Bike Five’s Position Statement on eBikes

It seems that eBikes are all the rage these days.  If you’re not familiar with them, it’s worth getting to know what they are (and aren’t).  Most eBikes are very similar to traditional bikes.  They are equipped with a small output electric motor that assists pedaling, but you still pedal just as you would any other bike.  EBikes make it possible for you to go further and carry more with less effort.

I’d rather you pedal than pedal-assist, but I understand not everybody’s comfortable with what I am.  As a result, I support eBikes.  Here’s a great infographic from Drive Oregon that shows how much commuting via eBike will save you.

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Image: DriveOregon.org

That said, don’t fall victim to industry hype.  Do your due diligence.  That little electric motor is going to cost you more as it should.  In some cases it will cost you far more than it should.  There are many reputable eBike companies but there are also more than a few swindlers and snake oil salespeople.

I have worked personally with Tora Harris at JuicedRiders, David Santos at Big Cat Bikes.  I highly recommend them.  Both offer excellent products at reasonable prices.  I have also worked with the nice folks at BionX for systems that allow you to convert your existing bike into a pedal-assist electric bike.  They are 100% quality as well.

If  you want an eBike, I recommend dealing with any of these fine individuals and companies.  In the spirit of full disclosure, please note that I am not affiliated with Juiced Riders, Big Cat Worldwide or BionX and derive no direct or indirect income from the sale of their products.  That may change in the future, but if it does it is only because I think their products are relevant, fairly priced and built to last.

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