Owning an Ebike in Vancouver: How Long Does it take to Charge?

Ebike ownership gives you the freedom to hit the open road while also getting exercise and being kinder to the environment. While an e-bike does provide freedom and flexibility in the way you travel, many new riders are concerned about how long it takes for an ebike to charge. The short answer is that most ebike batteries will gain a full charge somewhere between 2.5 to 8 hours. 

However, there are several factors that will affect how long your battery takes to charge including its capacity and where it is in its life cycle.  Knowing how and when to charge your bike can ensure it is ready to ride when you are. 

Here we will look at what you can expect from your battery’s charge time when owning an Ebike in Vancouver along with tips to care for your ebike battery.  

Understanding Ebike Watt-Hours and Battery Capacity 

One of the biggest factors in how long your ebike will take to charge is the battery’s watt-hours. Watt-hours (Wh) are a measure of your battery’s power capacity. More Wh means that more energy can be stored from a single charge. How far you can ride on a charge will also be determined by the terrain, total weight on the bike and if you are using pedal assist. However, for the purposes of battery charge time, greater capacity equals longer riding time. 

Wh is determined with a simple formula: Volts (V) x Amp Hours (Ah). Charging time will further depend on your battery charger’s current.

Determining Full Charge Time: Without going into a tedious lesson on energy calculations, we can look at the example of the Blue Rev Ultra. The Blue Rev has a 48V battery and a choice of a 14.5Ah, 17.5Ah, or a 21Ah Lithium Ion Cell. 

The 14.5Ah comes with a 2 Amp (A) charger while the 17.5Ah and 21Ah come with a 3A charger. To determine how long each battery will take for a full charge we divide Ah by A. With this we see that the 14.5Ah battery will take around 7.25 hours for a full charge, the 17.5 will take around 6 and the 21Ah will take 7. 

Partial Charge Times: When you know a full charge takes 7 hours, you can then calculate roughly how long it will take to charge your battery with a partial charge. For example, if your battery takes 7 hours for a full charge and is currently at 25%, you can expect your battery to charge for 5 to 5.5 hours to reach full capacity.

Is More Battery Capacity Worth It? 

Batteries with larger capacities are heavier and more expensive, but are they worth it? More often than not, yes they are. 

When we look at the Blue Rev we find that the smaller capacity 14.5Ah battery will travel an estimated 50-90Km while the 21Ah will travel 100-140km. You will get almost double the riding distance for the same time charging. 

More importantly, a battery’s life is measured in cycles. A single full cycle is when all power is drained and, subsequently, fully recharged. Lithium batteries, the best option for ebikes, are typically rated for around 1000 cycles.

If one cycle is one full charge then that means a smaller 14.5Ah battery that travels a max of 90Km per charge will give you a maximum of 90,000Km of distance over its lifetime. Reaching this max distance will be determined on how you ride your bike and if you stay to mostly flat, easy terrain.

In contrast, the 21Ah battery will take you a minimum distance of 100Km per charge. Over the course of 1000 cycles you would travel 100,000Km. You could achieve this distance even if you were to take on terrain that is rougher and has steeper inclines. If you rode on mostly smooth terrain, this number could be as great as 140,000Km. 

Note on Life Cycles: Even if a battery is rated for 1000 cycles that does not mean it will spontaneously stop working as you attempt to charge it for cycle 1001. Instead, most batteries will start to lose their ability to charge gradually. It may take longer to achieve a full charge or you may find your battery stops charging at 80% or so. Similarly, the distance you will be able to go is not an exact number but the above examples are based on industry averages for batteries.

How to Help Your Ebike Battery Last Longer

Fully Charge a New Ebike Battery Before Riding: The temptation to take your ebike out for a ride when you have a new battery is strong. Trust me, the Epic Cycles team understands this feeling. However, if you can hold off and give your battery a chance to fully charge, you can look forward to better battery life for your battery’s lifespan. For that first charge, you could leave your battery on the charger for up to 12 hours. 

Keep Your Battery Cool but Not Cold: Ideally, your battery should be stored and charged in conditions that are between 0 and 20 degrees celsius. Higher than 60 degrees or lower than -10 and you will start to degrade the battery. If you do accidentally have your battery in an extreme temperature, wait for it to cool down/warm up to an appropriate degree before attempting to charge it. 

Time Your Charges: While charging your battery fully can be good practice, you should not leave your battery hanging out on the charger for days or weeks on end. When you do this, your battery will continually lose around 5% of its charge before the charger will step in to replenish. Each one of these short charging cycles will start to count against your total life cycles.  

Store Your Battery Correctly: A stored battery is still vulnerable to the elements and charging issues. When you need to store yours, make sure it is in a dry, cool area. Ideally, store it separate from your bike frame. Additionally, a battery should not be stored fully drained. Instead, it should be kept at around 40-80% of its full capacity. 

Note that a battery will start to lose charge even if you are not using it. You should check your battery’s level once a month in storage to make sure it has not dropped too low. Turn on your battery’s “storage” mode if it has one. Storage mode slows the drain of the battery.  

Should I let My Ebike Battery Run Down Completely? 

For the most part, you should aim to charge your bike when it gets down to at least 60% and before it reaches 30%. It used to be common to recommend that batteries be fully discharged before recharging but technology and this advice have changed. Now, you can let your battery run out on occasion without causing harm, but you should not aim to do this.  

Can I Charge My Ebike Faster?

Yes, but you probably shouldn’t. Higher amp chargers are sold and they can speed up charging time but they also generate more heat. Excess heat is one of the fastest ways to degrade your ebike battery.  

When Should You Replace Your Battery 

As we looked at before, even when a battery is only rated for 1000 cycles, it can still continue working but possibly not as efficiently. Unless you are experiencing problems with your battery (i.e. it is not holding a charge or will not take a charge) you should be able to continue using it safely.

However, most batteries will last a maximum of four years and most will be closer to two years.  The closer you get to the maximum the more likely it will be that your battery will malfunction. If you have an older battery and plan to take a long ride, it would be good to replace it beforehand. This is because the older battery is more likely to malfunction and lose its charge quickly, leaving you without power during your ride.

Will My Ebike Still Work When the Battery is Dead? 

In Canada, road-legal ebikes are required to have pedals and no throttle. While this limits speed, it also means you can operate your ebike like a traditional bike by powering it manually. When an ebike includes a throttle, fuel source, or weighs over 120kg it is considered a different class of vehicle and you may need a license, insurance and other requirements. 

Purchasing an Ebike Battery and Charger

To maximize your battery’s life and get the best riding experience, you need the right battery for your bike and the right charger for your battery. At Epic Cycles we sell top-rated ebike batteries that our team personally uses and stands by. Whether you need a brand new bike or a replacement battery or charger, we’re here to offer our experience and full catalogue of ebikes and ebike accessory. 

What is the Cost of Buying an Ebike in Vancouver?

Ebike popularity has exploded in recent years for many reasons, not the least of which is the cost advantage compared to driving a car. They are also environmentally friendly, provide good exercise and can make your commute a lot more fun. Even those who do not replace their car entirely with an ebike will see the advantages of getting more exercise and saving on fuel costs. 

The initial cost of an ebike can vary greatly depending on the model, quality, battery, motor and other features. Some ebikes can even approach the cost of an economy vehicle. Though this initial cost is high, you will still spend far less on maintenance and fuel. Ebikes also do not require a license or insurance which is another cost savings. 

Here we will look at what you can expect to pay for an ebike, maintenance costs and how this stacks up compared to an automobile. 

