Frequently Asked Questions:
An e-Bike is a bicycle (not motorcycles) with an electric motor that gives you additional power or speed when you ride. The motor is quiet and relatively small, and can either be controlled with a throttle or support you when you pedal. Treat electric bikes as an assist and it can last for years!
All e-Bikes are limited by law to 20 MPH in California. Of course you can go faster downhill, or if you pedal hard.
Some motors are mounted in the front or rear wheel of the bicycle. They spin the wheel and are called either “direct drive” or “planetary gear” motors, depending on the internal structure of the motor. Other motors are mounted in the middle of the bicycle and assist you in pedaling the bike, allowing you to take greater advantage of your gearing. Motors can either be “pedal assist”, where the motor only helps when you are pedaling, and you use a display to select your level of support, or controlled by a throttle directly, similar to a motorcycle. We carry all types.
Here is a general guideline for speed expected:
Most motors are what is called “brushless”, which refers to a technology that has fewer parts that are in contact with one another, increasing longevity. This is the type we sell. Motors are rated by how much power they can use, in Watts. Our motors range from 300 watts for city bikes all the way up to 750 watts for the most power.
The two most important numbers on the battery are the voltage and the Amp-hours. Voltage on a battery is a measure of how much power it can put out at a time; in order for your motor to work properly, you need a battery that can put out enough juice to power it! Amp-hours are a measure of how long a battery will last while it is being used. Our staff can help you select the battery which is right for your needs.
There are several different technologies for batteries. The two that are most commonly used for e-bikes are called lead-acid or SLA and Lithium Ion or Li-Ion (one of which is LiFePO4). Lead-acid batteries have the advantage of being very inexpensive; however, they are heavy and require more work to maintain. Lithium Ion batteries are much lighter and easier to care for, and they are much more expensive. Please feel free to ask our staff about the differences between these technologies and which one is likely to be be the right one for your bike.
No license is required to use an e-bike! However, the rider must be age 16 or over.
Any bicycle with an electric motor is an e-bike; we carry many bicycles specifically built as e-bikes in our shop. A kit is a motor and a controller that one can use to convert a regular bike to an e-bike. We offer the service of a full conversion, taking a bicycle you already like and adding a motor, controller, and battery to it. Contact us for the current technology and rates!
Elecycle is a local small business which is a leader in the e-bike field. We have done over 600 conversions and have relationships with all major vendors. Our work is done on-site, and we stand behind it with appropriate warranties and customer service. We truly believe that you cannot beat our value for the dollar or our commitment to your satisfaction.