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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!

Why Getting An eBike Is The Perfect 2019 Resolution

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., Five Stars, Google Reviews

We are firmly into 2019 ladies and gentlemen, and that means it’s time to reevaluate every minute detail of our lives in the spirit of self-improvement. Some of us take a month of sobriety to clear our heads and get in touch with ourselves, while others want to shake off their winter season layer of insulation in order to get back into shape. Still others of us might go a different route, perhaps involving the taking up of a new hobby.

Maybe you’ve made all three of those exact resolutions, maybe none of them apply to you. But either way, the fact remains you’ve made your way to this eBike blog with a title that concerns getting an eBike as a New Year’s resolution. That tells us you have some degree of interest in trying out an eBike for the first time.

If that describes you, we want you to know that fills us with joy! We are passionate about eBikes for sale and for rent. As Colin S. put so well in his glowing review of The eBike Store in downtown Portland (that’s us!), there are plenty of reasons to see if riding an eBike might be the perfect 2019 resolution. To name just a few of the top of our heads:

  • It’s something to do while you are doing your best to have a “sober January”
  • While not physically exhausting, riding an eBike does offer fitness benefits
  • It might be that new hobby you’ve been looking for! See hidden gems of Portland that you never knew existed while getting some fresh air with your friends or family!

Some Of The Many eBike Benefits

In the past, we’ve written about what you should know before you buy your first eBike. And while we’d encourage you to take the opportunity to browse this handy resource if you get the chance, we thought it’d be more fun to dissect the aforementioned glorious review that Colin so graciously provided us with.

You Can Ride Them To Work

Who isn’t a fan of an easy commute? Well, for folks who have grown used to the comfort of four wheels, a heater, and the radio to keep them company during their morning commute, there might be something of a transitional phase that you’ll quickly shake off. But for cyclists who are looking for a way to bike to work without showing up with a sweat-soaked shirt (or having to change their clothes), riding an electric bike to work is worth your consideration!

eBike commuting is the perfect happy-medium between getting some physical activity and fresh air while not exhausting yourself with an intense workout before starting your workday. What’s more, you can avoid the standstills that come from with Portland’s gridlock traffic. As if that weren’t enough, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or paying for it! So it’s pleasant, physically beneficial, convenient, and affordable!

Environmentally-Friendly Transportation

We’ve used this statistic before, and we’ll probably use it again: if you ride an eBike for about 1,000 miles every year, you’d use almost 25,000 watt-hours of power. This is roughly the same amount of energy that is used to power a medium-sized air conditioner for 24 hours.

What’s our point? eBikes take very little power to run, especially when you compare it to the energy required to run a vehicle for hours each day. Gas-powered cars, as most of us know, contribute more than their fair share of emissions, contributing to significant environmental changes. If you’d like to get more “green” with an environmentally-conscious New Year’s resolution, here’s a great place to start!

Easy To Ride & Comfortable

The final aspect of Collin’s stunning five-star review is how he notes just how comfortable everyone in his party was when riding their eBikes. We’ve found that eBikes are as easy to use as they are comfortable, which should be music to the ears of folks worried if age might be a mitigating factor. The fact is, the eBike motor allows for just about everyone to be able to ride a bike wherever they please! Age, body type, and fitness levels don’t have to get in the way of something as amazing as riding an electric bike!

For these reasons and many others, a new eBike obsession just might make 2019 your best year yet!

eBikes For Rent In Portland

There are plenty of reasons to start shopping for eBikes for sale in Portland — and we are certainly The eBike Store for such enquiries — but why not see how you like it first? It’s much more cost-effective, and we’d be happy to set you up with all the knowledge you need to have a great trip around Portland! Browse Portland electric bike rentals if you want a bit more out of life in 2019!

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.

Shop The eBike Store

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!

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!

Your Guide to a Safer Bike Commute

An electric bike makes commuting anywhere and everywhere in Portland a breeze.

