS safety technology, the Lazer Blade+ MIPS Helmet is ideal for commuters.
The Multi-Directional Impact System (MIPS) is at the forefront of helmet safety, reducing rotational forces in a crash to better protect the brain.
You can fine tune the fit of the helmet through the Advanced Rollsys Retention system. You don’t want a sore head from an ill-fitting helmet every time you arrive at work!
Whether powering along on your electric road bike, or cruising along your local canal path, the Lazer is a stylish option.
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