Everyone’s asking about eBikes:
1. What are they like?
2. When should I get one?
3. How do I know what to get?
1. eBikes are Fun!
2. You should get one now!
3. Your local bike store will help find the eBike for you!
I am happiest when I’m toodling about town, riding with friends, and exploring new trails. I didn’t plan to get an eBike until I was ready – thinking that would be years away! When I injured my foot I used an eBike planning to sell it afterwards but soon found out — an eBike is Fun! I can go further, higher and faster, am able to ride mountain trails that were previously too long or too steep, zip up the hills of West Vancouver with ease, and go longer distances on flat dyke trails. The eBike opened up so many exciting possibilities for me.
People ask if there is enough exercise? Absolutely! eBikes are peddle assist – you are pedalling and moving. Exercise is the best thing we can do for our health and studies show that eBikes are having an impact on heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression by getting more people cycling more often. People with disabilities, health problems, or seniors can keep on riding – it’s a great equalizer. An eBike adds a fun factor to exercise – biking for lunch, shopping or being out with friends. Blog reader James writes: “We are very keen cyclists, and have just gone over to eBikes. The eBikes are a gift to the older riders, and we are now able to enjoy our very steep countryside as we had not for the last 10 years.” In his recent Vancouver Sun article, Kevin Griffing writes, “As the number of cyclists riding bicycles for commuting and recreation continues to increase, the kind of bikes they are using is also changing. More people than ever are riding electric bicycles.”
eBikes are not just for people who ‘need them’. You can find riders of all ages riding all types of terrain. It’s an eRevolution and there are eBikes for every type of rider from mountain bikes to cargo bikes and commuter bikes. The newer bikes are lighter, smoother, faster, ‘cooler’ and eBike technology is changing fast. Finding the right eBike for you is key and your local bike shop is the best place to start. Sidesaddle Bikes asks “What kind of riding you do, your budget and your cycling needs, then we fit a bike for you. We can also retro fit your bike with a battery.” There are eBikes for every budget and Cit-E-Cycles has “bikes from $1,000 – 8,000. They say riders love the step-through Kalkhoff eBike with a Bosch battery range of 75-125km and that most people choose a mid-range bike about $2-3,000. North Vancouver’s OHM Cycles manufactures premium eBikes – perfect to get you back in the saddle and conquering any hill, rain or shine. I ride a GiantDirt-E and my friend has the GiantExplore – both great bikes with a battery range of 75-125km. It is most important to buy from a reputable bike shop that can service both the bike and the battery. Consider a new bike as used bikes are older technology and the battery may be no longer serviceable. And another option … you can also retro fit your own bike – many retailers such as eBike BC can do this.
I say: eBikes are exhilarating and you’ll never look back. Pedego Electric Bikes says, “it’s like eating chocolate cake, you can’t know what it tastes like until you try it.” And their photo says it all — Hello Fun!
Happy eBiking ~ Colleen
Hello Fun! Photo thanks to Pedego Electric Bicycles
Where to find eBikes + Let’s Go Biking Books, too!
Cit-E-Cycles 3466 West Broadway
Cycle City Tours – 648 Hornby, 1344 Burrard
Comor Sports, 4th & Burrard, Vancouver
Ebike BC, 128-2323 Boundary
Motorino Electric Cycles 336 West 2nd
Pedego Electric Bikes, 2774 West 4th, Vancouver
Reckless Electric Bikes, 1357 Hornby St, Vancouver
Sidesaddle Bike Shop, 2496 Victoria Dr, Vancouver (+MapCases in stock)
Spokes, Georgia + Denman, Vancouver
New Westminster & TriCities – PoCoMo
Cap’s Bicycle Store, 434A E Columbia St, New Westminster
Cap’s Bicycle Shop, 2840 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody
Fraser Valley & Delta
Cit-E-Cycles Electric Bikes 19967 96 Ave, Langley
Giant Bikes, Whistler
What eBike do you ride? Send a photo and we’ll share our eBike joy.