There are so many reasons to start commuting to work or school with an eBike. It’s much healthier for you, allows you to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, saves money, reduces stress and more. The best part is that, with an electric bike rather than a standard bike, you won’t have to worry about showing up to work or school sweaty and disheveled, and you’ll get a little help getting up Portland’s biggest hills. The one downside to a bike commute is that it can be risky out on the road, but the good news is that there are lots of things you can do as a cyclist to stay safe.

#1. Always wear a helmet!

The number one thing you can do to keep yourself safe on an electric bicycle — or any bicycle — is to always wear a helmet. Just as you wear a seatbelt every time you get in the car, you should also wear a helmet every time you get on your bike because you never know when you’ll need it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of getting a head injury by a whopping 50 percent, so it’s well worth it.

#2. Use bike lights.

One of the biggest challenges for cyclists on the road is simply being visible to drivers. If you’re riding your eBike at night or under low-light conditions, the best way to be visible to drivers is to ensure that you have bike lights on both the front and back of your bicycle. Don’t settle for just any bike lights either; make sure that the lights you choose are bright enough to truly make you visible.

#3. Ride in the bike lane.

A bicycle is considered to be a vehicle, which means that the sidewalk is not an appropriate place for cyclists to ride. Many cyclists believe that the sidewalk is safer than riding in the bike lane, but that’s simply not true. For one, there’s likely to be a lot of other traffic in the sidewalk, including pedestrians and dogs, all of whom may probably aren’t expecting a bike. Additionally, drivers are expecting cyclists to be on the sidewalk, and if they’re pulling out of their driveway or parking lot, they may not see you if you’re on the sidewalk. Here in Portland, we’re lucky enough to live in a bike-friendly city that has plenty of bike lanes, and believe it or not, you’re better off using them.

#4. Keep your eyes in front of you.

While you should always check behind you before turning or crossing the street, for the most part, you should keep your eyes ahead of you, focused on where you want to travel. The vast majority of accidents involving cars and bicycles happen when drivers and cyclist cross each other’s path, most commonly when drivers turn in front of cyclists. Make it a point to watch the cars in front of you.

To find the perfect electric bike for your commute, shop with us at The eBike Store today. And to learn more tips for a safer bike commute, stay tuned for part two of this series.

Seven Ways to Protect Your Knees When Cycling

Cycling is one of the most beneficial and fulfilling hobbies you can do. Not only is it lower impact than running, it is highly aerobic, raising your heart rate without putting as much strain on your body as other exercises. However, as with all physical activity, it’s important that you take the proper precautions to protect your well-being. By following these tips, you can ensure you ride your eBike without ending up with knee pain at the end of the day. Want to learn more about electric bicycles? Want to give one a test ride? Come to The eBike Store in Portland to see what all the buzz is about!

-Keep Your Knees Straight

The number one way people end up with sore knees after a bike ride is if they aren’t making sure their form is right. When you pedal, you should do it in perfect circles, with your knees aligned and straight. When your knees wobble or move to the side — both inwards or outwards — it places increased stress on the cartilage within your knees. It causes the cartilage and your kneecap to rub together, which can damage them and become quite uncomfortable. If you keep your pedaling as straight and circular as possible, you’ll minimize that stress.

-Keep a Decent Speed

Maintaining a decent speed is important when riding, as it helps you to keep a fluid motion when pumping your knees and legs. Experts have reported that pedaling under 60 RPM (revolutions per minute) can be dangerous. The recommendation is to stay above 80 RPM if possible. You can maintain this speed by ensuring you are in the proper gear, as that will help you avoid going faster than you’re comfortable with. This makes the pedal assistance provided by an eBike especially helpful, as it will help you keep a steady speed without putting increased strain on your knees.

-Be Aware of Your “Float”

This entry is mostly focused on people who ride with clip-in pedals, but it can make a great deal of difference. The “float” of your foot position should match the natural angle of your feet and ankles. If your legs are angled too sharply, tension will radiate throughout your legs, which increases the pressure placed on your knees as you ride. It’s recommended to keep your float under 4.5 degrees for the best results.