Initial Cost of an Ebike 

Most ebikes will cost somewhere between $2000 and $6000. You can find plenty of features and high-quality within this price range. However, higher end bikes can reach up to $10,000 and beyond. In this higher range you can often expect a longer lasting battery, extended warranty, and greater range among other advantages. 

Ultimately, what you pay will also depend on how you plan to use the bike. For example, a casual rider taking their bike out a few times a week will pay less for a bike than someone who needs a reliable daily commuter bike. Someone who plans to go off-roading or take extended trips with a bike will likely need an even more expensive and durable model. 

What Affects Cost?

Battery: A battery is the most expensive individual component of your bicycle with quality batteries costing upwards of $700. However, this is an area where quality counts. When you have the option to get a higher-quality battery with your bike, it is almost always to your advantage. Cheaper batteries will degrade faster and not provide the same performance. While their initial cost may be a few hundred less, you will need to replace them sooner.

Motor Power: Less power (watts) means less expense but your bike’s motor power can significantly change your riding experience. The less power your bike has, the slower it will be to accelerate. This is important to keep in mind if you plan to ride your bike in hilly areas as less powerful engines will struggle.  

Parts and Materials: There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to an electric bike. The more expensive your bike, the more likely these parts are to consistently work smoothly and provide a better riding experience and durability. However, again, you do not necessarily need the top of the line bike for most standard riding. If you plan to stay in urban areas with smooth pavement, a lower quality bike will still perform well and last for many years. It is only when you plan off-roading and extended rides that you will need to look more closely at this aspect of your bike.

Economical Conversion Kits 

If you already have a traditional bike and can’t decide if you should upgrade to an electric one, you may be able to convert your current one. While old conversion kits could be difficult and require technical know-how, the Magnum Bikes R2 Conversion Kit is the fast, easy way to convert your traditional bicycle. 

Coming in at $1,350.00, the conversion kit is several hundred dollars cheaper than even the most economical ebikes. As a bonus, you will not have to figure out what to do with your old bike once you experience how much more fun an ebike is. 

With this kit, you get everything you need to electrify your riding experience including:

  • 500W 8FUN motor with complete rear wheel which is available in either 26″, 27.5″ or 29″
  • 48V/ 13Ah battery for an extended range
  • LCD display with informative multi-function readout
  • Electric Brake Levers, Thumb Throttle, Pedal Assist Sensor
  • Rear Battery Carrier Rack with Integrated Controller Box
  • Complete, easy to follow instructions 

Cost of Maintaining an Ebike

Just like with owning a car, there are expenses even after you have paid for your ebike. However, they are significantly less than what a car would cost: Some common maintenance, repair and replacement costs you may encounter include:

Replacement Battery: A battery is the most expensive individual component of your bike. Most bike batteries will run around $700-$1000 though some can approach $1500. How soon you need to replace your battery will depend on how often you ride, the initial quality of the battery and how well you maintain the battery. However, all things considered, most batteries will last at least two years but rarely more than four. 

Replacement Tires: Most tires will need to be replaced after 3,000 to 5,000 km of riding. You will know that replacement is needed when the treads are worn down and when the tire does not hold pressure. Ideally, you should replace the tires before this happens and causes further damage or injury. Fortunately, replacement tires are only around $50 to $60 per tire. 

Tune-Ups: Regular tune-ups are essential for maintaining your bike’s safety and extending its longevity. Ideally, you should perform a tune-up every 800 km or ever 6 months, whichever comes first. 

If you are new to bike ownership, performing a tune-up yourself can prove difficult and possibly more expensive than a professional job. At Epic Cycles, we offer tune-up services that include a 21-point inspection, tire inflation, brake adjustment and much more for under $80.  

Annual Cost: Cost will vary for each rider. While we can pretty easily predict how long tires or a battery will last under normal conditions and regular use, it is harder to estimate potential repair costs and maintenance. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay around $300 annually to maintain your bike. 

How Much Can You Save?

A recent study showed that Canadians spend between $8,600 and $13,000 annually on car ownership.  Compare that to an ebike’s average yearly costs of $3000 or less and the cost advantage is undeniable. With a bike you do not need insurance or fuel plus repairs and other maintenance will be cheaper. You could, in theory, buy a new high-end bike every year and still not approach the yearly costs of a car. 

Even if you only plan to use your bike part time while keeping a car, you can still see cost advantages. By using your bike more often, you will reduce wear and tear on your car. You will also use less fuel.  

Non-monetary Advantages

Exercise: By replacing all or most of your commuting with bike travel, you can burn hundreds of extra calories. Depending on your fitness goals, your morning commute could replace the time and money you spend on the gym. 

Time Savings: While a bike is inevitably slower than a car, it can save you time if you need to commute through traffic. On a busy road, your compact ebike can take advantage of a bike lane or squeeze through traffic where a car cannot. 

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: As a zero-emissions mode of transportation, an ebike reduces the strain on the environment. If more people used both traditional and electric bikes, we could see a significant improvement in the environment. Additionally, this would also mean less traffic for people who are on the road which translates to less stop-and-go type driving that uses more fuel. 

Choosing the Right Ebike to Fit Your Needs and Budget 

Unsure of what kind of bike you need? Epic Cycles is here to help. Browse our complete electric bike catalogue or contact us today!

Ebikes in Vancouver vs Regular Bikes: Which Should You Buy

The increasing popularity of bikes and ebikes has hit a new high as people seek exercise and transportation that allows for social distancing. But what’s better: a traditional or ebike? In Vancouver, we have many bike-friendly features good for both types. However, which is right for you may depend on how you plan to use it.  

Here, we will compare the features of both traditional and ebikes in Vancouver to help you decide which is right for you. 

Exercise

One of the big advantages of ebikes is that they allow you to go further and faster with less effort. The electric pedal assist function that makes an ebike an ebike will let you go up hills with greater ease and reduce strain on your legs throughout your ride.

Will you still get a workout on ebikes? In Vancouver, like most areas, there is a variety of terrain. Your ebike will make it easier to pedal up hills and other areas, but that does not mean you won’t have to work at all. You will still burn calories and work the same muscles you would on a traditional bike, but will likely find yourself enjoying an even longer ride. 

Comfort 

While you may want to work up a sweat on a long weekend ride, you may feel differently if you are using your bike for a work commute. Opting for a traditional bike because it seems like a better workout will be far less appealing when you arrive to work with a sweat-drenched shirt. 

Ebikes in Vancouver will allow you to cycle comfortably to work through more of the year. In summer, turn on the pedal-assist to make sure you can make your commute with minimal effort and sweat. In winter, the pedal-assist will allow you to go faster, making the commute bearable even when the weather turns cold. 

Versatility 

Most importantly when considering exercise on ebikes vs regular bikes, remember you can always turn off the pedal assist. If you feel you are not getting enough of a workout on your ebike, you can pedal manually. Conversely, if your traditional bike is too hard to pedal, there is little you can do about it. 

Cost

You really cannot have a discussion about electric bikes without cost coming into the conversation. People often shy away from e-bikes specifically because of perceived costliness. But are ebikes really that much more expensive than traditional bikes? Yes and no. When contemplating ebikes vs regular bikes in terms of cost, consider these factors about why you should buy an ebike:

Ebike Costs are Reducing

Unlike many other products, ebikes are hitting a boom. As e-bikes become more popular, manufacturers are able to produce more bikes for less and pass on the savings. 

