Electric Bike FAQs. Mid drive electric tricycle

Mid drive electric tricycle

You may have noticed that the shipping date for some models is currently listed as several months away.

While we understand that this is a long time to wait, we wanted to make sure that these bikes were available to purchase for any rider who had their heart set on a preferred model and wanted to secure theirs well in advance.

The dates listed are as accurate as possible, but please note that the entire manufacturing world is in the middle of a global supply chain challenge. As a result, there are some variables that are out of our control (like container shortages, port delays, and the Suez Canal incident).

We know how excited you are to get your new ebike and we are continually scaling up our operations to get it to you as soon as possible.

RadTrike Electric Tricycle Assembly

Our riders say that this model is easy to assemble, however if you want help, our ebike assembly service will have you ready-to-ride.

Size Guide

What to Measure

Your “bike inseam”.- or inside leg length.- is the distance between your body where it sits on your bike saddle and the ground. This will typically be an inch or two longer than the length of your trousers, but you’ll want to measure to be sure. You’ll use this number on the chart to get a feel for how the different models will fit you.

How to Measure

Wearing your regular riding shoes and with your back to the wall, stand with your feet spread so there is about 7 inches between them. this is about the distance apart your feet would be when straddling a bike with your feet on

Place a hardcover book against the wall with the spine of the book facing upward. Slide the book upwards towards your groin until it is solidly against your body. This may be a bit awkward, but is way more comfortable.- and safer!- than trying to ride a bike that is too big.

If you have a buddy helping you, get them to measure from the floor to the top of the book spine while you hold the book in place. If you’re going it alone, carefully hold the book in place and measure from the ground to the top of the book spine.

Electric Bike FAQs

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E-Bikes Are Bicycles

Governor Doug Ducey signed into law e-bike legislation, HB 2266, which defines an e-bike as a bicycle. This allows all jurisdictions within the State to follow a standard classification system for e-bikes, like those in eight other States. Local laws do differ. Federal lands, like BLM and National Forests, usually follow State law and have unofficially considered Class 1 e-bikes not in the motorized category. State, County, and City parks and lands may adopt rules specific to their location, so always read the restrictions on signage. (E-Bikes are trail approved: Maricopa County Parks).

Either way, there is no ambiguity under the Arizona Revised Statute Title 28, (Chapter Three, Article 11), Section 28-819. E-Bikes are not motor vehicles. Most government agencies and authorities will gradually modify their rules to conform, but are free to exclude e-bikes, especially where safety is a concern. Arizona law:

A. An operator of an electric bicycle is granted all the rights and privileges and is subject to all of the duties of a person riding a bicycle. Except as otherwise provided in this section, an electric bicycle is subject to the same provisions of this title as a bicycle.B. An electric bicycle is not subject to the provisions of this title relating to certificates of title, registration, vehicle license tax, driver licenses or vehicle insurance.C. Beginning January 1, 2019, manufacturers and distributors of electric bicycles shall apply a label that is permanently affixed, in a prominent location, to each electric bicycle. The label shall contain the classification number, top assisted speed and motor wattage of the electric bicycle and shall be printed in at least nine-point type.D. A class 1 electric bicycle or a class 2 electric bicycle may be used on bicycle and multiuse paths. A local authority or agency of this state having jurisdiction over a bicycle or multiuse path may prohibit the operation of a class 1 electric bicycle or class 2 electric bicycle on the path.E. A class 3 electric bicycle may not be operated on a bicycle or multiuse path unless it is within or adjacent to a highway or roadway or unless the local authority or agency of this state having jurisdiction over the path allows the operation.

Safety

Minimum Requirements For Safe Riding

  • No matter what or how you ride, you are responsible for your safety or your child’s safety. Wear a helmet. Check your bike for proper fit and operation before you go out to ride.
  • Under 18 must wear a helmet by law.
  • Install a speedometer, so you know how fast you are going. AZ bicycle speed limit is 20mph.
  • Wear goggles or appropriate glasses to protect your eyes.
  • Install a mirror. Looking behind you without the aid of a mirror makes you pull in the direction you look or become unbalanced.
  • Install a bicycle headlight and taillight. Use the light day and night to alert others of your presence and to light your path.
  • Wear appropriate, close-fitted, clothing, gloves and shoes.
  • Follow all the rules of the road.
  • Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 e-bikes are considered bicycles in the State of Arizona. (Consult your local authority for regulations governing your particular area.)

Get The Most Miles

How To Get The Most Miles Per Charge on your e-Bike

  • Pedal more. especially up hills.
  • Keep the tires inflated to the maximum rating.
  • Keep the battery cool or shaded when not moving.
  • Start with a full charge. Efficiency is better on a full charge.
  • The motor draws the most power when first starting out. Take it easy. Roll on the throttle slowly and pedal in a lower gear to help the bike get going.
  • Back off the power when cruising. The slower you go, the farther you go. Wind resistance has a huge impact.

Why Ride an e-Bike

Most people who own an electric bike use it for their daily commute to work or to take care of errands. They really depend on them to move around! Riding a regular bike already has lots of benefits that a car or other alternative transportation does not offer, like saving time, money in gas, maintenance, parking, tickets and insurance. Biking by itself helps you take care of the environment and your community, be healthy, fit and enjoy more what a city can offer you or simply enjoy the beautiful landscapes if riding off-road.

So, why an electric bike? While riding a regular bike is great, if you are using it as your main transportation to go to work or move around you start having some challenges and getting a little bit uncomfortable. Who likes to get all sweaty on the way to work? No one, unless you can take a shower at work and have the time! Who likes to get to work and back home faster? Everyone! An electric bicycle helps you go further, ride smoothly and have FUN all at the same time! What about steep hills? An electric bike helps you climb them with ease. What about a bum knee? An electric bike can keep you cycling. You still need to charge your eBike’s battery pack, but you will get an average of 20-25miles [or more] range depending on the rider’s weight and type of terrain. The good news is riding an electric bike costs only pennies per charge and you’ll save lots of money compared to other ways of transportation.

Read more on E-Bike terminology: Watts Up

Frequently Asked Questions About E-Bikes and E-MTBs

How are electric bikes classified?

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There are myriad ways to classify a bicycle with an electric moto r. Most classification strategies use the following attributes:

  • The motor stops assisting the rider at 20-MPH (or 28-MPH for S-Pedelec)
  • The motor is activated when you pedal and/or operate a throttle
  • The motor has limited power, usually 750 watts or one Horsepower (not a lot of power)
  • The bike must be able to be propelled by pedaling alone
  • The bike is not registered with the DMV, needs no license plate and requires no driver’s license or insurance
  • Age limit on faster bikes. helmet required under 18

Where can I ride my Electric bike (especially my mountain e-bike). Arizona electric e-bike laws? (Disclaimer: This is not a legal opinion.)

