Pedal Assist Electric Bike Options

Pedal Assist Electric Bike

A pedal assist electric bike is meant to compliment your pedaling, not replace it. The basics of a pedal assist electric bike are that the rider sets a level at which they want the ebike to assist them and then the motor gives you power as you pedal. For example, on this electric cruiser bike, if you set the pedal assist at 5, the motor will give you significant help as you pedal. If you set the pedal assist at 1, the motor will give you a little help as you pedal. The Tower Beach Bum comes equipped with a speed sensor pedal assist system. A speed sensor system provides the rider with simplicity and predictability. The rider knows that as soon as they start pedaling, the motor will kick in and add power to whatever level they set the pedal assist too. By adjusting the “+” and “-“ buttons on the display the rider has total control over the motor power the pedal assist system provides. If you have the pedal assist level set to 5 then it will feel like the motor is overpowering your pedaling. Because of this you will feel that your pedaling isn’t adding anything to the ride. If you want to get more exercise, simply adjust the pedal assist to a lower level. 

Pedal Assist electric bikes are a great way for people to get exercise while not exerting themselves too much. By easily adjusting the level of assist, the rider has complete control over how much effort they want to put into their bike ride. This is called cadence pedal assist when the rider has control over the pedal assist level. When the pedal assist level changes naturally to match the riders torque on the crank arms, that is called torque pedal assist. Read here for a more detailed difference between speed centric and torque pedal assist 

3 Classes of Electric Bikes

Class 1: A bicycle that is equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling (Pedal Assist) and does not exceed the maximum speed of 20 mph.

Class 2: A bicycle that is equipped with a throttle and does not exceed the maximum speed of 20 mph. The Tower Electric Bike is considered a class 2 e-bike even though it offers pedal assist as well as a throttle. 

Class 3: A bicycle that is equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when pedaling (Pedal Assist) and does not exceed the maximum speed of 28 mph.

Can a pedal assist bike be used as a normal bike without the motor?

Yes, our electric bike can be ridden as a traditional bike too, this is in case your battery runs out and you need to physically pedal your bike to complete your journey! If you know that you are going on a long journey on your ebike, be sure to fully charge the battery prior to setting off and if possible, bring your charger with you in case you run out. Due to the additional components that you do not find on a traditional bike, ebikes are considerably heavier and while they may be okay to pedal on flat ground, climbing hills will be a different story altogether. Also keep in mind that our ebike pedals were designed with a beach lifestyle mentality so no shoes, no problem. The barefoot grips make it comfortable for you to ride without shoes!

If you don't feel like using the motor on a certain day, you can easily remove the battery and ride the bike normally. Even with a motor integrated in the rear wheel, our ultra-light frame weighs less than a standard beach cruiser, plus you'll have a 7-speed Shimano shifter to play with.

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