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Electric Bike F.A.Q.

Will an electric bike fit on my car’s bike carrier?

Most electric bikes we sell will fit on a traditional automobile bicycle carriers. We prefer the hitch mounted types like the Thule Easyfold XT 2 as they are much more robust and offer features that are ideal for those who own electric bikes. Check your bike racks weight capacity to make sure it can handle the weight of the electric bike you are looking at. If you have not purchased a bike carrier yet, we suggest speaking to our experts who can assist you in selecting one that is right for your application.

”How far can I go on and electric bicycle?”

Range is dependent on the size of the battery, size of motor, weight of rider, terrain, throttle or pedal assist modes. But in general, the ranges on our new electric bikes are anywhere from 60 – 250kms per charge! With the advancements in lithium ion technology, range is typically no longer a concern. If you need even more range between charges, additional batteries can be purchased in order to obtain the range required.

”What is the difference between a pedal assist and throttle assist bicycle?”

A pedal assist bicycle is an electric bike that will have multiple user selectable assistance levels to help the cyclist as they pedal. These can be changed anytime as the cyclist is pedalling. These are by far the most popular type of bicycles. A throttle assist bicycle is basically a manual type of assist where the cyclist twists a throttle located on the handlebars and can get assistance exclusively from the motor by simply twisting the throttle. With throttle assist, the rider can choose to have the bike do all the work for them. This system is great for cruiser type bikes or for someone who just wants assistance when they need it. We also stock several bikes that have both that are built into the bike, so that the rider can select between both types on the same bike.

”Can I ride an electric bicycle on the bike path?”

Yes you can. Just respect any posted speed limits!

“Does and electric bike require a lot more maintenance than a regular non-electric bicycle?

Yes and No. Electric bicycles have come a long way over the years. When shopping for an electric bicycle it’s important to look for high-quality components manufactured by well-known brands. An electric bike typically sold at a low cost is something that you want to stay away from. We have been doing this a long time and it can be very overwhelming for first time buyers to determine what is best for them and what will be reliable. Chat with one of our experts and they can show you what to look for when buying an electric bicycle so that you can enjoy years of trouble-free service.

“Can I come to the shop and look at your selection of electric bikes?”

Absolutely, we really encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about electric bikes to come by the shop or chat online and speak to our experts. Our staff is fully trained and have ridden so many electric bikes over the years that they can answer any questions you may have.

“I see electric bicycles parked on the sidewalk, is that legal?”

Indeed you are permitted to park your electric bike in any area that you would be permitted to park a traditional bicycle. The City of Ottawa, for example, is now even installing bike racks with electrical outlets so that you can recharge your batteries!

“Which electric bike is right for me?”

That’s a difficult question to answer without understanding your needs as it’s not a one type fits all type of product. But don’t worry we are here to help you make that an easy, just like the thousands of other customers we have helped through the years. We carry a wide range of electric bicycles from mountain bikes to urban bikes in order to cater to the different needs of all cyclists. We really recommend coming into our shop or chatting online and speaking to our experts who can help you find the perfect bike that meets your needs. Getting that perfect bike will make you love your bike buying one that isn’t a perfect fit for your needs won’t get used!

“Do I need to wear safety equipment on an electric bike?”

The short answer is Yes. Depending on the type of cycling you will be doing, items like Helmets, gloves etc… should be worn. Under federal law regardless of age, an approved bicycle helmet is required.

“Do I need insurance for my electric bike?”

No, you do not require any insurance to ride an electric bicycle.The government views these bikes as “Power Assisted Bicycles” so no insurance is required. However many of our customers do choose to add these bikes to their home / tenants insurance policies.

“Do I need a license for an electric bike?”

No, you do not require a licence to operate an electric bicycle that meets the federal definition of a “Power Assisted Bicycle”.

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