Ebikes Can Save you Money

While both traditional and ebikes can be used as transportation, an ebike’s ability to go further with less effort will allow you to use it for more tasks. When you combine an ebike with seat bags, you can easily use it for grocery shopping and other errands. A traditional bike may prove too difficult to take for a round trip to the store, especially with added weight. 

Traditional Bikes Are Not Always Cheaper

The truth is, there is a wide range of prices for both traditional and electric bikes. A high-end mountain bike can easily compare in cost to a similar quality ebike. 

What you pay will be determined by the features you want. Instead of choosing between ebikes vs regular bikes based on cost, consider what you want to use your bike for. If, for example, you want a bike exclusively for exercise and you are already in shape and/or a competent cyclist, a traditional bike may be for you.

However, if you want the versatility of being able to use your bike for transportation or you are not accustomed to cycling, an ebike will give you better options. Whatever money you might save on a traditional bike will not be worth it if it ends up sitting unused because it cannot meet your needs.  

Ebikes as Personal Protection Equipment

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause spikes in cases around the world, people are looking for socially distanced modes of travel. Bikes fit the bill perfectly. While traditional bikes are also included here, they do not allow for the same versatility as an ebike and will not let you avoid other transportation as easily.  

Speed

Speed between ebikes vs regular bikes is less of a differentiating factor than you might assume. While there are ebikes that are much faster than a traditional bike, these are not really ebikes and are subject to different regulations. 

To be considered as ebikes in Vancouver and be allowed on public roads, your bike will require pedals. Additionally, electrical assistance is only provided when you are pedalling. In other words, it cannot function like a motorcycle where the bike can operate without you pedalling. 

Most ebikes will not provide electrical assistance once you reach around 30KPH. Because of this, you may personally be able to ride your ebike faster than you would your traditional bike but it will still be within a similar range as a traditional bike. 

Consider your Personal Ability

One of the other advantages of ebikes that is often pointed to is that ebikes make cycling possible for more people. Since they reduce the amount of effort it takes to pedal, those who are older or have certain injuries can still enjoy the benefits of cycling without pain. 

Similarly, if you have never been a cyclist or have not ridden a bike of any kind in many years, an ebike may be ideal. Trying to start a cycling routine when you are not used to that kind of exercise can easily become discouraging. 

Many new riders find themselves giving up on cycling the first time they have to struggle up a hill without pedal assistance. With an ebike, you can start out with pedal-assist to get yourself acclimated then turn it off once you need a challenge.

Why You Should Buy an Ebike 

An ebike can provide exercise, an environmentally friendly alternative to other modes of transportation and can help keep you motivated to workout. However, the main reason why you should buy an ebike is that it suits your needs

Though cost is often considered first, that factor is becoming less relevant. Ebike prices are falling, making them similar in price to traditional bikes. They can also help reduce your other transportation costs and provide a safe, alternative mode of transportation. This makes ebikes a sound financial and health purchase for many riders. 

Where to Purchase Ebikes in Vancouver

When purchasing an ebike, buying local can be a huge advantage. This will make repairs and buying accessories easier. Also, you will have quick access to local experts. At Epic Cycles, we are committed to matching riders with the best ebikes for their needs and providing ongoing support. Shop our online catalogue or come visit us at our Vancouver location

Electric Bikes in Vancouver: Are they Safe?

Riding electric bikes in Vancouver is one of the greatest ways to experience both the urban areas and natural wonders of this region. However, are they as safe as they are fun and convenient? Overall, yes, ebikes are safe and do not put riders at any greater risk than other modes of transportation when you observe safety rules. 

Choosing the right bike for your ability, maintaining your bike, following the rules of the road and wearing proper safety gear go a long way to minimizing your risk of injury. Here we will look at top safety tips for electric bikes. 

Wear a Helmet

If you take only one bike safety precaution to heart, it should be the importance of wearing a helmet. According to a study from Public Health Ontario, wearing a bike helmet can reduce your risk of a head or brain injury by as much as 88%. 

Helmets are so important to bike safety that they are legally required for riders under the age of 18 in Canada. While adults are not legally required to wear them, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation “strongly recommends” them for all riders. 

Knee and elbow pads are not a legal requirement for any rider, but they can also greatly reduce the severity of certain injuries. While a helmet remains your most important piece of safety gear, consider these pads especially if you are wearing shorts and/or a sleeveless shirt while riding. 

Be Visible

Night riding offers an additional layer of safety concern. To mitigate this potential for increased risk, it is imperative that you have working lights and reflectors on your bike. You should have both a head and tailight secured to your handlebars and seat. Models like the SERFAS USL5 & USL5R offer several modes including high beam, low beam and flashing.

In addition to proper lights, you should also consider your night riding apparel choices. If possible, light colored clothing should be worn at night to give you the best chance of being visible to other drivers. 

Don’t Neglect Your Bike or Your Gear 

Caring for your safety gear and your bike is a crucial component of how to ride ebikes safely.  Something as small as an under inflated tire can greatly compromise your control over your bike. Here we’ll look at some of the most important ways you can care for your bike: 

  • Proper Tire Inflation: Each tire has its own ideal inflation level and there is good reason for this. When your tires are over inflated, this decreases contact with the road which can result in poor grip and balance. It will also make you more likely to have a blow out. In contrast, under inflated tires will have contact with the road but will slow you down. This can be especially dangerous on a busy, fast moving road. For proper tire inflation, always consult your bike’s owner’s manual.
  • Inspect Your Bike Regularly: Various parts of your bike such as the bike chain and brake pads should, ideally, be inspected before each ride. A worn down brake pad or a chain clogged with grime can cause serious problems on the road. For brake pads, make sure they are a minimum of 1.5 mm thick and listen for any noises while you ride. If you hear any kind of noises while riding, the brakes are likely the cause and should be addressed before you take another ride. 
  • Inspect Your Safety Gear: A proper bike helmet made of approved materials is built to take on great impacts. However, any kind of crack of weakness in the outer shell will compromise the integrity of its structure. Similarly, inspect the inner padding and chin strap to ensure they do not have excessive signs of wear. If the internal padding has worn down this means you have less protection and a looser fit. A chin strap that is even slightly frayed should be replaced as you do not want that small tear to turn into a large one while you’re on the road. 

Follow the Rules of the Road

Both traditional and electric bikes in Vancouver are not allowed on the sidewalk. While pedestrian safety is a concern, it is also safer for bike riders to stay on roads because there are less obstacles to navigate. In addition to staying off the sidewalk, follow these safety tips for electric bikes on the road: 

  • Choose Your Lane Position: If you can keep up with traffic, riding in the center of the lane is best. If you are going slower, stay to the far right of a lane as long as the lane is wide enough for another vehicle to pass you.  Choose the center if there is not enough room for another vehicle to safely ride along beside you. 
  • Pull Off the Road When Needed: If you are on a 2-lane road and have 5 or more vehicles lining up behind you, you should make a plan to turn off the road as soon as it is safe. 
  • Walk Your Bike at Intersections: This is not a legal requirement, but walking your bike across an intersection can give you more control over the situation especially at busy crosswalks where many people are crossing at the same time. 

Are Ebikes Safe for Children?

This is a bit of a trick question. Ebikes may be rideable for some children, but it is not legal in Canada. In order to operate an ebike in Canada, you must be at least 16 years old. 

Are Ebikes Safe for Seniors? 

Ebikes are often recommended for older persons who have mobility issues and other physical conditions because the pedal assist makes it possible for them to bike more comfortably with less effort.  When you choose an easy bike path and the right model of bike, seniors can safely ride electric bikes. In Vancouver, there are many bike friendly paths for seniors so this is less of a concern. 

