Understanding Electric-Assist Bikes (E-Bikes)
Electric-Assist Bicycles Make More Possible
E-bikes let you go farther and faster, and help you do more by bike. There’s an e-bike for everyone, no matter if you’ve never had a bike before, are coming back from an injury, want to keep up with faster riders, or just want to have fun on every single ride. E-bikes flatten hills, let you carry heavier loads, and help you cut back on car trips. The best part? You still get the benefits of a traditional bike, like exercise, time outside, and not having to sit in with traffic jams or find parking.
Sometimes you’ll ride for fun, sometimes you’ll ride for fitness, and sometimes you’ll ride just to get from A to B. No matter how you spend time in the saddle, e-bikes offer unique solutions to the challenges of any ride. These bikes are all about possibility.
Even if your ride varies from day to day, an electric bicycle always gives you the option to do and experience more.
How Do E-Bikes Work?
Electric-assist bikes amplify your own pedal power. The electric-assist bicycles Bicycle Garage Indy sells are pedal-assist bikes, which means there’s a motor that helps the pedals turn when you’re riding, but no throttle like a motorcycle or dirt bike. When you’re pedaling, the e-bike gives you a boost. When you stop pedaling, the bike stops assisting.
Here’s what you need to know about how e-bikes work and the parts that make them unique.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Electric Bike Classes?
Electric bikes are divided into three main types or classes based on what sort of motor they have, whether or not they have a throttle, and how fast they go. It’s important to know which classes of e-bikes are legal in the areas where you’ll ride. Bicycle Garage Indy sells Class 1 and Class 3 electric bikes.
Electric-Assist Bicycles: Policies, Laws and Resources
NEW - Effective February 2021, Indiana DNR will allow Class 1 electric-assist mountain bikes on mountain bike trails on DNR properties. This is a one-year rule, subject to evaluation in 2022. Look for updated information on Indiana DNR Mountain Bike Page
We’re Your E-Bike Experts
We live and breathe bicycles, e-bikes included. We know what works, and that’s why we’ve partnered with Trek and Giant to confidently back every e-bike with the best warranty program in the industry. Got a problem? Our trained mechanics are here to fix it.