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Frequently asked questions about e-bikes

E-bike holidays

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E-bike holidays
You can view the full list of holidays on which e-bikes are available on our electric bike holidays page.

What is an e-bike?

An e-bike (short for electric bicycle) is like a normal bicycle but with a small integrated engine to help you along. There are two types: the more powerful throttle-assisted bikes, and pedal-assisted bikes. The latter type works in one of two ways. In the first, a sensor detects when you are pedalling forwards and turns on the motor (at full power or whatever level you have chosen) whenever you are cycling. In the second, a more sophisticated sensor monitors how hard you are cycling and adjusts the amount of power accordingly, so that you get more help when pedalling hard.

The e-bikes that we book for our customers are pedal-assisted, usually with the simpler type of sensor that detects when you are pedalling forwards.

Does the engine have to be on all the time?

It’s up to you how much you use the engine. You can cycle normally and just make use of the motor on hills and in headwinds, or use the motor all the time to make cycling easier in general – on many e-bikes you can set the engine to assist when you dip below a certain speed.  Braking switches off the engine.

When and how do I recharge the battery?

Standard batteries typically take 3-5 hours to fully recharge after use, a process that costs just a few pence (much like a standard mobile phone). You can recharge bike batteries in your hotel room or even in a cafĂ© if you are stopping for lunch (but please ask the owner’s permission first!). Some regions in the Alps have charging stations along popular routes where you can swap your flat battery for a charged one.

What range does the battery have?

On the flat, with gentle pedalling, most e-bikes claim to be able to cover 30-48km (20-30 miles). Naturally, this is an average and will vary according to your weight, the number and steepness of hills, the strength of any headwind and, of course, whether you use the motor all the time or just when you really need it.

Do e-bikes weigh more than normal bikes?

Yes, about 10kg more. However, the assistance offered by the engine offsets the additional weight.

Do e-bikes have any impact on the environment?

E-bikes are completely emission free.

How fast can an e-bike go?

Under European law, an e-bike must stop assisting you when you reach 25km/h (15.5 mph), but this limit does not apply when you are pedalling or freewheeling without the motor.

Are e-bikes available as an option on all Inntravel’s cycling holidays?

E-bikes are available (at a supplement) on the cycling holidays listed on our electric bike holidays page. Even then, they are subject to availability – the cycle hire shops only have a small number of e-bikes. We will contact the cycle supplier to check that e-bikes are available for your chosen dates.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, cyclists have to be 14 or over to ride an e-bike.

What is the position insurance-wise?

The personal holiday insurance policy we offer through Fogg Travel covers you for theft of or extensive damage to your own, borrowed or hired bicycle, with a higher upper limit for electric bikes. What’s more, while some insurance policies exclude e-bikes as a ‘motorised or mechanical vehicle’, our policy also covers you for personal liability if you cause injury or damage while riding an e-bike.

How do e-bikes fit with Inntravel’s Slow holidays?

By ‘Slow holidays’ we mean holidays on which you take the time to appreciate the little things such as wayside chapels, the colours in the landscape, artisan workshops. Speed doesn’t come into it – you won’t be riding so fast on your e-bike that you don’t notice such things, and you can pause to admire your surroundings as often as you like. We’re certainly not cycling ‘snobs’. If having an e-bike gives you the confidence to book a cycling holiday when previously you’ve ruled it out because you were worried that you might find it too demanding, we’re all for it.