What Our Customers Are Saying about the eBike Store in Portland

Alright, let’s get one thing clear: today’s blog isn’t like most electric bike blogs you’ve read. Heck, it’s not like any of the ones we have written either. Why? Excellent question. It’s because today we take the opportunity to let our satisfied and loyal customers do a bit of marketing for us. As the title no doubt already gave away, we are highlighting customer reviews and testimonials in today’s post.

And before you close this tab, open a different app, or even tune out a bit — we are going to need your full and undivided attention, for your own good. Trust us.

Why Our Reputation Matters

Before we dive straight in, we’d like to tell you why we are doing this and how it is indeed worthwhile to read this curation of reviews we submit below.

For our part, we do plenty of marketing and blogging about ourselves. It’s a part of the business, and we are happy to do it because it lets folks who are looking for a great electric bike shop in Portland find exactly what they are looking for. However, pretty much every single eBike shop out there, in Portland or elsewhere, will tell you that they have the best rates, customer service, electric bike brands, staff… we digress.

Our point is we want our customers to do a bit of marketing for us. Not because we are lazy, but because of two other reasons. First, we are proud of our reputation. Second, what better way is there for our prospective customers to learn about what kind of electric bicycle shop The eBike Store is than to read the experiences of folks who were once in the very same shoes the aforementioned prospective customers are now wearing?

Whew. We kind of exhausted ourselves there with that last paragraph. But we hope you get our point; it takes one to know one. That’s why it’s well worth your while to keep reading, so go ahead and please do!

You’d Think I bought A Ferrari From Them

I’ve probably been to almost every single bike shop in Portland over the past year while purchasing a road bike and an e bike. This shop is hands down the best one I’ve encountered. Every employee I’ve worked with was super professional and knowledgeable, and if they didn’t know the answer to something they told me so, and then did the research and followed up with me. I mean they even greeted me as I walked in by name! You’d think I bought a Ferrari from them but I think they just value all of their customers. Check it out.” – Ryan C., Google Reviews, Five Stars

Ryan, what kind words! We are so happy you took the time to let us and others know how your experience was at The eBike Store. It’s also great to hear that our staff was helpful, even to the point of admitting what we didn’t know and then looking up the answer! Come by any time, Ryan!

He Is A Joy To Be Around

“I ride with Robert David Cyders and know his extent of knowledge and expertise as it relates to ebikes and Onewheels. He is a credit to the store and a(n) excellent human being. He is a joy to be around.” – Scott Buendia, Google Reviews, Local Guide, Five Stars

Friendly And Well Informed Staff

This is certainly a friendly and well informed staff.  I’m really impressed that they rent bicycle(s) too; possibly something I should have considered before buying.” – Brennan R., Google Review, Local Guide, Five Stars

Brennan, it’s great to hear your experience with us was positive. It’s also great to see those five stars next to your review! And yes, you can rent electric bicycles in Portland at The eBike Store. There is a wide range of eBike brands to choose from, each with their own strengths. We encourage you to try several out before purchasing so you can find the one that is right for you — just like Brennan implied!

If You Haven’t Tried Riding An eBike Recently, Do it!

E-bikes are fun! My wife and I dropped into this store to check out an e-bike for my mother in law. Robert gave us a tour of his shop and we had a great time! We each ended up riding 3 different bikes. All of them were comfortable, easy to ride, and FAST! The prices, while not cheap, were very reasonable considering you can ride one of these bikes to work every day, beat traffic, and never pay for gas, vehicle maintenance, or parking. Definitely worth the investment in my opinion. If you haven’t tried riding an e-bike recently, do it! They’re fun!” – Colin S., Google Reviews, Five Stars

We wanted to include Colin’s review for a few different reasons. First and foremost, Colin loves eBikes and wants everyone else to discover the natural joy that comes from riding a pedal-assist eBike around town! But beyond that, Colin described a few of the many benefits that electric bikes have, from saving on gas money to beating traffic jams! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we are doing, Colin.

“Truly Great Customer Service”

“One day around Christmas time, randomly I received something in the mail from with eBike Store on the envelope. I opened the mysterious package, only to find out a miniature OneWheel ornament for the tree inside, with a nice handwritten note wishing me happy holidays and following up on my experience with the OneWheel thus far. This put a huge smile on my face.

Purchased a OneWheel from these guys. Been loving it ever since! The customer service was great throughout, with constant updates about the status of my order (at the time there was a 3-4 week wait).

I’ve never bought something from a store, and received a handwritten note about it half a year later. Truly great customer service. Can’t wait to buy more things from the eBike Store! Maybe an actual bike someday soon 🙂” – Vlad S., Google Reviews, Five Stars

Vlad, your review of The eBike Store brought a smile to our collective face! When we hear that the little details (like a handwritten note or an ornament gifted) really do make a difference, we can’t help but grin and say we love doing what we do! We hope you are enjoying your OneWheel, and be sure to rent and/or buy your next electric bike at our downtown Portland bike shop!

