Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions about eBikes
We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about electric bikes, laws, and usage. If you find that you have additional questions, please contact us or stop by The eBike Store.
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How far can I go on an eBike?
Every electric bike we sell at the eBike Store in Portland can go 12-30 miles on a single charge. Some of our eBikes can go further because they feature higher-capacity batteries or come with two batteries.
Are eBikes legal?
Yes! eBikes for sale are governed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). An Overview of the CPSC’s requirements are:
- 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
How eBikes are driven are governed by state law. Here is a brief overview of Oregon eBike Law:
- 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)
The Oregon Dept of Transportation has a handy little sheet that clearly outlines the legal framework of electric bicycles.
Can you make my eBike go wickedly fast?
Yes, we can. However… we will not!
Please do not ask us to overvolt or otherwise modify your eBike to exceed 20 mph. First off, we have yet to have a customer who has (on their own) overvolted their electric bike to go above 25 mph and avoided a hospital visit within their first 6 months of doing so.
That’s right, every customer we know who has broken the speed requirement for their eBike has injured themselves. Secondly, if we did the modification and someone injured themselves, they might sue us, and it simply isn’t worth losing our eBike shop for a few dollars.
How long does it take to charge my eBike?
Charge times depend on the eBike’s battery capacity (rated in Amp Hours, Ah) and charger output (rated in Amps)
A 10Ah battery with a charger that has an output of 1A will take 10 hours to complete a full charge. That being said, most of the bikes we sell can be charged in less than five hours.
Can I recharge my electric bicycle by pedaling?
A few of the eBike models we carry have this capability. However…
- eBikes with regen are not able to freewheel when pedaling without battery assistance
- Electric bicycles are far more efficient than cars because they do not have 1,000 lbs or more of mass & associated momentum that can be converted back to electricity
- Historically, the process of regenerating electricity has created a slight vibration that has loosened spokes and vastly increased maintenance costs. (At $.005 of regenerated energy per battery charge it will take some time to pay off a $35 wheel retensioning)
Do I have to pedal?
No, there are many other modes of transportation available. For electric bikes, pedal-activated bikes require pedaling to engage the motor, whereas throttle-activated bikes do not.
Is financing available?
Yes! We partner with Synchrony Financial (Formerly GE Capital) to be able to offer you financing at ZERO PERCENT for 12 months* on purchases over $1500.
The process is simple:
- Come into The eBike Store to select your perfect Portland eBike
- Bring a valid State Issued ID
- Bring a credit card or other form of ID (must have expiration date)
- Fill out the one page application (takes about 5 minutes)
- We will input your form onto Synchrony’s website
- Synchrony Finance responds with the amount of credit they are willing to extend to you within 2 minutes
- Ask us for additional details!
*On approval of credit
How do I charge my eBike?
Each electric bicycle comes with a charger that uses a standard household plug. It is rare that an eBike battery costs more than $0.12 per charge.
Can I travel with my eBike?
Yes! We are hoping that is why you bought it! However, if your eBike has a Lithium-Ion based battery, it is best not to fly as Li-Ion Batteries are considered hazardous materials and can land you a $50,000 fine if you try to bring it on an airplane.