Costs of Owning an E-Bike | Electric Bike Tips

March 12, 2021
Costs of Owning an E-Bike Electric Bike Tips
Hey guys, Dustin here, CEO of sixthreezero. Today we're going to talk about what are the costs of owning an e-bike, stick with us.

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All right, so let's get into the topic today, which is the costs of owning an e-bike. Now cost of owning an e-bike is actually very similar to just owning a normal bike. Typically, with a normal bike, a lot of the costs associated with the bike revolve around your usage. How frequently are you riding? What type of riding are you doing? And that drives the cost of ownership, just because you're going to require more maintenance or replacement parts, things of that nature. So I would say, a standard sort of bike ownership costs to expect, maybe a $100 a year, max.

If you're riding is very limited, a hundred bucks, every two, three years, and that a hundred bucks in my opinion are for a full tune-up. Now that price can depend on the bike shop in your area you live in. A full tune-up can be less than that, maybe $69.99, maybe more than a hundred. I would say the cost of ownership of a normal bike, maybe once a year, once every two years, full tune-up, greasing, the whole nine yards.

E-bikes, same thing. Now e-bikes, typically they have obviously the functionality of a normal bike. So depending on how often you're using it, how often you're wearing things down, you're going to want to do that tune-up probably every 12 to 24 months. In addition to that, however frequently you're riding your e-bike, you may need to do things like, replace the brake pads every year or sooner. If you're riding very frequently or you're riding downhill and you're breaking a lot, you may wear those brake pads down pretty frequently.

Now, depending on if you have a disc brake or caliper brakes with the pads. Most e-bikes have disc brakes. Buying a new wheel for that, anywhere from 20 to 50 bucks, depending on the quality. If you need the rotor, the brake pads themselves, anywhere from 5$ to $30, to replace those.

Now, generally, those things don't go out very frequently, but maybe once a year, like I said, but totally dependent on how much you're riding. Now for sort of the e-bikes specific things, battery and motor. On the battery side, depending on the quality of the e-bike that you have and the battery that you have, I could foresee having to replace the battery every two years, maybe every three years. These are like laptops, they're like cell phones, these Lithium-ion batteries don't last forever. It's just the nature of this type of battery.

Now the technology is getting better and better and they're able to last longer, and you can do things like manage the charging, not overcharged, not undercharged, which is going to help prolonging the lifetime of the battery. But I think a good expectation of ownership of an e-bike is to have to replace that battery every two years, every three years, two to three years. And the cost of that's going to range depending on the bike you have in the battery size, it's going to be about two to $500.

Now, again, if you're only riding your e-bike once a week, you won't need to replace that battery, but for every five years, four years. It really varies. I'm talking about two to three years as someone who's really using that e-bike at least three days a week, four days a week. I do think it's important to know that the battery is something that ultimately will need to be replaced down the line, it's not going to last a lifetime.

I think that's something when we also buy laptops and phones, there's an expectation that that battery will never die. But I think a lot of us know, and we have a phone for say three, four, five years. We start to notice that the charge starts to get less and less than we can't... That phone won't stay on for quite as long as when we had it originally.

And again, that's just the nature of Lithium-ion batteries. There are a lot of good things and a lot of bad things about Lithium-ion, but that cost is one of the important costs. So other than that, I mean, there's not a lot of crazy costs associated with owning an e-bike. If you've ever owned an electric car, like I have, there's a lot less maintenance involved.

It's actually quite a bit less expensive to own an electric bike or an electric car versus a standard car. That's one of the huge benefits. So if you're going to use your electric bike to replace another form of transportation, whether it be a motorcycle or a car, I think you're going to find that it's very inexpensive comparatively of other sort of transportation devices in the same category.

So I hope that helps, if you have any comments or you disagree with me, please comment below, give us your suggestions or thoughts, I'd love to hear them. You can also call us, (310) 982-2877 or shoot us an email, And also if you're in the market for an e-bike, take our BodyFit quiz on our website, it's going to ask you questions specific to your body and your life.

We take those answers and recommend the perfect e-bike for your body and your life. It's our proprietary algorithm. The other bonus, we have a 365-day return policy. At any point in 365 days, if you don't love your bike, send it back. No questions asked, no money out of your pocket. Thanks for sticking with us. And don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.

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Costs of Owning an E-Bike | Electric Bike Tips