Guide to Storing Electric Bike Batteries

BULLS Outlaw electric bike batteryBy Edward Benjamin, LEVA Technician Training Program

One of the problems for ebikes is this: They can spend months inactive, and that is not good for batteries. And a dead battery, damaged by misuse or neglect, is both expensive and frustrating.

Different types of batteries have different needs. Here is a rough guide:

For all batteries: Charging and using them is the best way to keep the battery in good shape. An old saying from Aviation: “To keep em flying, keep em flying…” [Read more…]

Tips on Buying Your Best Electric Bike

The Electric Bike Store in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.Are you having trouble deciding which electric bike is best for you?

There are a lot of electric bikes out there and the choices can be a bit overwhelming.

While some of them may rank very high in the reviews, is it really the best eBike for your particular needs.

It’s important to buy the best electric bike for you, not what somebody else thinks is the best electric bike.

Let’s go over a few points to narrow down what will be the best electric bike for you. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Frequently Asked Questions


Photo courtesy of ProdecoTech.

Electric bikes are a relatively new type of bicycle and there are often many questions that come to mind when first learning about them.

Here’s summary of some of the top questions about electric bikes.

What’s the point of an electric bike? Electric bikes add power to your pedal power enabling you to do more with a bicycle and have more fun! For many people eBikes help them: [Read more…]

The New California E-Bike Law & Electric Mountain Bikes

focus jarifa electric bike downhill

Photo credit: Paul Willerton

By Morgan Lommele, E-Bikes Campaigns Manager at PeopleForBikes.

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1096, legislation that clarifies the regulation of electric bicycles in California. This new law means that riding an electric bicycle on bikeways is no longer illegal in California.

The bill designates three classes of e-bikes and distinguishes [Read more…]

Electric Bike Motor Comparison: Hub, Mid Drive, & Friction Drive

GenZe Sport electric bike motorHere is a comparison of the different electric bike motor systems to help you determine which configuration is best for your riding needs.

In this article there are the pros and cons of each system: the hub motors (front and rear), the mid drive motor, the friction drive motor, and the rocket drive!

First of all, let’s take a look at the popular [Read more…]

Electric Bike Battery Fires and How to Prevent Them [VIDEO]

A lithium ion electric bike battery pack with its cells exposed.By Edward Benjamin, Lead Instructor of the Light Electric Vehicle Association Technician Training.

For a battery of any sort to catch fire is rare. For an electric bicycle battery to catch fire is, perhaps, even more rare.

There are about 220 million electric bikes in daily service around the globe, and fires are so rare as to attract [Read more…]

Welcome to the World of Electric Bikes

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

If you are new to electric bikes then this article will help you get a quick understanding of what electric bikes are all about.

You will learn about;

  • the reasons to have an e-bike,
  • how fast and how far they go,
  • how much they cost,
  • the different types of e-bikes,
  • what the future of e-bike looks like,
  • and how to checkout electric bikes in your town/city.

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Glossary of Electric Bike Terms

Guest post by Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric Consultants LLC. 

AC Current – alternating current is used in electrical mains, but very rarely in Light Electric Vehicles.

Advanced Battery – a battery using NiMH or Lithium cells. Usually requiring a battery management system (BMS). Higher performance and higher cost.

After Market Kit – a kit of components to convert a manual bicycle to an electric bicycle.

Amp – From Ampere, which is a measure of the amount of electrical [Read more…]

Understanding the Differences Between Direct Drive & Geared Electric Bike Hub Motors

Guest post by Alec Burney from E-Bike Kit.

“Which one is the best?” We get the question nearly every day, and it’s not the easiest one to answer… because ultimately it depends on your personal riding needs.

Do you want faster or lighter? More torque or quieter? More durable or less drag?

The first set of answers corresponds to direct drive motors: they’re faster, but have less torque, they’re more durable, but they’re also heavier and [Read more…]

Battery Care & Tips for E-Bikes & Pedelecs

Guest post by Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric Consultants LLC. 

Electric bikes are equipped with a wide variety of batteries, and this guide will provide basics on the prevention of damage, and care for such diverse systems.

But it is important that the reader refer to the specific instructions given in the owner’s manual for their bike, their battery, and their charger. If you do not have that document, check on line – many such manuals are posted at the website of the brand.  Or contact the [Read more…]