-Move Back a Bit

While we touched on proper form a bit in discussing your knee positioning, where you sit on your bike has an impact on your knees as well. When you ride too closely to your handlebars, it puts your knees at a more aggressive angle, leading to increased strain and pain. Sit a bit further back on your seat, make sure your feet are firmly and properly planted on your pedals, and you should notice an immediate difference.

-Try Kinesio Tape

If your knees are extra sensitive, be it from old injuries or other afflictions, it might be worth your time to try kinesio or elastic therapeutic tape. It attaches to your muscles and joints, helping to maintain proper knee alignment. Instead of traditional athletic tape, which can hinder movement, kinesio tape mimics skin, which gives you a wider range of movement and has been clinically proven to reduce pain. By opening up your range of motion, it allows your muscles and joints to stay in position in a more comfortable way.

-Know Your Limits

When you’re out for a ride, it can be easy to get carried away. When you don’t understand your limits, you’re likely to push yourself too hard and end up injured. This mentality has been touted for many years, with a lot of athletes being praised for “pushing through the pain”. The problem with that mentality is that pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. When you ignore those warning signs, you will exacerbate the problem, turning something small into a serious injury. If you’re feeling a serious pain, don’t try to tough it out. On an eBike, utilize the pedal assistance to take a break and rest your legs. Then, once the pain goes away, you’re free to start pedaling again.

-Stretch it Out

Whenever you’re going to be exercising or engaging in physical activity, it’s incredibly important to stretch before and after. This helps to loosen up your joints and muscles, preparing them for the activity. When joints and muscles haven’t been stretched, they will be tight and tense, making them more inclined to be injured. Some good stretches to do to prepare your legs for a bike ride include:

  • Lunging hip flexor stretch
  • Figure four stretch
  • Standing hamstring stretch
  • Calf stretch
  • Quad stretch
  • Kneeling quad stretch
  • Side lunge

You can see detailed instructions and pictures of these stretches here.

Starting to ride a bike is a fantastic way to get in shape and take control of your health. Your safety needs to be at the top of your list when starting to ride, so keep these tips in mind to avoid coming home with aching knees. Safety doesn’t start and end with your knees, though. It’s just as important to make sure you’re always wearing a helmet and that you know the rules of the road to ensure you are safe when riding around other cars and bicyclists. As you no doubt noted, many of the entries here brought up how an electric bike can help ease the strain on your knees. If you would like to learn more about electric bicycles, call The eBike Store today!

6 Financial Benefits of eBikes

Electric bikes have been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years and there are many reasons for it. One thing you might not know about is how much an eBike can save you. For that reason, today we’re going to look at six of the biggest financial benefits associated with getting an eBike. Need some help finding the perfect electric bicycle for your needs? Look no further than The eBike Store! Whether you peruse our online store or you stop by our brick and mortar location here in Portland, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

-Physical Health

You might not make the connection between your health and money, but they’re more intertwined than they appear. When you’re unhealthy, you end up spending a lot of time sick. Between missing work, doctors appointments, and medication, it can all add up. One of the reasons people get sick is because they have a lack of physical activity in their day-to-day lives. Most people commute to work in their car, and an increase in jobs spent at a desk in front of a computer adds to our increasingly sedentary lives. By trading your car for an eBike to commute, you’re getting the exercise you need to be healthy, saving you money in the long run. Another bonus? You’re not having to spend a bunch of money filling up your gas tank.

-The World is Your Gym

With how much exercise can improve your life, it can be an easy leap to make that you should just buy a gym membership. However, if you’ve ever had a membership, you know how expensive they are and how rarely they get used. With an eBike, the world becomes your gym. Not only will you get a great workout, you’ll do it out in nature, which is much nicer than being cooped up in a sweaty room with a bunch of strangers. With the added pedal assist feature of most eBikes, it also lets you take a break when you need to, which allows for longer, more fulfilling rides without getting too tired.

