How to care for your e-bike
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Get the most Fun from your E-Bike
We've compiled a guide to help you get the longest life and best experience from your e-bike. Whether you are cruising bike paths, pushing your limits on singletrack, or just trying to get your errands done, these helpful tips will keep you and your bike rolling smoothly.
Flat Tire Prevention
There is nothing worse than trying to fix a rear flat on an E-bike with a hub motor when you have places to be. Plus, flat tires in general are a real bummer.
We offer a variety of options to help you ride flat-free, from tubeless to tire liners.
A product we really love is the Tannus liner, which greatly reduces your chances of flatting (though we can never completely eliminate it), so you can ride more confidently.
In the video, Sandy's Service Manager Owen talks us through how Tannus liners work.
It's best to install Tannus liners when you purchase your bike, but we can put them in for you at any time (and they work great on analog bikes too)!
Tannus Liners & Flat Prevention
YOUR BIKE IS READY, YOUR BATTERY IS CHARGED. NOW WHAT?
Range anxiety is real and understandable.
Here are some steps to help you get comfortable with your bike's capabilities:
1. Take your bike for a test ride on a route you are familiar with - around your neighborhood or your favorite warm-up trail.
2. Keep the first ride short and play with the various assist modes, how shifting affects your pedaling cadence (how quickly your legs are moving), and how your brakes feel.
3. Note how much battery power was used on this ride. Make the second ride a bit longer and note how much battery power was used.
You'll soon understand what types of rides and terrain (hills, headwinds, loads of groceries) deplete your battery faster, and become comfortable maximizing your daily rides.
Your bike, and its unique motor/battery combo will have a stated maximum range from the manufacturer.
Remember, even if you run of battery power on your ride, your bike will still pedal (with a lot of help from you)!
BOSCH Range Calculator
The BOSCH range calculator shown here (click it!) gives great information about how conditions and the way you ride can affect battery range. This is just an example, but it's pretty cool!
E-Bike Battery Best Practices
Get the most life from Your e-bike battery through proper care.
E-bikes and the batteries that power them are safe when properly used and maintained.
Make sure you have the Owner’s Manual and any additional literature supplied with the e-bike.
In coordination with the National Bicycle Dealers Association, we encourage adherence to the following guidelines to ensure maximum safety, utility, and life of your new e-bike and its amazing power pack.
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Frequently Asked E-Bike Questions
All About Motors
Finding the best e-bike starts with finding bikes made with high quality motors. The motor is the central nervous system of any electric bike and its placement on the bike can affect the way that the bike rides, corners and handles. The best bike manufacturers design the motor to fit into the geometry of the frame, typically as replacement of the bottom bracket. This allows for the center of gravity to stay directly below the rider. The highest quality motors on the market are made by Specialized (Brose), Bosch and Shimano.
MID- VS HUB-MOUNTED MOTORS
Motors mounted at the bottom bracket, or mid-mounted, provide balanced, powerful propulsion that allows the bike to handle naturally and predictably. Hub-mounted motors may be placed at the front or rear hub. These motors are effective, but can often result in a bike feeling unbalanced or cause difficulty when fixing a flat. If you aren't sure which motor is best for you, come test ride the different styles!
ALL ABOUT BATTERIES
Most electric bikes come with lithium ion batteries that charge quickly and can be plugged into any 110v outlet. Charge times range from 3-5 hours depending on the battery and how depleted it is. Battery life (the number of times you can charge and fully discharge the battery before it needs to be replaced) lasts anywhere from 3-5 years depending on the size of the battery and the amount of usage.
WHAT DOES RANGE ACTUALLY MEAN?
Range refers to the length of distance a rider can get on a fully charged battery. Many factors impact range including size of motor and battery, weight of rider, elevation gains/losses, wind direction and more. For example, a 500wh battery will give you an additional 50% of distance than a 250wh battery. It is important to plan your bike ride based on the amount of mileage you can get out of the battery. Range anxiety happens when you are near the end of your battery’s charge yet you still have a noticeable distance to travel to get to your destination.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BIKE WEIGHT?
Weights can vary a considerable amount depending on bike model and battery capacity. Most electric bikes are around 45Ibs but they can vary in weight from 30Ibs to more than 60Ibs. Cargo bikes tend to be heavier due to carrying capacity. Some batteries are removable, making it easier to lift the bike.
Remember to consider an appropriate car rack when purchasing--we recommend a receiver hitch rack.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY OLD E-BIkE Battery?
Like most components on your bike, an electric bike battery will eventually wear out, not hold a charge, and need to be replaced. It's important to properly dispose of your old battery, and that's why we work with Call2Recycle to safely and responsibly recycle batteries!
When you purchase any new e-bike from us, we charge a $15 battery recycling fee to encourage you to return that battery back at the end of its life. You can also recycle batteries from bikes you didn't purchase from us for $15 each. This fee covers the safe packaging, shipping, and processing of your battery.