In short, an electric bike lets you go further, longer and faster, making your life a little bit easier. If you commute by bike, the electric pedal assist system will transform your commute into the highlight of your day—and let you leave the change of clothes at home. If you cycle for recreation, you can expand your range with confidence. If you would like to bike with a much faster riding partner -- now you can! Headwinds, climbs or heavy loads will no longer be obstacles to your enjoyment of cycling.
But is it still a bike? (Isn't it cheating?)
Adding a motor doesn't mean sacrificing everything you love about riding a bicycle. The electric bicycles we carry are equipped with pedal-assist features, and can be ridden solely on human power when desired. And when assist is on, you’re still pedaling -- with a little help from a system that is designed to respond to the way you ride. E-bikes make it possible for some people to ride a bike in situations in which riding a standard bike would be impractical due to distance, terrain, heavy loads, young passengers, the rider's physical condition and other considerations.
How do I choose one?
The variety of electric bike brands on the market is staggering. We've taken some of the guesswork out of the process, and selected reliable, quality products from extremely reputable vendors. Currently, we represent e-bike models from the following manufacturers, but keep in mind that some may only be available by special order.
Electra (coming soon)
Yuba Cargo Bikes
Here are some criteria we used for choosing the electric bikes we carry:
Sold by a US company, or well-established US distributor who will stand behind the product for replacement parts, technical support and warranty issues.
Equipped with quality electronics from reputable manufacturers
Thoughtful, functional design and aesthetics.
Will not exceed prudent cycling speed. Most e-bikes we carry go to about 20mph.
Bike models cover a range of prices. We sell e-bikes priced from about $1500 to $6000 for a full-featured cargo e-bike.
Bikes available for a variety of riding styles. Our e-bikes are available in traditional step-over, step-through, folding and cargo models.
Regardless of what the manufacturers may tell you, bikes are not shipped 100% assembled. All our e-bikes undergo a thorough assembly, set-up and testing by a professional mechanic, and come with follow-up service provided locally by our store.
Electric bikes we carry are available for test rides. Please call ahead to schedule. Model availability can vary.
We offer free delivery in the Chicagoland area with your electric bike purchase.
E-Bike Assembly, Service and Conversion
ASSEMBLY: If you purchased an e-bike directly from the manufacturer, we may be able to help you assemble it. Even though the company website may say the bike is 90% assembled, our many years’ experience has taught us that this is NEVER the case. E-bikes in particular are complex, not to mention HEAVY. We have the correct equipment, tools and know-how to adjust disc brakes, tension the wheels, properly adjust internal bearing assemblies, set up and test the electronics, and tune the whole system to it is fun —and safe— to ride. E-bike assembly starts at $175.
SERVICE: Our technicians are certified by Bosch, and have experience servicing a variety of e-bikes. We may be able to help you with a malfunctioning e-bike if the manufacturer has a stateside distributor of parts and technical support. Service can only be quoted in-person, on an individual basis depending on the nature of the problem and type of bike.
CONVERSION: If you wish to convert an existing bike or cargo bike to e-assist, we’d be happy to help you explore available options. We can only perform conversions of systems purchased through our store from reputable distributors with US-based technical support and spare parts warehouse.