Draft:Electric Hunting Bikes

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Electric Hunting Bikes are a relatively new phenomenon. The traditional electric bicycle has been around in the mainstream since the 1970s although the first US patent was issued back in 1890 and the rear hub motor first patented has not changed drastically in principle, it still rotates the back wheel to create forward motion.

Electric hunting bikes however are built specifically for the tasks of hunting. So travelling over rough terrain, navigating hills and uneven and loose ground surface.

The main differences from a regular electric bicycle is the frame on the electric hunting bike is usually bigger so the frame can absorb more vibrations without bending under pressure. Fat tires usually between 4 and 5 inches with puncture proof lining between the tire and tube. Front suspension on a regular ebike a bonus but a necessity for offroad riding.

A fine example of an electric hunting bike

Most electric bikes use the mid drive motor instead of the rear hub motor. Rear hub motors are good and reliable but lack the steep hill climbing abilities of the mid drive motor. High end electric hunting bikes will carry a mid drive motor.

Electric hunting bikes still need to adhere to the regulations for all ebikes. The laws surrounding the use of ebikes[1] varies from state to state and as technically improves rapidly, the laws governing them are slow to catch up.

Ebikes specifically for hunting are on the rise and as hunters, fishermen and other outdoors men and women see the potential for using such technology applied to their day to day, the popularity will continue to grow.

Electric bikes have been in Europe for many years and the laws surrounding the use of ebikes is very different compared to those in the US. For example, in Europe ebikes are pedal assist, meaning when you pedal you receive a proportionate amount of power back in return to help you. While ebikes in the US generally have this same feature, US electric bikes also have a throttle so you can engage the motor and ride the ebike without pedaling at all. In Europe if the ebike has a throttle it is classed as motorized and known as a moped.

Ebikes are more commonly used around Europe. So much so that in The Netherlands in 2018, the majority of adult bikes that were sold were ebikes[2] according to RAI ( Rijwiel and Automobiel Industrie) the bicycle and Automobile Industry.

The image shown is an example of an electric hunting bike, you can see the difference when compared to a regular ebike.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Policies + Laws • PeopleForBikes". PeopleForBikes. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  2. ^ "Zonnig 2018 stuwt omzet fietsbranche naar record | RAI Vereniging". raivereniging.nl. Retrieved 2019-03-25.