Entries by Ashland Electric Bikes

Shopping For Your Electric Bike

So, you’ve been seeing more and more people of all ages and sizes riding around town with seemingly superhuman strength and you wonder just what it is that’s going on right before your eyes. You discover that they’re all riding electric bikes (e-bikes) and they have only the highest praise for their new form of […]

Making Sense of the Dollars

Many people flinch when they see the price of the electric bikes in our shop; they range from $1399 to $6999 with the majority around the $3k mark. If you’re approaching ebikes as just the latest iteration of standard bikes, then yes, the prices can seem daunting. The larger picture, however, is that ebikes are […]

And So It Begins Again

Well, the monstrous winter that we were dreading/dreaming about didn’t quite materialize as predicted. All the precipitation has been surely appreciated and the colder-than-I-remember temperatures seem to be behind us. The early portents of spring are nudging forth in gardens all around town. For dedicated bike commuters, it’s a welcome turn of the yearly wheel. […]

Bicycle Commuting Made Easier

Have you ever considered making your daily commute to work by bicycle rather than by car? If so, then please hold that thought! The benefits to you and the environment will be substantial. If you rode a bike to work only one day a week, you would reduce your travel-related environmental impact by 20%. That’s […]

In Praise of Electric Bikes

For a few years now I’ve been giving you all the reasons, from my perspective, for investing in an electric bike for yourself and your household. Obviously I have a strong bias in this regard, so I thought that I’d let some of my happy customers share their enthusiasm for their bikes with you. The […]

United We Ride

Sometimes its hard to be anything BUT embarrassed by the actions of some members of our government. Republicans just recently failed (thankfully) to gut federal funding for maintenance and expansion of bicycling infrastructure across the nation. This comes at the same time that many large cities in the US and across the globe are, rightfully […]

Love on Two Wheels

Significant-other relationships are one of the greatest gifts of this life here in space and time. They can be a source of so much joy, inspiration, and soul growth opportunities. Sharing adventures with a beloved is something most everybody cherishes. What happens, however, if time, injury, or inherent differences in physical strength prevents a couple […]

Back to the Future of Fun!

It’s so exciting for us to see who’s coming into the shop inquiring about electric bikes. Moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas, young professionals, college students, people with various degrees of disabilities, we see a wide range of folks interested in exploring the possibilities that electric bikes open up. You may wonder, “Is this something […]

The Momentum is Building

by Jerry Solomon, Ashland Electric Bikes It’s a very exciting time in the electric bike industry today. The ranks of e-bike riders is growing at a healthy pace and the higher quality bikes have become very dependable. It is estimated that there are currently 20 million e-bikes being ridden today worldwide. Analysts expect numbers to […]

Ashland Electric Bikes – Keeping Up with the Curve

Keeping Up with the Curve by Jerry Solomon The electric bike industry has matured considerably in the eight years that we have been in business here in Ashland. Motors, electronics, and batteries have gotten more dependable and battery capacity keeps inching its way upward. Along with improvements in the products themselves, quality manufacturers are building […]

Electric Bicycles 101

Winter has been mostly a no-show this year and everyday it becomes easier and easier to shift into a bicycle riding mindset. Ashland is a great place to ride a bike. If only we didn’t have so many pesky hills to climb, right? Depending on where you live, a ride to the grocery store and […]

Time to Tune Up

We’re lucky enough to be able to ride year ‘round in Ashland due to the mildness of winter here. Many of you may not agree with that assessment but trust me, after spending decades in the high country of Montana and Colorado, winter in southern Oregon is a piece of cake! Nevertheless, I know many […]

Take Care of That Battery!

If you own or have been looking into an electric bike you know that the battery is the single most expensive component. Replacement costs run the gamut from $400 to over $1000 for a high quality lithium battery pack. Needless to say, it’s something you’ll want to maintain as effectively as possible to protect your […]

Winter Riding with Electric Bikes

If you’ve been reading my articles here in the LocalsGuide you know that I view electric bikes as legitimate alternative transportation more so than just-for-fun, next-generation bicycles. Don’t misunderstand; I’m all about the fun factor – and it’s huge! But there’s so much more to this e-bike picture. Ask any e-bike owner and you’ll most […]

We’re Moving Into a Bigger Space

After a solid year of looking and waiting patiently for a new home to reveal itself, the deed is now done. As you read this we are settling into our new digs at 1678 Ashland St. in the Ashland Shopping Center. The move affords us a fivefold increase in floor space as well as substantially […]

