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what makes an eBike a great ride?

Electric assist bikes are getting more people out and riding more often. From making your daily commute more practical to being able to keep up with your fellow riders, electric bikes make riding easier- every mile of the way.

EBike Basic Components

  1. Drive unit- commonly located in a wheel hub or mid-drive unit powered by the crank arms. Drive units are the "motor" that produce different levels of output depending on their wattage. Good eBike drive units make it easy for you to cruise up to 20-28mph!
  2. Battery- easily recharged and can last anywhere from 20-100 miles on a single charge! Most batteries recharge in about 4 hours!
  3. On-Board Computer- allows YOU to see how fast you are going, and control how much assist and boost you want.
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Is aN ebike right for me?

we believe that ebikes are great for everyone.

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ride more!

Electric bikes make it easier to ride; therefore, you will want to ride more often. From short jaunts, to longer rides, its amazing how many trips by bike you will want to take.

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Keep uP!

Whether you are recovering from injury, or just want to keep up, eBikes are the ultimate equalizers. With the ability to easily cruise at 20mph, you'll be able to ride with the best of them.

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Commute to work!

Electric bikes slash your daily commute time down to a fraction of the time. Our favorite stories include commuters who now have 35 minute rides instead of an hour, all without sweating through work clothing!

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Where can i Ride?

Under current legislation eBikes are classified as “motor bicycles,” and are regulated just like bicycles- as long as the bicycle’s motor has a maximum power output of 750w, has pedals that propel the bike with human power and the bike doesn’t exceed 20mph.

There are different classifications of eBikes that have different rules based on their abilities, and output. Most of the eBikes that we carry are type 1 and 3 bikes that are allowed on bike paths, bike lanes, and can be ridden on your favorite bike routes! Local jurisdictions may have different rules, so please follow any posted signs and regulations.

Each state has their own interpretations, and the most up to date legislation can be found on the People For Bikes website.

Watch our e-bike information series

What is Pedal assist? 

Pedal assist is a percentage of help your get from the e-bike motor based on your chosen setting (eco, medium, high/turbo) combined with the amount of pedaling you put into the bike.  


What kind of battery maintenance is required?

Following your systems simple care instructions will help ensure the longest battery life.   Some examples include:

  • Charging the battery in a dry location at room temperature.
  • Storing the battery inside when the temperatures get below 32 degrees F and above 68 degrees F. 
  • Removing the battery during cleaning the bike.
  • Removing the battery during transporting on a car rack. 
  • Having your battery inspected once a year by an authorized service team. 

 


What's the difference between Motors and batteries?

There are two types of e-bike motors:  

  • Mid-drive motors - Tend to be lighter and more efficient. 
  • Hub motors -  Used on certain models of e-bikes that can not use a mid-drive such as recumbents.

Motors can also have different wattage and torque outputs which determine the power of a given motor.   Batteries are usually paired to the motor systems.  The higher the watt or amp hours of the battery, the longer the battery range.  Some motor systems allow a larger battery upgrade to gain more range. 


There are two types of e-bike motors:  

  • Mid-drive motors - Tend to be lighter and more efficient. 
  • Hub motors -  Used on certain models of e-bikes that can not use a mid-drive such as recumbents.

Motors can also have different wattage and torque outputs which determine the power of a given motor.   Batteries are usually paired to the motor systems.  The higher the watt or amp hours of the battery, the longer the battery range.  Some motor systems allow a larger battery upgrade to gain more range. 

What's the difference between Motors and batteries?

Do I Need a drivers license to ride an ebike?

No license is required to operate an E-bikes because they are not considered a motorized vehicle. 


How much do e-bikes weigh? 

B-bike weight range between 45-65 pounds based on the bike manufacturer.   Some of the heavier range e-bikes are recumbents and cargo bikes.  "Kit" bikes or home built e-bikes also tend to be much heavier. 


where can i test ride an e-bike?

You can test ride an e-bike at our Wheel & Sprocket e-Bike Superstore (Brookfield) and eBike Centers (located at all our locations).   We are happy to help you test ride the e-bike that best fits your needs. 

How long does it take to charge the battery?

On average, most e-bike batteries take between 4 to 6 hours to charge from fully empty to fully charged.  

Watch eBike Matt Geib discuss Electric Bike Batteries


Which riding modes does the bosch and shimano electric bike system offer? 

The Bosch e-bike system provides five

  • Off:
  • Eco
  • Tour:
  • Sport:
  • Turbo:

The Shimano e-bike system provides four riding modes:   

  • Off:
  • Eco: 
  • Medium:
  • High: 

how often should i have my ebike serviced?

Bring your e-bike for service once a year or every 500 miles, whichever comes first.  Servicing your e-bike on a regular basis can ensure that your chain and shifting components are working properly, the battery is functioning well,  and the software is up-to-date.   Proper maintenance is important so you can enjoy your e-bike for many years to come!