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E-Bikes: The Evolution of Bicycles

Gone at the days when you have to paddle your bicycles no matter the distance.Sometimes you will feel very tired but you just can’t stop paddling your bicycle.The only choice you have is to park your bicycle when you get tired.Now technology have changed things around, by the emergence of E-Bikes.




What Are E-Bikes?

An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike or booster bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. There are a great variety of e-bikes available worldwide, from e-bikes that only have a small motor to assist the rider’s pedal-power (i.e., pedelecs) to somewhat more powerful e-bikes which tend closer to moped-style functionality:

However, retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider and are therefore not electric motorcycles.
E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and the lighter varieties can travel up to 25 to 32 km/h (16 to 20 mph), depending on the laws of the country in which they are sold, while the more high-powered varieties can often do in excess of 45 km/h (28 mph).

In Germany, E-Bikes are gaining popularity at a very high rate and taking some market share away from conventional bicycles, while in others, such as China, they are replacing fossil fuel-powered mopeds and small motorcycles.



History of E-Bikes?

In the 1890s, electric bicycles were documented within various U.S. patents. For example, on 31 December 1895, Ogden Bolton Jr. was granted U.S. Patent 552,271 for a battery-powered bicycle with “6-pole brush-and-commutator direct current (DC) hub motor mounted in the rear wheel.” There were no gears and the motor could draw up to 100 amperes (A) from a 10-volt battery.

Two years later, in 1897, Hosea W. Libbey of Boston invented an electric bicycle (U.S. Patent 596,272) that was propelled by a “double electric motor”. The motor was designed within the hub of the crankset axle. This model was later re-invented and imitated in the late 1990s by Giant Lafree e-bikes.

By 1898 a rear-wheel drive electric bicycle, which used a driving belt along the outside edge of the wheel, was patented by Mathew J. Steffens. Also, the 1899 U.S. Patent 627,066 by John Schnepf depicted a rear-wheel friction “roller-wheel” style drive electric bicycle. Schnepf’s invention was later re-examined and expanded in 1969 by G.A. Wood Jr.




with his U.S. Patent 3,431,994. Wood’s device used 4 fractional horsepower motors; connected through a series of gears.Torque sensors and power controls were developed in the late 1990s. For example, Takada Yutky of Japan filed a patent in 1997 for such a device. In 1992 Vector Services Limited offered and sold an e-bike dubbed Zike.

The bicycle included NiCd batteries that were built into a frame member and included an 850 g permanent-magnet motor. Despite the Zike, in 1992 hardly any commercial e-bikes were available.In all this years of transformation, many people around the world was still witnessing the manual bicycles.

By 2001 the terms e-bike, power bike, “pedelec”, pedal-assisted, and power-assisted bicycle were commonly used to refer to e-bikes. The terms “electric motorbike” or “e-motorbike” refer to more powerful models that attain up to 80 km/h (50 mph).




As of 2017, electric bicycles sales in the United States have slowed. This is due primarily to lower gas prices.But this situation is not the same when you visit Germany.

Germans have embraced E-Bikes to the fullest, not forgetting United Kingdom (UK).These countries also have a great scope wen it comes to e-bikes.China,Netherlands,Germany,India,France Switzerland and Australia.



What Companies are Producing them?

Moustache

Moustache is based in Les Vosges region, of France, home to our childhood memories, our families, and our values. We strongly believe that the strength of a company is based above all on its employees, and we’ve built ours around our complementary skills.

The moustache has been an integral part of the history of the bicycle for a long time now. Look no further than the famous moustache handlebar! Their handlebars are innovative and can be considered as a modern take on the famous moustache handlebars of the past. Every moustache is unique, every moustache is recognizable, every moustache has a strong identity, just like our bikes!

After starting out as two bike-lovers crazy enough to embark on such an adventure – Manu (development) and Greg (sales) – They now have more than 38 people working on the development and production of their bikes.



Haibike

In 1995, Susanne and Felix Puello founded the brand Haibike. Susanne is the CEO of Winora Group and great-granddaughter to the company founder, Engelbert Wiener.

In the beginning these sporty bikes were still offered under the name of our parent brand Winora, but soon became Haibike. Over the next 15 years, the brand developed new models and further advanced both visually and technically.

Among this companies include Scott,Gobicycle,Lapierre,Raleigh and the others.If want to buy e-bikes you can visit E-BikeSHOP

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Anane Ebenezer

I am from Ghana (West Africa).My core aim for developing TechGenez is to “Connect People All Over The World to the World of Technology”. God Bless You for passing by.

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