Governor Doug Ducey signed into law e-bike legislation, HB 2266, which defines an e-bike as a bicycle. This allows all jurisdictions within the State to follow a standard classification system for e-bikes, like those in eight other States. Local laws do differ. Federal lands, like BLM and National Forests, usually follow State law. State, County, and City parks and lands may adopt rules specific to their location.

Some complain that e-bikes are cheating, they damage the path because of weight or that it opens the door to motorcycles. Of course, anyone that has ridden a pedal assisted e-bike knows that none of this is true. After all, should a lightweight carbon hard-tail MTB be banned for cheating? Some contend that a motor-is-a-motor and has no right on a bike path. However, this is completely contradicted by the national trend to permit Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on bike paths. It also recognizes that people with disabilities, through pedal assist, should benefit from access to the many public-funded bike paths in the USA. No, it’s not cheating. E-bikes open a huge opportunity for everyone to enjoy the benefits of a bicycle.

Clearly, all paths on Federal Lands that are marked for ATV use (fire roads) are open to e-bikes (and there are thousands of miles of these in Arizona, such as in the Tonto National Forest). Generally, most bike paths that are unrestricted for mountain bikes, such as on Federal lands (National Forest, National Park, BLM, etc.) may restrict use by e-bikes, but Class 1 e-bikes are not necessarily considered motorized. It’s still a little confusing, but the Department of Interior has seen fit to consider exempting e-bikes as a motorized vehicle (See Durango Herald). Any path where motorized travel is allowed, an e-bike can also use the path. Bike paths along highways are usually not an issue either (albeit ambiguous). However, if you ride at public Park, they can make their own regulations, especially if you behave recklessly. The best way for us all to safeguard our rights to access bike paths with e-bikes is to ride responsibly, be courteous, and don’t flaunt your pedal assist. If you are in a park, ask or refer to the signage to validate e-bike use. If a sign says, no motorized vehicles, it’s best to choose another path or get clarification. Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are considered pedal assisted bicycles, not motor vehicles.

Classifications for e-bikes (Disclaimer: This is not a legal opinion.)

Every municipality is different in their regulations. City, County, State and Federal lands are all governed differently. To be safe, find out local regulations. In general, when in doubt, while operating any bicycle – pedal, gas, e-bike, or moped – follow these simple guidelines:

  • Bicycle or E-Bike:
  • Always wear a helmet (under 18 must wear a helmet)
  • Obey all traffic laws, including posted speed limits
  • Do not use pedestrian walkways or sidewalks, unless specifically allowed
  • Limit your speed to 20mph. AZ State law for any type of bicycle
  • Use a front and rear light and have reflectors
  • At night, all bicycles require a headlight and rear reflector, at a minimum
  • Use a speedometer on the bike
  • Be exceptionally cautious when approaching or traveling through an intersection
  • The bike should be limited to under 1Hp or 750 watts
  • Do not modify the motor to achieve higher speeds
  • No driver’s license, insurance, license plate, or registration is required to operate an e-bike or bicycle
  • All e-bikes must have an official sticker that details Class Type, max speed and max wattage
  • Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are considered bicycles and allowed anywhere a pedal bike is allowed, but subject to local regulation
  • Class 3 bicycles are not allowed on bike paths
  • Under 16 may not operate a Class 3 e-bike

The vast majority of e-bikes sold at Archer’s Bikes are Class 1. information can be found at: People For Bikes or at Trailforks for places to ride.

Electric bicycle means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than seven hundred fifty watts and that meets the requirements of one of the following classes:(a) Class 1 electric bicycle means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of twenty miles per hour.(b) Class 2 electric bicycle means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle or tricycle and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of twenty miles per hour.(c) Class 3 electric bicycle means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of twenty-eight miles per hour.

Learn About Your New Bike

We recommend taking time to get to know your new bike and accessories. Practice riding in a safe open area, with e-bike power off, until you feel confident riding in more difficult terrain. Practice builds confidence and competence over time. Wear a helmet. Take your time.

What are the fundamental options when looking for an electric bike? Electric bikes come in myriad shapes and sizes: folding, mountain, sporty, hauling, comfort cruiser, tricycle, recumbent, conversion kits, etc. range from a low of 500 (kit) to 6,000 or more. Conversion kits are the least expensive way to modify your current bike, especially if you are handy. Used electric bikes are available, but sell out fast. Folding bikes take up less space. Where and how you are going to use your electric bicycle will depend on your choice. There is a style that will fit anyone’s need.

How much does an e-bike cost? A good e-bike starts at 1,500. Some bikes are available online for less, but are hard to compare because of poor reliability and high repair costs. You may find a major brand on sale, but not usually less than 1,000. Using a base price of 1,500, 5-year expected life, 1,000 charge cycles, 30 miles per charge, and 0.15 to charge it back up, you would anticipate the bike to last 30,000 miles (115 miles per week). Add in the cost of maintenance and wear items (drive train, tires, tune ups, etc.), at 50 for every 500 miles, your total cost of ownership is: 1,500 (purchase), 3,000 (maintenance), 150 (charge up), TOTAL 4,650. That’s less than 18/week or 0.16/mile. That’s cheap transportation. Even the battery, which costs around 500-800, usually the first item to need replacing, adds little to the cost of ownership in the long run. If the residual value of the bike is 375 and you sell it or trade it in, you still maintain a very attractive total cost over time.

How do you make the bike go? An electric bicycle may come with optional pedal assistance. Some electric bicycles come with an optional throttle to control the electric assistance. Some models come with only one option, some with both, while it may be an add-on option for others. The pedal assist feature allows the motor to add power to the rider’s effort on every pedal stroke. The pedal assist power may be adjusted to increase or decrease the rider’s effort, through a small control interface. With a throttle (twist or thumb), there is a lever operated by hand and provides a variable input from the rider to increase or decrease the motor assistance. With pedal assist, pedaling is easier, making going uphill or level, as easy as going downhill. Since the power is adjustable, the amount of effort used with each pedal stroke can be made normal, to get full aerobic exercise benefit, or easy, to make up for any physical impairment or just to make the ride a relaxing event. When you have a throttle option, the rider can choose to not pedal at all, letting the motor do all the work, or give adjustable help, depending on the rider’s preference, with or without pedaling.

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How powerful are the motors? Motors come in various sizes, commonly from 250 watts to 1,200 watts or more. However, that is still not more than two horsepower (1,500w). Most government agencies limit power to 1Hp (750w) to be considered a pedal-assisted bicycle. Larger motors, measured on wattage, provide more assistance to climb hills or to get up to speed. This is analogous to the size of the engine in your car. Smaller motors use less energy, are less costly, and will have a longer range for every watt-hour pulled from the battery. Larger motors are heavier, will not go as far per watt-hour used, but provide much greater push in all situations. Lighter riders may want to look at smaller motors, while larger riders may want the added benefit of increased power. However, a caution note when comparing wattage, not all motors are created equal. 250w only tells you how much power the motor consumes, not how much power is transferred into forward motion. For example, center drive motors are more efficient, thus are typically lower in wattage. Conversely, a big (and heavy) 1,000w, direct drive, hub motor, sounds huge, but is very sluggish at slower speeds. Also, larger wattage motors need bigger (and heavier) batteries. Bottom line: you need to ride the bike for yourself and decide after the test ride.

