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All right, so let's answer the question, are electric bikes safe? Electric bikes are becoming ultra-popular right now across the United States. They're already very popular across Europe and China, but the question is really, are they safe? Now, this is a very ambiguous question and difficult to answer because, like anything, a lot of the safety rests in the user and how they're used and being used properly. My answer to electric bikes is, are they safe, yes. Now, they're safe if they're used in accordance with how they're supposed to be used. I see a lot of electric bikes on the road right now on paths, on trails, I can say with certainty that in a lot of instances, the way they're being used, they're not safe.


Electric bikes really perform no differently than a standard bicycles. Most electric bikes, actually all-electric bikes that come suited for the pavement, have regulators on the motors. What this means is the controller will not allow you to exceed 20 miles an hour in most cases and 28 miles an hour in other cases. By limiting the speed that the bike can go, they're definitely more safe. The reality of an electric bike versus a normal bike, the way that electric bikes are limited, they're limited to speeds that a lot of cyclists can already go under their own power. It's not uncommon for road cyclists to be hitting 20, 21, 22, 23 miles an hour, even on flat ground, let alone on downhills. It's not uncommon for road cyclists to hit 40, 50, even 50 plus miles an hour. When you look at electric bikes, they're really not performing any faster than say someone can do on a road bike.


In that regard, you're not turning an electric bike into a motorcycle. You're really limiting it to try to keep it in the classification of an electric bike. That's what's going on specifically here in California, they're limiting the top speeds that E-bikes can go so they stay in this realm of being an electric bike. Now, if we start to get above 30 an hour with full throttle, things like that, we're talking about a whole other classification of product, especially if they're going 30 miles an hour plus on flat ground. There's not many cyclists that are going to maintain a 30-mile-an-hour pace on a road bike on flat ground if any at all. When you start to get above that, that's when you start to look at something as being classified more as a motorized scooter or a motorcycle.


Now, electric bikes, if you properly learn how to ride them and use them according to the laws of the rules of the road in your state or your city, they are perfectly safe. Obviously, wear a helmet. Now, are there risks that come associated with riding an electric bike? Of course. Are there risks that come associated with riding a regular bike? Of course. But the principles of riding an electric bike are the same as riding a regular bike. Now, with that said, if you haven't been on an electric bike or you haven't written a regular bike in a long time and you're getting on an electric bike, please, please, please take precautions and make sure you fully understand everything on the electric bike before you ride.


My suggestion is to start in a parking lot, get comfortable with how the electric bike responds, how the pedal-assist response, start to understand the power that you get from the pedal-assist motor. When you use the full-throttle, what's the response time of that? You really want to familiarize yourself with the bike and the power output before you start to get into crowded trails, crowded paths, streets, things like that. I see a lot of accidents occur, or I've heard about accidents occurring, with the throttle, someone pushing it, accidentally pushing it, not knowing about the power output. Those types of things can be avoided if we just take a little more time to familiarize yourself with the product.


The one thing I'll say is that it's an electric bike, it's not a regular bike. Don't get overconfident because you can ride a normal bike thinking that you can handle an electric bike with no problem. The other thing I'll say too is just because you ride motorcycles or some other two-wheeled product, like a scooter, it doesn't mean you can safely ride an E-bike. E-bikes have their own type of output, they have their own type of response on the pedal assist, they have their own type of throttle response, totally different than a motorcycle. Now, the balance issue is one thing, but understanding when to use the throttle, how the pedal assist will work so you don't get into a crowded area and hurt yourself or hurt someone else.


In summary, yes, electric bikes are safe, but what's vital to the safety of electric bikes is user training. If you're getting an electric bike and you don't feel comfortable, start in a parking lot, familiarize yourself with that product, with that bike, with the power of the bike so you make sure that you're safe, not only for yourself but for others around you when you do start riding.


All right, I hope that helps. If you have any other comments, questions, or feedback, please put them below in the common section, we're happy to answer them. Or email us, theteam@sixthreezero.com, or call us, 310-982-2877, we're happy to answer your questions. Browse our electric bikes on our website, you can take a look at tons of colors, men's and women's. We've got a huge selection, all geared for safety. We've got a lot of steps throughs that make it even more safe.


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All right, thanks for sticking around. Don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.

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