Come Visit Us Soon!

If you can make it over to our downtown Portland eBike store, we’d love to see you stop by! We’d be happy to help answer any questions you might have, as we hope the above reviews exemplified. If you aren’t able to make it in, just give us a call! In the meantime, be sure to browse our selection of name-brand electric bikes for sale and rent!

Mother’s Day Activities in Portland – Rent an eBike & Moms Ride Free!

Mother’s Day is almost here, folks. And you know what that means, right? It’s time for that annual, last-minute scramble to find a decent gift — a tradition you’ve grown accustomed to.

But despite your familiarity with procrastination, it rarely yields the best results in terms of the quality of gifts your mother receives. A few years ago, you happened to find a deal on a cooking class you and your mom could attend together, and obviously, that went down pretty well. But since then, you can’t help but feel that you’ve been letting her down. And between the department-store picture frames (which happen to be missing the key element of having a meaningful photo in them) and the Ann Taylor gift cards your mom has been gifted over the past few years, it’s clearly time to step up your game.

But how is this to be accomplished? You’ll never go back to a cooking class for as long as you live and you are completely out of other ideas!

As you could probably guess from the site you are visiting, our Mother’s Day gift solution is to rent an eBike in downtown Portland with her. It doesn’t have to be on Mother’s Day, per se, but that would make it all the better if it were!

So, for the remainder of today’s blog, we’ll highlight a few details about our Portland eBike rental options, why your mom is going to officially crown you with the title of “Favorite Offspring of All Time,” before wrapping things up with a feature on our eBike tour packages in Portland. Let’s get going!

Mom Rides Free on Mother’s Day!

We’ve forgotten perhaps the most important reason that you should rent an electric bike in Portland on Mother’s Day: moms ride free!

Now, before you get worried about your mom being able to handle riding an eBike, take a deep breath and read the following:

  • eBikes are not meant to surpass 20 mph. While you might see some folks whizzing by at higher speeds, this is called “overvolting” an eBike. For the record, we’ve yet to see someone overvolt their eBike to go faster than 25 mph and not end up in the hospital as a result. All that being said, eBikes are intuitive and safe when the rider is attentive and cautious. If your mom can be described that way, you’ve really got nothing to worry about!
  • Your motherly eBike rider will not have to pedal unless she wants to. If you are concerned about fitness levels affecting the quality of enjoyment, rest easy knowing that you don’t have to pedal on an eBike unless you feel like it. Just make sure you choose a throttle-activated eBike for your mom, which, unlike pedal-activated eBikes, do not require pedaling to engage the motor.

 

Electric Bike Riding Tips

So, let’s fast-forward and suppose that you’ve left your procrastinating ways behind, booked your eBike rentals for May 12th, 2019 (that’s Mother’s Day this year, in case you were wondering), and presented the gift to your mother. She feigns joy for 0.345 seconds before betraying her true feelings on the gift; she’s grateful but scared.

Bless her heart, her sin is one of ignorance. Luckily, you are equipped because you read this stunningly well-composed eBike blog from Portland’s original electric bike shop, The eBike Store. You are prepared to alleviate any and all fears your mom might have by offering up a few of these eBike safety tips:

  • It’s a bike, so treat it like a bike – This might sound a bit simple, but it’s true. If your eBike rental party approaches the experience with a healthy dose of respect, there’s little reason to be afraid. Remember that crashes can happen on any bike, so ask your mother if she would be willing to ride a bike at all. If not, this was probably a bad idea in the first place and you should high-tail it to the nearest Eddie Bauer outlet store. If she would be, however,  you can continue to read her this list!
  • You are free to focus on what’s around you – At the risk of painting with too broad of a brush, many of our eBike renters aren’t exactly going to qualify for the Tour de France any time soon. And nor should they — they are simply trying to get outdoors and have a great time without exhausting themselves! Our point is this; when you aren’t devoting physical and mental energy to pedaling your bike, you are free to notice what’s going on around you. Your mother (and the rest of your party, for that matter) might be focused on operating the electric bike at first. Next comes paying attention to their environment, including traffic. Third and finally, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself, your party, and the lovely setting that Portland provides. It’s going to be great!
  • Just be careful in general – Most moms we know won’t have too much trouble with this one. We would recommend simply being careful the entire time. But just because you are careful doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Watch it on the mounts and dismounts, pay attention to the foot and car traffic around you, and brake a bit earlier than you would on a traditional bike. No sweat! (literally)

eBike Tours in Portland on Mother’s Day!

