Buying on-line ? Best of luck to you !

Well if the headline sounded 'snarkey' to you, then hey it worked !

Before you buy on line, you might want to think long and hard about that, as impulsive as you may be, or as well 'researched' as you believe you are.

Some questions to ask yourself :

1) Who is going to service the ebike after the sale ?

2) Is the shop that I did not buy from actually competent, reputable, and do they REALLY know how to service the brand I am choosing ?

3) Do I know enough of the technical e-bike industry jargon, and do I have all the right tools, if I need to do my own service and repair, even with so called phone support from the on-line only sold brand ?

4) Where will I get ebike parts, and how quickly can I r...

The Aventon Paces versus Electra Townie

The below table summarizes some key attributes of the two Aventon Pace models (Pace 350 and Pace 500) versus another E-Bike called the Electra Townie, typically found at Trek stores. Trek's e-bikes have traditionally started at price points of $2400, and dramatically increase from there. However more recently, they came out with their "entry level" priced e-bike, based on their traditional pedal forward design in the Electra category called the "Townie".

This was likely to attempt to compete with affordable and high quality built e-bikes coming from companies such as Aventon in the past 4 years. Aventon's e-bikes that are really not 'entry level' quality, but rather just very affordably pri...

Why Quality E-Bikes cannot be built or sold below $1000

The quest for 'affordable' e-bikes, or at least what part of the potential population of e-bike buyers considers 'affordable' is fraught with a lot of risks when seeking to find something that is around $1000 or less.

The reality is a QUALITY e-bike (or at least one you would want to ride, be safe on, and last more than a couple of seasons without recurring maintenance headaches) simply cannot be built or sold at that price.

Here are some of the reasons, but there are many more that would be too hard for people not involved in manufacturing, or familiar with the supply chain to understand:

1. A quality brand name battery (i.e. Samsung, Panasonic, Sanyo, or LG), retails for at least $400 if y...

Side by Side Comparison - 3 Fat Tire Folding E-Bikes

You are not alone if you feel 'overwhelmed' by all the brands of e-bikes in the market place. Thus I am introducing a series of side-by-side comparisons. This comparison format is designed to answer some questions you may have considered, and likely some you haven't. My aim is to help you get to the most productive questions, and the correct answers more expeditiously. So that you will resolve the feeling of being overwhelmed, have more confidence in what to look for in terms of differentiation, and more quickly find your 'right' e-bike for you. Your e-bike search should not be hard...admittedly the industry is (likely unwittingly) making it harder than it ever should be.

Of course you will...

Avoid all the risks of buying your E-Bike On-Line ...

Buying an E-Bike On-Line entails Risks ? Who knew ?


Ok so perhaps my headline attracted your attention for the moment.

Here are a few considerations you may want to consider before pulling the trigger for that on-line only sold e-bike 'brand.' These considerations just might save you a lot of headaches, disappointment, or sheer agony ( I get a LOT of those types of calls from owners who bought their e-bikes on-line that aren't now working) after an on-line sold e-bike purchase:

  • How and where will you get it serviced ? This is potentially going to be your biggest challenge when trying to source from an on-line seller, since very few bike shops carry e-bikes, and nearly every bike shop will ...

Electric Bike's : One of the Best Investments You Can Make (Video)

If you are a regular e-biker you will know the kind of conversation; you chat with an interested onlooker about your e-bike, giving them all the details about range and how the motor works, how good it is at helping you cycle effortlessly up hills.

They seem so interested they are on the cusp of rushing out and buying one.

Then the deflating question and answer, ‘How much?’… reply ‘Around X,000’…then the doubtful look appears, or maybe even the pained expression or the remarks such as ‘well I could get a second-hand car / motorbike for that..’

Don’t let such conversations deter you in persuading others – e-bikes are a great inv...

Well THAT was crazy !!

March, April, and May were some of our largest sales volume months ever with hundreds of ebikes sold !

Thank you to all the customers who made appointments and ebike purchases, despite the lockdowns, PPE, and social distancing. It seems that many people wanted to get outdoors, and e-bikes were the vehicle of choice to get out and get some fresh air and exercise.

Here's to an exciting summer for all who already bought an ebike or thinking of doing so. Please make an appointment to get the best personal attention, and an ebike thats great quality at great pricing here at Mike's E-Bikes - your Chicagoland Area largest e-bike store, located here in Naperville with easy access from I-88.

Illinois Lockdown: Bike Shops permitted to stay open

Per Governor Pritzger's Executive Order 2020-10, bicycle shops are still allowed to stay open for business. They are considered a needed transportation business under Paragraph 12e of businesses that will stay open.

Mike's E-Bikes will remain open during this period, however for the increased safety of our customer's we are continuing to operate under an Appointment Only business model. You can find a Link to our Calendar to schedule an appointment here...

Most days we are available from 12 pm to 5 pm, except we will be closed on Sundays and Thursdays.

We continue to wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant including our door handles at the entr...

"Outdoor activity with Inherent Social Distancing ? " Try an ebike !

Well the unfortunate series of global events, have most of us wondering what happens next. It appears that just today, San Francisco mayor ordered a quarantine, except for going to necessary stores. The mayor did say you could go and enjoy the outdoors along with 'social distancing.'

Well riding a bike, or better yet, an ebike allows you to both enjoy the outdoors, and even run those necessary grocer and food or medication errands.

NOW though is the time to act, and considering trying out an ebike.

Here at Mike's E-Bikes we were actually ahead of the game, by offering one on one appointments, that allow you to mitigate those risks of catching the C-virus. We've expanded those hours and you can ...

More E-Bike Models and Brands Priced under $2k than any dealer in Illinois


Importantly, here at Mike's E-Bikes, life is too short to engage in 'crazy' price mind games. ('Yes, Virginia,' unfortunately there are some out dated and old style retailers who aren't shy about using some shady business practices)

We are a professional retailer, with honest and ethical business practices. For example, we disclose our prices upfront in real time, show you our sales prices, and also have all new e-bike models on our floor. If an ebike model is a bit older and has been on the floor longer than normal, we will certainly tell ...

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