-Save Time

With the average American commute clocking in at 26 minutes and on the rise, the amount of time wasted traveling to work adds up. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is money”, and that statement has only become truer in years since. Riding an eBike gives you a chance to bypass a lot of the problems that make your commute longer. Using the bike lane helps you avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic that’s so familiar to many daily drivers. With this extra time, some people have begun taking side jobs using their electric bike to make deliveries so they can get a bit of extra cash. That’s right. An eBike doesn’t just save you money, it can actually help you make money, too.

-Free Parking

Living in a big city can be truly wonderful, up until you have to look for parking. Not only do you have to park your car blocks away from where you want to go, you have to shell out for the parking machines. If you accidentally park somewhere you weren’t supposed to, or your meter runs out, you’re looking at a costly parking ticket. With an eBike, you never have to pay for parking again. All you need is a good bike lock and a sturdy bike rack and you’re all set. Saving cash without having to pay for parking adds up a lot!

-Affordable Upkeep

Cars are expensive, no matter how you look at it. Between spending a lot on it initially and how costly the repairs and upkeep get, you’re sure to be pouring a lot of your hard earned money into keeping it running. That doesn’t even factor in how much insurance and car payments are. An eBike has a lower upfront cost, which means even if you are making payments on it, they’ll be much less than what a car payment is. Additionally, it costs much less to keep your electric bike in good shape. Consider this — driving a car typically costs about 50 cents per mile, including gas, tires, and regular maintenance. In contrast, operating an eBike (including tires, battery replacement, maintenance, and electricity costs) comes out to just 18 cents per mile. While it might not seem like much, those cents stack up pretty quickly.

-Tax Incentives

With more and more emphasis being placed on reducing carbon footprints and adopting a green lifestyle, states have begun to offer tax credits to people who purchase eBikes. This is because eBikes help to reduce the overall pollution contributed by motor vehicles on a daily basis. It’s worth checking your state’s tax incentives to see if you can benefit from this new credit when tax season rolls around.

There are so many ways that an eBike can improve your life, but its financial benefits often get overlooked. We hope you’ve found this to be a valuable resource as you learn if an electric bike is right for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at The eBike Store. Our staff is passionate about electric bicycles and they have the knowledge to help you make an informed decision. We even offer eBike rentals here in Portland if you would like to give one a test drive to see for yourself. We hope to see you here soon!

6 Tips for Keeping Your eBike Safe and Secure

While electric bikes have gotten more affordable over the years since their introduction, their price still makes them an investment that needs to be protected. To take care of your eBike, you might need to think through security a bit more than a standard bike would require. With that said, we’ve gathered six tips to help you keep your eBike safe and secure. At The eBike Store, we offer a wide range of eBike accessories, from locks and baskets to bags and helmets. Either stop by our shop in Portland or peruse our selection online to find the perfect accessory for your electric bike!

-Park in Public

It might be tempting to park your bike out of sight, but this makes it an ideal target for thieves. When they see something out of the public eye, it emboldens them to take it, as they know there won’t be witnesses to see them do it. Instead, choose a public place to park your eBike to deter thieves. Breaking a bike lock takes time and is much more difficult to do when there are a lot of people around. Avoid leaving your electric bike parked somewhere overnight, because even if you chose a highly-populated area, there will be fewer people watching at night, and the thief will have the cover of darkness to hide their efforts
When choosing a place to lock your bike up, stick to secure items where you can make it as difficult as possible to steal. Obviously, a bike rack that is solidly attached to the concrete will be your best bet. While a tree, street sign, or street light can be good options, you need to make sure your eBike can’t be lifted over the thing you attached it to. Parking meters are a bad option for this reason. A solid fence can work, but don’t choose a chain-link fence since it can easily be cut by an enterprising thief.

