By Jessica Tyler
Electric bikes — that is high-tech battery-powered bikes — are becoming more popular as a means of practical transportation.
According to the New York Times, the number of electric bikes purchased in 2017 far surpassed the number of electric cars sold, with over 35 million e-bikes purchased. One reason electric bikes are so popular is the convenience — many e-bikes can be charged in under three hours and bought for under $1,000. If it runs out of a charge while you’re riding it, you can still pedal like a regular bike so there’s no risk of getting stranded if the battery dies. Some e-bikes also fold in half, making them easy to store and travel with.
While some people view them as “cheating,” electric bikes can help riders go up to 20 mph with minimum effort, and often come with features like USB ports that make them far more advanced than a traditional bike…
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