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Jan
31
Considering a Rad Rover or Rad City ? Then you need to watch this video...

Considering the RadRover Ebike? You better watch this first!

RadRover Review and Acceleration Test - How does it stack up? See complete test results in description below.

The test above would be more valuable, had he done it on a hill. Speed is one thing, but what you really want to know is does the Rad have the assist level you'd expect from 750 watts, on hills, for longer distances, and how will it hold up ?

We will have a Rad model for comparison at our shop this spring, so if you are considering a product from Rad, I would encourage you to try it out in person, and compare to other brands and models.


Jan
21
Comparing 3 Comfort Cruisers - Aventon Pace 500 vs Pedego Interceptor vs Trek's Electra Townie Go!

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With All the E-Bike choices you have that are on the market, it can be very difficult to make a decision:

+ How much should I spend to get a good quality ebike ?

+ What frame style do I need or want ?

+ How much motor power (watts) and battery capacity for range (Amp-hours, or "AH") do I need ?

+ What Class of ebike do I need (Class 1 = for top speed of 20 mph, pedal assist only and no throttle; Class 2 = pedal assist and throttle, top speed of 20 for both; Class 3: pedal assist and throttle, top speed of 28 mph under pedal assist.

+ Do I want an all around style that is comfort oriented, easy to get on, and capable for some smooth trails and pavement, or a strickly road bike, or strictly mountain style bike ?

So in response to the most popular style of ebike (comfort cruiser) that is asked for at my shop, I prepared the above comparison chart to help narrow down your choice, and compared a very high value ebike with 2 ebike brands that are very well known, but more expensive.

Each of the ebikes also are of the more all around, all purpose 'cruiser style' that has what is known in the industry as 'pedal forward', or 'touch down geometry', where you can still place your feet flat on the ground while seated. Importantly, since they are pedal forward, they allow for proper leg extension while riding.

The primary emphasis here is that you really don't have to spend a lot of money to get the e-bike that you truly need or want, or 'break the bank' so to speak when its your first e-bike, as it typically is for most consumers buying today.

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Jan
17
Dec
01
Update on E-Bike Tariff's - What they are doing to the market

This is a quick update on Trump's China tariff's that have taken effect on electric assist e-bikes.

Thus far here is the impact both locally, and nationally:

  • Not all e-bike OEM's have raised their prices - yet.

  • Most of the e-bike brands we carry... Blix, Yamaha, Surface 604, Magnum, have not raised their prices.

  • Nationally, what we are seeing is that on-line brands ARE raising their prices, since they directly import from China, and are too small to absorb the increase. Examples include Rad Power, Juiced, and most on-line at Amazon.

  • More well known brands like Pedego have raised their prices.

  • Some weaker brands such as Shocke and BionX have already gone out of business. We expect this to continue so be cautious about your choice of e-bike OEM.

  • A number of brands are trying to re-locate where they buy from - such as Taiwan, but that is not an easy or quick option, especially if they are not already doing business with factories in Taiwan.

  • Some brands have held off raising prices until their local stock is depleted, so right now and probably for another quarter, you will see a lot of brands that could be hanging on before prices increase substantially.

Now is a great time to buy, especially here in the midwest, where the season is cold, dealers are lowering inventory, and e-bike tariffs have yet to take hold.

Our inventory is still good, and again, none of our e-bike models have increased prices, so stop by here to take advantage of the current market environment.

Happy E-Biking !

Mike

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Aug
10
Well... the ebike tariffs are due to begin August 24th

Dear Friends of Biking and Ebike potential consumers:

As previously mentioned as a possibility in my July 20th Blog post, the 25% tariffs are unfortunately being implemented on the industry codes that includes ebikes. (includes motors on ebikes, many components, even kits). Regular bikes could see increases of 10 to 25%. That is less well defined at the moment.

Will all e-bike brands increase their prices ? That's hard to say, but some ebike OEM's have notified dealers they are not increasing prices, in part based on where their product is sourced. Some have indicated they are increasing prices effective August 23rd. Its true that a significant majority (over 80% by some estimates) of ebikes are sourced from China. Similar wit...


Jul
20
Buy an E-Bike now... before tariff's take effect

This may seem like a sobering message, but the bicycle industry is going to face dealing with the tariff's proposed by President Trump. This includes all bicycles, bicycle parts, motors, and yes electric assist bikes.

The vast majority of bicycle and e-bike manufacturing is in China. A very few others are made in Taiwan, Singapore, Brazil, and other countries. None are made in the U.S. None are made in Canada, or Mexico.

If you have been contemplating a purchase of an e-bike, the time to act is probably now before the tariff's go into effect. Possibly the next 60 days these will kick in.

This comes from a number of sources the bike industry has. Things could change, but this has become more serious within the past few...


Jun
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Mar
13
The Schwinn's are In !

Beautiful Schwinn E-Bikes are in stock now ! Come take a test ride !

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Mar
10
Naperville's new Rules for Class 1 electric assist bikes for riding on Park District Trails

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It's welcome news for would be E-Bike riders in Naperville, with the upcoming rules modification allowing e-Bikes that are rated as Class 1. This definition eliminates ambiguity for people who would like to ride their e-bikes on Naperville Park District trails.

In addition to Naperville's forthcoming rules for its park district bike trails, the state of Illinois adopted new rules allowing for 3 Classes of e-bikes in 2018. Here is what this all means for you if you are planning to purchase a new E-Bike in 2018:

  • Class 1 E-Bikes, are electric assist bikes that are only allowed to provide electric assist from an on board motor that is rated less than 750 watts, AND, only operates while pedaling. Some e-bikes come with throttles, and these would not be allowed on trails where only Class 1 e-bikes are permitted. Class 1 e-bikes are also only allowed to go up to 20 mph under assist while pedaling. So the motor will have on-board inhibitors, to prevent assistance above 20 mph.

  • Class 2 E-Bikes, are allowed to have a throttle, in addition to electric assist while pedaling. Same limits apply in terms of maximum motor wattageof 750 watts, and maximum speed of 20 mph while using the throttle.

  • Class 3 E-Bikes are capable of all the above, but also allow speeds of up to 28 mph while under electric pedal assist only. Any throttle use is still limited to a max speed of 20 mph. So to go faster than 20 mph, the rider must do it while pedaling only, using the motor for assist, and not using the throttle to achieve a speed higher than 20 mph.

If you have more questions about e-bikes, or would like advise on which Class to choose, and how those Class ratings affect the price or performance of an electric assist bike, please call Mike at 331-213-5910 or feel free to stop by Mike's E-Bikes in Plainfield IL.

We are only a few minutes from the Naperville border of Plainfield, off of South Rt 59, and 135th street.

We have several brands of e-bikes that are rated Class 1, at very affordable price points, including the newly released models from Schwinn.

Happy E-Biking !

Mike


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