Frequently Asked E-Bike Kit Questions
Leeds Ebike Kits — Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: What are the benefits of having an ebike?
According to recent reports, bike sales in the U.S. have been dropping in all categories except for electric bicycles. But why are so many people now making a switch from manual bicycles to electric bikes? What is it about them that people find appealing? In essence, an ebike can amplify whatever benefit you’re currently getting from riding a bike.
Do you ride a bike to get from point A to point B? Perhaps you’ve hung up your car keys in favor of a greener ride. Riding a bike is certainly faster than walking, and depending on the traffic situation, many times it’s even faster than driving. When you upgrade your ride using one of our easy-to-install ebike kits, it will be yet another step up. You’ll be able to get to where you want to go even faster than just riding a standard, non-motorized bike, and you’ll still benefit from the exercise!
Riding a non-motorized bike is good exercise, but riding an ebike is still good exercise plus you’re likely to ride for longer periods of time and have a shorter recovery time between rides. Riding an ebike is great for low-impact, endurance-building exercise. Do you feel like you need to kick your workout up a notch? Just because you have a motorized bike, that doesn’t mean you have to use the motor. Keep in mind that you always have the option of turning it off for a 100% human-powered experience.
Easy On Your Joints
Cruising on a bike is a great option for those who want to exercise but need something that is low-impact and easy on the joints. The problem is, even the slightest hill can still turn your ride into far more of a challenge that you’d like. Now, what if you knew that you could get that little extra push you need to get you up the hill without having to burn out your quads, or worse yet — risk injury? Having an ebike is like adding a little turbo boost button to your current bicycle so you can get that added boost whenever you need it.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Many people like to ride a bike because they love spending time outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. When you have an ebike, you still get the same experience, but it’s even better! Many people enjoy riding farther distances and riding more often because they have the assistance of the battery-powered motor to help. Chances are, if you love riding but are limited by how far you can go before your energy is sapped, consider transforming your bike into an electric bike with an ebike kit from Leeds.
Question 2: Can you get any exercise on an ebike?
Absolutely! The great thing about ebikes is that most people that have them find that they ride their bike more often and for longer periods of time than they did when they had just a standard non-motorized bike. When you purchase an ebike, it is assumed that you still want to pedal, otherwise, you would be shopping for a scooter or a motorcycle. Pedaling on an ebike is just like pedaling a standard bike, so you are still getting the exercise, it’s just that you can go faster and get the extra boost you need to get up hills. Now, if you feel like you need a tougher workout one day you can certainly choose to pedal up the hill using your own power, but using the bike’s power to do it for you is often the preferred option!
Question 3: Why should I buy an ebike kit from Leeds?
With the rising popularity of ebikes, you’ll find more and more ebike options and suppliers everyday. If you’re thinking of upgrading your ride, we think an ebike conversion kit from Leeds is the way to go. Here’s why:
Ebike kits are Less Expensive
If your end goal is to have an electric-powered bike, you could buy a brand new ebike that’s ready to go, but you’ll miss out on customizing it to meet your needs and you’ll likely pay an average of three to four times the amount of an ebike kit for upgrading your current bike. And this is just the average — it’s possible to spend up to seven or even eight times the cost of an ebike kit, and most likely it will come with many of the same name-brand components we include in our kits.
Our Kits are Easy to Install
Saying that our ebike kits are easy to install is quite an understatement. In fact, we call our most popular seller the “Five-minute ebike kit”. If you want a simple, reliable ebike that can give you the power to get up hills and go longer distances while maintaining the overall feel of a traditional pedal-powered bicycle, then our 250 series ebike kit is for you.
You Can Customize Your Order
We want you to love your bike just as much as we love ours, and that’s why we offer our customers the ability to customize their orders. Sure, it would be easier to just take the one-size-fits-all approach, but then you wouldn’t be able to assemble an ebike that’s made just for you. Our kits allow you to modify nearly any kind of bike or trike with various options for wheel size, front or rear wheel installation, and wheel color.
In addition to choosing the primary bike components, you can further customize by selecting the type of battery and battery pack or rack system that suits your needs best.
If you have a bike that you love, and if it happens to be a name brand that you trust and bought for quality, the last thing you want to do is to put a generic, no-name battery or electric motor on it. When you purchase a brand name product, you are buying quality and experience. That’s why you’ll find that all of our kits include some of the same brand-name components found on the most expensive ebikes! Just because an ebike kit costs less, it doesn’t mean that you’re getting less for your money.
Question 4: How fast can an ebike go?
You can think of an electric bike as being just like a regular bicycle with an extra kick. Ebikes aren’t meant to travel at the speeds that scooters and mopeds can go, and therefore they mostly still regulated like a traditional bicycle. According to federal law, e-bikes must remain below 20 mph under motor power alone and electric bike motors must be less than one horsepower or 750 watts. This is meant to clearly distinguish them from other motor-powered vehicles and would mean they do not require registration, licensure, or insurance. However, it’s not quite that simple.
Since traffic and vehicle laws remain under the jurisdiction of the individual states, many states have their own laws to categorize and regulate the use of electric bicycles. When you buy an ebike kit from Leeds, you can be confident that it will meet all applicable federal requirements, but you’ll have to check on the ebike laws for the particular state in which you will be riding. The easiest way to do this is to reference the People for Bikes website for a current list of state-specific information, rules, and regulations.
Question 5: Can it run without pedaling?
