Here are some of our asked questions relating to electric bikes.
We try to give as much information as possible about our electric bikes, but it's difficult to fit in every single question to our site. If something is not answered below, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us via EMAIL.
1) What are the advantages of electric bicycles?
Merry Gold Electric bicycles have many advantages, such as:
they can get you to places quicker,
instead of the car, take your Ebike for lottery tickets'
you can wear whatever you want and without the sweat,
you can carry more on an e-bike
you'll have more control and confidence when riding on the road,
2) Why buying new versus build your own?
Besides saving countless hours figuring out and building an electric bike? Absolutely!
One of the key benefits is that ready made electric bikes are designed from the ground up. That means that all the bike components, electric and otherwise, are made to work well together. Everything was tested before it was packed in a box and shipped to your dealer. Even frames are made to carry the wiring inside of the frame tubes, making the bike a lot more waterproof and elegant.
On top of that, if you ever encounter any problems, your MerryGold authorised dealer will be happy to assist and answer any questions. Whereas when you build a bike from multiple components, you are basically on your own.
Electric bikes are still a fairly new product and while the maintenance required is fairly small, things can still go wrong.
Your MerryGold dealer is their to assist you.
3) Hill climbing/ riding into the wind
That may sound obvious, but it's the primary advantage. A good electric bike effectively flattens hills, riding into the wind is a 'breeze', increasing your average speed and eliminating the 'UGH' factor when a steep hill comes into view. Provided you supply a reasonable amount of effort, you can expect to climb hills on an electric bicycle with ease, and clear a maximum gradient of 30 degrees, or more.
It sounds unlikely, doesn't it? But the math is compelling. Think of a steep and busy road, with cars climbing at 60km/hr. If you previously struggled up the hill at 6km/hr, but can tackle the same gradient at 20km/hr with an electric bicycle, you will see fewer cars. Whatever the figures, there's no doubt that an electric bicycle helps to keep you out of danger. The same applies to intersections – the faster your acceleration, the sooner you can get out of trouble.
Purchase cost is higher to a conventional bicycle, mechanical wear and tear is unlikely to cost more, and electricity is so cheap as to be largely irrelevant, but there is an extra expense in terms of battery depreciation. Consequently, an electric bicycle costs more to run – typically $0.04-$0.08 per km against $0.03 per km for a conventional bicycle. However, electric bicycle running costs should really be compared with those of a moped, or a car, when the electric bicycle replaces car mileage. With cars costing $0.50-$0.80 per km, an electric bicycle can save a great deal of money.
6) Personal Fitness
Surely a conventional bicycle will keep you fitter? That, of course, this will depend on how much – if at all – you use it. Research has found that 46% of conventional bikes are used only once or twice a week, with a further 30% being used once every two weeks, or even less. By contrast, a recent survey of electric bicycle owners reveals that a third ride their bike at least once a day and 81% use the bike at least once a week. Because riding an electric bicycle is a great deal more enjoyable in hilly country, into strong winds, or when carrying heavy loads, users tend to make better use of them. The motor provides up to half the effort, but more regular use means more exercise for the rider.
7) No Sweat!
Sweat may not be a serious issue when you're out for a leisure ride, but it's more important if you're cycling to work. Although some employers are rather grudgingly providing showers and other facilities for cyclists, the great majority have no intention of doing so. An electric bicycle eliminates the problem at source. In hot weather, it's possible to maintain a normal schedule by transferring a bit more load to the electric motor. In colder weather – just use the pedal assist - or in need of exercise – PEDAL
8) Clean & Green
Electric bicycles obviously consume energy, where a conventional bicycle does not. However, the amount of energy used is very small compared to a moped, motorcycle or car. The only consumables are the batteries, and these have to be recycled when life-expired. As for energy use, electric bicycles typically consume fuel at an average rate of 100 to 150 watts of electrical energy, against 15,000 or so for a car (admittedly travelling much faster). In terms of fuel consumption, an electric bicycle achieves about 290 – 700 kilometre/litre. No other commercially available vehicle can match figures of this kind. If it's hard to place these numbers in your own lifestyle, think of a 100 watt electric light bulb burning unnecessarily for an evening – that's enough energy to propel an electrically-assisted bike for 35-70 km...