As promised, the final portion of today’s blog is a feature for our tours. If you’ve never ridden an eBike before, this is a great option because you’ll have a tour guide to help direct your entire experience. Plus, you’ll get the chance to explore like a local. We offer several different route options for you and your group to choose from:

  • Downtown Portland & Washington Park Rose Garden Loop
  • Springwater Corridor & Sellwood Loop
  • Central Eastside & Mt. Tabor Park Loop
  • N. Portland, St. John’s, & Cathedral Park Loop
  • South Waterfront & Pearl District Loop

Details

All of our Portland electric bicycle tours start and end at The eBike Store at 809 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR, 97217. They last 2 or 3 hours in length, cost $55 per person (except for Mom on Mother’s Day!), and include an eBike, helmet, and a tour guide. You must be 18 to join us on a tour.

For more information on eBike tours, our local guides, and why our tours are top-rated on Yelp and Google, don’t hesitate to visit our dedicated resource, linked above!

Book Your Mother’s Day eBike Rental Today!

At the end of the day, if you are looking for a unique and personal way to show your mom how much she means to you, an eBike tour is outdoorsy, out-of-the-box, and maybe just a wee bit challenging as well. Most people who have reservations will quickly overcome them and wind up having a wonderful time. Give us a call if you have and questions, or book your eBike rental today!

A Few Basic Tips For eBike Commuting In Portland

Did you know that over 6 percent of all Portland commuters elect to get to work by bike? That figure comes directly from PBOT, the Portland Bureau of Transportation. As of 2017, the 6-percent figure can be converted into well over 22,000 bike commuters in Portland alone! Given the ever-increasing popularity of biking to work, which includes eBiking to work, we can only assume that the sum total of bikers is approaching 30,000 — if it hasn’t passed that number already!

As avid electric bicyclists ourselves, not to mention our being owners of The eBike Store in downtown Portland, the fact that so many folks are beginning and ending their work days by being active, helping the environment, and doing their part to cut down on the Portland traffic congestion issue. And seeing as how we are firmly entrenched in the Portland eBike scene, we thought we would offer up a few tips for all the Portland eBike commuters who might be new to the game.

 

Tips For Bicycle Commuting

As today’s blog title no doubt gave away, we are offering up a few tips for eBike commuting Portland! Truth be told, many of these tips can be applied to traditional commuting by bike, but seeing as how we are electric bike specialists, keep in mind that our language will be more geared toward eBike commuters.

That being said, keep reading to glean a few tricks of the trade!

Ride Your Route Beforehand

Whether you are riding an eBike or not, we recommend traveling your commute, there and back, at least once prior to doing it when you are actually going to work. Why? It might take you a lot longer than you expected, so you’ll need to adjust and leave a certain number of minutes earlier. Likewise, you might not be in as good of shape as you had presumed, which means that you might need to get into “commuting condition,” if indeed your route is particularly hilly or lengthy. While most of this would seem like common sense, don’t learn why the hard way! It’s far superior to learn that you were right about your fitness levels than to discover it on a Monday morning where you are already running late for a meeting!

Don’t Burn Yourself Out

eBike riders and traditional bicyclists have this in common too, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first blush; we all can get burnt out if we try to do too much too soon. Even if you are letting your electric bicycle do most of the heavy lifting for you, there’s an adjustment period. Who knows, you might fall in love with commuting by bike and end up never driving to work a day again in your life! But, if you are like most of us, you should feel free to gradually work your way into the eBike commuting lifestyle. We think this approach is more sustainable, which is great news for your health, without forgetting about the health of the planet as well!

Lock It Up

Perhaps you’ve never been so unfortunate as to have experienced a bicycle being stolen from you. It’s a terrible feeling, and not one that we’d like anyone to know. Sadly, there are jerks everywhere in the world, and some of them are clever thieves! And while no bike lock is unbreakable, a good way to dissuade bike thieves is by having one that is reliable. What’s more, make sure you know how to use your bike lock properly. One lock needs to be on the frame, while a cable lock belongs on the wheels, if they happen to be attached by quick-release skewers of some kind. Finally, it’s vital to ensure your bike is in as safe of a location as possible. Putting it in a poorly lit alley is naturally inferior to making sure it’s visible, in case anyone were to try to mess with it.

Check Your Lights!

As you can tell from the handy little graphic we’ve provided, there are plenty of tips worth considering, many of which we haven’t had time to get to in today’s blog. Obviously, learning hand signals, getting the correct gear and accessories, and scouting your route beforehand are all important, but checking to make sure your bike lights work is what we’d like to highlight before we say goodbye.

Our two cents is that even if you don’t anticipate needing a light, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your safety. Just like wearing a helmet, it’s crucial to always have a bike light to help make you more visible. Also, lights help you see in the dark — it’s amazing. So if you do commute via bike, you never know if you’ll have a meeting run late or if something else comes up.

