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10 Things To Know Before Renting An Electric Bike

If you’ve never tried an e-bike, be careful because when you do, it might be “Love at first ride”. Electric bikes are an excellent option for your trip. Still have some questions? We’ve love these 10 things to know before renting an electric bike.

If you have never ridden an electric bike, you are missing out on some of the best fun available on two wheels! While resembling a regular bicycle, an electric bike turns into a moped-like ride with the flick of your wrist, making your legs suddenly feel like the Bionic Woman’s as you pedal up a hill or speed along a trail. Here are 10 things to know before renting an electric bike.

1. Electric Bikes Include A Few Extra Components

While an electric bike looks a lot like a traditional bicycle, it includes a few extra components — most notably a motor and a six- to eight-pound battery pack that typically snaps into the down tube or beneath the carrier above the back tire. You’ll also find a throttle incorporated into one of the handlebars and an LCD console. Like a car’s dashboard, this small digital panel allows you to track your speed, monitor your bike’s battery level, and more.

2. An Electric Bike Is Easy To Ride

As someone who had never piloted a motorized two-wheeler (and who hadn’t ridden a traditional bike in quite a while), I have to admit I was a little nervous about hopping onto an electric bike. But I found the classic expression about riding a bike to be true, The experience is a lot like riding a traditional bike, but when you want to kick things up a notch, simply pull the throttle and the electric bike’s motor will kick in, giving you a boost.

The most important thing to know about operating an electric bike is to always ensure that the bike’s pedal assist is powered down to zero as soon as you dismount. If you forget to do this, and your bike is resting on its kickstand with pedal assist still engaged while you wander down to a creek or enjoy a picnic, your rented e-bike might take off without you.

3. An Electric Bike Is Heavier Than A Standard Bike

The motor and battery pack that convert a standard bike into an electric bicycle add a bit of weight to your ride. While a road bike typically weighs around 20 pounds, and a mountain bike is a bit heavier, an electric bike typically weighs between 50 and 70 pounds, making it at least twice as heavy. I didn’t find this weight difference noticeable while riding my rented electric bike, but I definitely felt the extra heft when I walked the bike and lifted it over a curb.

4. An E-Bike’s Battery Pack Won’t Last Forever

When you rent an electric bike, the bike shop should send you on your way with a fully charged battery. But how long the battery pack keeps its charge depends on several factors. How often are you pedaling the bike yourself versus relying on the motor? Is your route relatively flat, or does it include many thrilling hills? Generally speaking, a fully charged bicycle battery will last anywhere from 10 to 60 miles, but how you ride (and where you ride) will determine where your battery life falls within that range.

When I rented a Pedego Electric Bike to explore Livermore’s beautiful wine country, I pedaled up and down rolling hills for miles and miles as part of a day-long rental and only used about 25 percent of the bike battery’s juice.

Pro Tip: Your electric bike’s LCD panel will keep you posted on how much battery life remains on your rented ride. And, the full-service bike shops I’ve rented from include running a new bike, battery, or tire out to renters if there’s an issue.

5. You Can Still Get Plenty of Exercise On An Electric Bike

Despite the luxurious boost of a 250- to 500-watt motor to help you scoot up a hill, you can still get plenty of exercise when renting an electric bike. Not only can you choose to save the electric bike’s battery until you need it (which means the two-wheeler is fully powered by you), but even when you do kick it into turbo mode, you’ll likely find yourself pedaling (albeit with a bionic boost). Plus, if your trail ride outlasts the electric bike’s battery, the return trip will feel a lot more like a basic bike ride.

Pro Tip: Looking for fantastic places to ride your rented electric bike? We’ve got all sorts of great ideas here, from the best rail-trails in America to the coast-to-coast bike trail and more!

6. You’ll Want To Dress Appropriately

Just like riding a traditional bike, you’ll want to be sure you dress appropriately. And because their business (and insurance coverage) depends on it, bike rental shops often insist that you wear closed-toe shoes and don a bicycle helmet. So when you rent an electric bike, it’s best to leave your sandals or flip flops at home and prepare for a possibly less-than-stellar hair day.

