If you’re shopping for your first ebike, you’ve probably discovered that prices vary a lot. There are many different styles of bikes where a boost can be applied, such as hybrid, road, mountain, cruiser, tricycle, recumbent, fat tire, folding, cargo, and the style you choose will have an impact on price. But even within a given style, there is a wide difference in prices. If you have a fixed budget, it is what it is, but if you have some flexibility in how much you are able to spend, how much you should invest and what are you giving up by going with a cheaper ebike?
What makes an ebike different from an acoustic bike is the motor, battery, and display. When deciding on which ebike to purchase, your first priority should be to find a bike that accommodates your primary style of biking. Popular bike styles are urban, hybrid, mountain, road, recumbent, folding, fat tire, etc. Second in consideration might be the motor, whether hub or mid drive and the brand of motor followed by the power and range of the battery. The display is far enough down the list that it will probably not be a significant factor in impacting the ebike you select, but it is good to understand the options and determine in advance if you will be satisfied with the display that comes with the ebike.
The bike experts at the League of American Bicyclists recommend you do five things to increase your safety while riding a bike: 1) follow the laws, 2) be predictable, 3) be visible, 4) think ahead, and 5) be ride ready. Let’s focus on the first one, follow the laws. How can you refresh and grow your knowledge of traffic laws? If you live in Illinois, one way to acquaint yourself with rules of the road is take the Bike Safety Quiz.
The Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating the cycling lifestyle for 20 years. Each year the organizers collect short films with a cycling theme from local and international film makers, artists, and advocates. In the past, these were viewed at movie theaters in over 90 cities around the world. Over one million people have enjoyed the visual feast and shared their thoughts at watch parties and with groups of friends. Not to be deterred by the pandemic, the festival is being celebrated this year virtually by streaming on a phone, tablet, or computer. The Festival partnered with the local advocacy organization, Active Transportation Alliance and two community groups to add a local connection. The Chicago edition runs from Feb. 24 to Mar. 7 and an online ticket is available for purchase on the Bicycle Film Festival website.
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