9) Faster travel
In theory, a car can average a high speed, but in practice speed often falls below 15km/hr in cities. The problem is congestion – motorcycles get around this to some extent, but they're still confined to the road network. An electric bicycle can maintain a higher average speed than a bicycle but take advantage of the same network of cycle facilities, giving ready access to areas that cars and motorcycles cannot reach. The result is often a faster door-to-door journey time than any other mode.
10) Why is Merry Gold better than traditional modes of transportation?
A lot of people are finding commuting on an electric bike a much more economical way to travel. Some also prefer the eBike experience to that than a car. Sure there will be maintenance on an ebike however it will only be a fraction of the cost associated to a car.
Interested in finding out the price comparison between gas and ebike electric use, here a link....
11) How do I maintain my Merry Gold?
In general, wear and tear on a Merry Gold Electric Bikes in comparison to an average bike is much the same. People often think that an electric bike is going to cost an arm and a leg to maintain / service, but this is not the case. Most components are generic between eBikes, and standard bikes are very similar so they can be maintained the same way.
To reduce the running costs, you simply need to clean it, keep the tires inflated, lubing the chain/cables, charging the battery properly. Doing these few simple items will help to extend your Merry Gold lifespan.
It’s also recommended to service any bike annually to keep it in shape!
That's why we recommend using your local Bike dealer for any work, but more importantly the annual tune-up.
12) Do electric bikes break more often than regular bikes?
Electric bikes DO NOT break more often than their traditional counterparts. On a typical electric bike, 80% of all of the components are standard bicycle components anyway – remember it’s still a bike.
Most of the components that make up the electric part are fairly maintenance free nowadays. There aren’t a lot of moving parts in an average electric motor. The modern brushless motors can have very few parts that can wear out (such as brushes on the older brushed motors). The batteries from good quality manufacturers such as Samsung, can last for years with just a bit of care.
On a good electric bike(MERRYGOLD), the electric part may just outlast the bike part.
13) OACP - links
The new approach towards e-bicycles by Transport Canada is to first assess its on-road versus off-road design characteristics.
MerryGO Canada/171 Electric Bike Company Inc. take no liability beyond quality control of products/components in-house or in manufacturing facilities, supplier selection, and final testing prior to product delivery, including Li-Ion battery packs, street or non-street products. All customers should fully comprehend their product, as well as the maintenance, safekeeping, and use of the products/components.
In the event of a defective component or errors and omissions in service, our responsibility and liability are limited to part replacement. We will not be liable for any property damage, personal injury, fire-related incidents, loss of use, business interruption, profit loss, or other consequential, indirect, incidental, punitive, or special damages resulting from use, malfunction, or defective equipment. MerryGo Canada/171 Electric Bike Company Inc. will not be liable for any accident, misuse, abuse, loss, or injury suffered by the rider or a third party, regardless of whether the cause is an ebike, changing factory-set speed, incorrect or illegal parameter setting, component defect, or malfunction. This is true in all cases, regardless of the cause, whether for breach of warranty, breach of contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability, or other reasons. By purchasing this equipment, the buyer agrees that MERRY GO CANADA/171 Electric Bike Company Inc. WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF THE COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Customer assumes all responsibilities and liabilities for all products, including ebikes, batteries, ebike components, brakes, bike mechanical parts and adjustments, electrical wiring, unforeseen events, safety issues, maintenance and services, and so on.
The rider of an ebike must obey all traffic regulations, geographical or age restrictions, and is responsible for adhering to the rules and updates for the type of vehicle being used.
Customers are fully responsible for understanding the safety concerns and regulations associated with the storage, use, and transportation of Li-Ion battery packs.
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