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BionX kits can convert your bicycle into an electric bike. They are light weight with a powerful lithium-ion battery and regenerative braking technology.
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E-Bike Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is an E-Bike?
An E-Bike is a bicycle with an electric motor to make normal pedaling much easier. Motors are usually rear-wheel-based or crankset-based. The motors drive the bike forward based on the amount of power supplied through the pedals by the rider. Some E-Bike systems don’t need any pedalling done by the rider; they operate with a throttle like a motorcycle.
Why would anyone need an E-Bike?
Because we live in San Francisco, we understand how challenging riding a bike up and down hills can be. An E-Bike drastically reduces the effort needed to get up and over that hill to reach your destination. So instead of arriving to work exhausted and soaked in sweat you can cruise into the office refreshed and ready to start the day.
How far can E-bikes go on a single charge?
Depending on the specific bike's motor wattage and battery size, E-bikes in San Francisco range from 30- 60 miles on average. We recommend charging the battery after each ride or at work before your commute home. No one wants to be stuck with a dead battery.
How long does it take to charge an E-Bike battery?
Depending on the size of your battery, a completely empty battery can take between 3.5-5 hours. The smaller the battery, the less time it takes for a full charge.
Do E-Bikes require any special way to charge their battery?
No, the power cord that comes with your purchased E-Bike system can be plugged into any normal electric outlet.
Can my current bike be converted into an E-Bike?
Yes. We love to work with our customers to convert their existing bike into a modern E-Bike. Using the Bionx Systems conversion kit, almost any bike can be turned into an E-Bike.
What about cargo bikes?
We can order cargo bikes with E-Bike systems already installed; these are the perfect bikes to carry your children with on the way to school or the grocery store. Children seats or large panniers can be installed incredibly easily on these bikes and the Pedal Assist system makes riding with these loads a breeze.
Can bicycle lights be attached to an E-Bike system?
Yes. New from Bionx are some incredibly bright and effective lights that plug directly into the same battery that power the motor. The headlight is 2000 lumens, which is just as bright as some car headlights!
Are there any age-requirements or special licenses needed to ride an E-Bike?
No. E-bikes are treated the same as regular bikes. Anybody can ride an E-Bike. They are allowed on the same streets and bike paths as regular un-assisted bikes. Just like normal bikes, we highly encourage everybody to wear a helmet every time they go on a ride.
What are the California Laws regarding E-Bikes?
According to California Law, E-Bikes are organized into two different classes depending on the type of motor. Class 2 bikes use a throttle and are limited to a maximum speed of 20 mph. Class 3 bikes are equipped with a proportional pedal assist system and are allowed to reach speeds of up to 28 mph.
How much upkeep to E-Bikes require?
The E-Bikes we sell require almost no special maintenance. Apart from normal mechanical tune-ups our E-Bikes need only periodic software updates that we can install at no cost to our customers.
How do you pronounce “Bionx?”
Just like “Bionics.”