What battery do I need? Batteries come in different voltages (usually 24, 36, or 48 volts. sometimes even more) and different sizes, usually from 6 amp-hour to 20 amp-hour. Lead-acid batteries are great for golf carts, cost less, but weigh a lot, have a short life span, and require frequent maintenance. All modern bicycle batteries are made from Lithium. They are more compact, weigh less and are very reliable. The life of Lithium batteries is anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 charge cycles, and around three to six years, depending on how much it is used. The usable power of a lead acid battery drops dramatically as the power is depleted, making the last 30% of little use. Lithium-ion batteries allow the battery to be useful down to 10%. Battery energy (think: the size of the gas tank) is rated in Watt-Hours (or Amp-Hours). Higher numbers equal more power. Modern batteries do not need to be continuously charged or stored while connected to an electrical source. Batteries should be stored at room temperature (ideally), but only charged after they get low (do not leave any battery unattended on a charger). Commonly, the battery is attached to the rear rack or along the frame down-tube leading from the handle bars to the pedals. Depending on how much you pedal, and the size of the battery, your range will be anywhere from 15 to 40 miles or more. Higher voltage batteries, which must match the motor voltage, store and transfer energy more efficiently. Higher amp-hour batteries have a longer range because they store more energy, but also weigh more. For example, a 24 volt, 6 amp-hour battery will provide the least power and shortest range. If the rider desires only a moderate range and less motor assistance, the smaller battery will be lighter and the overall cost of the bicycle lower. Sporty models (lighter-faster) cost more, have more power, will go farther, but may weigh less than an economy model, adding to the fun factor. Some bikes are made for hauling, have larger motors and heavier batteries, but go at a very conservative pace.

There is a balance between battery voltage and battery efficiency. Given current battery and motor technology, 24 volts is fine for a front wheel, 250 watt, hub motor, with a low expectation of power. 36 volts works best for mid-drive, because the motors work more efficiently, and the distance of the battery from the motor is short. 48 volts is best for rear hub drive systems, improving electrical power transfer and low speed torque. However, because battery cells are connected in series to achieve higher voltages, 48 volt (and higher) systems degrade faster than 36 volt systems (given equal Watt-Hour ratings). Higher voltage systems transfer energy more efficiently to the motor than lower voltage systems. But remember, just because a system is higher voltage, does not mean it is necessarily better (although, they usually are).

Battery power is measured by its ability to hold electrical energy for future use. Bigger cells last longer and can provide greater amounts of energy under heavy load. Amp-Hour is a unit of measurement showing how much current can be delivered over a period of time. For example, a 10AH battery can delivery one ampere of electricity for ten hours before it is depleted. However, it also has a current limit. Most 10AH batteries cannot deliver more than 20 amperes at any given moment. Greater Amp-Hour ratings yield longer distance on a ride and more maximum power for climbing hills. Sometimes, you will see the capacity listed in Watt-Hours. This is essentially the same result. Dividing Watt-Hours by the battery voltage gives you the Amp-Hour rating. A 36V 700WH battery has an Amp-Hour rating of about 20AH. Look for at least 10AH on a given battery to get the best results. Lower ratings are OK but you will not get as far.

Wattage (horse power) is a measure of how much power the e-bike motor uses, bu not necessarily how much power it puts to the ground. 250 watts is the smallest practical motor power, while most bikes top out at 750 watts, which is very powerful. Government regulations limit maximum power to 750 watts (one horse power) on e-bikes, in most all jurisdictions. Electric scooters, mopeds, pedicabs, OHV and motorcycles can go well beyond the 1 HP limitation. Hub motors do need to be of a higher power to work with heavier loads or climbing hills, but center drive motors work very well at 250 watts. Center drive is more efficient and can leverage different gear selections. The most common bikes have 250 watt center drives and 500 watt hub motors. Also important is that just because a motor is rated at 500 watts, a motor that is 1,000 watts will not necessarily be twice as powerful.

How hard the motor can turn the wheel, over a given distance, is torque. Knowing the torque of a motor is useful when comparing different motors by the same manufacturer. However, there is no standard for the torque measurement, so comparing motors among different manufacturers is questionable. Think of torque as the ability of the motor to spin the wheel. If it’s a center drive, then downshifting will provide more torque at the ground. you can climb a hill more easily. That’s why center drives are best for mountain bikes. Hub drives are at a significant disadvantage when starting out because the torque is engineered to be maximized at cruising speeds, not from a dead start. Increasing starting torque on a hub motor is a trade-off for top speed: more torque at startup equals a lower top speed.

How do I charge and care for e-bike batteries? Lead-acid batteries require relatively continuous charging during breaks of more than a month (trickle charge). They do best when connected to a high quality trickle charger, with limited current, and are kept in a climate controlled area (32-70 degrees). They last longer if you recharge them before they get to about 50% discharge. Deep cycling does deplete the battery life more quickly. Expect most lead-acid batteries to last about 300 cycles or two-years, before degrading. Chargers can break, batteries can leak toxic fumes and gasses, or may cause a fire. Never leave any type of battery, even lead-acid, unattended for long periods, while connected to a charger.

It is always a best practice to plug the charger into the battery first, then plug the charger into the wall. When disconnecting, unplug the charger form the wall, then unplug the battery. This procedure helps minimize voltage surge when charging.

The newer Lithium-ion type battery does not need to be continuously charged. They can be safely stored in a climate controlled environment for 6-months or more, with no detrimental effect (32-68 degrees). They do best if stored in a safe place from causing an accidental fire and put at about 50% charge before storing. These newer batteries get 1,000 or more cycles, and can last as long as five years, before substantially degrading. As they degrade, you get less range. You can, however, charge your battery back to 100% before every ride. If the battery was at 50%, this will count as 1/2 of a charging cycle (you get 2,000 1/2 cycles). Never leave any type of battery, even lithium-ion, unattended for long periods, while connected to a charger.

Unplug your charger when unattended and after the battery has reached a full charge.

All batteries should be kept out of extended sun and temperature extremes. Many will show an error when allowed to exceed 104 degrees. As well, they work poorly when cold (below 35 degrees) or hot (over 100 degrees). Don’t leave your battery out in the hot Arizona sun (like on a car carrier. even while moving).

Always recycle old batteries properly as they could cause an accidental fire or contaminate the environment.

Battery Safety

Leaving the battery on the charger might be dangerous should the circuitry malfunction in the battery or the charger. Furthermore, it’s best not to leave any charging battery unattended, just to be safe. It is an electrical appliance, and the safest way to handle it is never to leave it unattended, especially overnight, and limit the charging time to four hours. If it is not charged in four hours, give it a break to cool off. The charger and the battery may get warm but never too hot to touch.

