A “pedal assist” electric bike (e-bike) is just like a regular bike except that it comes equipped with an electric motor and a battery pack. It’s also called a Pedelec, a pedal electric cycle. When you pedal, sensors detect movement that activate the electric motor, giving you a partial or full boost. The amount of boost or assist can be regulated at any time with an easy controller located on the handlebar. The pedal assist can be minimal on flat ground, or provide an additional boost when you encounter hilly terrain.