7. Add-Ons Are Often An Option

Most electric bike rentals typically include a bicycle helmet, especially where the local or state laws require cyclists to wear them. But your electric bike rental may include other items, either in the hourly or daily rental fee or at an additional charge. If your trip includes stops to explore by foot, be sure to ask about a bicycle lock. If you plan on riding to a picnic spot or doing any shopping, ask for a bike with a basket or pannier bag. And if you’re exploring by bike with one or more friends, ask the bike shop if they have wirelessly connected bike helmets so you can chat about the sights along the way while riding single file when necessary.

8. Electric Bikes Are A Little More Expensive To Rent

When renting an electric bike, expect to pay slightly more than when you rent a standard bicycle. Not only is the base model a bit more expensive — $900 to $5,000 for an e-bike vs $400 to $1,000 for a traditional road or mountain bike — but the ongoing maintenance of the motor and battery pack is more expensive with an electric bike. Naturally, rental prices will vary by location, but expect to pay roughly $10 to $20 per hour to rent an electric bike. Most bike shops will offer discounts for longer rentals, so be sure to ask about four-hour, all-day, 24-hour, and multi-day rates.

9. Be Smart About Bike Safety

In a country with more bicycles than people, the Netherlands takes bike safety very seriously. From Amsterdam to Maastricht, the Dutch hold automobile drivers highly accountable for giving bicyclists and pedestrians the right of way. Having lived there for nearly four years, enjoying the lush countryside and bustling cities from dedicated bike paths, it’s a big adjustment riding in the United States where bike paths are often tiny strips along busy roads and cyclists often compete for space with distracted drivers in speeding cars. So before you jump on your rented ride, be sure to brush up on these biking rules.

Pro Tip: When exploring a new area by bike, consider taking an electric bike tour. Often available through bike rental shops, these adventures are led by a local with expert knowledge of the bicycles and trails.

10. You’re Likely to Experience Love at First Ride

When I returned my first electric bike rental to the shop after an exhilarating day on two wheels, the Pedego Electric Bike slogan — “Love at first ride” — hit me hard. I couldn’t think of a better way to describe the amazing time I’d had on my rented electric bike! Thankfully there are a growing number of electric bike rental options available from coast to coast, making it easier for people to enjoy their own backyards and travelers to enjoy new destinations on two wheels. And, if the electric bike bug bites you hard and you want to purchase one, consider our picks for the best affordable e-bikes of 2021.

We have just the perfect e-bike waiting for you. Enjoy the best of Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties. Call us today at (949) 484-6409 and let us help you find the right bike for your next adventure. Join our Facebook community and stay tuned for more news.


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Electric Bike Batteries – Amphours, Watts, and Volts!

When looking to buy a brand new electric bike, one of the most important factors to consider is the battery. 

Here are 3 battery specs that you should know about before making your purchase: 

 

  1. Watt (W)

    1. This unit of measure is similar to describing the engine size on a car which affects your maximum power output. 

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  1. Amphour (Ah)

    1. This measurement is similar to the size of your gas tank in a car.

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  1. Volt (V)

    1. This final spec affects both speed and acceleration (similar to horsepower) 

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More About Batteries: Amphours…

The Amphour rating is used to communicate how much electrical power the battery can provide in one hour of usage. 

Small batteries such as the standard AAA batteries found in your TV remote come, come with an Amphour rating denoted in milli-amp hours, or (mAh). 

On the other hand, large batteries typically have an “Ah” written on them. 

Additionally, batteries also have a C rating which tells you how many Amphours the battery can provide for a very particular amount of time. For example, at C/5, the battery will safely provide 26.8 Ah. 

In other words, the battery supplies a total of 26.8 Amps over a span of 5 hours without any interruptions. 

Please also note that the same battery might safely provide 36 Amphours for a period of 100 hours. 

Depending on whether you use the battery on a daily basis or only from time to time, you should compare Amphours in the C rating category as well but if you’re unsure of which C rating best fits your use-case, we recommend going with the C/20 rating. 

This is the middle ground which will give you a general sense of battery performance. 

All in all, batteries with higher Ah have better range, will be physically larger and will most likely increase the total cost of your eBike.

If you have any questions about purchasing or renting your next eBike, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (949) 484-6409

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Top 4 eBikes to Buy or Rent in 2020

Here at Synaptic Cycles, when we purchase our eBikes, we are extremely meticulous about what we buy. 