If your battery shows signs of swelling, hot spots, or damaged electrical terminals: stop using it. Recycle it properly, referring to the manufacturer’s guidelines. A good reference is Call2Recycle.org. Many manufacturers charge for the recycling service at the time of purchase. That means you may have already paid for recycling at Call2Recycle.

Maximize Battery Lifespan

E-bike batteries have come a long way. They are lighter and more powerful than even a few years ago. However, they are still quite expensive. Following just a few basic tips can dramatically extend battery lifespan.

Keep the charge between 20% and 80% when not in use will help the battery last longer. This can even extend to charging it all the way up just before you use it. Also, y ou don’t need to discharge modern Li-Ion batteries down to zero to keep them healthy. However, most people charge it all the way up after every ride. This is most convenient so that the battery is ready to go when you are. Ultimately, charging after very ride may shorten it’s life, but the difference is not really worth the inconvenience or not having the bike ready to ride when you are. But, if you don’t plan to ride for a while, a few weeks or months, store the battery around 50% charge. Check it periodically to keep it between 20% and 80% charged.

Store the battery at room temperature. Don’t leave it in the garage where temperatures may go below freezing or above 100 degrees.

Don’t leave the battery on the charger after it has come to a full charge. Most all of the newer chargers, from name-brand manufacturers, have an automatic charge limit, that does not come back on until the battery drops measurably in voltage. In other words, it will not hurt the battery if you accidentally leave it on the charger. However, leaving it on the charger will cause the battery to get recharged periodically, leaving it in a full-charge state constantly (reducing lifespan), and it uses up your charge cycles.

Don’t let the battery sit in the sun. This can overheat it and cause damage. Definitely go ride in the sun or heat. That’s okay. You’re moving and this helps keep the battery cool. In cold weather riding, the battery will not work as well because the cold slows the chemical reaction in the battery cells, so you cannot expect as much range, but you can still go for a ride. Keep the battery in the vehicle when traveling and out of the elements. Only charge the battery when it has reached room temperatures. Too cold or too hot charging can hurt the battery. Avoid charging the battery with a fast charger when possible. Fast charging does shorten the battery lifespan.

Most modern batteries, such as Shimano, Yamaha, Samsung, Panasonic, Bosh and Specialized, are the best that can be found today. You can expect 500 to 800 full charging cycles before the battery begins to show significant signs of age. Some customers report 1,500 or more cycles before losing steam. As well, you can count a quarter charge as a quarter cycle. Meaning, you can get 3,200 quarter cycles.

Where does the motor attach? Motors may be attached or configured in many ways: clamped on the back and with a friction wheel to push the tire, a motor attached to the side of the bike with a chain driving the wheel, integrated into the wheel hub (front or back), or as part of the pedal crank – mounted in the center of the bike frame. The most common configuration is the motor integrated into the wheel hub. The motor is what provides the assistance. It can be attached to the tire, the hub, the chain or the pedals. With the most common hub motor, the bicycle looks like a normal bike, except for a larger wheel hub. This leaves a lot of space for a bike rack and the battery. It also protects the motor from damage and moving parts away from the rider. Mounting the motor on the rear hub gives added traction, but also some complexity if you need to change the tire. With the hub motor in the front, there is less complexity, but less traction overall. Tire mounted motors are generally easy to install, but very unreliable (and usually are found as kits). Center drive motors mount at the pedals, provide good balance and give easy access to change flat tires. They are newer and more complex, but are gaining in popularity. Older styles include having the motor hang on the side, driven by a chain, but have lost popularity because they are damaged easily, are low wattage, and require frequent maintenance.

What type of motor is best? Most commonly available motors are either direct drive or geared drive. Both direct drive and geared motors use electric power from the battery to turn the wheels. Direct drive motors have no gears and no brushes, reducing wear and complexity. Geared drives tend to be smaller and provide greater power (torque) when starting off or at lower speeds, but are more complex and have a greater number of wear points. Both types come at various levels of quality and performance. Direct drive motors have fewer moving parts and may last longer, are quieter, weigh a little more, but have better efficiency at normal speeds. Geared drive motors deliver power from the start better, weigh a little less and provide more consistent power delivery at all speeds. Opinions about which is better is somewhat subjective, leaving rider to decide what functions suit them best. A more sophisticated motor is a stepped motor, such as the Shimano E8000. Stepper motors are DC motors that move in discrete steps. They have multiple coils that are organized in groups called phases. By energizing each phase in sequence, the motor will rotate, one step at a time. With a computer controlled stepping you can achieve very precise speed control. For this reason, stepper motors are the motor of choice for center drive systems as they can more precisely apply torque, yielding a smooth and natural feel to the motor. Most all center mounted drive systems are geared. Mounting the motor at the pedals allows the motor to used the bicycle’s gears, improving efficiency and transfer of power at different speeds.

Rear Wheel (hub) drive e-bikes Rear wheel (hub) e-bikes offer a good economical solution, as they are the simplest method of adding a motor to a bike, providing pedal assist and/or throttle to an e-bike. The design is less complicated and easier to manufacture as well, so rear wheel / hub drive e-bikes can be priced more competitively. It also puts all of the extra weight on the wheel for best traction. Compared with mid-drive e-bikes, rear wheel (hub) motors are much more common, making up perhaps 90% of the e-bike market. The biggest downside for rear drive is it is very difficult to change a flat tire. The wheel is heavy and the axle is usually bulky and keyed. As well, the bike can become unbalanced if the hub is very heavy or the battery is mounted on the back too.

Front Wheel (hub) drive e-bikes Front wheel (hub) e-bikes, like rear wheel, offer a more economical solution, especially if you are doing a conversion or a trike. The design is less complicated and easier to manufacture as well, so front-wheel-drive e-bikes can be priced more competitively. Front drive is a disadvantage for traction though, because there is little weight on the tire compared to rear drive. A big advantage for front drive is it is much easier to change a flat than a rear drive.

Mid-Drive e-bikes Mid-drive offers the highest efficiency and performance for e-bikes. They are more expensive than hub-drive e-bikes, but offer superior performance, especially in hilly terrain. Mid-drives incorporate the bicycle’s transmission as the gears for the motor, allowing the electric motor to operate in the optimum RPM range. Because they are more efficient, the battery can last longer (which can also made the bike lighter, since a smaller battery can be used.) Mid-drive e-bikes also handle better than their rear wheel / hub drive cousins, because the weight of the motor is balanced in the middle of the bike. Mid-drive has some downsides: they can be noisier than hub drive models, and are more complicated to service. Despite these downsides, they are usually the best choice for riding in hilly terrain, or off-road. By far though, mid-drive motor setups make changing a flat very straightforward, as it is just like any bike.

