"Electric Bicycles"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

Bicycling to work is a great way to stay in shape and to live green.

In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at all of the important things you should consider before you make the trek.

Hopping on the bicycle and hitting the road is great exercise, whether you're out for a simple stroll around town, or commuting to work.
But strenuous exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing after a long day at work.
Why not make it easier and get an electric bicycle?

"You can buy an extra battery and charge it when you go to work. The batteries pop right out, you can bring it in. They are a smart charger and they shut off when they are done", says Kevin Johnson.

While riding these bikes you have a choice; you can pedal it like any other bike, or use the electric motor for assistance.

"Or you can give it the gas if you want to and it will bring you up to 19 to 20 mph", says Kevin Johnson.

For the most part going green and getting that electric boost while biking can be a big plus, but is there a downside to the high–tech setup?

"Not really except for the weight, you are caring that battery and that motor around", says Kevin Johnson.

With the extra equipment the bicycle can weigh between 40 to 50 pounds. But, the bonus is you can easily achieve 15 miles per charge.
If you have not gone out yet this spring, that are some other things you should have in mind.

"Get your bike tuned up, for the service that we do it gets your bike ready for the season of riding, checking the tires and the gears and the shifting. After that it's the accessories that go along with making bike commuting more comfortable", said Brent Stoen.

And before you hit the road, plan you route so you can make it an enjoyable ride. In Proctor, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands Newscenter.

If you are interested in buying an electric Bicycle, you can contact Kevin Johnson in Proctor at 218-624-7007 or at bkbikes@web.tv.net

Also in Duluth you can get one at Continental Ski & Bike (218-728-4466)

If you want to learn more about electric bikes go to NYCEWHEELS.com

Don't forget to wear your helmet when you ride.