Frequently asked questions about hybrid electric bikes
How fast can electric bikes go?
On motor power alone, our electric bikes can travel up to 20 mph, depending on the weight of the rider and the difficulty of the terrain. Downhill and/or with the rider pedaling, higher speeds may be achieved.
How far can an electric bike go on a single charge?
Different models have different ranges. Hybrid Cycles offers several models that can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge in pedal-assist mode, while others can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge in pedal-assist mode. These ranges assume a 150-pound rider traveling on flat ground and may vary based on rider and terrain.
How do the different modes work?
Hybrid electric bicycles use batteries to power a quiet, efficient electric motor. In pedal-assist mode (electric-motor-assist mode), the bike senses the torque applied while pedaling, and the motor kicks in as needed to help the rider, making it easier to pedal up hills or on long rides. In throttle mode (electric motor power mode), the motor does all the work and the rider need not pedal at all. In manual mode (traditional mode), the rider shuts off the motor completely and pedals the bike just like a conventional bicycle.
The throttle / electric motor power mode requires the least exertion and provides the most speed on flat terrain, while the pedal-assist / electric-motor-assist mode provides the furthest range on a single charge.
How do you charge the battery?
Simply plug the charger into any standard wall outlet and insert the battery into the charger.
How long does it take to charge the battery completely?
Charge times vary depending on the charge depletion, the manufacturer, model, and battery type. The initial charge should take between 6-12 hours. A fully depleted SLA battery takes between 6-8 hours to charge, while NiMH & Li Ion batteries take between 4-6 hours. Electric bikes cost very little to charge.
What is the battery life?
With normal usage and proper maintenance, the battery should last 800 charge cycles.
How often should I charge the battery?
For longest life, charge the battery after each ride (or daily, if you ride more than once a day). If your bike is out of use for a long period of time, you should charge the battery at least once every three weeks.
Does the battery recharge while riding?
On most bikes, no. The Sanyo eneloop bike employs a regenerative "energy looping" electrical system, which recharges the battery while you are coasting or braking. While this does extend the power-assist range somewhat, you will still need to plug in the battery for a full charge.
Do I always need to pedal?
No. Throttle mode requires no pedaling at all. Pedal-assist mode requires pedaling, but provides more power for climbing.
What sort of maintenance does an electric bike require?
Care for your hybrid bicycle as you would any other high-end bicycle. Keep it clean and dry, keep your battery charged, and take it into a bike shop periodically for tune-ups.
Are electric bicycles considered bikes, or are they motor vehicles?
Electric bikes are considered bikes (not motor vehicles), under federal law, unless your state or local entity has passed a law otherwise. Normal bicycle laws apply. Be sure to check your state and local laws for any recent changes.
Do electric bikes require a license or registration?
The rules vary from state to state. Check with your local DMV for information about electric bikes for your state. Rider age minimums and helmet laws also apply to electric bikes in some states.
Where can I ride a hybrid bicycle?
You can ride a hybrid bike anywhere you would ride a regular bike. Our electric mountain bikes are just as comfortable on a dirt road or trail as they are on a paved path or road.
I live outside the Philadelphia area. Can I still purchase an electric bike from Hybrid Cycles?
Yes! While our showrooms are located in Chester County PA, we accept all major credit cards, and we are happy to ship our e-bikes anywhere in the United States. Please contact us to learn more.