What about the brakes? Brakes can be rim-style or disk. Disk brakes come in mechanical and hydraulic. Rim or V-brakes work by squeezing the rim of the wheel and have been used for years. Disk brakes are newer, but have been perfected to the point where they are better than rim brakes. Disk brakes work by squeezing a small disk attached to the wheel. Mechanical disk brakes work using a wire that is pulled at the brake handle to apply pressure to the disk. Hydraulic brakes are similar, except they use a fluid, usually brake fluid or mineral oil, to transfer the pressure to the disk. Disk brakes stop better than rim type and work better when wet. Hydraulic brakes are more reliable and stop better with greater feel and road feedback. Disk brakes are preferred on an electric bike because of the increased weight of the bike, applying better stopping power. Nearly all of the newer electric bikes come with disk brakes because they have become almost as inexpensive to install as rim brakes. Mechanical disk brakes are less expensive and work well, but do require more maintenance and attention. Many bikes will cut off the motor when the brake is actuated.

How does the bike know how much power to apply? Speed sensors limit maximum power assist for most bikes at 20mph (S-pelelec 28mph). Cadence sensors tell the motor controller how fast you are pedaling. Torque sensors tell the controller how hard you are pedaling. speed, cadence and torque sensors may all be used to help the motor controller modulate the power provided to the motor. A speed sensor helps the rider stay within the federal regulations and guidelines, limiting power-assisted bicycles usually to 20mph (State and Local laws may vary. AZ is 20mph). Cadence, and the more advanced torque, sensors help the controller make the motor feel natural and efficient. If the bike only has a throttle, it is unlikely to have cadence or torque sensors, as they would be superfluous.

How fast can I go? Any bicycle, electric or otherwise, can go quite fast. None of the electric bikes have a governor or speed limiting device, other than to stop applying power (helping) after a preset limit (usually 20mph or 28mph). Obviously, pedaling or going downhill, you can go over 28mph. Electric assisted bicycles, foot-powered elect/gas scooters, and gas-powered bicycles all fall into a general bucket of law enforcement. Simply put, they are not automobiles, motorcycles, mopeds or ATVs. For the most part, they are unregistered, unlicensed and not titled or plated, need not be insured, and require no license to operate. The laws in Arizona are not exactly clear, leaving enforcement and interpretation up to local law enforcement. In general, Federal laws restrict speed to 20mph and less than 750W at the motor (under 49cc for gas). To be as safe as possible in regards to the law, keep your speed under 20mph, stay out of traffic, use bike lanes as appropriate, yield to pedestrians, obey all traffic laws, wear a helmet and be courteous. In Arizona, Law enforcement may interpret your riding how they see fit, considering public safety first.

How far can I go? The bigger the battery, the farther you can go. A lighter rider on a lighter bike will go farther. Small profile, high-pressure, tires go faster, easier. Several factors affect range: temperature (warmer is better), wind, hills, tires and pressure, how much you pedal, battery age, motor design, battery type, etc. A 24v 10Ah battery supplies 240W-Hours of energy. A 48v 10Ah battery supplies twice the energy at 480W-hours. A 36v 20Ah battery holds twice the energy of a 36v 10Ah battery. Under moderate load, assisted with pedaling, most bikes will go 20 miles before needing a charge. Some models will go 40 miles between charges. Under a hard load, the bike might only go 5-10 miles before running out. Of course, you can always pedal home. Lithium Ion batteries will last three or more months without being charged, sitting on the shelf. That said, Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storing, charging and disposal. Major factors affecting distance on a charge: Wind, human effort, battery capacity (in watt-hours), voltage (higher voltages are more efficient), weight (both the bike and rider), hills (even with regenerative systems, you never get much back), tire pressure (keep those tires filled), maintenance (a rubbing brake can rob a lot of power), motor RPM (every motor has a sweet spot. usually slow, hard pedaling is a power waster), battery age, and charge (the first half of the battery charge is livelier than the last half).

What is the controller? The controller is the brain. It interfaces the motor to the battery, through user input (throttle or pedal assist). The controller is the central electronic unit that controls when battery power is applied to the motor. It does this by interfacing to the most, if not all, the electric bicycle specific components including the battery, throttle, sensors, motor, brake override, and display. The controller regulates everything for smooth, dependable operation.

What about insurance? Many times, your homeowner or renter insurance may allow you to add your bike to the policy. However, it may be a better idea to purchase a separate policy from an insurer that specifically covers e-bikes. EBR has a good article on insurance that may help. Either way, make sure you are protected with a good lock and be very careful where you store your bike.

What about regenerative braking? As you pedal up a hill, you create potential energy that can be recaptured on the decent. Equally, if you are going 20mph, coming to a stop can generate power. This potential and kinetic energy can be captured through the motor or braking system to charge the battery. On a Prius electric car, which weighs two-tons, this can translate into a significant amount of energy. On a bicycle, it is really negligible. With most electric bikes, the notion of recapturing lost energy is small because most of the kinetic energy used to accelerate or climb a hill, is lost in wind resistance, tire flex, heat loss and other factors. Potential energy, by virtue of the ride down the hill, is quite small (you don’t weight that much). In other words, there is nothing to gain through regeneration. Comparing two bikes, one with regenerative braking and the other without, both will travel about the same total distance on a given charge. In the end, it is hard to justify the added cost of regenerative braking on an e-bike.

How can I transport my e-bike?E-bikes are heavier than non-electric bikes because of their motors and batteries. As a result, you might not be able to easily put it into your trunk like a regular bike. When putting your electric bike in your car isn’t an option, we recommend using a car rack. They’re easy to install, easy to secure your e-bike to, and leave space inside your car. But not all car racks are made for the weight of an electric bike. Some e-bikes weigh upwards of 60 pounds, and many car racks just can’t handle that weight. Most trunk racks are not compatible as they typically have a per bike weight limit of 35 pounds. Even most hanging style racks are not an option because most are rated for 40 pounds per bike. Tray style hitch car racks are the best option (the only option, really). We recommend this style because you don’t have to lift your e-bike high up off the ground and maneuver it onto a hanging style rack. Each of the bike’s wheels are secured to a tray that holds the bike. Also, there are several rated for electric bikes. But, even with tray hitch racks, you’ll have to check the capacity. Some racks have a 60 pound per bike capacity, but you have to be aware of the total weight capacity too. Even though a rack may have a 60 pound per bike weight capacity, the entire rack may only have a 100-pound total capacity (meaning it might only hold one e-bike). We carry Kuat bike racks that are rated for the weight of an e-bike? Read more: Kuat Racks.

What about an e-bike versus a gas bike? Dollar-for-dollar, Gas bikes generally cost a lot less and are more powerful than an electric bike. They do require much more attention and maintenance. Without question, they are noisy, messy and smelly. Gas bicycles come with a small, often 2-stroke, motor (oil is premixed with the gas). Some may have a 4-stroke motor, often larger and heavier, but most bicycle frames cannot handle a lot of stress, so large motors are unusual. power is just a motorcycle. Just like an e-bike, the gas motor is used to provide extra pedaling power to the bicycle. Electric bikes do cost more than gas bikes, but are clean and friendly to the environment, with far less maintenance. With either motor type, the rider may use the motor to assist in pedaling, reducing the effort used to move the bicycle. All electric bikes have the option of turning off the motor and even leaving the battery at home, making the bike a traditional pedal bike. Gas bikes are very cumbersome to operate without the engine running. For more on gas bikes, go to the Gas Bike FACs page.

