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2400 Broadway  Oakland California

510-763-2453  Open 7 days a week

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FAQs
WHAT MAKES AN ELECTRIC BIKE?
A 'regular' bike with standard shifting and braking, an electric motor, and a battery. Also included in the e-bikes that we carry are LCD screens much like a cycling computer you'd find on a road bike. (It's important to know not only your speed when riding, but how much range is left on your battery).

HOW DO E-BIKES WORK?
Simply put, an e-bike assists you in pedaling your bike.  A sensor, coupled with the desired level of pedal-assist you've selected, determines the amount of assistance.  You can pedal completely on your own, have a little help (which is most conservative on battery usage), or have a lot of help (going up that hill just got easy!)  Some e-bikes also have a throttle or a 'boost' mode; some of our customers use this to start from stop light or when they encounter a hill. 
HOW MUCH POWER?  
In California, the maximum power of an electric bike is 750 watts. Our bikes have power ranging from 250-500 watts (which is amazingly quick and powerful!)
HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST?
While one of our bikes has a stated range of up to 90 miles, most of the bikes' batteries range from 35-60 miles.  Range varies with the mode you set, the terrain you're riding and the load you're carrying.
WHAT'S A MID-DRIVE MOTOR?
Ah.. you've been doing your homework!  E-bikes typically fall into 2 categories of motors: hub-drive and mid-drive.  The hub drive is what it sounds like--the motor is in the rear hub of the bike and a mid-drive motor is where the crank and pedals are.  The design of the mid-drive motors typically provides more torque than you get from a hub drive motor.   Hub-drives are what we use when converting standard bikes into electric for customers. 
CAN I TURN MY BIKE INTO AN E-BIKE?
Yes-and no.  The added weight of a battery and motor might be too much for your bike frame.  Bring your bike in and have Clay assess whether it's a good candidate for an electric conversion.  
WHAT TYPES OF E-BIKES DOES BAB CARRY?
We carry Class 1, 2, and 3 bikes (see below), in both mid-drive and hub-drive styles. We stock mostly the types of bikes for everyday or commuter use, including electric cargo bikes. We can special order electric mountain bikes, speed bikes and fat bikes.
We also carry the only GPS-enabled e-bike with theft mode; this is also the most fun we've had on a bike!
WHAT ARE THE LAWS GOVERNING E-BIKES?
The California State Assembly recently passed AB-1096, which defines electric bicycles and rules pertaining to them.  There are 3 classes of electric bikes:
Class 1: low-speed pedal-assist; where the motor ceases to assist when speed reaches 20 mph
Class 2: low-speed throttle-assist; where the throttle ceases to assist after 20 mph
Class 3: speed pedal-assist; where the motor ceases to assist after speed reaches 28 mph and is equipped with a speedometer.  Riders of Class 3 electric bicycles must be at least 16 years old and must wear a helmet. 
No license is required to ride either class of electric bicycle.  Read an exerpt on the nation's leading e-bike legislation here.