Live the Electric Dream
What Are E-Bikes?
It's You, Only Faster.
The combination of eco-friendly electrical innovation and the sport of cycling has created a rolling machine that matches power when you need it in order to carry you farther than you could pedal on your own. As they say, it takes two to tango, so all of the e-bikes we carry operate on a pedal-assist platform, meaning the motor won't give you more power unless you are pedaling too.
Suddenly, hills seem flatter. Your city feels smaller. People and places that were a car trip away can now be a fun ride away.It's not a motorcycle, it's not a moped: it's an e-bike. And it's freaking cool.Recharge your love for cycling and try an e-bike today!
How Does It Work?
Why Buy Your E-Bike at Woodcock?
Here at Woodcock we know how exciting making the investment in an E-bike is, and we also know how daunting the extra responsibility of caring for your bike can be.
That's why we offer many E-Bike specific services to make sure your Electric Dream stays in peak condition.
Keep It Tuned
Do I need a license to ride an e-bike?
You do not need a specific license to ride an E-Bike! In order to be classified as an bicycle under the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act, the motor must stop providing power when the driver stops applying muscle force (also known as "Pedal-Assist"), and have a motor that turns off as soon as brakes are applied.
How fast can I go?
While there is no exact cap on the speed that you can ride your bike at, the motors are programmed to cease output at 32km/h. This limit is in place in order to stay within the federally set legal limit of bicycles on the road way according to the Highway Traffic Act.
How much do e-bikes weigh?
E-bikes can start being as light as 26lbs (12kgs)! Although, most will weigh roughly 40-50lbs (18-22kgs). Size, and componentry can affect the bike's weight so dealers will frequently not list the weight. See in store if you need exact measurements.
Can I transport my e-bike on a vehicle rack?
Yes! Although given the increased weight of most E-Bikes it is highly recommended to ONLY use a vehicle rack that is rated for the specific weight of the E-Bike in question. Typically this means that only hitch mounted, platform racks are advised, as these will be the most supportive, as well as having the easiest loading mechanisms. Failure to adhere to a vehicle rack's recommended weight capacity may result in damage to your bike or your vehicle, so be sure to review all specifications before travel!
How long will the battery last in between charges?
This is dependent on a number of different factors including what power output setting you are using the bike on, how much power you are adding by pedaling, wind speed, road conditions, incline/declines, whether you are carrying a yeti on your rear rack, etc. We can not guarantee any battery to last an exact amount of time, but you can try using Bosch's battery range calculator to estimate how long you can expect the battery to last.
How should I store my e-bike?
With lots of love, admired frequently, and taken on regular walks, I mean rides... But seriously, here is a brief guide for storage:
- Ideal storage temperature is 20ºC (68ºF). Do not store in locations too hot or too cold as this will compromise the battery's lifespan and potentially cause long-term damage. Do not store outside in the winter, or next to direct heat.
- For optimum performance, store the battery at 20-70% charge. It is not advised to leave the battery charging for long periods of time (more than 1-2 days), nor is it advised to store the battery completely depleted of charge. It is natural for the battery to lose its charge in storage, so if you are storing the bike for long periods of time (i.e. over winter), check the battery's charge periodically to keep it in the 20-70% range.
What is required for e-bike specific maintenance?
E-bikes require regular maintenance just like any other bicycle. This includes regular tune ups, keeping componentry clean and well lubricated with appropriate products, and careful storage or transport.
E-bikes will require firmware updates to keep the drive unit working in optimum condition which is included in our e-bike specific service as listed above.