What does Wikipedia have to say? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle_laws#Arizona)

Motorized electric bicycles and tricycles meeting the definition under the applicable statute are not subject to title, licensing, insurance, or registration requirements, and may be used upon any roadway authorized for use by conventional bicycles, including use in bike lanes integrated with motor vehicle roadways. Unless specifically prohibited, electric bicycles may be operated on multi-use trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, or other non-motorized usage, and upon paths designated for the exclusive use of bicycles. No operator’s license is required, but anyone operating a bicycle on Arizona roads must carry proof of identity. A motorized electric bicycle or tricycle is legally defined as a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with a helper motor that may be self-propelled, which is operated at speeds of less than twenty-miles-per-hour. Electric bicycles operated at speeds of twenty miles an hour or more, but less than twenty-five miles per hour may be registered for legal use on the roadways as mopeds, and above twenty-five miles-per-hour as a registered moped with an ‘M’ endorsement on the operator’s driving license. However, mopeds in Arizona are prohibited from using bike lanes on motor vehicle roadways. The Arizona statute governing motorized electric bicycles does not prohibit local jurisdictions from adopting an ordinance that further regulates or prohibits the operation of motorized electric bicycles or tricycles. (Note: to be registered, a vehicle must comply with all the legal requirements, such as, lights and mirrors.)

From The IMBA

The following is an excerpt from the IMBA website ( Rules of the Trail ) and represents a very logical approach to mountain biking:

[The] IMBA developed these Rules of the Trail to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures. Ask the appropriate land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you and the environment around you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Don’t ride around standing water which results in widening the trail. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. Consider improving the trail experience for those that follow by picking up and removing any litter.

Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits. Social conflicts on trails often result when riders are going too fast.

Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Mountain bikers should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to all users headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe, controlled and courteous one.

Never Scare Animals: Animals such as horses are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, dismount from your bike, walk around them on the downhill side of the trail, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

from People For Bikes

e-Bike Trekking

Touring on an e-bike

The idea of taking long excursions on a bike can be daunting. However, commuting, short touring,or extended trips, all are within your reach with an e-bike. On low power, or level one assist, most trips of 35-45 miles are within the capabilities of the standard battery pack. Trekking or commuter e-bikes are made to be efficient at higher speeds, with low rolling resistance. That means you can go farther per charge than on a mountain e-bike or cruiser e-bike. Many trekkers take their charger on longer rides, stopping for a charge break along the way. Fortunately, trekking bikes are reasonably light weight, where the battery and motor adds only 15-20 extra pounds. You and your gear, plus water (1-pound per 16oz), usually weigh over 250 pounds. That means a 100-mile ride is achievable.

The 28mph Haibike XDURO Trekking S 5.0 (Bosch motor) and the 20mph Haibike SDURO Trekking 5.0 (Yamaha motor) are very smooth and efficient. I was able to ride mine for 55 miles on power Level One, over moderately level ground, and still had a few watt-hours to spare on either bike. It took a little over two hours to charge back up. Obviously, your distance and recharge time will vary, but with prudent use, longer distance is not unreasonable. The iZip Protour uses the 48v/500w Currie TranzX motor for S-Pedelec assisted speeds of up to 28mph, and features a cell phone interface for control and stats. I got a little less mileage on the iZip (45-miles). Interestingly, the Haibike Bosch 36v/350w system seems to have about the same power and range as the iZip. But, the iZip feels faster. I did try all the bikes at full power climbing hills and found they all could be completely depleted in about 15 miles, when ridden hard. Recharge time after that was a little less than 4-hours.

Trekking bikes are also a good choice for commuting. Ditch the car and go green. These bikes are very reliable and way cheaper than a car. They cruise pretty fast too. Specs aside, all three bikes are very highly rated, come in several sizes and with different options. The best part is you can come to our shop and test ride them before you buy.

Pfautec SCOOBO Bosch Mid-Drive 500 Wh Electric Tricycle

Shipping is FREE on all our products. As soon as we receive your order, we’ll start processing it immediately which usually takes 1-3 business days.Shipping usually takes between 3-7 business days depending on the carrier and your location. As soon as your order is shipped, we’ll send you an email containing your tracking number. We ship only within the US and use various shipping providers (UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, etc.)

Easy Returns

Returns are subject to suppliers’ return policy (7-90 days depending on the manufacturer) Specific information about each product return can be found on product page. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. If eligible for return, we’ll send you a prepaid return label and arrange a pickup.

Price Match Guarantee

At Urban E Bikes we work very hard to ensure that we offer the absolute best online. If you find another online store that offers a lower price than us within 14 days of your purchase date please let us know and we will refund your original payment method for the difference. We want you to feel confident that you are getting the absolute best price for the product you are ordering.

Financing

We’ve partnered with Klarna to offer you a simple, risk-free way to finance your e-bike purchase! Klarna provides payment solutions for 60 million customers across 100,000 merchants in 14 countries. They offer an option with 0% interest if you pay within 6 or 12 months (depending on the total price). You can place your order today and then pay in easy monthly installments later.

Safe, comfortable, and with lasting power, the Scoobo takes you through the city and across the country. Equipped with a Bosch Active-Line-Plus motor system and a powerful 500 Wh battery, it is an ideal companion for extended tours, even beyond city limits. The hydraulic disc brakes at the rear and front are equipped with a parking brake function and, together with the smooth-running 7-gear Nexus freewheel hub from Shimano, create a pleasant riding experience. The low middle bar also makes getting on and off the tricycle easy. The Scoobo combines comfortable and casual cycling in all situations and lets you effortlessly master even longer distances. The electric tricycle is suitable for extended shopping tours, city trips, and relaxing excursions to the countryside. Simple, safe and intuitive to use, our Scoobo is a comfortable vehicle where you have everything firmly in view: Handlebars, pedals, gears, and front wheel are in your field of vision. The large and comfortable seat can also be effortlessly adjusted in height and inclination, so that you may not only relax on your tour, but also have a good overview of the traffic at all times. For those who like to keep things easy. The comfortable, large seat can be quickly and easily adjusted in height and inclination. This ensures a relaxed seating position from which the traffic situation can be safely overlooked. To stop, just take one foot off the pedal and reach the ground while seated.

