Pedal-Assisted Bicycles: difference with Electric Bicycles and the best 10

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Pedal-assisted bicycles, or electric bicycles? Is there any difference between an electric bike and one with a pedal that is defined as “assisted”?

Pedal-assisted bicycles

In electric bicycles with pedal assistance, the motor only comes into action when you pedal: all pedal assisted e-bikes are activated by pedaling. When you start pedaling from a standstill, the motor starts before you make a full rotation of the cranks, and power is controlled on most bikes with a switch located near one of the grips on the handlebar. Once you reach “cruising” speed, you can fine-tune the amount of assistance you are getting from the engine, from zero to full engine power, which is usually 250w or 350w. As a reference, keep in mind that 250w is a power level that a trained amateur cyclist could use for over an hour without any problems.
The higher the power setting, the lower the range obviously. The simplest e-bikes allow you to travel less than 50 km with pedal assistance before recharging them, while for the most performing bikes, even 100 km are abundantly exceeded. Charging a pedal assisted bike can be done via a classic 220 Volt domestic socket, at very low costs.

Electric bicycles

The electric bicycles without pedal assistance – for their part – have a accelerator, which can be a knob like on a motorcycle, but also a simple button. Pressing the accelerator works just like pressing the accelerator pedal on your car – no further actions are required to accelerate or continue forward motion. There is no relationship here between pedaling and motor: that is, you will not need to pedal, because the bike will move only thanks to the motor.

And finally, here are the 10 best pedal assisted bicycles we have selected: choose the one you like best from these, you will not be disappointed.

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