-Be Respectful

When choosing a public place to lock up your bike, it’s important to be respectful of people who will be walking by. Some spots may look good at first, but your bike might cause too much congestion in a high-traffic area. When your eBike is in the way of pedestrians on a sidewalk, it will put it in danger of getting knocked over and damaged. This is especially important to keep in mind when you’re locking up multiple bikes, as they can take up a lot of space.

-Lock Your Helmet

One of the ways you can make your bike more secure is by routing your bike lock through the vents of your helmet. Not only does that make it more difficult to break, it also keeps your helmet safe when you can’t bring it with you. While most people haven’t had their helmet stolen, it’s a good safety measure when you’re in an area where the risk of theft is high. It’s doubtful many people would really want to steal a used helmet, but it’s still a good idea to protect yourself and your things when you can.

-Detach Accessories

If your eBike has detachable accessories, it’s a good idea to remove them when you lock your bike up. Items like lights and displays are often easy to remove and small enough you can throw them in a messenger bag or backpack to take with you. It’s also a good idea to have a plan for how to carry items with you while you ride. Some locks come with an attachment you can install on your bike for easy storage, while other people use cargo bags or baskets. These items are helpful because they give you an option for storage so you don’t have to worry about juggling them while you ride.

-Different Locks

While it is definitely possible to use the same lock for all eBike security needs, you can use different ones for different situations. Use a sturdy, strong bike lock when you’re going to be parking for an extended period of time (like at work) to ensure its security. A lighter bike lock is a great option for short trips like errands, because you won’t be locking it up long enough for someone to steal it. This also reduces the weight you’re carrying on your ride, making for a more enjoyable trip. You can even keep your heavier lock at work so you don’t have to worry about hauling it back and forth every day.

-Serial Numbers/GPS Tracking

Beyond your standard bike locks, there are other security measures you should take to protect yourself and your property. The first of which is recording your electric bike’s serial number, which may be located on your bike at the rear wheel mount, seat tube, under crank, or head tube. When you have this easily accessible, you can provide it to the police in the event your eBike was stolen to make tracking it down much easier. Additionally, many eBikes have begun to add GPS tracking as an added security measure. Most of these programs are accessible through a smartphone or computer and show you exactly where your bike is on a map. If your eBike doesn’t have this functionality, it might be worth it to invest in an accessory to make tracking your bike easier.

It’s important to take the proper steps to secure your property and we hope you’ve found this to be a helpful resource. If you’re looking for a new, heavy-duty bike lock or you just want to see what kind of storage options are out there, check out The eBike Store’s selection. We carry eBike accessories and gear that will fit all of your needs. You can find more online or in our Portland storefront. We hope to see you soon!

Introducing: Specialized

The eBike Store is proud to announce we are now an official dealer of Specialized electric bicycles. As one of the few shops offering these incredible eBikes, we wanted to take some time today to check out what makes Specialized eBikes so special. If you want to test out just how cool these ebikes are, swing by The eBike Store in Portland today to take a test ride or rent one for a day on the town!

 

-About Specialized

Back in 1974, Specialized started making bikes, and they’ve been on the bleeding edge of the biking industry ever since. Priding themselves on being a company “Made for riders, by riders”, they’ve consistently evolved and changed their bikes to meet the needs of their riders. From doubling-down on the carbon in the frame to constructing their own wind tunnel to optimize their designs, Specialized has never rested on their laurels or said that something was “good enough”. They made the first production mountain bike, pushed to make higher quality tires, and have given back to the community with their Specialized Foundation, with a focus on helping kids succeed in school with cycling. A few years ago they threw their hat in the ring for the budding electric bike industry and they’ve been turning heads and changing minds from day one.

