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Please use the form on the right to contact us, or call 202 794 6620. We are happy to answer any question about electric bikes that we can. 

Allow up to 24 hours for a response - we get very busy helping folks in the store! 

Hope to see you soon! 

ElectriCityBikes Team


4810 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
United States


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.  

How an e-Bike works

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How an e-Bike works

Charlie McCormick

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  • As you pedal, the motor multiplies YOUR pedaling force
  • Removable battery is located in the rear rack or in the frame
  • Mid mounted motors have the most torque & efficiency
  • Select % multiplication "mode"  on the handlebar & display
  • Displays show mode, battery level, speed and mileage
  • Quality eBikes ride like a normal bike - but with an extra boost
  • eBikes can be ridden rain or shine
  • Maintenance is mostly like a normal bike

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  • Range can vary depending on "mode" & terrain
  • Expect a mileage range from 20 to 70+ miles
  • Plug a normal wall outlet to charge, usually takes 1 - 4 hours
  • Batteries do not regenerate while you pedal
  • Top assistance speed varies by model - either 20 or 28mph
  • Warranty 5+ years on frames, 2 years on motor & batteries
  • Battery life - measured in charge cycles - the number of times that the battery is fully charged and then discharged. 400-1000 charge cycles, which is 3-5 years of frequent use. Replacement batteries can cost $800-$1000+.  


Electric bikes have evolved quickly to become the fastest growing electric vehicle in the planet, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

Today's modern mid-drive electric bikes have iPhone-like brains that take information from an array of sensors that measure pedal rotations and the force you apply to the pedals - along with the mode you selected - to apply power at just the right amount, at the right time, for the experience to feel seamless. It's You, Only Faster. It also figures how far you can get on the battery you have left and shows it on the LCD display, along with your mileage. 

eBikes can take many different forms:

  • Front Hub and Throttle - simple but with limited power, range and tiring to the wrists. Typically without a battery meter to tell how much further you can go with assistance. 
  • Rear Hub and pedal rotating activated - powerful but jerky and inefficient - direct drive rear motors throw off the balance of the bike. 
  • Advanced mid-drive designs and systems make for a eBike that feels like a regular bike, but faster, flattening hills.