Find eBikes For Sale & Rent At The eBike Store In Portland!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at commuting by bike in Portland. We are thrilled that so many people are using their electric bikes to get to and from work since there are so many benefits to doing so!

If you are in need of eBike gear, eBike repair, eBike rentals, or you are interested in buying an electric bike, we’ve got you covered at The eBike Store. We are Portland’s first and premier eBike shop, and we offer friendly service coupled with affordable prices! Shop today!

Spotlight: Specialized eBikes in Portland & Beyond!

Welcome back to the one and only blog of The eBike Store — Portland’s first and premier electric bike shop, conveniently located in downtown Portland! In a few of our most recent posts, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight the range of electric bikes we carry, in addition to offering our two cents about why getting an eBike is the perfect 2019 resolution!

To speak to the latter blog, we can’t think of many better ways to bring in the new year than to buy an eBike and start using it all the time! Sure, we might be (extremely) biased on the matter, but there’s good reason for that. And while we’d encourage you to go back and check out that post in its entirety, the long and the short of it is that there is a wealth of benefits that go along with owning your own electric bicycle.

And no, before you get skeptical, you don’t have to commute in your eBike every single day to be considered a purist. Many eBike owners use their electric bikes for recreational purposes exclusively. And that’s fine by us! The benefits are largely the same. Among said benefits of riding an eBike are:

  • Physical fitness benefits (without completely exhausting you)
  • Explore different parts of the city (and state) that would have never gone to in car or on foot!
  • Seniors and people with health issues can keep exercising and active
  • It’s a rush to feel the wind in your hair!
  • Whether you use your eBike to commute or not, it’s an environmentally-friendly way of transportation

As fun as it is to discuss the benefits of riding electric bikes in detail, today’s post does not concern such matters (to any extent more than we’ve already been talking about it!). Instead, as the title already gave away, we are taking the chance to highlight one of our favorite eBike brands: Specialized electric bikes.

If you’d like to learn why we are such staunch supports of this reliable brand of eBikes, keep reading! You just might discover that you’ve found the perfect eBike manufacturer for you!

All About Specialized eBikes

Maybe you are just looking for a Portland Specialized eBike distributor. If that’s you, you can probably skip the rest of this blog, come down to our downtown storefront, and check out our Specialized Turbo E-Bikes in person.

If, however, you’d like to familiarize yourself a bit more, then by all means, carry on reading.

Specialized eBikes are essentially synonymous with E-Mountain Bikes. If you’ve been looking for a way to go off-roading without having to get yourself in marathon conditioning levels, here’s your ticket.

Simply put, Specialized E-Mountain Bikes offer riders the power to ride more trails. With silent, pedal-assisted power and a host of innovative technologies “that would make a Silicon Valley engineer blush” (they say it on their website, not us!), you can take trail riding with your eBike to a whole new level.

At The eBike Store in Portland, we offer Specialized Turbo Levo, Specialized Turbo Vado, and other Specialized electric bikes. Shop today!

Top eBike Brands For Sale At the eBike Store In Portland

In our last post, we put together a quick breakdown of the various eBike styles we carry here at Portland’s original and premier electric bike store, The eBike Store. From comfort and mountain eBikes to electric road bikes and eBikes with extra cargo space, we’ve got folks in Portland covered. Keep in mind we also have eBike parts and accessories, which were two sections we didn’t have time to highlight in detail in our previous post!

Today’s post ties in well with our last one; we’ll be highlighting the top electric bike brands we have available, along with what you should know about each brand. Let’s get going!

Benno

Benno eBikes are known for their marriage of simplicity and functionality, sacrificing neither for the other one’s sake. Designed to be practical (with superior cargo solutions, more gears, and a sporty yet comfortable ride), there is a lot to like about choosing a Benno electronic bike!

Gazelle

Gazelle has been producing bicycles for over 125 years! In that time, they’ve become known for their ability to construct a high-quality, comfortable, and lightweight bicycle design. Featuring low step-through frames and ease-of-use, we recommend looking into Gazelle comfort eBikes if you’d like to prioritize ensuring your next eBike trip around Portland is a pleasant one.

Raleigh

Raleigh Electric bikes are all about having fun. From 1887 to the present, they have a passion for going beyond mere practical function and want to make sure that everyone who gets on a Raleigh eBike will have a blast! Consider a Raleigh Electric bike for their eco-friendliness and travel efficiency as well.

Specialized

Also known as Turbo E-Bikes, Specialized Electric Bikes expertly blend speed and style through their pioneering pedal assist motor, stylish design, and advanced electronics. Get up to 27.9 mph with some Specialized Turbo eBikes!

Stromer

Stromer eBikes are known for their innovation and performance. Whether you are interested in the ST1, ST2, ST3, ST5, or any other of their electric bike models, the strength of their eBikes is found in their electric and mechanical components, software, and overall system integration. You’ll notice the quality the moment you start riding a Stromer!