The eBike Store will be offering the Specialized Turbo Vado and Turbo Como in a few different models. The Turbo Vado will be available in 2.0, 3.0, and 6.0 varieties, while the Como will be available in 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 models. Which one is the right one for you will come down to how many features you’re looking for. Entry level riders will likely get everything they need from the 2.0 models of each, but performance and perks come with each subsequent model. We’ll be taking a closer look at all of them in the coming weeks but in the meantime, come to The eBike Store today to take one for a test ride and see how great they are yourself!

5 eBike Maintenance Tips

To ensure your electric bike stays in good condition, it is important to perform maintenance on a regular basis. However, you may not be sure what the best maintenance is to do, or how often to do it. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the best eBike maintenance tips to help you get the most out of your eBike for longer. If you need electric bicycle maintenance in Portland, call The eBike Store! Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to make sure your eBike is in tip-top shape so you can get back to riding.

-Battery Maintenance

Electric bikes use a battery that is very similar to the one in your cell phone or laptop, Lithium Ion, just on a larger scale. Within the battery are a group of cells, which have around 1,000 charge cycles, depending on the quality of the cells. What this means is the battery has 1,000 full charges before it starts to drain and die, like all batteries eventually will. As each cell’s charge is consumed, the battery will move onto the next one in the series. If you go for a ride and only use the first 10 cells in the battery, recharge, and then go for another ride repeating the process, you have still only used the first 10 cells in the battery. That means the rest of the cells within the battery are still unused and have not consumed any of their 1,000 charge cycles. To extend the life of your battery, charge it after every ride to keep as many cells in unused condition as possible.

-Drivetrain Maintenance

Just like standard bikes, an electric bike’s drivetrain needs to be properly lubricated and cleaned in order to keep operating optimally. If this is not done regularly, it will cause it to rust and wear down, which means it will need to be repaired or replaced. To clean the chain while it is still on the bike, follow these steps:

  • Clean out the links in the chain with an old toothbrush and some warm water.
  • After they’ve been cleaned, dry them off with an old, but clean, cloth.
  • Lube up the clean links with bicycle lubricant. Do not use WD-40 or other oils, only special bike lube.
  • Wipe off any excess lube with a clean dry rag or paper towel. Excess lube can attract dirt.

The derailleur gears will need to be tightened and adjusted around every year or so. Because this is a more difficult and intricate piece of maintenance, we recommend bringing your bike into The eBike Store so one of our experienced technicians can do that for you. This is done to ensure the bike can make a clean shift without any scraping or grating, which makes for a smoother ride.

-Tire and Inner Tube Maintenance

Keeping your tires fully inflated will ensure your bike runs well and as fast as you want it to, without requiring as much energy (human or electrical) as if they weren’t fully inflated. Your tires will have their proper PSI marked on its side, so be sure you aren’t over or underinflating it. Make sure the treads of the tire are in good shape and aren’t worn down, as worn down treads can result in reduced traction and make it easier for something sharp to puncture the tire. It is recommended to replace your tires after around 2,000 miles, depending on the road and riding conditions they’ve been put through.

-Brake Maintenance

Your brakes are incredibly important because you rely on them to keep you safe as you slow down and come to a stop. As such, keeping them maintained is not something you should neglect. Different types of brakes require different maintenance, which we will be getting into more detail with in the future. The main types of brakes you’ll find on an electric bike include:

  • Rim Brakes: Engaged using a lever, which pulls a cable connected to the brake pad, slowing you down.
  • Mechanical Disc Brakes: Brake is connected to a rotor that is attached to the wheel. Also engaged using a cable attached to the handlebars.
  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes: A sealed tube with hydraulic brake fluid applies pressure to the pads and rotors.

-Motor Maintenance

Like brakes, different motors will require different maintenance, which we will be covering in further detail in a future article. Those types of motors include:

  • Gearless Hub Motors
  • Geared Hub Motors
  • Mid Drive Motors

Most motors will not require much maintenance, but it’s good to be aware of the differences.

For the best in electric bike maintenance, call The eBike Store in Portland today! We’ll be happy to help you get back on the road.