This is because we have our customers in mind first and foremost and therefore we want to make sure that we deliver the best experience both on our bikes and off of them (considering our seamless reservation, transaction, and delivery solutions). 

Unlike the vast majority of other “Top eBike…” posts found on various websites, we have bought, assembled, tuned-up, and experienced every single one of the eBikes featured on this list. 

Our rankings are based upon the following factors: 

  • Our Customer Reviews

  • Our Experience Riding and Maintaining them

  • Safety Features

  • Affordability

  • Comfort Level

  • Range

  • Motor Power

  • Top Speed

  • And finally, Weight Capacity

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1. 2020 Synaptic Cycles’ Fat-Tire Folding eBike

We rated this eBike number 1 due to the following reasons: 

    1. It’s PORTABLE due to its foldable mechanism installed on both the headset and on the frame. This means that you won’t need a bike rack if you’re planning on going to the beach or the mountains. This alone could save you a few hundred bucks right off the bat and the added bonus of this feature is that it takes up far less space in your garage. 

    1. Comfortable doesn’t even do justice to the amazing experience of this eBike. It comes with a set of 20 by 4.0 fat tires, a very plush saddle, and its adjustable seat and headset post. 

    2. We’re talking both AFFORDABLE and convenient! At $1549, you get a FULLY-BUILT and tuned-up eBike with the options for FREE delivery and pick up by appointment ONLY at our Dana Point location

    3. This folding eBike has a long 40-mile RANGE due to its powerful 750W Bafang motor

    4. It’s SAFE as a result of its buttery smooth throttle and pedal-assist modes, comfy fat tires which give it some added stability and puncture resistance, bright front and rear lights, and reliable hydraulic disc brakes. 

    5. It can ride on a number of various surfaces given that it’s equipped with 20” x 4” Tires in addition to mudguards in both the front as well as in the back allowing you to roll over sand, gravel, mud, grass, and concrete with no problem. 

    6. It comes with crisp Shimano shifters, a 275-pound weight capacity, and it goes up to 20 miles per hour. 

    7. Last but not least, it’s also available for rentals for as low as $20/ hour which will count towards your purchase price if you would like to try it out before you make a $1.5k commitment!

2. Aventon Pace 500 

Our customers simply fall in love with our Aventon Pace 500 eBike fleet. They are light, superbly fast (clocking in at 28 mph), and climb hills with no problem whatsoever. They’re also equipped with a 500W brushless motor, hydraulic brakes, a 48V 11.6 Ah battery, throttle and pedal assist. This excellent eBike is fairly priced at $1399. 

3. 2020 Synaptic Cycles’s eBike Cruiser

This eBike has all the bells and whistles of the 2020 Synaptic Cycles’ Fat-Tire Folding eBike plus a few extra features! 

The Cruiser comes with the following:

    1. 26-inch fat tires compared to the 20-inch tires on our folding eBike. 

    2. A solid front suspension mechanism. 

Some of the reasons why it’s ranked 3rd: 

    1. It weighs in at 77 lbs (which makes it 27 lbs heavier than the folding eBike) and since it does not have a folding mechanism, it is much less portable than our #1-rated eBike. 

    2. This eBike is also $100 more expensive than the folding one (Price: $1649). 

2020 Del Sol eBike

4. Del Sol Railer Plus i/O 2021 vs. 2020 model

The 2020 model comes with the following features: 

    1. A light aluminum-alloy frame

    2. A 350W motor 

    3. An Integrated rear cargo rack system

    4. The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain

    5. 26″ x 3″ tires giving it a great deal of stability 

    6. A cushy saddle

Upgrades made to the 2021 eBike model which we will have available as soon as this October: 

    1. A 750W Bafang Motor as opposed to the much weaker 350W motor on the 2020 version

    2. A 48V, 14 Ah battery instead of the 36V, 14 Ah battery on the previous model. 

    3. An overall faster eBike with a longer range and quicker charging at the same price point ($1799). 

Most of our eBikes are BRAND NEW or have less than 100 miles on them. *We offer excellent DISCOUNTS on our eBikes depending on their overall condition and mileage. 

