When people say bike rack, they may be talking about one of two things. There are bike racks to put your bike on your car to transport it over long distances, and there are bike racks to put your stuff on your bike.
You can put an ebike on just about any old car-mounted bike rack for easy transportation if it holds the entire bike at the same time, mechanism for the motor is often in one or both wheels and you do not want to go messing around with that. Sometimes it is not a problem, but if you are not sure it is better not to try it. To be on the safe side, your best bet when looking into car-mounted bike racks is to choose one that lets you put the entire ebike on it without taking anything apart. These are more convenient anyway as when you get to your destination, you can simply unhook the bicycle and go, without having to put anything back together first.
Car-mounted bike racks generally come in two varieties: trunk or rear-mounted bike racks or roof-mounted bike racks. Your best bet will probably be the trunk or rear-mounted bike racks (depending on whether you have a trunk or a liftgate) as these will let you get that whole bike on without removing anything. Roof-mounted bike racks do come for whole bikes but these can be interesting when going under low overpasses or garages. All in all though, if you are looking to transport your best bike for arthritic knees over a long distance, and by transport, you do not mean ride, a bike rack on your car is an absolute must.
Many bikes, including ebikes, do come with either front or rear bike racks already attached, but as for those that do not, you can buy a rack cheaply and easily in almost any bike store or over the internet. A bike rack is a flat platform that you can attach baskets to or use to hold things in place. They can be used with zip ties, bungee cords, or rope if you are adventurous and paid attention to scouts. Bike racks are a must for grocery shopping on your ebike, and with panniers or folding baskets, you can even take heavy stuff along on your trip without fear of it falling off.
E-bikes as they are also called only assist the cyclist and may improve the speed of someone who averages 10 mph by 5 to 10 miles per hour.An e-bike works best when the cyclist pedals and is not designed to act as a motorcycle. The battery powered trike has a recharge time of several hours and a normal range of about 10 miles depending on conditions such as the power of the battery, wind speed, and terrain. A factor to consider may be the size and weight of the battery.
Some practical uses of an electric bike include running errands and a stress-free ride to work. Most errands can be completed in a short amount of time and a trailer can be attached which could provide storage for parcels, bags of groceries, and packages. Those who have a short distance to drive to work may appreciate avoiding traffic jams to get to work in a shorter amount of time.
There is a multitude of models of electric bicycles. Some of the newer models conceal the motor and battery in the frame of the bicycle proving once again that smaller can be better. These kits start at around $500. Others called “purpose-built” require special installation and are generally more expensive. The cost saving can be tremendous over time no matter what version is chosen.