Ih-lek-trik bi-sah-kuhl

Noun

An electric bicycle is a bicycle with an electric motor for assistance.

Example usage: I'm going to ride my electric bicycle to work today.

Most used in: Urban areas with flat terrain and long commutes.

Most used by: Commuters and recreational cyclists looking for an extra boost.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: E-Bike, Pedelec, e-Cycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Electric-Assisted Bicycle,

.

What is an Electric Bicycle?

An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor. This motor provides assistance to the rider while pedaling, allowing the rider to travel farther and faster with less effort. E-bikes may also be referred to as pedelecs, electric-assist bicycles, or power-assisted bicycles.

The electric motor on an e-bike is usually powered by a rechargeable battery. The battery is usually mounted on the frame of the bike and is typically removable for charging. E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience and versatility, and many cities and countries have implemented laws to regulate the use of e-bikes.

According to a study conducted in 2017, electric bicycles accounted for approximately 20% of all bicycles sold in the United States. This number is expected to grow as the popularity of electric bikes continues to increase. Electric bicycles are becoming a popular way to commute and are a great alternative to traditional bicycles.

.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Electric Bicycle'

The term 'electric bicycle' was first used in 1887, in France. The first electric bicycles were actually known as 'velocipedes' and were powered by a small electric motor. These velocipedes were used by the French military to transport their soldiers during World War I.

The first commercially available electric bicycle was the 'Electrical Bicycle' produced by the French company 'La Société des Voitures Électriques' in 1895. This bicycle featured a battery that could be recharged and a motor that could reach speeds of up to 10 mph. It was a revolutionary invention at the time.

The term 'electric bicycle' began to gain more popularity in the early 1900s and was used to describe a variety of electric-powered bicycles. By the 1950s, electric bicycles had become a common sight in many countries, including the United States and Europe. Today, electric bicycles are widely used around the world, and their popularity continues to grow.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Saddle Slang

Find definitions for all of the technical terms, slang, and acronyms used in cycling. From the different types of bikes and their components, to training techniques, racing terminology and put downs, this dictionary has it all.

Talk the Talk
1 of 3

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS AND THE LATEST UPDATES BY EMAIL

FOLLOW THE NEWSLETTER