Bike lights have two purposes: to see where you are going and to be seen by others. There is a misconception that if you ride a bike in the city you do not need bright lights because there is ambient lighting from street and car lights which allows you to see and be seen. While any small powered bike light is better than nothing, a bright light will improve your safety by extending your ability to be seen from a greater distant and providing better illumination of the road.
Now that ebikes are becoming more popular, people are enjoying them for getting around and with good reason. They are a clean, efficient means of mobility for commuting, recreation, and fitness and are safe when used as they were designed. But unfortunately along with increase usage there has been a corresponding increase in incidents due to the battery. There have been increasing reports of ebike battery fires. If you own an ebike, or are considering purchasing one, it is a good idea to be aware of best battery safety practices to ensure maximum safety, utility and life of your new ebike and it’s battery.
There is a lot of innovation in the electric bike (ebike) space right now. Significant investments are being made by companies in diverse industries as well as individual inventors around the world to improve the ebike designs we have today. While two-wheel transportation has evolved steadily over the past 100 years, the pace of innovation has recently sped up exponentially as a result of the addition of a motor and battery to a bike. The electrical components on an ebike and the refinement of these creates new opportunities for features not possible before. Following is some of the technology we’ve noticed is available in some leading edge ebikes today and might be prevalent in the future plus social trends indicating acceptance of ebikes.
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