However, when choosing a bike model, seniors are often best served by bikes that include a step-through or low step frame, like the Magnum Premium II Low Step Black which also includes a gel seat for maximum comfort. This is because many injuries on ebikes are not from crashes, but from falling when mounting or dismounting the bike. With traditional high step frames, there is a high bar to step over and this can be difficult for many people to clear their leg over. 

Note: It is important to note that the low step frame will tend to be heavier than the high step. Because there is no stabilizing bar in the center, the frame requires extra bulk to provide strength. If you are concerned with maximum speed and portability, the low step might not be ideal. 

Final Thoughts on the Safety of Electric Bikes in Vancouver 

Bikes, like any mode of transportation, are not without some risk. It is important to remember that an electric bike can go as fast as a car and you should take proper safety precautions each and every time you ride. However, when you wear proper gear and follow important safety tips for electric bikes, you greatly reduce your chances of serious injury. 

Have more questions about safe riding for electric bikes? In Vancouver, cyclists can visit our Epic Cycles dealers. At Epic Cycle, we love riding bikes and our knowledgeable team can help guide you to the bike that will give you the best and safest experience. 

Ebikes in Vancouver vs Regular Bikes: Which Should You Buy

The increasing popularity of bikes and ebikes has hit a new high as people seek exercise and transportation that allows for social distancing. But what’s better: a traditional or ebikes? In Vancouver, we have many bike-friendly features good for both types. However, which is right for you may depend on how you plan to use it.  

Here, we will compare the features of both traditional and ebikes in Vancouver to help you decide which is right for you. 

Exercise

One of the big advantages of ebikes is that they allow you to go further and faster with less effort. The electric pedal assist function that makes an ebike an ebike will let you go up hills with greater ease and reduce strain on your legs throughout your ride.

Will you still get a workout on ebikes? In Vancouver, like most areas, there is a variety of terrain. Your ebike will make it easier to pedal up hills and other areas, but that does not mean you won’t have to work at all. You will still burn calories and work the same muscles you would on a traditional bike, but will likely find yourself enjoying an even longer ride. 

Comfort 

While you may want to work up a sweat on a long weekend ride, you may feel differently if you are using your bike for a work commute. Opting for a traditional bike because it seems like a better workout will be far less appealing when you arrive to work with a sweat-drenched shirt. 

Ebikes in Vancouver will allow you to cycle comfortably to work through more of the year. In summer, turn on the pedal-assist to make sure you can make your commute with minimal effort and sweat. In winter, the pedal-assist will allow you to go faster, making the commute bearable even when the weather turns cold. 

Versatility 

Most importantly when considering exercise on ebikes vs regular bikes, remember you can always turn off the pedal assist. If you feel you are not getting enough of a workout on your ebike, you can pedal manually. Conversely, if your traditional bike is too hard to pedal, there is little you can do about it. 

Cost

You really cannot have a discussion about electric bikes without cost coming into the conversation. People often shy away from e-bikes specifically because of perceived costliness. But are ebikes really that much more expensive than traditional bikes? Yes and no. When contemplating ebikes vs regular bikes in terms of cost, consider these factors about why you should buy an ebike:

Ebike Costs are Reducing

Unlike many other products, ebikes are hitting a boom. As e-bikes become more popular, manufacturers are able to produce more bikes for less and pass on the savings. 

Ebikes Can Save you Money

While both traditional and ebikes can be used as transportation, an ebike’s ability to go further with less effort will allow you to use it for more tasks. When you combine an ebike with seat bags, you can easily use it for grocery shopping and other errands. A traditional bike may prove too difficult to take for a round trip to the store, especially with added weight. 

Traditional Bikes Are Not Always Cheaper

The truth is, there is a wide range of prices for both traditional and electric bikes. A high-end mountain bike can easily compare in cost to a similar quality ebike. 

What you pay will be determined by the features you want. Instead of choosing between ebikes vs regular bikes based on cost, consider what you want to use your bike for. If, for example, you want a bike exclusively for exercise and you are already in shape and/or a competent cyclist, a traditional bike may be for you.

However, if you want the versatility of being able to use your bike for transportation or you are not accustomed to cycling, an ebike will give you better options. Whatever money you might save on a traditional bike will not be worth it if it ends up sitting unused because it cannot meet your needs.  

Ebikes as Personal Protection Equipment

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause spikes in cases around the world, people are looking for socially distanced modes of travel. Bikes fit the bill perfectly. While traditional bikes are also included here, they do not allow for the same versatility as an ebike and will not let you avoid other transportation as easily.  

Speed

Speed between ebikes vs regular bikes is less of a differentiating factor than you might assume. While there are ebikes that are much faster than a traditional bike, these are not really ebikes and are subject to different regulations. 

To be considered as ebikes in Vancouver and be allowed on public roads, your bike will require pedals. Additionally, electrical assistance is only provided when you are pedalling. In other words, it cannot function like a motorcycle where the bike can operate without you pedalling. 

Most ebikes will not provide electrical assistance once you reach around 30KPH. Because of this, you may personally be able to ride your ebike faster than you would your traditional bike but it will still be within a similar range as a traditional bike. 

Consider your Personal Ability

One of the other advantages of ebikes that is often pointed to is that ebikes make cycling possible for more people. Since they reduce the amount of effort it takes to pedal, those who are older or have certain injuries can still enjoy the benefits of cycling without pain. 

Similarly, if you have never been a cyclist or have not ridden a bike of any kind in many years, an ebike may be ideal. Trying to start a cycling routine when you are not used to that kind of exercise can easily become discouraging. 

Many new riders find themselves giving up on cycling the first time they have to struggle up a hill without pedal assistance. With an ebike, you can start out with pedal-assist to get yourself acclimated then turn it off once you need a challenge.

Why You Should Buy an Ebike 

An ebike can provide exercise, an environmentally friendly alternative to other modes of transportation and can help keep you motivated to workout. However, the main reason why you should buy an ebike is that it suits your needs Though cost is often considered first, that factor is becoming less relevant. Ebike prices are falling, making them similar in price to traditional bikes. They can also help reduce your other transportation costs and provide a safe, alternative mode of transportation. This makes ebikes a sound financial and health purchase for many riders. 

Where to Purchase Ebikes in Vancouver

 

When purchasing an ebike, buying local can be a huge advantage. This will make repairs and buying accessories easier. Also, you will have quick access to local experts. At Epic Cycles, we are committed to matching riders with the best ebikes for their needs and providing ongoing support. Shop our online catalogue or come visit us at our Vancouver location

 

Electric Bike in Vancouver: Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Bike in Top Condition

Ebikes are a safe, environmentally friendly and economical mode of transportation, but are they easy to maintain? Absolutely. With proper maintenance tips for your E-bike, your electric bike in Vancouver will take you anywhere you need to go for years to come. 

Ebike maintenance can sometimes seem daunting for new riders. However, maintenance is often similar to a traditional bike but with a better return on your investment since ebikes are more versatile. It is also far easier and more affordable than car maintenance. Here we will look at how to care for your ebike including cleaning and storage best practices. 

