eBikes and You
Electric bicycles are no longer taboo in the cycling world. There’s a whole host of reasons why you should buy one and get some pedaling assistance in your life. They’ll make your life easier and cycling more fun! Let’s see, what are the best electric bikes on the market!
E-bikes make your commutes faster and easier, help you climb hills more efficiently before a DH run, and allow you to ride longer on your road bike.
You also might be recovering from an injury or you need to haul a big load of cargo that your legs are not strong enough to pull.
Whatever the reason, there’s A LOT of choice in the e-bike world right now. The chances you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for are high, but making the right choice might take some time.
Types (classes) of eBikes
>20 MPH Pedal Assist These are electric bikes that only offer pedal-assist propulsion and can go up to 20 mph. The motor only engages when you turn the pedals and disengages when you’re cruising.
>20 MPH Throttle Assist E-bikes that offer both pedal-assist and throttle propulsion belong to the Class 2 category. Engaging the throttle means the motor can propel you even when you’re not pedaling — like riding a scooter. Their top speed is also capped at 20 mph.
>28 MPH Pedal Assist Also known as “Speed Pedelec”, these e-bikes only offer assistance when you’re pedaling, but develop speeds of up to 28 mph. These are the fastest e-bikes around with up to 750W motors.
Categories of eBikes
Lightweight, efficient bikes with drop handlebars and narrow tires, for recreational riding, mostly (but not exclusively) on pavement. Styles include aero, ultralight, endurance, touring, and all-road.
Simply said, a gravel bike is a combination of a road bike (happy on tarmac) and a cyclo-cross bike (happy on mud). As usual, the idea comes from the US, where the countryside is crisscrossed by miles and miles of unused tracks, designed to help fire trucks navigate around remote forests. Tracks that are too technical for a road bike, yet too fast for a cyclo-cross bike.
A mountain bike (MTB) or mountain bicycle is a bicycle designed for off-road cycling.
Mountain bikes share some similarities with other bicycles, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.
The comfort bike is a more comfortable variation of a mountain bike. These bikes are built mainly for leisurely, recreational riding and short distance jaunts on bike paths or paved roads with flat terrain. They can be used for easy dirt trails but are best for errands, rides around town or family outings.
The all-new RideControl App has an improved user interface and reliability. New features include customizable data fields in the ride screen and an automatic upload to Strava.
On the individual screens within the Mission Control App, you'll be able to access a help guide by tapping on the (?) button in the upper right. This in-app help guide holds explanations on the key terms and features related to the individual screens. In order to view this feature, you have to be online using wifi or data.
The Day We Went To Specialized Road Show...
We are always looking to sharpen our game. Our mechanics are always looking to add to their knowledge-base, and to that end, we were on the East side in Novi last November for eBike specific training with Specialized. Here's what our team had to say about this unique experience:
"Turbo is an incredibly dynamic system developed by Specialized. Receiving further training from Specialized on the east side of the state (Engine No.VI) was exciting. The amount of time, testing, design, and innovation that goes into these bikes is, as some would say, "a bit overkill". What does this mean? To you, riding a bike that rides like a bike, it's still just faster and more accommodating to your needs. It's all about what the rider is looking for out of the bike. Is it cheating? Nope, just help through the tough parts of the ride when you need it most, or help with your commute time. Power output, battery life, off-bike transportation, and many other factors were presented. Bullet points: improve repair turnarounds, and a much better rider experience. We are all interested in moving the peg up a notch when it comes to rider experience, and we all learned so much that we can apply to what we do with eBikes when we are selling them and working on them going forward!"
We were thrilled to be able to garner this knowledge (ECO-level (sport) technician status) and add to our "quiver" of bicycle mechanical skills. At Village Bike & Fitness we are always working to ensure that our customers Enjoy The Ride!
Getting service for your eBike is as simple as clicking the button below! A NEW and more convenient way to schedule your eBike repairs and servicing: book a service appointment with us!
Battery Maintenance & Care
When the weather begins to drop and the snow starts to fall, it is increasingly important to know how to properly care for your electric bike and its Lithium-ion battery. It may be possible for some people to ride their bikes during the winter months, while others must pack them away until the warmer weather returns. Step-by-step instructions, best practices and commonly asked questions to extend the life of your ebike battery, and your ebike investment!