SPECIFICATION

  • Bosch Active-Line-Plus mid-motor
  • Purion display
  • 500Wh battery
  • Color: Iron Glimmer
  • Differential for optimal handling
  • 7-speed freewheel hub
  • Suspension rear swingarm
  • Hydraulic disc brakes (front and rear) from Tektro with easy-to-use parking brake
  • Anti-flat tires
  • Double wall rims
  • Frame is steel with anticorrosive powder coating
  • Wheel size is 16 inch front, 20 inch rear
  • Payload of 330 lbs. and fits through standard doorways
  • Hydraulic Brakes and parking brake
  • Fully adjustable seat and handlebars

SHIPPING

Order Confirmation: We understand that getting your items quickly is important to you, so we make every effort to process your order as soon as possible. As soon as you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation email. This means that we have received your order in our system and pre-authorized your credit card for the purchase. As soon as we receive your order, we automatically reach out to our suppliers to confirm that it is in stock and available for immediate shipment. If your item is on backorder or unavailable, we will void the pre-authorization and reach out to you via email. If your item(s) are available for immediate shipment (within 5 business days), we will process the charges and submit the order for shipment.

Order Shipment: If your order is stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order. We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provided when checking out. If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at info@urban-ebikes.com

Shipping Times: We provide ground shipping to the lower 48 states. Orders to AK HI are shipped by AIR at additional cost. You may contact as at info@urban-ebikes.com to obtain rates for those shipments. Shipping to the lower 48 states usually takes between 3 to 5 business days but you should allow 3 to 10 business days depending on the carrier we use (FedEx, UPS and/or USPS) and delivery location.

Damages: Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when they arrive, if you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery. If your item(s) do arrive damaged, please send photos to info@urban-ebikes.com and we will process an insurance claim on your behalf.

Cancellations Refunds: All orders canceled after 24 hours are subject to up to a 20% administration fee, whether or not your order has shipped. If your order has shipped, you (the buyer) will also be responsible for actual return shipping charges. Refunds will only be issued to the original credit card that you use when placing your order.

RETURNS

If you wish to return an order to us, either in part or in its entirety; comprising any product we offer, and for any reason of your own accord; it must be returned to us freight/shipping prepaid. All returns will be subject to inspection. We are happy to accept only unused items, in their original packaging, returned no later than 30 days from the original purchase date. All returned products are subject to a 15% restocking fee and additional freight/shipping charges if the order is refused or marked undeliverable.

Exchanges: We would be happy to provide an exchange for an item, within a 30-day window from original date of purchase; at an equal or lesser value. Proof of original purchase is required.

Refunds: Please allow a minimum of 7 business days for a refund to reflect on your original method of payment.

DEFECTIVE MERCHANDISE: In the event of defective merchandise, we reserve the right to replace the item, contingent upon the warranty policy set forth by the brand. Please see our Warranty Policy for all warranty related terms and conditions.

DAMAGED GOODS: (Cycle Force Group dba NAC) must be notified of all claims for items damaged while in transit or during shipping within 2 days of receiving. Damage during transit must be noted, legibly, on the bill of lading or shipping documents. Save all freight bills of lading, packing lists, shipping cartons and packing materials until the damage claim and all related matter is resolved. The shipping carrier often requests to see the damages to the shipping materials, as well as the damaged merchandise, so we ask that you be prepared to provide us with photos that will be utilized to resolve your issue.

All return requests must be submitted in writing and sent to info@urban-ebikes.com If your return is approved you will receive an email from us with return instructions.

Securely pack all the returned items in the original packaging and include any other paperwork requested in the return approval email.

We recommend taking a picture of the package and/or the item before shipping.

Ship the package. We will either provide you a return shipping label or you will have to arrange the shipping yourself. You can use UPS or FedEx Ground if your order was delivered by one of these carriers. If your item is larger and was delivered with one of the LTL freight carriers you need to make sure the box is put on a pallet and schedule a pickup with an LTL freight carrier.

Please provide us with the tracking number.

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.

If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will be automatically applied to the original method of payment within 10 business days.

‘PFAU-Tec’ stands for quality ‘made in Germany’. That means no compromises when it comes to safety. The proven, therapy suitable bicycles / special tricycles for children and adults are produced from the construction to the complete assembly all in-house. This is a clear economic commitment to our region: PFAU-Tec and PFIFF together in Germany and now in the USA.

WARRANTY

Cycle Force Group dba NAC warrants its bicycles to the original purchaser, to be free from defects in material and in workmanship as outlined in the following:

Limited Lifetime warranty on bicycle frame, as long as the bicycle is owned by the original purchaser excluding the following models:

-downhill, jumping, freestyle

-suspension related equipment (bushings, bearings, pivot pins, pivot tubes and bolts) including complete forks except as warranted by the original equipment manufacturer.

One-year limited warranty on all original parts, including handlebar, saddles, grips,

stems, pedals, and fork. A one-year limited warranty also includes all accessories,

in the event of manufacturing defects, and up to the discretion of the distributor.

The following items are included: apparel, locks, pumps, computers, bags, tools,

6-month warranty on wearable items, including saddles, tires, tubes, grips, brake pads. What Cycle Force Group will do: In the event of a defective bicycle part, Cycle Force Group dba NAC will, at its option, repair or replace the defective bicycle part within warranty period, at no cost to you except for shipping and dealer charges if any.

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PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

We work very hard to ensure that we offer the absolute best online. If you find another online store that offers a lower price than us within three months of your purchase date please let us know and we will refund your original payment for the difference. We want you to feel confident that you are getting the absolute best price for the product you are ordering. If you find that our own website has a lower price for the same item you have ordered within three months of your purchase date will refund the difference as well.

To request your partial refund simply e-mail us a link to the same product on our website, or on our competitors website within three months from the date of your order and we will process the credit accordingly.Our 100% Price Guarantee has some limitations:You must purchase the item from our website before requesting your Price Match GuaranteePromotions such as rebates and buy one, get one free offers are not eligibleThe item must be in stock on the competitors websiteThe competitor must be an online store, they may not have a retail locationThe website can not be a discounter or auction website (ie; eBay, overstock, etc.)The competitor must be an Authorized Retailer of the product in questionThe Price Match Guarantee includes the item price and the shipping charges, it excludes sales taxThis Price Match Policy is not Applicable during the holiday season from November 15th. January 3rd.

Special Needs Tricycles From Ferla Family Bikes

Adaptive bikes for special needs open doors for a variety of individuals with special needs, developmental disabilities, and those who are physically challenged. We believe in creating solutions for people who are differently abled, especially those that help their families and loved ones find some extra convenience, comfort, and assistance.

In this piece, we’re going to explore what exactly adaptive bikes for special needs adults are, how they can be of service to disabled individuals, and how Ferla Family Cargo Bikes offer many valuable comforts, capabilities, and safety features discerning buyers might be looking for.

The goal is to help people find the ideal ride to meet their loved ones’ specific needs and circumstances. From a mode of green transportation for commuting, to a social exercise mobile — Ferla Family Cargo Bikes special needs tricycles can offer a variety of value, assistance, and fun.

Special Needs Tricycles Bikes For Disabled Adults, Seniors, Children

“Special Needs Bikes, also known as Special Needs Tricycles, adaptive bike with limited mobility to experience the joy and freedom of bike riding while providing a safe way to exercise and increase muscle strength and tone.” Rehabmart.

