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eBike Laws: Everything You Need To Know

From mountain bikers looking for a bit of ‘power assist’ on the climbs to commuters looking for a quicker and less strenuous ride to work, electric bikes (or eBikes for short) are here to stay and are growing in popularity by the day.

Before buying an eBike it’s important to know the rules and regs surrounding their use on public roads. For instance, if you want to ride an eBike in Northern Ireland you need a full motorcycle licence and not having one could land you with a fine of up to £1,000 and six pently points.

For those of you living in the UK you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need a licence and the rules are slightly different which is why we’ve put together this handy guide.

Do you need a license to ride an eBike in the UK?

No. According to the GOV.UK Electric Bike Rules, eBikes are classed as Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (otherwise known as EAPCs) and as they’re not classed as ‘motor vehicles’, no license is required.

How old do you need to be to ride an eBike?

It’s a common myth that you need to be at least 17 years old to ride an eBike (the age you have to be to drive a motor vehicle) but in fact, the law states that you must be 14 years, or older.

Can you ride an eBike on the pavement?

No. The same rules apply to normal push bikes…legally, you should either be riding on designated cycle paths, or on the road. Check out our blog on Cycling Laws to familiarize yourself with all the laws on push bikes.

Do you need to tax and insure an eBike?

No. For the same reason that you don’t need a license, because eBikes are classed as EAPCs, this means there is no requirement to register with the DVLA, or tax and insure your electric bike.

What speed are electric bikes limited to?

The law states that the electric motor should have a maximum power outlet of 250w, and should not be able to power the bike if it is travelling at more than 15.5mph.

Make sure you check out the full UK electric bikes rules and regs here.

Got any more questions? Our Southampton and Chichester shops are eBike Specialist stores, so our team know a thing or two making the most out of an eBike. If you’re yet to take the leap and get your own electric bike, check out our Beginners Guide To eBikes.

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Kids Bike Buyer Guide

The classic gift you see crop up in every Christmas film, one that is hard to hide and even harder to wrap. The bike is the essential childhood vehicle that will see your little rascals pedalling about the neighbourhood and exploring woodland trails. There are some questions every parent asks when purchasing a kids bike, hopefully, this guide will help answer those important questions and give you a clue on what to get!

What size do I need?

Unlike adult bikes where the different sizes are measured by frame size, kid bikes are differentiated by their wheel size. The wheel sizes from 12 Inch to 24 falls loosely within age groups but we at Hargroves have found that height is a better gauge on which bike to buy your child rather than age group. Seeing as kids grow so fast, it’s hard to shoehorn them into an age range. The sizes within the age range are a rough guide that you can use to help find the right bike for your child.

Balance Bikes

These bikes have changed the way kids learn how to ride, with the main focus is keeping your balance and learning how to steer. Research has shown that kids who learn how to ride with Balance Bikes progress quicker onto pedalled bikes, rather than kids who learn via stabilisers.

Ridgeback Scoot
Our pick: Ridgeback Scoot £99.99 – This is the perfect little bike for your little one. Simple design and helps them grow their sense of balance and control on a bike.

14 Inch Wheels

Moving on from the balance bikes you have the 14-inch bikes that introduce pedals, brakes and usually a single speed drivetrain. These bikes will go everywhere, from the pavement to fields, through mud and through puddles. They are durable and light and will give your little rider confidence in their riding.

Ridgeback MX14

Our pick: Ridgeback MX14 £139.99 – The next step up from a balance bike. The wheels are durable and ready for any adventure your child will take this bike on.

16 Inch Wheels

Much like the 14 inch wheeled bikes, the 16 inch is the next step in your tiny cyclists’ life. Again they’re durable and easy to throw around. Most of these bikes are designed to be tough, thrown around and crashed into bushes. A perfect jumping off point to the larger bikes.

Specialized Hotrock

Our pick: Specialized Hotrock 16 Coaster £134 – Much like any other bike this size, the Specialized Hotrock has durable alloy wheels, ready to take on any trail and urban course your kid can tackle.

20 Inch Wheels

This is probably the bike that will define your kid’s childhood. Including more gears, stronger tires and light but sturdy frame, these bikes are for the kids who want to explore and have fun whilst riding. Most are equipped with V-brakes but some even have disc brakes for ultimate stopping power.

Cube Kid 200

Our pick: Cube Kid 200 £279 – A bike designed for kids going off-road. An easy to change derailleur for any accidents that could happen on the trails. This is made for the kids to tackle the trails and to show the parents whose, boss.

24 Inch Wheels

Probably the last stop before your child moves onto an adult size (they grow up so fast). This is essentially a full sized bike scaled down for a child. Some have double or triple chainsets and even front forks. Much like the 20 Inch bikes, brakes can be V-brakes or disc.

Specialized Riprock
Our pick: Specialized Riprock 24 £350 – Made from premium aluminium, for a lightweight hardwearing frame. With 2.8 inch tires, that are comfortable and easy to take on any terrain, paired with mechanical disc brakes. This is a great bike for any kid who loves to ride.