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Apr
09
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...


Mar
19
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...


Feb
14
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...


Jan
14
Avoid all the risks of buying your E-Bike On-Line ...

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

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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 ...


Sep
01
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?’…..you 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...


Jun
12
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.


Mar
23
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... https://www.mikese-bikes.com/ebike-test-ride

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...


Feb
28
"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 ...


Nov
21
More E-Bike Models and Brands Priced under $2k than any dealer in Illinois

HERE AT MIKE'S E-BIKE WE CAREFULLY SELECT MORE HIGH QUALITY E-BIKE MODELS PRICED UNDER $2000 than any one in Illinois, and likely in the entire MIDWEST.

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 ...


Sep
14
Mike's E-Bikes carries The Lowest Priced Mid-drive Ebikes in The Midwest

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Nobody here in Chicago, or for that matter the mid-west, can match our selection of highest quality, best value e-Bikes priced between $1000 and $2000 !

We are adding to that mix now, with high quality mid drive ebikes to also break below that $2000 threshold, which used to be only a couple years ago, $ thousands more. You have to stop in right now before the great weather ends, and see or ride first hand, and experience the natural feel of these mid drive e-bikes, that won't 'break the bank', while giving you all the benefits of ebikes that are much higher priced.

Why pay highway robbery prices at 'snobby' regular bike stores who barely 'dabble in ebikes' and that don't have anywhere...


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