Freewheelin now carries
Raleigh e-bikes. These are electric-assisted bicycles
that require pedaling, and meet all regulations for
e-bikes. Below is a summary of applicable law and links
to the sources. Our eBikes are class 1 and class 3. We do
not carry class 2 e-bikes (which have a throttle and do
not require pedaling). For a summary of e-bike classes, click here.
Just pedal and the motor helps you. Select the
level of assistance you want.
No throttle to
fuss with. There is no need to coordinate
stopping or slowing down with the throttle just
slow your pedaling and the motor slows down with
No extra noise.
Other than significantly reduced pedaling effort,
you will be unaware of the motor.
No gas. No
exhaust. The lithium ion battery has a range of
up to 40 miles per charge.
Extra power when
you need it. Going up hill or against the wind
requires no extra effort. Just keep pedaling, and
the motor supplies extra power to maintain speed.
components. Although Raleigh's e-bikes are built
with components that are heavier duty than
normal, there are few proprietary parts. The
motor is in the crank assembly, not the wheel.
This makes most service as simple as on a
No title. No tags.
No license. No registration. It's a bicycle.
Keep up with
stronger riders. If you want to ride with your
family or friends, but have trouble keeping up,
an e-bike is the great equalizer.
You are still
getting exercise. It's just not strenuous.
E-Bikes are Bicycles:
listing about Federal laws is a
good summary. HR727 functions to put the regulation of
e-bikes under the purview of the C.P.S.C., and does not
allow for any state to treat them as anything other than
a bicycle. The law defines what such an e-bike is.
HR727 does not directly address the current e-bikes we
carry, as throttle-less electric-assisted
bikes were not available at the time the law was written
(2002). However, our e-bikes still more than comply with
the regulations. The difference is that HR727 speaks to
the maximum speed possible when powered solely by the
motor, and does not address the maximum attainable speed
with motor and pedals combined.
On this page Virginia law
defines an e-bike slightly differently:
"Electric power-assisted bicycle" means
a vehicle that travels on not more than three wheels in
contact with the ground and is equipped with (i) pedals
that allow propulsion by human power and (ii) an electric
motor with an input of no more than 1,000 watts that
reduces the pedal effort required of the rider. For the
purposes of Chapter 8 (§ 46.2-800
et seq.), an electric power-assisted bicycle shall be a
vehicle when operated on a highway.
Twenty-five m.p.h. is the speed limit in
Virginia does not state the maximum speed possible on an
e-bike, but does limit the rider to 25 m.p.h. This is
similar to having a car that is capable to 90 m.p.h., but
a speed limit of 65 m.p.h.
Most of Raleigh's e-bikes are limited to 20 m.p.h., but a
few (class 3) are capable of 28 m.p.h., but can be
regulated down to 25. With our Raleighs, when the
programmed maximum speed is reached, the motor cuts out,
joining in again when the speed drops below the setting.
Here is the law
that applies, including who may use an e-bike.
As always, we service what we sell. Typically we are happy to work on other
bicycles, since parts are rarely proprietary. However, we
can work on other e-bikes if what is needed is in no way
related to the electric parts of the bicycle, or if the
electric parts are readily available.
We do not allow gas
powered bicycles inside the store. Although we will sell
regular bicycle parts for gas powered bikes, we do not
work on themeven if the bicycle was purchased here
and then modified with a gas engine. Adding a motor or
engine to a bicycle voids your warranty and after-sale