E-bike battery care: Balancing speed and battery life

E-bike energy and speed should be supplemental, not essential (Image credit: Industry)

Nearly all of cycling’s large bike manufacturers are now offering a range of electric bikes for road and off-road use. From cargo-hauling commuter e-bikes to slick carbon-fibre electric road bikes nearly indistinguishable from their non-motorised counterparts, e-bikes are now a substantive category in cycling, having transcended from novelty to utility.

As anyone who has invested in battery-powered consumer electronics will attest, the depreciation of the battery's performance over time is quite significant, and therefore, for anyone considering buying an electric bike, as well as existing owners, e-Bike battery care is a worthy consideration. 

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.