RTFM – FAQs – Docs
- Tips to ride an eBike
- How to use the power assist
- B.C. Biking Regulations
- Cancellation Policy
- Nerdy eBike specs (fat tire)
- Nerdy eBike specs (regular tire)
- Waiver / Rental Agreement
There are quite a few things to think about before your first time on an electric bike, an eBike.
An eBike comes with a electric motor as a pedalling assist and you’ve also got a throttle. It rides pretty much the same as a regular bike, but it’s still a different experience and responsibility. The system works by sensing a turn of your pedal, the sensor tells the motor to kick in. Thus, even one single turn of your pedal will activate the assist, and can be surprising if you don’t expect it. Know your bike.
Your best bet, is to start off riding it like a Regular bike. No assist. Get comfortable with the geometry, gears and how they work, gearing up and gearing down, disc brakes if you’re not used to them, the mirror adjustment, bell location, turning your lights on and off.
Start slow before you turn on your assist. If it’s your first time, you might be surprised at a sudden burst of pedal help. Especially if you’re going slow.
Test the throttle too. It can help you cross the street faster. Or breeze past your biking buddy with a big grin on your face.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
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One to three assist is usually enough to ride your bike comfortably on moderate hills and flats. Assist four and five will help you on really long and steep climbs. But there are few of those climbs in Oceanside.
If you approach a group of people or a traffic light, any kind of barriers, bring it back to zero assist. Keep riding it like a normal bike till the obstacles are past. Nothing worse than a sudden burst of assist to send you forward into some obstacle.
Because your eBike is heavier, it takes a longer time and distance to slow down and stop.
If you’re walking your bike, set it on zero, it can be scary having the bike take off all by itself, if you inadvertently rotate the handle grip throttle. If your assist is set to zero, the throttle does not work.
If the throttle does not work and you do have the assist turned on, try pushing the throttle on/off toggle button at your right thumb.
On the flats, if you keep it in assist-one or two it will kick-in only if you seem to slow down. You might not even notice that it is helping. If you’re in a hurry, assist-three and a higher gear will get you there faster.
It’s fun to figure out your best settings as you roll around; your cadence (that perfect rhythm to each individual), your gear (1-7) and your assist-#, (if you need, 1-5).
Once you get familiar with the assists, we’re sure you’ll have a great time.
There are many things that affect how long your battery will last:
Where can you cycle? Cyclists are allowed on all highways except designated freeways, such as Inland Island Highway 19 on Vancouver Island, BC. There are more enjoyable places to ride anyhow, check out all our posted rides!
For more information on biking regulations in BC, do visit their cycling rules page: gov.bc.ca/cyclingrules
ICBC list some pertinent info as well.
We accept cancellations with full refund, due to weather or other reasons, up to 24 hours in advance of delivery time.
For any other cancellations made less than 24 hours before delivery time, we can refund 50%, or reschedule your ride pending availability.
Most of the time, we ride in all weather conditions all year round. We bring rain gear and sun lotion, just in case.
7 - Read the Waiver beforehand, so you can get riding faster on delivery day.
Waiver and Rental Agreement, page 1 of 2, — if you right-click on the image, you can view in a new window and zoom in to read it.
Waiver and Rental Agreement, page 2 of 2