Given the gentle assist that nudges the rider forward whenever the going gets too tough, it’s no wonder electric bikes are known for inducing joyful whoops as their riders buzz around town. (For the record, these pedalers are also burning calories.)
Here’s the gear you need for the next time you hop in the saddle. And good news: All our picks go perfectly with that perma-grin you’re wearing.
Let’s start with the proverbial brass tacks: Can you even believe how cute this e-bike is? Don’t you just break into a grin taking in the five spicy, spunky color options? This stunner has substance, too, thanks to a 250W rear-hub motor that offers three levels of support and pedal assist up to 20 mph (placing it in the Class 1 e-bike category). The battery charges quickly (4 hours to a full charge, according to Electra). The gracefully sloping crossbar of the step-through geometry makes mounting a breeze, while Electra’s patented Flat Foot Technology ensures a comfortable riding experience. $1,750
Add some uber-functional urban chic to your e-steed with the Portland Design Works Takeout Basket. Clocking in at just 500 grams (about the weight of a chinchilla … or a loaf of bread), the basket fits between most handlebars–including drop bars–while still offering sufficient cargo carrying capacity for your to-go order of dumplings or a six-pack. $80
E-bikes make it easy to go at faster speeds, so make sure your noggin is well-protected with a helmet in the unlikely event of a fall. Our choice: The stylish Chapter MIPS Cycling Helmet from Thousand. It not only looks rad but features a low-friction layer that helps reduce the rotational motion of certain impacts. The helmet also comes with a 30-lumen magnetic tail light, an integrated dial fit system and a visor. $145
Whether you’re a latte devotee, a hold-the-dairy black coffee purist or a jolt-skipping tea aficionado, the Linear Cup Holder from Electra has you covered. Its sleek silhouette is designed specifically for tapered 12-16 fl. oz cups, so you can sip on the go. (Tip: This holder works best with tapered 12-16 fl. oz. cups with sealed lids; the diameter of the cup holder is 7.3cm at the top and 6.5cm at the bottom). $22
Bring along the essentials like your smartphone, passport, wallet and keys—while avoiding cringey back-sweat from a backpack—with Fjallraven’s handy High Coast Pocket Sling Bag. The adjustable shoulder strap facilitates a range of carrying options and the waterproof fabric repels offending droplets from unexpected showers. Bonus: The 100% recycled nylon fabric and lining mean your brand new bag has sustainability cred. $35
With the Squeeze Rotating Smartphone Bar Mount from Nite Ize, apps, maps, texts and more all stay in view even when you’re on the go or parked. Need to switch between portrait and landscape views? No problem, thanks to the 360° rotation functionality. The tool-free mounting strap means attaching the device securely to your e-bike is easy-peasy-iPhone-squeezy. $26
Understated in the best possible way, the REI Co-op Active Pursuits Cycling T-Shirt features a just-right fit that’s tighter around the shoulders, a touch looser around the middle and a heathered look that adds visual appeal for cycling or casual meetups. Made with moisture-wicking, quick-drying polyester fabric, the tee also touts thoughtfully placed reflective tape on the upper back that keeps you visible in low-light situations. $24.95
E-bike jaunts to the farmers’ market and short commutes to the local coffee shop call for bottoms comfy enough for the ride yet fashionable enough for the final destination. Enter the women’s Sundown and men’s Preston from Flylow. Both are made with move-with-you fabrics like spandex, nylon and/or polyester while also boasting quick-dry properties and a minimum 40 UPF rating. $70 for the Sundown, $80 for the Preston
Make e-bike outings a family affair with Thule’s rack-mount child bike seat. Soft padding, a shock-absorbing seat and adjustable footrests and foot straps ensure your little one rides in comfort, while a 5-point harness with a child-proof magnetic buckle keeps them secure. If they spill their juice box, the water-repellent seat is easy to clean. Suitable for children 9 months to 6 years old (or up to 48.5 lbs). (Make sure the bike and bike rack you have are suitable for a child seat). $260
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