Call us today to reserve or purchase your next eBike at (949) 484-6409

Thinking of building your own eBike? Simply put: DON’T!

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If you just purchased an eBike and it’s supposed to be delivered to your door by Friday and you’re planning on testing it out on a ride with your pals on Saturday, our best advice to you is to CANCEL your plans. Here’s why: 

Once you receive the eBike, you’re going to want to piece it together and hop on the saddle as soon as possible. 

You are probably thinking at this point that it’s no difficult task to put two wheels and some metal with a battery attached together. 

There are only a few possibilities as to what will happen. You will either be unable to build a functioning electric bike, or you go on your ride on Saturday and find out that something’s not working right which forces to you head to the nearest open bike shop. 

The most unlikely scenario entails you building the bike correctly. 

Despite what direct-to-consumer eBike companies tell you about building your own eBike, rest assured that the assembly process is no IKEA build. 

Many of the new eBike manufactures are now selling directly to the consumer. While that seems like you’re saving a sizeable amount of money upfront, you have to look at your long-term costs associated with such purchases. 

The manufacturers want to make you believe that it’s simple to build your own bike right out of the box. 

In fact, they want you to pull the trigger and put a dent in your wallet to purchase their product. One of their primary tactics to achieve the sale is through false claims such as: “Our eBikes are easy to build” and that there is “No need to pay an additional cost for a professional to build it.” 

In short, the assembly on the consumer’s end is boiled down to an uncomplicated and quick process.  However, that’s not the case at all from our perspective. 

Such a build can be complicated, costly, and potentially dangerous. 

Building your own eBike is like letting your painter plan and construct the foundation of your house. 

When the bike is assembled incorrectly, by all means, you will come across a number of additional maintenance costs. 

With eBikes going as fast as 28 miles per hour, if you want to let your child ride one, or you plan on riding one, you better make sure that every single part is working properly.

Over the past few months, out of every 10 consumer-assembled eBike that we have seen in our shop, 9 of them have had issues related to improper assembly. 

We have seen so many consumer build eBike come through our doors and many of them were damaged beyond repair because the customer built it wrong. 

Here are 2 solutions to such a widespread problem: 

  • Buy an eBike from your local bike shop OR

  • Drop off your eBike package at the bike shop and let a professional assemble your bike for you. 

woman on an ebike

Either one of these solutions is meant to protect your investment. Building the bike right from the start will ensure many years of fun and safe riding ahead.

Why should you consider renting an eBike?

Not very long ago, it was surprising to see someone ride past you on an electric bike but now it appears to be more common than ever. You can surely try to search to buy one but rest assured that you’ll find yourself getting hit with a limitless number of purchase options. 

There are many considerations when buying an eBike such as the price, the range, the weight, the motor, the battery, the charger, and the durability. Before you make up your mind about one, we highly suggest that you try riding one FIRST. 

Instead of running the risk of ordering one for fifteen hundred bucks (on average) and having to ship it back because it didn’t live up to your expectations, there are some really great rental options out there. 

You could spend as little as $8 an hour by renting one at Synaptic cycles if you choose to keep the bike for the whole day. 

Aventon Pace 500 electric bikes

From our experience, an eBike is an absolute metallic package of joy.

An eBike is not supposed to replace your road bike or your mountain bike that comes with 150mm of suspension travel. 

The beauty of the concept of electric bikes is that you can hold on to your regular bike and get some nice exercise throughout the day and then when you just want to cruise around town or the nearby beach, you can take the effort out of biking and enjoy the soothing breeze running through your hair and the catch sight of an unforgettable sunset. 

Another good reason to rent an eBike includes the fact that if you’re on a relaxing vacation in a bustling beach town and you want to grab dinner or lunch, you can save yourself the hassle of finding and paying for parking spots or getting stuck in stop-and-go traffic. 

Additionally, you can cover way more ground on an eBike if you’re planning on exploring a new city. 

The choice is all yours. You can rent out an eBike for as little as 2 hours or if you decide that you want to keep it for a few days or even weeks to come, be our guest. 

We guarantee that you’ll have a blast riding one, especially where we’re located (here in Dana Point, CA) or you can simply choose for your eBike of choice to be delivered to your place of residence.

