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Electric Bike FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a charge last?

Equipped with a refined, long-lasting lithium battery – after one charging cycle, you’ll be able to bike just about anywhere. Depending on your type of riding (hills vs. flats), your build, and how much pedaling you do – you can expect to go 30-50+ miles on just one charge.

Where can I charge my bike?

The battery can be conveniently charged anywhere there’s a standard outlet – at your house, at work, or at the coffee shop. The battery detaches from the bike and charges quickly using the cable provided with your bike.

How heavy is an electric bike?

Each electric bike varies by size and style, but are all easy-to-ride, and more fun than you can imagine. You can expect an electric bike to weigh between 40-50lbs, but some are even less. But don’t worry about the weight – the motor will help you zip along with ease while riding and the sturdy kickstand will make parking easy.

Do I need a license to ride an electric bike?

In most states, a license isn’t required to ride an electric bike. If a license is required by a state, then a standard driver's License is all that’s needed. Electric bikes are legal to ride anywhere you would be riding a traditional pedal-bicycle, including around the neighborhood and on bike paths. The advocacy organization People for Bikes is currently working to establish commonality across states and predictable federal legislation.

What if I’m tall (or short)? Is there an electric bike in my size?

Electric bikes come in many sizes and frame styles to fit everyone. From extra-small to extra-large, and women’s, step-through and traditional frames. Accessibility is a primary goal for electric bikes.

Are electric bikes safe to ride?

Yes. Electric bikes share the same frame and fit as a regular bike, there’s just an added battery and compact motor. Electric bikes look, feel, and ride like a traditional bike– with an added boost there to help when you need it. We of course recommend that you wear a helmet when riding, obey all traffic laws and use caution to remain safe.

Aren’t electric bikes expensive?

Electric bikes, given their motors and advanced, long-lasting batteries – tend to be more expensive than traditional bicycles. However, their value makes any electric bike a well-spent investment. Electric bikes will keep you active, allow you to enjoy the sport of biking, and most importantly enjoy the outdoors. Come in and take a test ride. We are confident that you will have so much fun that the extra expense will be justified.

Are electric bikes expensive to maintain?

The only thing different about an electric bike, in terms of moving parts, is just the added battery and motor. Every other moving part (including brakes and shifters) is identical to that of a traditional pedal bicycle. This means that tune-ups and adjustments are easy, and usually won’t cost much more to maintain than a regular bicycle.

Can I take a test ride before I make a buying decision?

Of course! Spokes Etc. carries one of the largest selections of eBikes on the East coast. Give us a call today and see which bikes we currently have in-store, or coveniently browse our online inventory. We can nearly always accommodate, and would love to have you try before you buy – we know you’ll enjoy your test ride.

Do I need to wear a helmet when I ride an electric bike?

Helmet laws for riding electric bikes vary from state-to-state, with some requiring helmets and others not. However, we always recommend riding with a helmet no matter which style of bike– traditional or electric– it keeps you safe and gives you peace of mind to enjoy every moment of your bike ride!

What class is my e-bike?

Classes are used to determine the different levels of power and how the motor is engaged to distribute that power. Electric bikes are broken into three classes.

Class 1 e-bikes are pedal-assist electric bikes that go up to 20 mph – plus faster speeds with human power. The pedal-assist uses sensors to read your pedal cadence and/or how much force you are applying to the pedals. These are great for bike paths, many public trails, and street riding.

Class 2 e-bikes are throttled electric bikes, similar to a scooter or motorcycle, that go up to 20 mph. Even though they don't go as fast as Class 3 because of their throttle legislation may consider them a motorized vehicle in the future. Because of these unclear laws Landis only carries pedal-assist.

Class 3 e-bikes are pedal-assist electric bikes that go up to 28 mph – plus faster speeds with human power. Because of their speed, they are only street legal. They are a great source of transportation for commuting to work or to do local errands!