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Your E-bike’s Most Important Parts

There are 6 primary components of your ebike that require maintenance and/or cleaning. These include: brakes, tires, battery, drivetrain and frame. Let’s look at what it takes to best care for your ebike parts: 

Brakes

If you only maintain one part of your bike, it should be your brakes. Remember, your ebike can travel at similar speeds to a car which makes your brakes critically important. To make sure your brakes can do their job, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Check your Brakes Before Every Ride: Wear and tear can appear suddenly. Visually inspect your brakes before every ride to avoid accidents and inconveniences. Look for a brake pad thickness of around 1.5 to 2mm. This is about the thickness of most coins.
  • Clean Your Brake Pads: Sometimes noisy brakes are due to a build up of dirt, oil or other debris. If your brake pads are still new and have enough thickness to them, try cleaning them to address noises. Take these steps to clean your pads:
    • Clean your hands or, ideally, use gloves to handle pads. 
    • Use a small cloth dampened with alcohol. 
    • Gently scrape away the top layer of the pad with a fine grit sandpaper.
    • Give the pads a final wipe with alcohol. 
  • Listen for Changes in Noise: Even with proper maintenance, wear can be uneven or a brake pad can be faulty. Along with a visual inspection before each ride, listen for changes. A squeaking, screeching or any other new sound can mean you need your brakes looked at. Finding a brake problem early can help you avoid more expensive repairs.

Tires

Inspect your tires for wear regularly and inflate them to their recommended fullness. Each tire will vary slightly and it is important you are as precise as possible. 

Both over and under inflated tires can prove hazardous and affect performance. You will find the proper inflation in your user manual. 

Battery

Maintenance tips for your e-bike battery are largely about how and when to charge your battery. As a general rule, you should never leave your battery on the charger nor should you let the battery run down to 0%. 

Even when you are not using your ebike, your battery should still stay partially charged. We will cover this more in the next section about maintenance during storage. 

Drivetrain

Caring for your ebike drivetrain is all about cleaning and lubricating the chain regularly. Start by inspecting the chain for any buildup of dirt, rust or abnormalities in the chain links.  Most of the time you will be able to spot clean your drive train with a small brush – a toothbrush will do the trick. 

For this, simply brush over any trouble areas and then apply a small amount of lube before wiping the area down, leaving a thin layer of lubrication. 

If you are riding your electric bike in Vancouver parks off the beaten path, you will need to perform cleaning tasks more often. While there are guidelines for the frequency of maintenance, your bike may need work more or less often. 

Every few months you will also want to fully remove your bike chain and soak it in a solvent. Then, wipe down the chain, reapply lubricant and reinstall it on your bike. 

Frame

Caring for your ebike frame will vary from model to model based on several factors including what kind of paint your bike has. However, all bike types should get a wipe down after going through mud, once they are dusty or before they go into storage. 

For most cleaning jobs, a sponge and bucket or a garden hose with a spray attachment are the best water sources. Power washers are typically not recommended. 

Note: Both the brakes and drivetrain can be cleaned with a brush but you should not use the same brush on both. Each part can become contaminated with dirt and oil from the other. Instead, have a dedicated brush for each. 

Caring for Your EBike in Storage

A big part of knowing how to care for your ebike properly is understanding how to store it. While an ebike can be ridden through most kinds of weather, long winters like we often get in Canada will make storing your bike a necessity. 

Here we’ll look at how to store your battery and frame to prevent corrosion and other issues that can occur when a bike is left idle. 

Cleaning Before Storage

Make sure your bike is dirt and moisture-free before storage to prevent parts from sticking and rusting before your next ride. To clean your bike properly before storing it, follow these steps: 

  • Remove your display and battery before cleaning
  • Follow a thorough cleaning regimen for wheels, brakes, etc.
  • Thoroughly dry your ebike. Drying is always important, but especially so before your bike is set to sit in storage. 
  • Prepare your battery for storage as covered in the next section.

Maintaining Your Battery in Storage

Caring for your ebike battery is an essential part of maintenance. Batteries are the most expensive component of your bike, and proper maintenance extends their viability. Follow these maintenance tips for your e-bike battery in storage:

  • Store your battery with a partial charge. A charge of 40% to 80% is ideal.
  • Do not store your battery with a full charge. This is better than no charge, but a partial charge is best.
  • Check your battery’s charge at least once a month to ensure it has not run down to zero. Letting your battery run down to zero, especially on a consistent basis, will reduce its lifespan and possibly prevent it from holding a charge. 
  • Your battery should be stored at close to room temperature or slightly on the cool side – below 20°C.
  • Do not keep your battery on the charger in storage. This can overcharge your battery and affect its ability to hold a charge. 
  • If your ebike battery has a “storage” mode, turn this on. This will help prevent it from losing charge quickly. 
  • Store your battery separate from the bike. Storing it on the bike will drain the battery more quickly and possibly limit your options on where you can store the battery. This is because while the battery needs to be at room temperature, the bike frame will not be harmed by a greater range of temperatures. 

When to Seek Expert Help for Your Electric Bike in Vancouver

Caring for your ebike is fairly straightforward once you know the steps. However, there are times when professional help is needed. This is especially true when your brakes are involved. 

Your brakes are the most important safety feature on your ebike and an expert can tell you if something like an odd noise just means you need new brake pads or something more. 

This will also save you money as catching a brake problem early usually means replacing a pad versus buying a whole new rotor. Simply put, when in doubt, have an expert check it out. 

This is why it is ideal to purchase your bike locally from a dedicated bike shop where you can find an expert who also rides and maintains an electric bike. In Vancouver, the Epic Cycles team not only sells ebikes, we are true ebike enthusiasts. For all your questions on how to care for your ebike and how to choose an ebike that’s right for you, contact us today!

Buying an Electric Bike in Vancouver: What To Look For

Electric bike popularity has increased dramatically in recent years and for good reason. Between environmental concerns, health initiatives and the more recent coronavirus pandemic, people are looking for alternatives to sitting sedentary in a closed vehicle. 

So, what should you look for when buying an Electric Bike? Vancouver residents, who have the advantage of both urban and off-road biking options, should begin by considering how and where they want to use their ebike in Vancouver. 

Here in our e-bike buying guide, we will explore tips to help you buy an e-bike that is perfect for you. 

Buying an Electric Bike in Vancouver That’s Right for You 

Before jumping into getting the latest, greatest and fastest e-bike there are some factors you should consider, including:

Your Personal Experience and Ability

One of the great things about electric bikes is that there are multiple designs suited for different needs. Some are designed to go faster, some for longer distances while others are equipped to take on rougher terrain or to carry more cargo. Other models even seek to address making riding more comfortable for people with mobility issues. 

Frame Type

There are two main frame types to choose from: step through and step over. Step over frames includes a center tube that provides stability to a bike without adding excess weight. These bikes tend to be lighter and therefore faster. However, this extra tube can be difficult for some riders to get their leg over. 

Some shorter riders, riders with mobility issues and older riders may be more comfortable with a step-through frame.  This frame uses a sturdier, thicker construction to compensate for not having a center tube. The extra weight can slow the bike down but is much easier to mount and dismount. 

Your Location

Vancouver’s hilly landscape is beautiful to look at but can also require more effort to bike on. Electric bikes in general will be better equipped to take these hills than a traditional bike. 

However, for even more help on hills, choose a bike with a high torque motor. For electric bikes, torque is the measure of how fast you can turn the back wheel. The higher the torque, the faster you can spin and accelerate. 

Bike Laws in Your Area

Before purchasing an electric bike, make sure what kind of laws exist in your city. In Vancouver, electric bikes are perfectly legal and safe to ride on the road as long as their motors are 500 watts or less and do not exceed 32 km/h. 