Believe it or not, most of our eBikes get completely booked every weekend and we constantly find ourselves having to order entirely new fleets. 

Book your electric bike today at (949) 484 – 6409

Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Bikes

Electric bikes are everywhere!  Have you experienced the eBike thrill yet?  If not, you should ride one!  All of a sudden the possibilities are endless.

With an electric bike you can travel further, see more of the city, carry the kids, carry the dog, and the cooler to the beach.  Are you tired of looking for parking or waiting for an Uber or Lyft ride?  Take your electric bikes to lunch or dinner in the busy beach town and be more efficient with your time and money!

We’re here to shed some light on some of the questions you might have before making your eBike purchase.

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Woman on an Electric Bike

1. What’s the whole point in buying or renting an electric bike?

The first thing you need to know is that eBikes usually have different modes. One of these modes involves pedal assist which requires you to pedal but with a lot less work and effort to reach a certain speed.

The other mode is the throttle option which doesn’t even require you to move anything other than a few hand muscles. There are plenty of reasons to buy an eBike and here are a few of them:

  • You have the ability to ride faster and travel further.

  • You can absorb more of your surroundings than you would on a regular bike.

  • It’s safer to have a motor that helps you accelerate at street intersections.

  • If you have bad knees or joint problems, this makes riding bikes effortless and pain-free.

  • If you get an eBike with a strong enough motor, you can load it up with blankets, food, kids, and dogs (except for Great Danes).

  • Do you live close enough to where you work? Then, you can commute to work on an electric bike and skip out on traffic and keep your gas money to yourself!

  • You can even send your kid to school on one of these bikes which would save you all the time you spend in traffic near your kid’s school.

  • Last but not least, they are a LOT of fun!

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Cargo Electric Bike (RadRunner)

2. What’s the typical range on an eBike?

There are various factors that impact the range of an eBike. This depends on how powerful the motor is (anything over 500 Watts is more than enough for most users), the size of the battery, the type of terrain that you’re riding on, whether you spend most of the time covering uphills, downhills, or flat surfaces, the weight of the bike, and finally how much you weigh.

3. How much do they cost on average?

At the higher end of the spectrum, the average road or mountain eBike costs approximately $5,000 while cruiser or city eBikes which are less performance-focused fall in the $1,200-$2500 price point.  We at Synaptic Cycles say the $1200-$1600 price point is where the value is.

4. How fast do they go?

The average speed on eBikes is around the 20 miles per hour mark but they can usually go as fast as 28 mph.

5. Why can’t they go faster than say 28 mph?

There are legal barriers to this matter. If an electric bike assists you past 28 mph, then it would be treated by law enforcement similar to a motorcycle that comes along with the hassle of licensing and registration paperwork. In addition to this, you would not be allowed on ANY bike paths either.

6. There are endless options, but how do I choose the electric bike that’s right for me?

There is no “one size fits all” but some key things to consider are obviously your budget, how often you plan on riding the bike, how far you want to travel each time, how fast you would like to go, and what you want to use it for (health, recreation, transportation and etc.). With these factors in mind, eBikes are split into 3 classes:

  • Class 1 Electric Bikes: These bikes come with an electric motor that kicks in ONLY when you pedal and it will not assist you once you reach 20 miles per hour.

  • Class 2 Electric Bikes: Class 2 eBikes come with both a pedal-assist mode that works up to 20 mph and a handlebar throttle.

  • Class 3 Electric Bikes: Such bikes are only equipped with the pedal-assist feature (similar to class 1 eBikes); however, the pedal assistance allows you to go as fast as 28 mph.

    If we were to pick a class of eBikes, our choice would go to Class 2 because it gives you the option of a throttle which is especially useful when you’re stuck in sticky situations and allows you to get out of tough spots much more easily.

7. How much does each full charge cost?

It depends on what time of day you charge your electric bike. For instance, electricity is much cheaper after 9 PM while it peaks in price between 2 PM and 6 PM.

As a result of this variation in the price of electricity, each full charge will run you about 3 cents to 10 cents.

 

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Before you make up your mind about which eBike to purchase, try renting one for a day or even a few hours. At Synaptic Cycles, we charge as low as $20 per hour and $80 dollars for the entire day. Book your eBike TODAY!

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