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Electric Bike Basics and FAQ

We love electric bike riding in Colorado! Here are some electric bike basics to get you started on your path of riding.
Electric Bike Basics and FAQ

by Arleigh Greenwald

October 06, 2018

Electric biking is a fun and enjoyable way to bike further and faster. Electric bikes have come a long way in the past 5 years but they are still complicated machinery that requires a little more maintenance and have more laws regulating them on where you can ride them. We could go on for hours about electric motors, maintenance, ride quality, and so forth. Please stop in our shop or give us a call if you want to speak in-depth about it! We will continue to add to this article so make sure to ask your questions in the comments.

What is an E-Bike?

A bike designed or outfitted aftermarket with an electric motor either in the wheel or attached under your cranks. The majority of electric bikes sold by bike stores are an electric assist, meaning you have to pedal and you gain assistance from the motor.

Who is an E-Bike For?

Everyone! Electric bikes primarily only assist you, amplifying your pedal power to get you up the hill faster, get you to work less sweaty, and allows you to carry heavy things easier.

Types or Classes of Electric Bikes

  • E-Bike Class 1 - pedal assist up to 20 MPH
  • E-Bike Class 2 - a throttle provides assistance up to 20 MPH if you are pedaling or not
  • E-Bike Class 3 - provides power to 28 MPH and is often called a “Speed” option

Colorado Electric Bike Laws

Class 1 and 2 can be ridden on a bike, pedestrian or multi-use paths in most places. Electric bikes aren't allowed on all multi-use paths or mountain bike trails. Check your local town or mountain bike group for info.

Class 3 can only be ridden on public roads. Class 3 E-bikes are not allowed for riders under age 16.

Electric Bike Maintenance

  • Not all electric bikes are created equal. Make sure you are buying from a reputable shop and company that will support your product for years to come. Visit your bike shop for regular service and diagnostics to keep your bike safe.
  • Store your e-bike battery out of direct sunlight, in a dry environment with temperatures from 59°F (15°C) to 68°F (20°C) & recharge at room temperature. We recommend taking your battery into your home or work to charge when possible.
  • Remove your battery during transportation. Make sure to cap the connector ports on the frame so they don't get wet.

Purpose Built Electric Bike vs Aftermarket Ebike Kits

Are you wondering if you should buy a dedicated electric bike or build your own using an aftermarket ebike kit on your current bike? Read our opinions on that here.

MORE INFO: We specialized in cargo bikes, transportation, and family biking electric bikes. If you are in the market please book an appointment for a new bike consultation!