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E-Bike Buyers Guide

Common questions asked when buying an e-bike.

Electricity is the future of transport, that’s a fact. It’s clean, affordable, efficient and reliable. E-bikes are the perfect example of this and with a range on offer that’s bigger than ever, at Hargroves Cycles we thought it would be useful to try and cover some of the basic questions people tend to have when considering stepping into the world of electrically assisted bicycles.

With motors becoming more discreet the chances are you’ll have seen an E-bike whizzing past you and not even realised. We think it’s great as it’s giving more people than ever confidence to get on a bike without the worry they might not be able to manage. It’s not to be mistaken for a free ride though, the best part is you still have to pedal. This means you can go further and do more than ever before on a bicycle while staying healthy.

How do E-bikes work?

The answer is a fairly simple one, they work exactly like a typical pedal-powered bicycle, but the electric motor powered by a battery assists as and when it is needed. This reduces the effort required and making your journey quicker and more efficient.

The UK has strict laws that currently govern exactly how much assistance the motor can deliver. The current law means any bike can have an additional 250W up to a maximum speed of 15.5mph. After that point the motor would cut out and traditional pedal power is required to go any faster.

Which e-bike is best for me?

Electric bikes are more diverse than ever, you can find just about every type of bicycle imaginable available with an electrical assist motor. Our current range includes road, MTB, gravel, city, hybrid and compact. When it comes to what might be the right fit for you it really comes down to the type of riding you’re likely to be doing and just how much assistance you might need.

Are there different Motor Types?

Frame: A frame-mounted motor is the more common higher-end e-bikes. These tend to be smarter as they can measure how hard you’re pedaling with each stroke. With this information, the motor can give a more accurate amount of assistance based on your effort. This means that the motor won’t deliver assistance when it’s not required, extending battery life and making sure everything is running as efficiently as possible.

Hub: A hub-mounted motor is more often found in bikes where a slightly more discrete approach is needed. These tend to be used in an e-road bike or city e-bike to keep things stylish.

What about the Batteries?

Battery technology is getting better all the time with some batteries now small and powerful enough to fit within the frame of the bike! Battery capacity tends to be the most important factor to consider when buying an e-bike. Especially if you intend to complete longer journeys in more hilly areas, in that case, bigger is definitely better. Capacity tends to be measured in amp-hours with the bigger the number meaning larger capacity and in turn, range.

How far can I ride it?

Just like your trusty mobile phone, the range of an e-bike is governed by battery life. The bike, however, will still be rideable long after the battery runs out however just without the battery assist. Factors such as which mode is selected and the terrain will run the battery down much faster so you should always account for this when looking at manufacturers quoted range.

What if the bike gets wet?

The electronic items on all of our e-bikes tend to be sealed units, including the motor, battery and head unit. They are designed for all-purpose use such as mountain biking, where occasionally there are deep puddles and rain. The bike will handle this without any issues. If possible, try not to completely submerge your e-bike but if you fall into a puddle for example, make sure the bike and yourself get out as quickly as possible. This would go for a normal bike too, water ingress can cause problems with more than just electronics! If you can, allow the bike to dry off before turning it back on.

How Heavy is it?
One of the most common questions we have about electric bicycles is “How heavy is it?” The truth is the weight can vary massively from bike to bike. Some modern e-bikes can weigh as little as 10-11kg and can range up to 25-26kg for some of the larger city e-bikes. This can lead to them being difficult to transport when not being ridden.

Cube Compact Hybrid Electric Bike

While buying an E-bike might seem like a big investment at Hargroves Cycles we certainly think it’s one worth making. With electric bikes to suit most riding styles and needs, you could certainly find a way of offsetting it against your current travel costs. Not to mention the health and environmental benefits.

Bergamont E-Revox 4 Electric MTB

Shop our range of e-bikes today and feel free to get in touch with us if you have any further questions!

Orbea Keram 10 29 Electric Bike

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Bikes Buying Guide Featured Kids

Choosing the right size bike for your kids

Choosing the right size kids bike for your child plays a big part in ensuring they enjoy the cycling experience and make the most of the health benefits associated with cycling.

Kids love bikes. They allow them to discover the environment around them with friends and family creating magical memories of fantastic adventures.

This year, in the lead up to Christmas, kids bikes are proving as popular as ever and with our Click & Collect service along with V12 and Klarna finance options we make it easy and affordable to get your kid on two wheels!

There are some questions every parent asks when buying their child a bike and this guide will help answer those and explain the best way to determine which size bike your child needs.

Which size bike does my child need?

Kids’ bikes are sized by wheel diameter rather than frame size. The wheel sizes from 12 to 24-inch fall loosely within age groups, but at Hargroves we have found that height is the best indicator for which bike to buy your child, rather than age. The sizes within the age range are a rough guide that you can use to help find the right bike for your child.

The below guide should let you know what size wheels you are looking for.

Hargroves Cycles Kids Bikes Size Chart Guide

12 inch wheels – Balance Bikes

These bikes have changed the way kids learn how to ride, with the main focus on them keeping their 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.

Cube Cubie 120 Kids Bike
2021 Cube Cubie 120 Walk 12in Kids Bike in Silver
£149.00

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 Honey 14 Kids Bike
2021 Ridgeback Honey 14 Kids Bike In Pink
£179.99

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.

Ridgeback MX16 Kids Bike
2021 Ridgeback MX16 Kids Bike in Blue
£199.99

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 Acid 200 Kids Mountain Bike
2021 Cube Acid 200 Kids Mountain Bike in Green
£329.00

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 suspension forks. Much like the 20 Inch bikes, brakes can be V-brakes or disc.

Scott Roxter 24 Kids Bike
2021 Scott Roxter 24 Kids Bike in Teal
£429.00

Mountain bikes for kids

Some kids and teenagers may find that an adult bike is the best fit for them and with that in mind, we have a huge range to choose from with 26”, 27.5” and 29” wheel options. At Hargroves our adult mountain bikes are sized in the traditional way.

Our selection of kids bikes are available in all of our stores, located in Southampton, Winchester, Chichester and Swindon and can be purchased online using our Click & Collect option.

We also have a variety of safety accessories, such as kids helmets and lights, which will ensure your child stays safe on their new bike.

Kid Riding Cannondale Bike