Bear Creek Greenway – A Local Treasure

One of the joys of e-biking is the opportunity to remove yourself from the noise and fray of primary city streets while still being able to traverse town quickly. The bike path along the train tracks through Ashland is just such an alternative. You can ride from slightly beyond Tolman Creek Road all the way […]

Electric Bikes For Greater Health

It’s obvious that bicycling is great for your health as well as the health of the planet, but what about these new electric bikes that you’re seeing more and more of around town? Do they offer any health benefits to the rider? Absolutely! The notion that e-bikes are ‘cheating’ or that you won’t get any […]

An Electric Bike Primer

Oh the pleasures of summertime! It’s a chance to be outside drinking in the natural beauty of our fair region. Among the myriad opportunities available to us, Ashland is a great place to ride a bike. If only we didn’t have so many pesky hills to climb, right? Depending on where you live, a ride […]

Are You Ready for a Cargo Bike?

Summer has returned and everybody is busy moving about with lots of stuff in tow. Even if you want to be eco-friendly and ride your bike, what happens when the load is more than your basket and/or panniers can handle? What if many of your trips includes one or two small children as your precious […]

Take Care of That Battery!

If you own or have been looking into an electric bike you know that the battery is the single most expensive component. Replacement costs run the gamut from $400 to over $1000 for a high quality lithium battery pack. Needless to say, it’s something you’ll want to maintain as effectively as possible to protect your […]

Shopping for Your Electric Bike

So, you’ve been seeing more and more people of all ages and sizes riding around town with seemingly superhuman strength and you wonder just what it is that’s going on right before your eyes. You discover that they’re all riding electric bikes (e-bikes) and they have only the highest praise for their new form of […]

It’s Time to Save Our World

Electric bikes are a ton of fun to ride! They turn every trip to the grocery store, to work, or out on the town at night an adventure. Everyone feels as strong as Lance Armstrong and smiles abound on the faces of ebikers wherever they ride. The fun factor cannot be over emphasized, yet there’s […]

Ashland Electric Bikes: Small Business Owners Take Note

My comments this month are intended primarily for small businesses whose activities include in-town delivery/pickup of small-to-medium-size items. You know who you are: restaurants, real estate companies, contractors, retail stores, etc. If you have somebody driving around on a regular basis delivering goods or documents or meals, you have a great opportunity to minimize your […]

Bicycle Commuting Made Easy

Have you ever considered making your daily commute to work by bicycle rather than by car? If so, then please hold that thought! The benefits to you and the environment will be substantial. If you rode a bike to work only one day a week you would reduce your environmental impact by 20%. That’s the […]

Electric Bikes Change Lives

If you’ve heard about electric bikes and are wondering about their value and/or necessity in the overall scheme of things, consider the following stories. They’re about real people that I’ve had the pleasure to work with through the years. Their stories are compelling and inspirational: Polio took its toll on Clint at an early age. […]

Ebiking For the Health of It

There is a common misconception regarding electric bikes – that they do all of the hard work for you. It’s true that they complement the pedaling power of the cyclist as well as provide assistance whenever needed, but it’s important to note that they are not the same as a motorbike or scooter. Because electric […]

Facts, Figures, & Future Visions

In 2011 we sold less than 100,000 electric bicycles in the United States. In China that same year they sold 20,000,000 electric bikes. Yes, that’s right, 20 million ebikes in one year! Throughout Asia and Europe electric bike sales are booming. Gas prices and the high cost of automobile ownership combined with a growing environmental […]

Who Rides Electric Bikes?

Are you wondering just who it is that’s buying these new, seemingly expensive bicycles? (Compared with a new or used car they’re a bargain!) Let me tell you. My customers are, first and foremost, people who want to make a difference in the world. They want to do something healthy for the environment and for […]

Its All About the Battery

An electric bike’s performance is based on three items; the motor, the controller, and the battery. The battery pack is the single most expensive component of an ebike and as such it impacts the overall experience of owning and riding an ebike. Let’s take a closer look at this most important system. Essentially, batteries are […]

Electric Bicycles 101

The clocks are turned ahead and flowers are bursting up everywhere you look. Spring is here! Everyday it becomes easier and easier to shift into a bicycle riding mindset. Ashland is a great place to ride a bike. If only we didn’t have so many pesky hills to climb, right? Depending on where you live, […]