Since 1934 Oak Bay Bikes has sold bicycles and serviced those that ride them; cyclists. Not exclusively, because we have done a few scooters and wheelchairs, but cyclists have always been our focus. E-bikes, as the name implies are bikes – the people that ride e-bikes are cyclists. Just as those that ride mountain bikes, road bikes, kids bikes are cyclists. Oak Bay Bikes serves cyclists. We understand the differences that e-bikes represent in what they are and who may find them appealing. We started carrying e-bikes in 2006, and from the beginning we recognized the possibilities and the challenges in meeting the expectations of our customers. The idea was great, the first products delivered on the power assist but there were reliability and ride quality issues that needed to be overcome. And with today’s e-bikes they have been overcome. At OBB we have given careful thought in selecting the e-bikes we think will deliver the overall experience our customers seek. What you see in our store is the product of over 10 years of selling e-bikes and almost 85 years of selling bicycles. We have chosen these bikes based on how they ride, regardless of whether they are power assisted or unaided. We have chosen name brands with proven track records for excellent service and quality control such as Bosch and Shimano. Performance and reliability come with a cost, $3000 or more for a bike is a respectable financial investment. With that in mind we have our Demo on Demand program, the purpose of which is take the guess work out.
Try the bike where, when and how you like, we’ll deliver it to you and pick it up when you’re done. Some time and distance restrictions apply, but you’d be surprised at the length we’ll go to to give you an opportunity to ride one of our e-bikes. These bicycles are for anyone who think they like pedaling. They are not an expression of your fitness, health or enthusiasm. If you like pedaling, you’ll like e-bikes, end of story. Don’t be afraid of being on the leading edge of what will be a major part of cycling in the future.
There are different systems on the market using mid-drive pedal-assist or rear/front wheel assist. The rear/front wheel assist systems mostly give you the option of having a throttle so you don’t necessarily have to pedal. The motor is either in the front or the rear wheel (hub). Mid-drive systems like Bosch or Shimano STEPS provide power through the cranks of the bike and enhances your pedal stroke – so you must be pedalling E-bikes come in all forms and shapes now – from commuters and hybrids, to mountain bikes and cargo bikes. We carry a wide selection including brands like Cube, a German company rated highest in safety worldwide, Norco, west coast designed and tested, Yuba, Urban Arrow, Benno and Babboe for all your cargo-hauling needs, Scott, engineered in Switzerland, Trek, Electra and many more.
We put together a brief overview of the Bosch and Shimano STEPS system, outlining the basics of how they work. You can also find links to their websites with even more info.