With the recent ban of PMD on footpaths, we saw large inquiries from PMD users looking to switch to PABs. Many have asked us, and here are the top 21 frequently asked questions:
1. What is PAB?
PAB stands for Power Assisted Bicycles. It is basically a bicycle, a proven and tested transport apparatus in the last 200 years, modernized with added battery powered motor for extra convenience and comfort
2. What is PMD?
Personal Mobility Devices like electric scooter, unicycle, fiido, dyu, electric hoverboard and such are basically a battery dependent motorized gadget that evolves fro...
“Money can't buy happiness” is a myth. We just need to know how. Here is an example, of how electric bicycle has the potential to bring not only happiness and healthier lifestyle, but also extra cash, and even time to enjoy all of the above!
1. Experiences, Not Products
When buying an electric bicycle, see it as more than an object.
Imagine the pleasant cycling experience. The healthy lifestyle. The quality time spent with loved ones. The relationships formed. Enjoying the sights and sounds and smells of nature. The freedom of not being in a glass cage.
With the latest regulations (refer to links at the end of this article), and mandatory inspection by April 2020, almost 90% of existing Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) like escooters, ebike-wannabes and such, will rendered obsolete. PMD users might be on the losing end. Here are some tips to be on the winning side.
Use only products that win regulatory approvals. All PABs from TWD bicycle has passed checks by LTA and AIC to conform with the latest safety regulation. The proof is that all PABs sold by TWD bicycle since the beginning are 100% fully and legally attached with LTA...
Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min said in Parliament on Monday 10 Sep 2018 that all motorized personal mobility devices (PMDs) must meet fire safety standards UL2272 by 2021 to ensure public safety. It will render almost 90% current PMDs obsolete. You can read them here or here and here
How does the new UL2272 PMD ‘safety standard’ affect powered assisted bicycles (PABs) from TWD Bicycles? The short answer is NIL or not at all
Unlike UL2272 which only tests the battery safety, all our powered assisted bicycles (PAB) have passed more stringent and higher ‘saf...
Before we give our opinion, can we ask what are you?
If you are a Superman, Spiderman or Batman, you don’t need one. You can just use your super-power to fly. We want to get in touch with you, hello?
If you are a normal human being, a cyclist, the answer is most likely Yes.
Unlike PMDs like e-scooter which is illegal on the road and not comfortable in a distance, our new gen e-bikes are legal and designed for easy usage, safer and help you reaching your goal on having healthier lifestyle with FUN and STYLE.
You don't have to get stuck to a boring short routes weeks aft...
Buying Smart1S from Apollo Italy would cost as below:
Cost of bicycle (Euro) 1,500
Price after VAT, Euro 1,860
Cost of economy shipment (Euro) 791 (excluding Lithium Ion battery safety surcharge EU200)
Arriving in Singapore, one need to pay import duties GST around S$ 230
Sending the bike for AIC test, LTA approval, seal and registration and administrative surcharge (assuming one can get LTA type-approval, read more here. Individual application will be rejected, only company or distributor is accepted by LTA) S$810
Time of getting a type approval can be 1 year or m...
All information below is only relevant when you intended to have a legal ebike in Singapore. The good reason that you are in this page is because you dislike run afoul with the law and risk $10,000 fine and jail for having illegal non-LTA-registered ebike.
Each Powered Assisted Bicycle or PAB (ebike) has to be inspected by the Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC). The AIC needs to check PAB specification and legal documentations for Land Transport Authority. Singapore LTA need to do a through out check and recheck to ensure public safety.
The easiest way to tell is to look at the LTA seal attached to the Powered Assisted Bicycle (ebike). Each seal has a LTA logo and unique identification number which can be identified and verified to LTA database.
Starting February 2016, only gold/orange LTA sealed is allowed to be type-approved. This new gold standard has more stringent safety standard than the blue seal which is already phased out.
However, getting type approved is one thing but the most important thing any prospective of PAB/ebike buyer should know is that; has the approved PAB/ebike been successfu...
In case you haven't notice, Singapore LTA has announced on its website and on One-Motoring websites that enforcement for PAB (power assist bicycle) or ebike will start on February 2018. After such, anyone caught keeping or using unregistered PAB are liable for fine up to $10,000, jail or both.
Now till February 2018 is a grace period for any PAB owner to register and to have the PAB officially sealed.
This famous saying remains true when you are in for 'bargain' ebikes. A legit (street legal) ebikes has to comply with the new LTA + EN15194 standard.
EN15194 is the latest EPAC Standard for Safe e-Bikes. This is the standard accepted for Electronically Power Assisted Cycles (EPAC) which was officially announced by the National Standards Boards (NSBs) of 30 countries (27 EU member states and Iceland, Norway and Switzerland of the European Free Trade Association).
The new European standard EN 15194, aimed at safety and reliability for the user as well as his surroundings.
Ebrake is an essential part of ebike "fail safe" safety system design. Ebrake sensor senses when the rider has applied the brakes and send signal to the controller to stop the motor from surging ahead. Only professional factory built ebikes include front and rear ebrakes as standard safety feature.
Does all the ebikes have ebrake?
NO. Not all ebikes have ebrakes’ function for front and rear brakes. Please note that you can ride your ebike without ebrakes. If you do this be sure that your brakes are strong enough to stop the ebike, especially when the moto...
Riding your bike can be a great deal of fun, and it's a brilliant way to keep fit. Nevertheless, bike riding has its hazards, especially when you're sharing the road with motorized traffic. To keep safe, it is important to have a bike in top condition and to pay attention to some basic but very important cycling requirements when sharing your ride with the general traffic.