Tern

Tern offers unique body styles and a brand that is truly committed to building a sustainable future based on their vision that the bicycle is the ultimate high-efficiency vehicle. They are a company that always strives to be sustainable, even in the finest details. For example, they minimize packaging, reduce the use of harmful chemicals such as chromium, and beyond.

Yuba

Yuba is the proud maker of electric cargo bikes. They are a worldwide brand with a worldwide vision of bringing eBikes with storage space to all four corners of the globe. You don’t have to be a courier to find the value in owning an eBike with cargo space — whether it’s for groceries, children, or otherwise!

Come See Us Soon!

No matter which of these brands might catch your eye online, it’s about finding the one that fits best with your lifestyle. We’ll be happy to work with you to make sure you get the best of both worlds regarding comfort and function. Give us a call or stop by soon!

A Beginner’s Guide to eBikes

Most people don’t realize that electric bikes appeared not too long after the original bicycle was invented. The electric bike was invented as early as the late 19th century by Ogden Bolton Jr. In December 1895, Bolton Jr. received U.S. Patent 552,271 for his bicycle that moved without the rider pedaling! Drawing from the power of a battery, a 6-polebrush-and-commuter direct current hub motor mounted in the rear wheel,” the original eBike had no gears and only boasted a 10-volt battery. Just a few years later, however, Hosea Libbey invented an eBike that harnessed the power of a double electric motor, designed within the hub of a crankset axel. Later iterations of the electric bike included a drive belt, four fractional horsepower motors connected through a series of gears, and other major improvements.

Our readers, however, probably did not come to this blog page to receive a history lesson about early electric bicycles used in the late 19th century — as saddening of a fact as that might be. Instead, you likely came to this blog post because you live in or around Portland and are interested in learning more about electric bikes, or eBikes!

Below, we’ll answer a few commonly asked questions regarding electric bikes and their use. At the end of the day, we want you to remember that The eBike Store in downtown Portland is your go-to source for all things eBike-related in Portland. We have electric bikes for sale, for rent, and we even perform maintenance and repair service for your eBikes — whether you purchased your eBike here or otherwise!

With that in mind, keep reading to get the beginner’s guide to eBikes from Portland’s first eBike shop!

What Is an eBike?

Let’s start at the very beginning, so we all have a firm grasp on eBike basics. Simply put, electric bicycles are bicycles that can be run on electric power as well as by pedaling. And while many folks already understand that, others might not know that it’s up to the individual rider to determine just exactly how much pedaling they’d like to contribute to their locomotion. In this way, you can get a great workout by pedaling a significant amount. Conversely, you don’t have to worry about showing up for that 9 AM meeting drenched in sweat from your eco-friendly morning commute. Going with an electric bike really is the best of both worlds!

Are eBikes Legal?

Yes, eBikes are perfectly legal for public use. However, as is the case with most things, there are stipulations that must be followed. The CPSC, or Consumer Product Safety Commission, requires that eBikes:

  • Cannot propel a 170lb rider more than 20 mph on level ground without pedaling
  • Must have operable pedals
  • May not exceed 750 watts
  • Must meet other CPSC requirements for bicycles

If you are a resident of Oregon, you’ll be interested to learn that Oregon state law stipulates:

  • eBike riders must wear an approved bicycle helmet
  • Not legal to use the motor on a sidewalk
  • Electric bicycle riders must be eligible for a driver’s license (16 years of age, license not suspended or revoked)

Does the Extra Weight Make It Hard to Pedal Without the Motor On?

Yes…and no. That’s the short answer. The more nuanced answer is that yes, it is slightly more difficult to ride if you have the motor turned off. But the difference is by and large negligible. While professional cyclists will spend thousands of dollars on the most innovative lightweight models, the functional difference between a bike with a motor as extra baggage and one without is marginal.

Think of it like this: the average bike rider is usually in the range of five times as heavy as the bike in the first place. A heavy bike will be more difficult to go uphill with — but guess what? If you are in a pickle, turn your motor on! Problem solved.

Are eBikes environmentally friendly?

The final question we’d like to address in today’s post that serves as an introduction to electric bikes is that electric bikes are just as eco-friendly as riding a traditional bicycle! Some might think that because bikes use a motor, they are naturally going to leave a carbon footprint of some sort. However, there is no difference between regular bikes and eBikes because eBikes do not have a combustion engine. No spark, no leftover carbon!

Additionally, eBikes are growing in popularity due to their ability to open up the world of cycling to a brand new demographic of folks who were formerly never able to use a bicycle. For individuals with mitigating health factors, age, or commuters who don’t have the time/access to shower after they arrive at their place of work (and hence can’t bike to work because they don’t feel like working for eight hours with a layer of sweat caked on them), eBikes solve a wide variety of problems. Think about how many of these individuals once had to use cars to get around. No longer!

