Electric Bike Buyer's Guide
So what's the deal with electric bikes?
Electric bikes are taking the world by storm, and they've become very popular here in Toronto. We get lots of questions about ebikes so we put together a guide to answer most of the common ones.
In this guide, we'll cover basic info about electric bikes, the different types, the top brands, and why you should consider one for riding in and around Toronto. Plus, we have a whole FAQ section below.
Read on to get started
What is an electric bike?
Electric bikes are just like regular bicycles but with the addition of a pedal-assist motor and battery that give you a power boost when you ride. There are many different types , but think of them as a way to supercharge your riding experience.
Why ride an electric bike?
Ebikes can help you ride faster and farther with less effort than a regular bike. Whether you want to commute to work, cruise around town, or get in a workout on hilly roads and trails, electric bikes are a total game changer that will make you want to ride more and more.
How do electric bikes work?
Electric bikes work by using your own pedaling power to activate a motor which draws electricity from an on-board battery. At Sweet Pete's we sell pedal-assist electric bikes, which means you need to pedal to recieve the benefits from the motor.
What are the different types of electric bikes?
What are the best electric bikes brands?
We only sell the brands we love here at Sweet Pete's. While there are lots of companies to choose from, here are some of the brands that we and our customers love most.
Our Favorite Electric Bike Models
Here are some of our favorite electric bikes right now. These models are super popular with our customers and our staff love them too.
Where can you ride electric bikes in Toronto?
We're lucky to have lots of great bike paths and trails to ride electric bikes on here in Toronto. Check out where you can ride and have fun around the city.
Bike Rack For Electric Bikes
Do you need a special bike rack for electric bikes? The answer is yes, especially if you'd like to make your life a whole lot easier.
The fact is, electric bikes can be heavy. Certain models can easily exceed the weight limits of some non ebike specific bike racks, and they can be a serious pain to lift up, especially for older riders.
We get this question all the time from customers who have either already purchased an ebike or who are thinking about buying one. And it's a very valid question.
What kind of bike rack is needed for an ebike? Here are two great options:
Yakima OnRamp Electric Bike Rack
The Yakima OnRamp electric bike rack lets you roll your bike right up onto the rack so you don't have to pick it up. The unique design makes it easy to carry bikes of all different shapes and tire sizes, and you can carry two bikes up to 66 lbs each!
Saris Door County Electric Bike Rack
The Saris Door County electric bike rack allows you to lower the platform via an electric motor, which makes it very easy to roll heavy ebikes onto the rack. It folds up when not in use, and it can carry two 60 lb bikes.
Electric Bike FAQs
Are electric bikes legal in Toronto?
Yes! Not only are ebikes leagal in Toronto, they are often encouraged, as more people on bikes mean less traffic and happier commuters.
Can I ride electric bike on road?
Yes! The electric bikes that we sell at Sweet Pete's can be ridden on the roads and bike paths here in Toronto.
How far can I go on one charge?
The exact range of all of these E-bikes is influenced by factors like terrain, rider weight, weather and what power assist level you select but on average the E-bikes we stock feature a range of 60 to 135 km per charge.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
The batteries on the bikes we stock take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours to reach full charge.
How much do these bikes weight?
With different sizes and makes of batteries, motors and frames, the weights can vary. Bikes like the Trek Lift+ weigh from roughly 20.32 kg (44.8 lbs) all the way to 25.4 kg (56 lbs) for the Electra Townie Go. The Giant Quick-E+ weighs 23.4 kg (51.2 lbs) and the Trek Powerfly 5 weighs approximately 22kg (48.5 lbs). The BionX system will add about 8.8 kg (19.4 lbs) to the weight of the bicycle.
What kind of warranty do these bikes come with?
Trek's Ride+ bikes as well as Giant's E-bikes and BionX all feature a 2 year warranty (or 600 charges, whichever comes first) on motor, controller, & battery pack for the original owner only. Both the Trek and Giant E-bikes come with a lifetime warranty on the frame and rigid fork.
How fast can I go on these bikes?
The E-bikes we sell have a limited speed of 32 kph ( 19.9 mph).
How old do I need to be to operate an e-bike?
All operators and passengers must be at least 16 years of age.
Do you need a license to drive an E bike in Ontario?
Electric bikes are classified as bicycles, therefore no license, registration or insurance is required. For further information on what is and isn't allowed in regards to E-bikes in Ontario please click here
Are Electric Bikes Reliable?
They sure are! We sell high quality electric Bikes from some of the top ebike brands and our amazing service team is here to take care of you if you have any hiccups along the way.