Why Choosing the Right Bike Type is So Important

When you choose a bike that is right for you, your ride will be more comfortable and you will be far more likely to use it. This is why it is important to consider factors like a step-through vs. step-over frame. 

If you are constantly struggling to not tip your bike when dismounting, you may not want to own it for long. Similarly, if your goal is to go as fast as possible, a bulkier step-through frame will seem inconvenient. 

Sustainability and Durability

Many people buy e-bikes as a way of reducing their carbon footprint.  While just about any ebike is going to be an improvement over a gas vehicle, some e-bikes are better than others. Consider quality when helping the environment and your wallet. A higher-quality bike may be more expensive but it will also last longer. This could mean a lower overall cost to you, less time and money spent on repairs and also less waste.

Why You Should Be Locally Buying an Electric Bike in Vancouver

There are several advantages to locally buying an electric bike in Vancouver. For starters, there is less waste and cost when the bike does not need to be shipped to you. Local also means helping to put money back into your community while getting better, more personalized service. 

Your local bike shop is also far better equipped to recommend bikes that are good for your geographical area. They will have information and tips regarding local laws, regulations and great places to ride. Moreover, It’s easier to get replacement parts, maintenance and repairs when your store is down the street vs a giant warehouse that multiple online stores pull from.

Additionally, buying an electric bike in Vancouver locally will give you the opportunity to test ride several bikes. This can be crucial for riders of all experience levels. Factors like the height of the bike are not easily judged online but can make a huge difference in your riding experience. Testing this out beforehand is key. 

Pay Attention to the Warranty

Warranties are another way that local bike shops shine. The warranties are often better and having a shop nearby makes it far more convenient to make claims on your warranty. At Epic Cycles, we offer generous warranties on many components of our electric bikes and scooters. We also perform repairs and maintenance at our shop locations. 

Is a Scooter in Vancouver Right for You?

Maybe the best electric vehicle for you isn’t a bike at all. Both electric scooters and bikes provide a fun, healthy and convenient mode of transportation. There are several factors that might make one better for you over the other. 

Physical Ability

Electric bikes can be much easier to pedal compared to traditional bikes, but they do still require you to use your knees and to comfortably sit. If sitting or bending your knees is more difficult than standing, an e-scooter could be more comfortable. 

Portability

Scooters are lighter and more compact than bikes. This makes them easier to transport. Scooters can be folded and easily fit in the back of a small car while bikes typically cannot. 

Cost

Scooters are not as fast and may not be as durable as a bike but they are significantly cheaper. This makes scooters a better choice for casual riders who will not be as tough on their electric vehicle. 

Final Thoughts

Many factors go into how to buy an electric bike that works for you. Set yourself up for success in choosing a bike by taking the time to think about how you will use your bike. 

Ultimately, the most important factor is how you feel riding it. While you may get used to certain aspects of a bike, if you find riding a bike uncomfortable or hard to control, these are things that can make riding dangerous. 

When in doubt, talk to experts. Epic Cycles’ team is composed of individuals who are passionate about electric bikes. If you have any questions or need recommendations, we would love to hear from you. Visit any of our locations or contact us

How To Ride Electric Bikes Safely in Vancouver

E-Bikes are a fun, convenient mode of transportation that can also give you a good workout. What’s not to like? However, just like with traditional bikes, understanding the rules of the road and taking precautions is an important part of knowing how to ride electric bikes safely. 

In this article, we will discuss important electric bike safety tips. We will also share with you a guide to biking safely in traffic. 

The Basics of Electric Bikes Vancouver

Power and Speed

Many areas of Vancouver are considered bike-friendly. So, you should have little trouble finding places where you can ride your electric bike as long as you know some basics about your electric bike. 

Also, riders in Vancouver, like the rest of Canada, have to have bikes with ratings less than 500 watts of power. More importantly, its top speed cannot exceed 32km/h. 

Operable Pedals

Before your bike can qualify as an e-bike, it has to have operable pedals. You may choose to pedal or take advantage of the bike’s motor,

Licensing

You do not need a registration or insurance to own an electric bike. Also, you don’t need any license to drive one. However, there are certain age restrictions for drivers.

Age

You must be at least 16 years old to ride an electric bike.

Helmet Laws

Helmets are not only required for electric bikes, but they also must be worn with traditional bikes, roller skates, skateboards and electric scooters. Vancouver cyclists can be fined if caught riding without a helmet in a public area. 

Your helmet should also be checked for wear and tear periodically. If the straps are frayed or loose or if there is any kind of cracking on the helmet, replace it immediately. Small cracks can compromise the effectiveness of the helmet during an impact. Shop for helmets that meet Vancouver regulations. 

How to Ride Electric Bikes Safely: Guide to Biking Safely In Traffic 

Stay Visible

One of the greatest risks to cyclists is that drivers do not see them. While this is more common at night, do not let your guard down completely during the day. To limit this risk, it is imperative that you take precautions like using the safety lights on your bike at night, wearing bright/reflective colours and remaining vigilant in watching for vehicles. 

While you should never try to distract drivers, it can be helpful to make eye contact when possible. Examples of when it can be beneficial and possible to make eye contact include when you are crossing a road or riding alongside a car. This ensures a driver is aware of your presence. 

Be Heard

Ensure you have a working bell and horn on your bike. Why both? Bells are quieter and best used for pedestrians. They will be loud enough to hear without causing more damage by startling someone. Horns are much louder and are good for alerting drivers. These are crucial pieces of safety equipment.

Ride With Traffic

It is a common myth that riding against traffic will make you more noticeable and less likely to get hit. This simply is not true. You are far more likely to have a crash when you and the other vehicles are riding towards each other. 

Ride in a Lane

It might seem like riding close to the curb is the best way to avoid cars, but this will make you harder to see. Instead, ride in the middle of the lane to avoid cars trying to go around you which presents more danger.  The exception to this is if traffic is going faster than your bike. However, especially in crowded urban areas, traffic tends to be quite slow and easy to keep up with. 

Stay off the Sidewalks

Riding on sidewalks actually presents more distractions, obstacles and risks of accidents than riding with traffic. More importantly, it is against the law in Vancouver for a bike rider (electric or otherwise) to ride on the sidewalk. A notable exception to this is when you are riding your bike over a bridge. 

Using Electric Bikes in Vancouver: How To Play It Safe

Keep Your Bike in Good Working Order

How to ride electric bikes safely really starts with keeping your bike well maintained. Simple maintenance items like ensuring your tires are properly inflated can help you avoid many accidents. Check your bike’s user guide to find the proper inflation. A tire with a pressure that is too low can slow you down and make it more difficult to navigate traffic. Over-inflated tires can be prone to blowing out and make your ride bumpier and more uncomfortable. 

Maintaining your brakes is another extremely important part of how to ride electric bikes safely. Brakes are arguably the most important part of your safety features and should, ideally, be checked for signs of wear before every ride. Maintenance and repair on your bike’s brakes will depend on the type of brakes you have. Consult your owner’s guide for more information on the type you have and required maintenance. 

Avoid Injury Getting On/Off Your Bike 

One of the most common yet surprising ways cyclists injure themselves is by falling when trying to get on or off their bike. Getting on a bike should be a simple task, but many riders misjudge the balance of the bike and how high they must lift their leg to avoid hooking it on the frame. 

These injuries are more common for older riders but can happen to riders of all ages. To avoid these types of injury, consider these points: 

  • Take Your Time

Remembering to stay aware of what you are doing and your surroundings is an important part of all aspects of operating an e-bike. Make sure to extend this even when you are performing the simple task of getting on/off your bike.