Where Can I Buy An eBike?

Alright, we fibbed. This is the final question we are answering in today’s introductory post. The answer, as you might have guessed, is that you can buy or rent an eBike at The eBike Store in downtown Portland. We offer affordable prices, top eBike brands, and a committed staff that is always willing to answer any questions you might have.

We want you to fall in love with eBikes the way we have at The eBike Store. Shop today!

A Few Interesting Facts (and Myths) about E-Bikes

The eBike Store in Portland is Portland’s first electric bike store. You’ll find that we introduce many a blog with that fact, mostly because we are very proud of it. But there is more to our e-bike store than simply being first to set up shop in Portland — we want to be the first and the best for our customers. That’s why we offer electric bikes for rent and for sale, in addition to offering eBike Tours and service, whether you bought your ebike at The eBike store or otherwise!

At the end of the day, we want to be the ebike community’s top resource in Portland and beyond. Between offering affordable prices on top electric bike brands and our commitment to outfitting anyone who walks through our doors with the best bike for their unique needs, we believe we are well on our way to accomplishing our goal of being an excellent resource for our community!

In keeping with that goal, we’d like to take the opportunity to offer up a few interesting facts about electric bikes in today’s post. Not only do we hope you find these tidbits interesting, but we think you’ll find them to be practical as well. Enjoy a few interesting, if not random, facts about e-bikes from The eBike Store. And be sure you keep reading if you enjoy the busting of myths; we’ll shed some light on some common misconceptions regarding electric bikes as well.

Electric Bike Facts

Below, we’ll start with a few basic facts about electric bikes and how people use them, before we dive into some little-known tidbits!

  • Electric bicycles are legal. In case you were wondering about this, we’ll alleviate your fears right off of the bat. eBikes are governed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission,  or CPSC, which states that eBikes are perfectly legal as long as they meet certain requirements. Among these stipulations are that electric bicycles must have operable pedals, may not exceed 750 watts, all rides must wear approved bicycle helmets, and many others.
  • Electric bikes for sale at The eBike Store here in Portland are equipped to go between 12-30 miles on just one charge. Keep in mind, however, that certain eBike models are able to go farther because they either have superior, high-capacity batteries or have multiple batteries.
  • You do not have to pedal on an electric bicycle. Pedal-activated bikes need to have pedaling take place in order to engage the motor, whereas throttle-activated electric bikes do not. If you have any questions about this distinction and what might be best for your goals, you should come on in the shop and we’ll be happy to help you!
  • Electric bike myth – eBikes are dangerous. Most every eBike out there won’t surpass 20 mph on its own. If you pedal to supplement the eBike’s propulsion, you’ll probably be able to go over 20 mph, but most people don’t have any issue controlling an electric bike while it goes 20 mph. And while we are certainly capable of “overvolting” or otherwise modifying eBikes to go over 25 mph, we have yet to encounter a customer who has independently modified their eBike and failed to make an appearance in the hospital within the next six months. Yes, there’s no exaggeration here — it’s virtually a guarantee that folks who break the speed limit on their bike will eventually injure themselves. Don’t be that person, your health is important!
  • eBikes are ridiculously eco-friendly, namely because they don’t produce harmful emissions the way vehicles with combustion engines do. To put this in perspective, bikewalktwincities.com has estimated that if you were to use your electric bike to take a 10-mile chunk out of your regular driving each week, you’d reduce your carbon footprint (CO2 emission) by around 500 lbs. Each year!
  • Electric bike myth – riding an eBike will cheat me out of some good exercise! For one, it just might do exactly that! Which, if you are trying to not get drenched in sweat on your way to work, might be considered a good thing. However, we want our readers to know that, on average, electric-bike owners tend to spend more time outdoors when compared to before they owned an electric bike. What’s more, research shows that electric-bike owners also get more exercise while riding their bikes than when they did prior to owning an eBike. Ultimately, personal experience has taught us that owning an eBike will typically help you get outside more. This a virtue in and of itself, but when you consider the fact that you can exercise as much or as little as you want to (in terms of pedaling) while on your eBike, it’s no wonder why people love their ebikes as much as they do!
  • The use of electric bikes is growing among a variety of demographics. In Portland and elsewhere, commuters are using eBikes more and more. But other sectors which have seen an increase in the use of eBikes include travel and tourism, teenagers who come from privileged families, leisure riders, and even everyday cyclists who could use a break from constant pedaling every now and then!
  • Most kinds of electric bikes are able to be recharged pretty much anywhere — no electric bike changing station required! You can plug the battery into any outlet. Plus, some electric bike models have removable batteries, which makes the charging process even less of a chore. Charging the battery of an eBike usually takes a few hours.
  • Electric bikes let people with varying degrees of fitness to travel together at leisure. Think about it, eBikes afford such a unique opportunity for groups of friends and families! Whether there is a member of your party with mobility issues, or perhaps you’d personally prefer to not soak yourself in sweat in an attempt to keep up with your semi-pro cyclist friends, you can all easily traveling together with the wonderful electric bicycle.

