Choosing the right model for rural use

The electrically assisted bicycle (EAB) has become a particularly popular means of transportation in France, especially in urban areas. However, even in rural areas, the EAB can be a practical and ecological alternative to the car for daily commuting, leisure activities or business trips. However, it is important to choose the right model for this use, the one that will be adapted to this environment which has some difficulties.

If you are in this situation, you must therefore take into account different elements, such as the characteristics of the rural environment and the criteria of a suitable ACV. To help you with this, let's take a look at these issues and discuss the different types of electric bikes that may be suitable for the countryside.

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Understanding the characteristics of the rural environment

The rural environment has its own characteristics that inevitably influence the choice of an electric bike. In fact, to choose your EAB model, it is essential to take into account the specificities of such an area.

The terrain and topography of the rural environment

Rural areas offer a variety of landscapes. As such, electric bike trips can be punctuated by slopes, farm roads or winding roads. Therefore, the type of EAB chosen must be suitable for use on these types of surfaces and meet the level of difficulty that is imposed by such terrain.

Distance from the infrastructure

The rural environment is also characterized by its distance from urban centers and most services. Shops, schools and workplaces can therefore be located at a good distance from your starting point. Moreover, the network of bicycle paths is generally less dense, or even non-existent in certain areas, which requires a robust electric bicycle model. It must be able to ride on less well-maintained roads, whose surfaces are likely to be uneven.

Weather conditions

Finally, it is impossible to talk about the characteristics of the rural environment without mentioning the often changing climatic conditions, especially depending on the altitude and the geographical location. The VAE must therefore adapt to these variations. This requires an efficient battery and a powerful motor, two components that are sensitive to temperature changes and bad weather.

Criteria to take into account for an EAB adapted to the rural environment

To choose the most suitable electric bike for rural use, you should consider several criteria, starting with :

  • the autonomy of the battery ;
  • the power of the motor ;
  • the comfort and ergonomics of the EAB;
  • the quality of the suspensions;
  • the durability of the model.

The autonomy of the battery

The battery autonomy is undoubtedly the main criterion of an EAB intended for a rural use. As we have seen before, the distances to be covered between towns, services and other places are likely to be important. It is therefore essential to choose an electric bicycle with a battery that offers sufficient autonomy to cover these distances without recharging.

Motor power

The power of the motor also plays a determining role in the choice of an EAB adapted to the rural environment. Indeed, a powerful motor will allow you to benefit from a more efficient electric assistance during the climbs and the passages on uneven grounds. Depending on your location, a 250 watt motor may not be enough.

Comfort and ergonomics

Of course, a variety of surfaces also means comfort, which is essential for a pleasant riding experience. This is even more the case if you think you will have to travel long distances with your bike. You should also consider models with intuitive controls.

The quality of the suspension

A good suspension is also essential in rural areas. Only then will your electric bike be able to absorb the shocks and vibrations caused by unmaintained roads.

Sturdiness and durability

Of course, you should choose a sturdy electric bicycle that is durable. It goes without saying that a sturdy electric bike will withstand the variable weather conditions and difficult terrain often encountered in rural areas much better. In addition, it will allow you to reduce maintenance costs, which is not negligible.

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The different types of EABs for rural use

For use in rural areas, several types of electric bikes can be adapted. Let's take a quick look at the different possibilities on the market.

Electric mountain bikes or VTTAE

Electric mountain bikes, also called VTTAE, are designed to tackle difficult terrain and steep paths. They are equipped with high performance suspensions, wide and notched tires, and a powerful motor for an efficient off-road electric assistance. In other words, these are probably the most appropriate electric bikes for cyclists who want to ride on rural roads and trails.

All-terrain electric bikes

If you don't need a mountain bike, you can opt for an electric mountain bike, which is known for its versatility. They are ideal for both on- and off-road use. Traditionally, these models have a frame that promotes a comfortable riding position, not to mention tires that are suitable for different types of surfaces. If you predestine your electric bike for daily trips between municipalities, services and different common places (work, school, etc.), you can go for this choice.

Electric bikes for trekking

Like electric mountain bikes, electric trekking bikes are robust models, adapted to difficult terrain. However, they also have the particularity of being designed for long distances and bike trips. In this sense, they offer excellent riding comfort, good autonomy and equipment adapted to different needs (luggage rack, lighting, etc.). If your purchase is intended for rural bike rides or multi-day excursions, you need a VAE.

Choosing between the different types of EABs

Faced with the diversity of adapted electric bikes, and even with our advice, don't forget to always take into account your needs and expectations to make your choice.

For example, assess your travel habits, as it is important to determine the main use you will make of the electric bike (daily commute, hiking, etc.). Only you can answer questions about the distance you will travel, the type of terrain you will encounter and the weather conditions.

Once you have your answers, compare the technical specifications and performance of the models available to you. Based on our advice, you should be able to make a quick selection of the appropriate EABs.

Obviously, your budget is a determining factor. In any case, keep in mind that it is better to find the best value for money.

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