As our thoroughfares become increasingly crowded with automotive traffic, more cities have made biking around town safer and more accessible to residents. From 2000 to 2010, the number of bicycle commuters increased by 40 percent across the United States, with numbers as high as 77 percent in some cities.
In recent years, the biking industry has boomed as manufacturers look to capitalize on increasingly nuanced styles. It should come as no surprise then that the electric bike movement has also enjoyed a massive rise in popularity lately, as individuals look to add a little pedal-assistance to their daily commutes and casual weekend outings.
However, an ebike is often a rather steep initial economic investment. But when you consider it alongside the annual costs of fueling, insuring, and maintaining an automobile, an ebike literally pays for itself over time. Here are five of the best electric bikes currently on the market — and one “just for fun” pick.
SPECIALIZED TURBO VADO 6.0
Why should you buy this? The Turbo Vado 6.0 remains one of the most well-rounded ebikes we’ve tested.
The Turbo Vado is a versatile ebike without the added bulk of most other electric builds.