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The History of the eBike – Electric Bike Facts

Welcome back to The eBike Store’s official blog space! We are Portland’s first all-electric bike shop, having been founded in 2009 by Wake Gregg. We have a passion for providing our Portland customers with a wide selection of electric bikes for rent and sale. We carry well-known, reliable eBike brands, in addition to providing dedicated customer service to help anyone who walks through our doors get the information they need!

In recent posts, we’ve tackled topics that include how to protect your knees when cycling, the top five biking destination in Portland,  reasons you should consider commuting with an eBike, and even exactly how you should be avoiding downtown Portland traffic with your electric bike! However, in today’s post, we’d like to take a step back from the Portland-specific posts in favor of highlighting the history of both the bicycle and the eBike. We’ll provide our readers with some interesting tidbits about the early beginnings of bikes, after which we’ll take a look at the storied (albeit more brief) tradition of the electric bicycle. Keep reading for a free history lesson from yours truly at The eBike Store!

201 Years Of Bicycles

You may be intrigued to learn that in 2017, humanity had the opportunity to celebrate two full centuries of life with bicycles. And while a 201st birthday doesn’t quite ignite the spirit of celebration the way a 200th birthday party might, there is still something to be said about the milestone.

Indeed, the “dandy horse,” or “running machine” as it was coined in some circles, was first invented by Karl Drais on June 12, 1817.  On that day, over 200 years ago, a crowd had formed on the smoothest road in Mannheim, Germany, to watch the Baron showcase his most recent breakthrough. This horseless, self-propelled vehicle, allowed him to complete a near 10-mile trip in 25 percent of the typical time it would take on foot.

Clearly, society has never been the same, thanks to Mr. Drais. Bicycles quickly became a much more economical choice when compared with the owning and upkeep of a horse. In fact, most bicycles would cost in the range of 20 pounds in late 19th-century England, whereas the purchase of a horse would likely cost 10 times as much — in the range of 2,000 pounds!

The bicycle is now comfortably the world’s most successful mode of transportation. In Germany alone, for example, there are some 81 million bicycles with only 45 million automobiles. The Bavarian’s neighbors, in the Netherlands, will be quick to tell you that their country is home to more bikes than people!

For his part, Drais’ innovation didn’t stop with running machines. The brilliant man invented the typewriter, a musical recording system for pianos, the periscope, and even a binary algorithm for the purpose of calculating square roots!

Introducing The eBike

Now that we’ve discussed the origin of the bicycle in a general sense, it’s time we talk about the pinnacle of bicycle evolution (as far as we are concerned) — the electric bicycle. Whether you call it an e-bike, an eBike, or an electric bike, one thing is for certain; the use of ebikes is steadily growing across North America and beyond! In fact, it’s pragmatic mode-of-use has caused it to have something of a boom in the past few decades, with over 120 million electric bicycles in use in only China!

Environmental Factors

People in Portland, and really, all over, are quickly discovering the amazing benefits of using an electric bike for both business and pleasure. Naturally, it requires less effort on the part of the rider to get from “A to B.” But there is much more appeal to the use of ebikes than simply not getting sweaty on the way into work. Perhaps chief among these benefits is that electric bikes don’t produce any dangerous emissions like vehicles with combustion engines do.

For many, this is reason enough to start using an electric as a primary mode of transportation. Even if we were to throw in the cost of consistent battery changes, e-bikes still blow away other kinds of vehicles from an energy-efficiency perspective. It’s six times more environmentally friendly as rail transit and almost 20 times more efficient than travel by car!

Another significant benefit of electric bicycles, which first appeared all the way back in the late 1800s, is that folks who have heart-related issues are often able to be mobile — without having to over-exert themselves, given the electric bike’s automatic propulsion.

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Since the late 1990s, eBike’s have become outfitted with power controls and torque sensors — two features that no doubt contributed to the exponential growth the vertical has seen over the past few decades. If you are in Portland and you happen to be interested in renting or owning a premium eBike, The eBike Store is certainly worth your consideration. With top brands that include Raleigh, Stromer, Tern, Yuba, Gazelle, Benno, and more, we have the wide selection and affordable prices you are looking for! Browse the best deals of the year in our eBike-on-sale section today!

Avoiding Downtown Portland Traffic With Your Electric Bike

It’s no secret that traffic in Downtown Portland has gotten worse over the last several years. Not just during rush hour, either — although we have to admit that you are much more likely to get caught in a standstill on I-5 during typical rush hours than you might be otherwise.

