Ebikes Explained

If you can ride a bike you can ride an e-bike,* but because you are expending less energy you can go further, faster and experience more of the wonderful Lake District. Their design and technology has developed greatly in the last few years and ebikes now look and ride like conventional bikes.

There is no getting away from pedalling but the electric assistance will greatly reduce the effort required. When the rider turns the pedals the electric motor provides assistance supporting the riders muscular effort up to a certain speed. There are three levels of pedal assistance, Eco, Trail and Boost,  depending on the terrain and how much energy you want to expend They are colour coded for ease of identification on the electronic display. The rider selects these on the user-friendly handlebar controls and they are displayed on the easy to read screen with other information such as battery charge and speed. There is also a walk assist setting to help you over any very tricky bits on foot.

Gears are exactly the same as a conventional bike and are used in the same way. You will quickly become accustomed to the correct gear and assistance level combination.

If you stop pedalling or exceed 15mph** the electric assistance stops but the bike can continue as a conventional cycle under pedal power alone. Pedal assistance can be reduced or even turned off going downhill – the less you use it the greater the battery range. Outright speed is unaffected so freewheeling downhill can easily exceed 15mph but watch out for sheep in the road!

Our bikes are equipped with the very latest in electric bike technology, ensuring you have the smoothest riding experience possible. Each is fitted with the Shimano STEPS 8000 MTB motor and full Shimano componentry including high performance hydraulic disc brakes for a controlled, safe descending. The motor is mounted between the pedals on the bottom bracket and the detachable battery is on the sloping downtube. This lowers the centre of gravity and assists handling and stability. Brakes and gears work in the same way as conventional bikes and the battery can be charged on or off the bike.

All our e-bikes are supplied with a lock so when you find the perfect pub or café for lunch you can secure it outside and enjoy the scenery and Cumbrian hospitality. The electric motor allows you to choose the level of effort, relax and take in the stunning views, scenery and wildlife the Lake District has to offer. If you are looking for a gentle ride or a more challenging off road experience, you and your bike will handle it with ease.

*NB – Under UK Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 2015 RIDERS MUST BE 14 YEARS or older. Visit www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules for details