  • Consider a Step-Through Frame

Unless you plan to take on rough terrain and high speeds, a step-through frame can be a good preventative safety measure. With a step-through frame, there is no center bar to step over. 

Additionally, without this top bar in the way, you can more easily stand and stabilize the bike between your legs when you come to a stop. 

This can be a great advantage if you are carrying cargo whose weight might make the bike more prone to tipping at a standstill. Step-through frames can be safer and more comfortable for some riders while still having a beautiful design, like the Epic Cycles Ultra

Get to Know Your Brakes

A big part of knowing how to ride electric bikes safely is understanding how to use your brakes. While an e-bike is very similar to riding a traditional bike in terms of basic functions and ease of use, its increased speed does affect how you brake. When first learning how to ride your e-bike brake earlier and stay further away from other vehicles than you think you have to. 

Ease into the Assist Mode

One of the greatest things about electric bikes is that they allow riders of all ages and abilities to comfortably ride. By engaging the pedal assist, the setting that supplies electric power to your pedals, it becomes easier to pedal for longer distances and up hills. 

However, if you have never ridden an electric bike, pedal-assist is something you should ease into. It can be tempting to put your bike on the highest/fastest assist setting right away but it can allow you to go too fast and struggle to control your bike. 

Instead, begin with the slowest assist setting to get a feel for how the bike and pedals operate. Not only will this make the bike easier to control, but you may also find you do not need that much assistance. Bonus: Less assistance also means you are getting more of a workout and a longer battery life. 

Electric Scooter Vancouver: Safety Tips You should Know

The safety tips for using a scooter typically follows the pattern for the electric bike. So, if you have adequate knowledge of electric bike safety tips, driving should be right up your alley.  

However, for clarity sake, here are some safety tips you should bear in mind while using an electric scooter:

  • Electric scooters are also not allowed on sidewalks or most bike paths. 
  • It is compulsory you use a helmet while riding a scooter 
  • You must be at least 16-years-old before attempting to ride a scooter.

Of course, like the electric bike, you don’t need a license, registration or insurance to own or ride a scooter.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you’ve gained considerable insight into how to ride electric bikes safely. Remember, it all boils to three essential elements – wearing proper protective gear, obeying traffic laws and maintaining your electric bike. If you can keep these three tips in mind, you should have many years of safe and enjoyable rides ahead of you. 

When in doubt about rules regarding e-bikes, Vancouver area cyclists are welcome to contact the e-bike experts at Epic Cycles. Stop in one of our shops or contact us at 647-715-9000‎. 

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver: See The City’s Sights

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Vancouver is a city with both natural and urban wonders. One of the best ways to access this exciting city is with an electric bike tour. Vancouver offers a wide range of scenic paths through mountains and along beautiful shorelines. Also, cultural, culinary and nightlife attractions attract thousands of visitors. 

Best of all, many of these attractions are accessible from your electric bike. Tour Vancouver on a bike to see more and do more while getting in enough exercise to reward yourself with one of the city’s iconic eats. Culinary masterpieces like the famous California Roll which was invented here in 1971 or a JapaDog, hot dogs inspired by Japanese street food. 

Here we’ll look at some of the best places to go with your e-bike. Additionally, we’ll discuss the bikes that are great for scenic travel and why e-bikes are one of the best ways to see the city.

Why Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver?

Ebike adventures offer several advantages over standard bike tours or travelling by car. They allow you to slow down and see more than you would from a vehicle. Also, they let you go further than on a standard bike. 

The places to go with your e-bike are nearly endless and the versatility of an e-bike can make a huge difference. While e-bikes still provide exercise, they make pedalling much easier. This will let average riders go further and help anyone who has difficulty using a traditional bike enjoy great e-bike adventures. 

Need another reason to tour with an electric bike in Vancouver? One of the best reasons is simply that Vancouver is one of the most bike-friendly cities. With dedicated bike lanes and other commitments from the city council, taking an e-bike tour around Vancouver is a truly delightful experience.

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

Top Places to Go with Your Ebike 

Wondering where to go with your e-bike? Here are some of Vancouver’s best attractions:

Granville Island

This 35-acre peninsula is located across from downtown Vancouver by way of False Creek. Known as a shopping district, Granville is home to dozens of shops offering artisanal eats and unique gifts. 

Explore one-of-a-kind spots like Dragon space, a shopping experience for lovers of all thing dragons and fantasy. There are also handmade clothing shops, art galleries and unusual home decor items. 

With so many shops and attractions packed together, an e-bike makes for a great way to see the Island. Learn more about visiting Grainville. 

Stanley Park 

Stanley Park is a perfect representation of Vancouver’s ability to have a thriving urban center and beautiful natural sights. Located just outside of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park will let you get away from the sounds of the city onto over a thousand acres of greenery.

It’s surrounded by water, the Park sports several beaches, a meadow, a lagoon and two lighthouses. Should you want to take a rest from biking, you can catch a ride on the miniature train or visit the Aquarium. Stanley Park is truly a nature lover’s ideal electric bike tour in Vancouver. 

Just on the edge of the Park, you can also find a Pitch and Putt golf course. There are also dining options like the Lumberman’s Concession Stand and Stanley’s Bar and Grill. Many cyclists will choose to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the Park’s many scenic spots. 

University of British Columbia Endowment Lands

Located just west of Vancouver’s center, the UBC Lands are largely covered by the beautiful old-growth forest of  Pacific Spirit Regional Park. To get to this off the beaten path spot, you will travel over the Burrard Bridge. Then, bike through tranquil neighbourhood streets lined with tall leafy trees that have grown with this older section of Vancouver. 

Once you reach the UBC Lands you will also be treated to a view of the north shore mountains and the Georgia Straight. There is also a Museum of Anthropology and Botanical Gardens where you can sightsee and find washrooms. 

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

Ridgeway Loop

The Ridgeway Loop, or Ridgeway Greenway, is for anyone who is interested in combining art and culture with their electric bike tour in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Ridgeway ride takes you through idyllic parks, walkways and publicly displayed art. 

Throughout this 12 km ride, you will see art sculptures and paintings all around you and even above you. Along with the natural and manmade wonders, one of the best things about this path is that it is close to a wide variety of places to eat at and to explore. 

CBC Trail – An Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver for Experienced and Adventurous Riders

Rated as a black diamond trail, the CBC Trail can be challenging but worth it. This trail located on Seymour Mountain will take you through the lush North Shore Forests. While the riding can be difficult on the way up, you can choose to take one of the easier trails on the way back. 

It is important to note that all adventures for e-bikes in Vancouver should be planned out beforehand. This is especially true for difficult ones like the CBC. We recommend checking the Trailforks website for updates on this path before heading out.

Best Bike for Your Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

The best bike to take on most rides is one you are most comfortable with. Some are built for speed while others are designed to help you go further at a more leisurely pace. If you are looking for a new ebike to tour with, here are our top suggestions:

The Magnum Pathfinder

Known for its extra-thick, 20” fat tires, the Magnum Pathfinder’s wheels create extra contact with the ground. This can help you take on more difficult terrain with less pressure on you and your bike. 

Magnum Metro

If your idea of a ride through nature is whizzing by a community park on your way to downtown, the Magnum Metro could be the bike for you. For one it’s designed for easy mounting and dismounting.

Also, this bike features a built-in USB charge point that will allow you to charge other devices as you ride. This makes the bike ideal for rides around local paths and through the city. It also makes the perfect commuter bike. 