All of our ebike kits allow you to ride your bike without pedaling in most circumstances. We have to make this disclaimer because if you’re carrying a big load and have to go up a steep hill, depending on the type of kit you choose, you’re probably going to have to do some pedaling. That being said, if it’s just you and the long, flat road ahead of you, you most certainly will be able to ride without pedaling if you choose to do so.
Keep in mind that using the motor without pedaling at all will result in faster battery usage. But, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to sit back and take in the scenery while giving your legs a rest every now and again. Even if you aren’t assisting with your human power, you should still be able to go a fair distance (10 to 40 miles depending on the type of motor, battery, and riding conditions).
Question 6: Where can I ride an ebike?
Similar to the laws governing how fast an ebike can go, there is one overarching federal law, but there are also individual state laws that may differ. According to federal law, ebikes are in the same classification as a traditional bicycle. That means that you should be able to ride an ebike anywhere a non-motorized bicycle can go. However, the ability of states to create more specific or more stringent legislation has made things a little more complicated.
Even though the manufacturing and sale of ebikes are regulated by the federal government, their operation on streets, bike paths, and multipurpose trails lie within the control of the individual state. While many states have aligned with the federal law, there are still some that have chosen to create alternative rules and regulations. For instance, depending on the classification of ebike, some states will require the use of a helmet when riding.
To find out more about your state’s particular rules for ebike classification and where you can ride your ebike, refer to the People for Bikes’ guide to ebike regulations around the country.
Question 7: How Far Will My Bike Take Me?
This is one of the top questions that people ask — How far can I ride my electric bike? The answer depends on many factors including how much pedal power you’re providing, how much weight you are carrying including yourself and any cargo, and the current riding conditions such as hills and headwinds.
The type of battery and motor you choose will also have a big impact on the number of miles you get out of each charge. This is where customization can help you create the ebike that’s perfect for you — especially if you have a long commute or you’re planning to ride your bike long distances. As a good rule of thumb, our kits will allow you to transform your bike into an electric bike that will carry you anywhere between 10 and 40 miles. If this doesn’t sound like much, remember that this range is for a continuous motor-assisted run, without any pedaling. When you add your pedal-power, your range will increase significantly.
Question 8: What happens if my battery runs out?
Some people are concerned that if their battery runs out that they’ll be stranded somewhere, most likely far from home. The good thing about an electric bike is that it’s a bike, first and foremost. That means you can always pedal it like you would any other bike to get you to where you want to go. If you happen to be out on a particularly long ride and you’re using the motor to help you up dozens of hills, and then your battery runs out — there’s no need to worry. You won’t be stranded, you’ll just have to burn a few extra calories and pedal your way home.
Question 9: How do I know if an ebike kit will work with my current bicycle?
Leeds ebike kits are designed to work with nearly any kind and size of bike. In fact, our ebike kits have been shipped and installed on bicycles all over the world and fit 99% of all bikes. So whether you have a road bike, mountain bike, folding commuter bike, or even a recumbent bike, it’s likely that our ebike kits will work for you. Get more information by visiting our page on bike and trike compatibility. There, you can see all of the different types of bikes that are compatible. You can also click to see photos of ebikes submitted by happy Leeds’ clients for further inspiration.
If you’re still not quite sure if one of our kits is compatible with your bike, feel free to reach out to a member of our team. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and confirm which ebike kits or components are right for you.
Question 10: Which ebike kit should I choose?
Which ebike kit you choose depends on how you like to ride and what you expect to do with your bike. Here is a quick overview of the features and benefits of each kit. Please refer to the specific product page for more details.
250 Series Ebike Kit
Our 250 series ebike kit was designed for people who want an easy transition into the world of ebiking. The kit is easy to install and can be done in as little as five minutes. The motor is quiet and the overall feel is closest to riding a non-motorized bike. While many people choose this ebike kit for its simplicity, it is still powerful enough to increase your speed and assist with climbing hills. If you want a quality ebike without the feel of a high-powered moped or scooter, this kit is the one for you.
500 Series Ebike Kit
Our 500 series ebike kit is for our customers who require more power and torque. If you’re climbing a lot of hills, carrying heavy weight, or taking your bike off-road, you probably want to consider getting this kit. It’s also great for converting your fat bike or tandem. You’ll not only get more power, but you’ll also still be able to get 25 to 30 miles of continuous battery use without pedaling.
If you’re looking for an ebike with a few more bells and whistles, the 500 series ebike kit has it. It includes some added features such as the LCD monitor to track distance, speed, battery life, and power level. It also comes with a variable speed throttle system and a pedal assist sensor. For extra convenience, the 36-volt lithium-ion battery that comes with our 500 series ebike kit also includes a USB port where you can plug in any mobile device for a quick charge.
Question 11: How long does it take to charge the battery?
Depending on the conversion kit you purchase, it will take approximately four to six hours to fully charge your lithium-ion battery. This means that even if you have a long commute to work, just plug in your battery and it will be ready to go for the ride home.
Question 12: Where are your ebike kits made?
When you buy from Leeds, you can be certain that you are investing in one of the most well-built, reliable products that are made right here in our country. If supporting the red, white and blue is important to you, and you’re finding it harder and harder to find products that are made here, you’ll be happy to know that all of our kits and wheels are handbuilt in the USA. Whether you’re shopping for a 250 series kit, the more powerful 500 series kit, or specific batteries, components, or accessories, we have everything you’ll need to transform your current ride into an electric bike that you’ll love!
Do you have additional questions about ebikes or our ebike kits? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. We are always happy to help!