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Top 5 FAQs About E-Bikes

Jonno Leonard - Friday, December 15, 2017

Electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular, meaning we get a lot of people visiting our store in Devonport. Talking to customers, we’ve noticed we often get asked the same questions, so we’ve put together a Q&A of some of the most frequently asked questions.

How Do I Take Care of an E-Bike?

The motor of an e-bike doesn’t require much maintenance, but we recommend a 6 monthly check-up for your bike, scheduled in like a visit to your GP. If you’ve just bought a brand new e-bike, we’ll need to see you again once you’ve hit 200KM, just to check the spoke tightness. After that, just come in for a check-up and keep up the usual bike maintenance in between visits – lubricate moving parts and keep the bike clean.

Can I Ride an E-bike in the Rain?

The words ‘electric’ and ‘water’ don’t seem like a natural combination, but the electrics in e-bikes are weather-resistant and the circuit connectors are marine-grade. This means you can cycle in rain or shine. However, the bikes aren’t waterproof, so don’t go dunking your e-bike in the pool. Total submersion will ruin the e-bike and void your warranty.

How Long Does the Battery Last?

A single battery will last for around 800 charges and then you’ll need to replace it. One charge will take you around 60-70KM if you’re using reasonably heavy motor assist. If you’re mostly cruising along on flat roads, you’ll use less power and a single charge will last much longer. The battery takes around 6 hours to charge from when it’s completely flat, and its life expectancy is based on complete charges rather than top ups.

How Powerful is an E-bike?

An e-bike has a 300watt motor, which is the maximum allowed in New Zealand. Any more powerful and it would be considered a motor vehicle by law. All the bikes have a Shimano gear system and pedal-assist, which amplifies your efforts like plugging in music to speakers. Most e-bikes come with a twist throttle too, so all in all, e-bikes are quite powerful.

Does My E-bike Come with a Warranty?

All Think Electric Bikes’ e-bikes come with a 2 year warranty on the battery and motor, 6 years on the main bike components, and 1 year on all other components. This excludes wear and tear of usage.

If you have a query about electric bicycles that wasn’t answered in this blog post, refer to our FAQ page. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch with us by sending us an email, giving us a call or popping into our store to talk in person. At Think Electric Bikes, we have quality electric bikes for sale. Come find the best electric bike for you today.

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