There are many factors to consider when choosing an e-bike and one of the most important ones is where to buy it.
At Cit-E-Cycles, pronounced (City Cycles), we are committed to introducing high quality, sustainable alternative vehicles to the masses. We are a family owned and operated business located in beautiful Surrey, British Columbia, and when you choose to purchase your electric bicycle or electric scooter from Cit-E-Cycles you become one of the family not just another sale! From the first time you walk through our doors and are greeted with a warm smile you will be treated with respect, as we are all brothers and sisters of the Earth. We allow our customers to take all the time in the world when picking out their perfect E-Bike. We carry many of the top E-Bike brands from around North America and our customers are free to try out all of our products for themselves before they make their decision. We will always do our best to answer any questions you may have about our business and will never intentionally give you wrong information or try to steer you towards a particular product.
Cit-E-Cycles is a full service shop. We stand behind the quality of our products and we service what we sell. At Cit-E-Cycles we always take the time to carefully inspect every electric bicycle and electric scooter that leaves our shop. Unfortunately, some of our competitors don’t take the time to complete this crucial step and as a result some great E-Bike manufacturers have undeservingly obtained bad reputations for selling poor quality products. Most E-Bike failures are simply caused by loose wire connections which should be a part of every PDI inspection. Just think; where would Honda and Toyota be right now if they didn’t PDI any of their vehicles before delivery?
No. Canada and the United States have been trying for a few years to get vehicle emissions down. Most jurisdictions have adopted new regulations specifically permitting e-bikes on public roads. In their ‘green’ thinking they realized that more e-bikes could be on the roads if it were not for insurance and licensing issues. For most jurisdictions, riders must be 16 years of age or older, and are required to wear a bicycle helmet. Driver’s license, insurance and registration are not required . If in doubt about the rules in your specific area, please call your local transportation department.
The duration of the battery is determined by a few factors, such as how far you ride, how fast you ride, how many starts and stops you are doing, whether you are riding uphill a lot, and how heavy you are. Typically speaking, the average person of the average weight traveling on the average road for the average distance will get about 3-5 years of life out of their e-bike battery. Your particular situation may give you longer or shorter battery life.
The e-bikes that we sell have gone through rigorous testing to ensure that they are compliant with all e-bike laws. They have lighting turn signals, front and rear hand operated brakes, brake lights, headlights, tail lights, and speedometers. Another safety feature incorporated into all our e-bikes is a “kill switch” which shuts off all power to the motor with a flick of a switch.
Children love the e-bike, however, the e-bike laws clearly state that you must be 16 years of age at minimum to ride the bikes in public. At your discretion, you may be inclined to permit children to operate the bikes under adult supervision on your own private property. However, we at Cit-E-Cycles do not recommend this.
Your new e-bike is built to exacting standards, and uses the best components available. The battery is in a sealed compartment. However, the rest of electric and electronic components of your e-bike could suffer from water damage, when ridden in heavy rain, or left in foul weather conditions unprotected. We highly recommend the use of waterproof rain covers for your new bike.
Currently the law in Province of BC states that you must be wearing a helmet when operating an e-bike. There are helmets that are designed for typical bicycles and there are helmets that are designed for motorcycles. Typically speaking, the motorcycle helmets are heavier, more durable and more expensive. In contrast, the bicycle helmets are legal for use on the e-bikes but offer less protection. Depending on how you plan to use your bike will determine what type of helmet is most suitable for you.
We believe that riding in style is always a good thing. Though not necessary, a proper jacket will keep the elements off your street clothes. In the unlikely event of a crash, the bike jacket can provide protection. Gloves are important to keep your hands warm and also offer protection.