Pedal power: Expand your cycling horizons on an e-bike!

If you’re intrigued with the idea of adding an e-bike to your fitness, commuting or recreation routine, you want to visit the folks who know bikes.

Here in King County, that means Gregg’s Cycles, your go-to source for all things bike since 1932!

“The great benefit to pedal-assist, or e-bikes, is that they break down a lot of the barriers people have for cycling recreationally, for fitness or commuting,” explains Nate Pitts.

“Whether you’re concerned about being able to handle hilly terrain or keep up with your faster friends on a ride, the pedal assist bikes are a great leveler. The result is that a lot of people are riding more, which we’re thrilled to see.”

Of the three classes of e-bikes – pedal-assist up to 20 mph, pedal-assist up to 28 mph or throttle e-bikes, Gregg’s carries both classes of pedal-assist bikes. That means that while you’re getting a little extra help from the battery-powered motor, you’re still be pedaling.

“We think that’s pretty integral to the cycling experience,” Pitts explains, noting all e-bikes Gregg’s stocks will have the motor centrally positioned near the crank – the part that you pedal – making the ride feel like a regular bicycle.

“A lot of people are surprised at how similar to a regular bike riding an e-bike is, just a little easier up hills and a little faster.”

How to choose the e-bike for you:

  • As with a regular bike, consider how you’ll use the e-bike. A recreational rider may want a more upright bike, for example, while someone riding with a road group will likely want that style of e-bike. The good news is you’ll find the same varieties of e-bikes as traditional bikes, from mountain bikes to road bikes and everything in between. Need to haul cargo? Gregg’s has a bike for that, too!
  • How far will you be riding? Technology and battery life are improving all the time and currently distances on a single charge will range from about 30 to 60 miles, depending on the battery and power setting. It’s important to note that even if you run out of charge, you won’t be stuck, but only pedaling without assistance. For commuters, many of today’s batteries are also removable, so you can bring them in to charge during the work day, Pitts notes.

Maintenance matters

Most maintenance related to e-bikes will be similar to traditional bikes, like tires, brakes and mechanical systems, which Pitts recommends checking and servicing at least once a year.

Gregg’s e-bike batteries typically come from the reputable Bosch brand; how long they’ll last will depend largely on use, but they’re easily replaceable if any issue should arise.

Ready to learn more? Stop by Gregg’s, talk to the pros and take an e-bike for a free test ride!

Visit greggscycles.com or stop by in Seattle at 7007 Woodlawn Ave., in Bellevue at 105 Bellevue Way NE, and in Lynnwood at 5810 196th St. SW.

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