But it’s not just the freeways that are giving Portland commuters issues; congestion at major intersections, on bridges, and in arterials has worsened according to data collected by the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation System. “This is similar to pouring water through a funnel, if you pour too much water all at once it’s going to back up and overflow on you,” senior transportation planner Dale Robins said. “What we’re doing is we’re putting too many cars across the bridges at one time.”

The congestion isn’t only impacting private vehicles either. C-Tran’s commuter service travel time has also been affected during the peak traffic hours. For example, buses that travel from Fisher’s Landing Transit Center should ideally arrive in downtown Portland in 26 minutes, but the reality is that it’s typically taking around 40. This leads to commuters leaving earlier to attempt to beat the gridlock. Ironically, such activity contributes to the hours of congestion being spread out for longer periods. New bridges are a proposed solution, but such a project would take a vast amount of resources and planning. Other potential solutions involve giving buses more priority to navigate through traffic, but that would likely involve widening roads to clear a route for them. It’s not impossible, but it’s probably beyond the scope of this blog post to break down the feasibility of such options!

What Can We Do?

If you are a Portland commuter, the above information is probably less than novel for you. Nevertheless, it’s the reality in which we live. But one option for commuters who work in Downtown Portland is to go the route of the electric bike.

An Alternative: The Electric Bike

To the uninitiated, electric bikes are a fantastic option because you don’t necessarily have to pedal to engage the motor (throttle-activates bikes do not require pedaling, whereas pedal-activated bikes do). Either way, however, you won’t arrive at your place of work drenched in sweat. If your round-trip commute is about 30 miles or less, every electric bike we carry at The eBike Store can make it there-and-back on a single charge. Plus, some of the eBike models we carry can be recharged by the pedaling itself! Plus, electronic bikes are an eco-friendly method of travel, which is always a good thing!

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Since 2009, the eBike Store has been Portland’s top source for electric bikes for sale and rent. In fact, we are Portland’s very first all-electric bike shop, with a passion for providing a vast selection of electric bicycles from top brands. If you are looking for a way to commute in a way that doesn’t involve gas guzzling or getting way too sweaty before your workday begins, we recommend taking a look at our eBikes — with top brands that include Benno, Gazelle, Raleigh, Stromer, Tern, Yuba, and Specialized!

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Your Guide to a Safer Bike Commute Part 2

There are so many benefits to riding an electric bike to work or school.

From increased health and less stress to saving money and doing your part for Mother Nature, the benefits of riding an electric bike to work are endless. But there is one downside to a bicycle commute — it can be risky. There are a lot of people out driving on the road, especially here in Portland, but you’ll be glad to know that there are many things you can do to make your bike commute safer. Check out part one of this series to learn about the safety tips we’ve already covered, and keep reading to learn more.

#5. Attempt to make eye contact.

When you’re on a bicycle, it’s vitally important that you don’t just assume that a driver will see you or that a motorist will give you the right of way (even if you are supposed to have it). Also, don’t assume that a motorist will obey a red light or a walk signal. Never take a motorist’s awareness for granted when you’re on a bike. If possible, try to make eye contact with the driver so that you know that they see you.

#6. Use hand signals when turning.

Making eye contact with drivers is ideal, but it’s not always possible. That’s why you should always use a hand signal when turning or changing lanes on your electric bike, even if you’ve made eye contact and you’re confident a driver sees you. But, even when you signal that you’re turning, don’t just assume that a driver will stop or slow down for you. Always keep your eyes open and make sure the coast is clear.

#7. Ride like you’re in a car.

Drivers are familiar with the patterns of other motorists on the road, so it’s in your best interest to ride your bike like you’re driving a car. What we mean by this is to always check and be aware of the traffic around you, make it a point to obey traffic laws and don’t weave in and out of traffic. Predictability equals more safety when you’re on the road.

#8. Make sure your bike is safe.

There are many aspects of your bicycle commute that are out of your control as far as safety is concerned, namely the behavior of motorists and other cyclists on the road. However, there is one big area that you have control over, and that’s the bike itself. It’s important that your bike is the right size for you, that it’s properly tuned up and adjusted, and that the tires are properly inflated and in good condition. At The eBike Store, not only do we offer a variety of electric bikes for sale, but we also provide tune-ups, maintenance and other services to keep your eBike in the best possible shape.

Riding an electric bike to work or school is a great way to get exercise, enjoy fresh air, reduce stress, save money and so much more, and we hope that this blog will help you enjoy a safer bike commute.

If you’re in the market for a high-quality eBike, there’s no better place to shop in Portland than The eBike Store. We offer a variety of eBike brands and types, including electric mountain bikes, electric road bikes and more. Shop with us today!