Stromer ST1 Sport

Stromer Sport and Comfort bikes are known for their customizable riding positions. This makes them adaptable to many cyclists’ preferences. We especially like this edition because it comes in strike yellow along with deep red and grey.

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

Final Thoughts

A tour with an electric bike in Vancouver offers the ideal combination of sightseeing, fresh air and exercise. Vancouver, in particular, is bike-friendly and committed to making the city even more accessible to riders.

While many paths offer stunning views of Vancouver’s natural beauty, there is also plenty to do if you are the indoorsy type. Explore everything from Vancouver’s culinary food scene to our artisan shops and more — all from the comfort of your e-bike. 

How to Use The Display on Your Electric Scooter and Bike 

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Do you know the display on your electric scooter or bike can help optimize your battery usage, personalize your riding experience and help you write the epic song that will save the world? Ok, one of those isn’t true. We’ll let you guess which one. 

That being said, your display is your command center and knowing how to use it will ensure you are getting the most out of your electric scooter. 

Here we’ll discuss the controls and settings of your display and focus on three popular models. These include the Das Kit C7, Das Kit L7 fore electric bikes and the display used on the X7 and X8 scooters. While there are differences, the displays for bikes and scooters serve the same purpose and have many of the same controls. 

For detailed instructions on which buttons to press and how the settings menus work, watch the included videos in this post. So, let’s get to it! 

Basic Controls on Your Electric Display

The way you adjust and access different settings on your electric bike display will vary slightly depending on the display model. For example, on the L7 the “+,” “-,” and “M (mode)” buttons are attached to the display. On the C7, these buttons are on a separate piece that is connected to the display with a wire. 

Because of the way the buttons are positioned, the C7 has a larger viewing screen than the L7. This can be easier to read and allows for more information to be displayed at one time. However, some find the button locations easier to use on the L7. 

Finally, on the X7/X8 scooter display, the Power and Function buttons are on the throttle. They will work similarly to how the “+” and “-” buttons work on the L7. 

What’s On Your Home Display?

When you first power on your bike or scooter display, there are some important numbers and settings. You can also access advanced settings but we will get to those in a bit. 

There will be variations on the placement of each item on your home screen display, but most will include the following:

Pedal Assist Sensor for Bikes

This tells you how much electrical assistance your motor is getting. Adjust this while you ride to make difficult terrain and hills easier. The slowest pedal assist is 15 km/h and the fastest is 32 km/h. 

Odometer 

This is available on the C7 and L7 bike display and tells you how many kilometres you’ve journeyed with your bike. 

Speedometer

This shows how fast you are going. A speedometer is important on electric bikes and scooters because some municipalities have restrictions on how fast you can go on the street.

Typically, this is not an issue with a bike with pedal assist. However, throttle-only bikes can exceed this and may not be legal in your area so be aware of this. Similarly, scooter rules will vary in your area. 

Max Speed Setting

You will set your max speed under your advanced settings. This setting is helpful to control speed in areas where it might be restricted. Max speed can be set on both scooters and bikes. 

For bikes, this is the max speed at which your motor will get power via the pedal assist function. For scooters, which are fully motorized, this will set the speed the scooter maintains. 

Battery Charge Indicator

The number of bars for a full charge will vary depending on the model but 5 bars tend to be completely charged. 

On the C7, you will also see a voltage number. This is more accurate than the battery bars. Generally, about 54.6v is fully charged while 47v is low and 45v will need to be charged before you can use it again. 

Accessing Advanced Settings: What You Need To Do

From the home screen, you can access your advanced settings to further customize your riding experience. In each of our three models, you can access the advanced settings by holding down two buttons. 

On the L7 and C7, you will hold the plus and minus buttons for 8 seconds. On the X7/X8, you will hold the Power and Function buttons at the same time. Over the next few paragraphs, we look at some of the advanced settings your electric cycle or scooter has.

Pedal Assist: What Does It Do and How Should You Use It? 

Pedal-assist refers to the power that is given to your motor to assist your pedalling. The ability to engage this is what differentiates your electric bike from a non-motorized bike and a throttle-only bike, which is essentially a moped. Throttle-only bikes are fully motorized and you simply sit on them without needing to use manual power at all. They don’t have a pedal-assist setting. 

For our C7 and L7 models discussed here, you will find pedal-assist under your first advanced setting option. When the Pedal Assist is at 0, the motor is given its maximum power level. 20 km/h is the lowest level of assist and 32 km/h is the highest. 

Consider using the higher settings when you need to go uphill or over difficult terrain. Less assistance to the motor also means you are getting more of a workout.

Power Output: To Eco Mode or Not to Eco Mode? 

Your power output setting changes how quickly your bike can accelerate. Each of the displays we are focusing on in this article includes three power output settings: Eco Mode, Normal, and Power Mode.  

The power mode is the fastest acceleration option. This means it will use maximum torque, the ability to spin the back wheel. Also, torque will help the bike accelerate quickly even from a still position.

Eco Mode offers the slowest acceleration. This mode is intended to give you a greater range at a slower speed. In theory, it can be used to extend your battery life if you are on the road and are low on power.

That being said, we have found in our personal experience that Eco Mode drains the battery faster than Normal Mode. Because of this, we generally leave ours in Normal Mode unless we need the extra torque from Power Mode. 

Furthermore, Normal Mode is a good balance between the two.  For inexperienced riders, Normal is safer than Power because it will give you more time to react and adjust as the scooter accelerates. Also, it gives you a better riding experience over eco mode which can significantly slow down how quickly you can accelerate.

Wheel Diameter Settings

Setting your wheel diameter is a way for your scooter or bike to calculate how fast you are going. Typically, this number should already be entered correctly when you get your electric scooter or bike. However, if you ever need to buy a new display, you should check this setting. 

Voltage

Similar to wheel diameter, your voltage should be set correctly when you purchase your electric scooter or bike. If you ever need to replace the display, that is likely the only time you will need to change this setting. 

Throttle Settings and Start Mode for Scooters

Your start mode can be set as either “Non Speed” or “Kickstart.” Non Speed will allow your scooter to start when you touch the throttle, even if the scooter is at rest. Kickstart requires you to manually start moving to activate the throttle.

While the convenience of Non Speed may be tempting, it does pose some safety risk. Since the scooter will take off instantly when the throttle is pressed, this can be problematic if you accidentally press it while getting on the scooter. In this mode, your scooter can take off even if you are not on it. 

Kickstart is far from difficult and offers the extra insurance that your scooter won’t go cruising away without you. We recommend this mode unless you are an experienced rider and need a quick start.

Cruise Control for X7/X8

On the X7/X8, you can choose a cruise control setting in your advanced settings under P1 (see the video for exact instructions on how to access this setting.) When you choose to enable cruise control, you can hold down your throttle for 5 seconds while you ride and your scooter will remain at that power output setting.

This is not the same as maintaining the same speed, but it can be if the road you are on is smooth and flat. If you are going uphill or the road is rougher, the scooter may slow down even when the power output remains the same. 

Final Thoughts

Jumping on a new scooter or bike is one of our favourite things to do. You can make that experience even better though if you take a minute to explore your display settings. 

Knowing how to use your display before jumping on for a ride can help you avoid accidents or having to stop your ride to figure out how to adjust things like the pedal-assist or speed. 

If you haven’t already, take time to explore your settings for an even more epic ride next time you hit the road. Check out our online store for selections of the most advanced, safest electric scooters and bikes in Canada.