Mixed among pedal-powered travellers, a new kind of bicycle is gaining momentum. As the popularity of the electric bike grows, so do the products targeted to ebikers. If you’re shopping for an ebike owner on your gift list, here are four recommended products, in a variety of price ranges, and available locally in the Metro Vancouver region and/or online.
$10 – $100
Coming in just under the wire at $93, this ebike-specific front light taps into the bike’s power supply, so you never have to worry about replacing batteries or losing illumination as they wear down. Available at Grin Technologies.
$100 – $500
Electric-assist means more power, speed, and risk. Just ask the Netherlands, where ebikes are accounting for an uptick in injuries and death among older men. So a full-face helmet isn’t a terrible idea. Downhill mountain bike helmets combine protection with breathability, and some aren’t garish, like this $300 Troy Lee example available at Dunbar Cycles.
$500 – $5000
You can get electric kick scooters for as little as a couple of hundred bucks, but the cheapest ebike is not necessarily the best ebike. Reckless Bike Store’s electric division offers models starting at $1500 – a good opening price point if you are considering buying someone on your list a ready-to-ride, out-of-the-box ebike. They also offer rentals by the hour, day, or week, and a rent-to-own program for the e-curious.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to ebikes, but at only $9k, Vintage Electric Iron’s Scrambler is an almost affordable, eye-catching combination of retro-cool coupled with modern tech.