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ElectriCityBikes Team

 

4810 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
United States

202-794-6620

We have carefully curated the most reliable and innovative models of electric bikes from the top brands - Specialized, Kalkhoff, Focus, Raleigh. Come in today to browse and a free test ride - try before you buy! Our head tech has over 5 years experience in all brands and types of e-bikes and kits. Electricity Bikes was founded by City Bikes, pioneers of the urban transportation bike shop in DC since 1988.  

Which Gears are Right for Me?

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Which Gears are Right for Me?

Charlie McCormick

Traditional derailleur external gear sprockets and chains are the standard for most bikes, including eBikes, for good reason - they have great gear range, with lots of torque,  easy access to service and change flats. Chains can get messy though - and then there is the service life - a few thousand miles - and the service interval - they need to be cleaned and oiled every few hundred miles.  Internally geared hubs allow the rider to easily go from a harder gear used at higher speeds to an easier one as the rider encounters a stop sign or light without having to plan ahead,

Lower maintenance (aka long service interval) is another sought after feature of the internally geared hub - less exposure to the elements mean less wear - but when service is needed it is more technically challenging than a derailleur bike. Internally geared hubs allow for the use of enclosed chain guard - or better yet a smooth, clean, quiet and low maintenance belt drive. Of course there is no free lunch - internal gears are a premium upgrade, they are heavier, and may reduce the max torque available from your motor.