Beginning with the fair and well-worded Rehabmart depiction, and drawing on Ferla’s own specific experiences building its own electric tricycle for disabled adults — we believe that a Ferla Family Cargo bike for a disabled person both meets the criteria for special needs bikes, but that our products exceed it with more capabilities to serve a wider variety of differently abled individuals in more ways.

To begin, we’re going to explain what our front load cargo bikes are, how they function. Then with that context, we’ll go on to explain how Ferla Family Cargo Bikes have proven to be helpful for people with special needs, disabilities, and physical challenges.

What Is A Front Load Cargo Bike?

Also known as a bakfiets in the Netherlands, a front load cargo bicycle features a spacious carriage space in front of the handlebars. Different brands vary in size, but Ferla Family Cargo Bikes can comfortably seat up to four people, or 350 lbs of cargo.

The bike’s high capacity makes it a valuable asset for differently abled children and adults. People with different needs travel with different equipment, medicine, etc. — the spacious Ferla Cargo Bikes offer more capacity to help carry such products than any similar special needs trikes.

The sleek curved wooden box is made with a bamboo composite and is of the utmost quality. The adaptive tricycle-style build necessary for a front load cargo bike makes for a more stable and controlled riding experience. All in all, the size, stability, and spaciousness of a front load make it an interesting choice for a special needs bike.

How Ferla Works As A Tricycle For Differently Abled Ones

Ferla Family Cargo Bikes absolutely help people with limited mobility and mental disabilities experience the joy and freedom of riding a bike. At the top of the many benefits that come with owning a special needs tricycle, we love how they inspire increased family time.

Across the vast world of those with disabilities, families face a great variety of challenges that are emotional, physical, financial, and more. Every family who has to work harder to ensure a safe and equal life for their loved one, or loved ones, can benefit from more time together, especially outdoors.

Adaptive bikes for special needs from Ferla Family lifts the limitations, and makes a trip to school, or therapy, or anywhere a fun, healthy, memorable experience. Having an outlet for the family to bike together promotes inclusivity, which is an incomparably important concept to Champion with disabled and differently abled individuals.

For those who are interested and suited for cycling, the easy-to-steer handlebars make for a smooth transition into fun rides. In these cases, those riders could increase muscle strength and tone. In addition to offering those who are differently abled cycling opportunities, our family cargo trikes also let those who want to travel as passengers an excellent, comfortable, emissions-free mode of transportation.

Whether or not an individual is limited from being able to pedal, they can enjoy the convenience, safety, and enriching nature of sitting in one of our front bucket compartments, especially with the advanced Ferla Family Cargo Bike. Royce Edition, that can be upgraded with side door access to make entering and exiting easier.

The fresh air inherent in every ride on a Ferla Family Cargo Bike offers health benefits to caretakers and riders with disabilities, especially those who are otherwise limited from outdoor activities in any capacity.

The adventure can also serve to benefit a parent who might be cycling both from a physical health perspective, and from a convenience perspective — electric models offer emissions-free, pedal-assist boosts that make everyday commuting as fast and easy as driving a car.

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The Royce Edition

Originally built as a custom Ferla Family Cargo Bike for a client with special needs, The Royce Edition has become an equally popular option for all varieties of consumer.

Nearly identical to our signature special needs trike, the Ferla Family Cargo Bike. Royce Edition features optional sleek, push-snap door upgrade to make stepping in and out of the front bucket all the easier. This special model has proven to be a major asset to children and adults with special needs who’ve joined the Ferla Family.

On our product page, the Royce Edition is priced higher than the signature Ferla Family Cargo Bike, because the doors are an added luxury feature.

We understand that these features represent something totally different than luxury for those who the model was originally built for. Because of this, we offer the Royce Edition at the same price as the base model cargo bike for those who are differently abled, have special needs, or disabilities. Essentially, offering the doors for free, it’s one of many small steps we take to make our bikes as affordable and accessible to all.

Who Uses Special Needs Bikes?

Looking at the breadth of the definition of adaptive tricycles for the disabled, it’s clear that there is a wide range of adaptive bikes for special needs suitable for children and seniors with an innumerable number of conditions. Looking at different to different options like a tricycle for adults with disabilities, or special needs bikes for adults and children can help those looking to find the right fit. Looking at Ferla Family Cargo Bikes, we see the front bucket compartment as helpful for those with all varieties of circumstances. For example, some people who’ve found our special needs trikes helpful include:

  • Children with physical or mental disabilities.
  • Adults with physical or mental disabilities.
  • Older people with limited moving capabilities.

As a passenger, there are truly endless circumstances in which riding a Ferla Family Cargo Bike can be beneficial. As a rider, people with physical conditions that benefit from the rigor of pedalling one of our bikes for handicapped adults.

The Benefits Of Cargo Tricycle For Disability

One of the best designs for adapted bikes for disabled adults or kids is a 3-wheel tricycle approach. The Ferla Family Cargo features a design that prioritizes safety, style, and usability. The spacious front load bucket is equipped with three-point safety harness belts. Enviable add-ons like the Fully Enclosed Sun Rain Canopy ensure that your precious passengers can stay dry and safe in all seasons.

As far as accessible cycling options go — The Ferla Family options are as easy to maneuver as any. Having a loved one push you is fun, inspiring, and social on top of physically beneficial for them. Whether being utilized as a rider or passenger — special needs bikes and trikes offer a wide variety of benefits for differently abled people and their families.

The Ultimate Ferla Family Cargo Special Needs Bike

To build the ultimate bicycle for handicapped persons — explore Ferla Family Cargo’s extensive collection of attractive accessories. The sleek Bimini Top can offer your passenger shade on the sunniest of days.

Sleek Ferla Cargo Bike Tables make for convenient dining on the go. Explore more today, to discover how to make our special needs bicycles for adults perfect for you.

Customizing Your Ride With Ferla

In addition to decking it out with accessories, your Ferla Family Cargo Bike can be customized in a number of ways. The Royce Edition, which is an elevated model featuring optional drop-back doors was originally designed as a custom model to help out a customer with disabilities. Now this model, once a special bike for disabled people, is one of our most popular offerings.

Available at an elevated, luxury price on our website, we realize that The Ferla Family Cargo Bike. Royce Edition’s doors mean a lot more to its original riders. To help make riding more accessible for individuals with disabilities and their families — Ferla offers the added Royce Doors for FREE to those who identify as having disabilities, special needs, and being differently abled.

We believe in offering the best and most thoughtful features we can to help make the world a better place. Everyone deserves fresh air, exercise, and emissions-free travel, and the Royce Edition, as well as our signature base model Ferla Family Cargo Bike are here to help facilitate that belief in the most effective way possible.

Conversations are key, and we are here to answer any and all questions people have about our adaptive bikes for special needs and how they can serve specific individuals’ various needs. Please contact our team with any thoughts, questions, or requests regarding a bicycle for disabled.

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