When a beloved mountain bike was stolen, this customer opted for a Schwinn beach cruiser. The purchase was not complete until she chose to electrify her bike!
One of our favorite organizations is the Bend-Redmond chapter of Habitat for Humanity. We enjoy building items and donating them to Habitat to be raffled off to families.
Usually our builds are practical – a dining room table, game table, or rolling island. This season we decided to craft rustic wood Christmas trees. They are a work in progress.
We encourage you to find a cause, person, place, or organization and get involved.
Thinking about an eBike for Christmas? Give us a ring – sooner rather than later, as backorders and shipping delays continue.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
A lot to love
This petite addition fits neatly under your saddle and is packed with features:
- Eye catching LED light
- 4 modes (slow flash, flicker, steady, ultra bright)
- Brake sensing
- USB rechargeable
- Auto on/off sensor
- Easy to install
The basic version retails at $21.99 (coupon applied).
- 120 decibel anti-theft alarm
- Remote activation and deactivation
- Includes wireless electric horn to alert cars or others when riding in traffic
- Use the remote control feature to find your bike
- Concealed install – potential thieves are unlikely to expect an alarm integrated into a tail light
- 3 light modes versus 4 in the non-alarm version
- Limited compatibility. If your saddle mount bracket gap does not fit the G Keni specifications, you can’t install the light.
- Charging time is 2-3 hours versus 20-30 minutes for the non-alarm tail light
- 15 hours running time versus 50 for the non-alarm version
- No auto on/off feature
Visit the G Keni store on Amazon for more options, including a color-changing rear light.
Either way, bike lights save your life.
We love building for friends and neighbors. When a customer is both? Wow! What a bonus!
Read all about the Sunday Funday bike here.
Do you have an eBike that you don’t ride? Is it too heavy to pedal without electric assist? Do you experience flats? Broken spokes? Can you load your bike on a rack? If you fall and your bike lands on you, can you lift it off without help?
Heavy bikes are a drag
Unfortunately, bargain eBikes sold by well-known retailers tend to be heavy. Often hovering in the 60-70+ pound range. The culprit is a combination of the design and rear hub motor.
Ironically the same bikes with heavy hubs can also have thin tires. (Don’t be fooled if you currently have a “fat bike.”)
Add your weight above that rear hub, ride over a pothole, and wham! You feel it and so does your bike. Thus, the issues with broken spokes, flats, etc.
We can help you lighten up by 20+ pounds, which is a huge amount in the bike world.
It’s a matter of smart design. We start with an existing lightweight bike frame – yours or ours – then we install a mid-drive motor. As the name implies, a mid-drive motor is centered on the bike for better balance. This immediately solves the problem with repetitive flats and broken spokes caused by too much weight on the rear hub. More importantly, mid-drive motors are compact and powerful, saving some big lbs.
Lifting gets even easier when you can remove your battery. Our designs include this feature too! We also add back racks or handles so smaller riders can load up and ride solo.
Enjoy your bike again
Recently we saw an ad for a used Specialized eBike. A terrific bike, no doubt about it. We love the brand. The seller, a neighbor, was asking $4000 firm. For a used bike …
Just know: we can do better – or just as well – for much less. Give us a call.
Make for the best sales!
Meet our furry friend and neighbor, Charlie!
As official spokesdog, Charlie endorses the Blue Cruiser featured below.
Keith and Beverly build great bikes! I first met the blue cruiser on the West Bend trail before it was electrified. (Hey, that’s a big word for a dog!)
As a Westie, I’m particular, but it was love at first sight. Check out all the details here.
You can own this sweet ride for $1600. Update: this bike is sold.
Whether it’s extra cushioning, surviving potholes, or “rolling flat,” upgrading your tires can make a big difference.
Comfort and Safety
The wide diameter 650bx2.3 inch Nimbus sport tires installed on Lil Squeezy provide excellent traction, stability, and cushioning, which creates a safer, more reliable, and more comfortable ride on paved or dirt roads. Combined with a spring suspension seatpost and pressure-relieving Body Geometry saddle, you’ll never want to get off your bike!
We love this description from Specialized because every bit of it is true. Nimbus sport tires + suspension seatpost + Body Geometry saddle = One comfy ride.
Fast and Durable
Maxxis Hookworm tires were a key feature on our REI Co-op build. Tough yet smooth, Hookworms really roll. Seriously. You’ll find yourself peddling less. It’s almost like having a sub-1 pedal assist level.
Here’s what Maxxis has to say:
Tough enough for the meanest streets! Durable enough for urban assault, park riding, commuting, cargo bikes, etc. Grooved slick tread design. Wrap around tread pattern.
As the original urban assault tire, we designed the Hookworm to take the abuses of the most aggressive street riders. Bead-to-bead tread provides durability and traction whether you’re dropping staircases, grinding rails or riding in your local skate park.
Wowza! I think most riders would take it a bit easier, but knowing these tires are tough = peace of mind.
My Burley Market Bike has roll flat tires.
Since we made the choice to cut back to one car, it serves as a secondary mode of transportation. Knowing I can make it back from a grocery run despite a flat tire is pretty important!
You’ll be glad you did. Road, dirt, gravel – this bike eats it all up. Get all the deets here.
$2200 – cash, debit, credit, Zelle, Apple, and Google Pay options available.
The Red, White, and Electric Blue project is moving ahead.
In this second phase, we worked together to install several key items:
- Rear tire and wheel
- Shifter cable
We also adjusted the back brake.
If you’ve ever built anything, then you know a big part of construction is test fitting. Parts are installed, then removed, before they become a permanent part of the bike.
It’s important not to fear this process, although it can be disconcerting at first glance! Stay tuned for further updates from our build team.
Kids love eBikes too. One way to encourage their enthusiasm is to involve them in the build.
This ride is a work in progress. It illustrates all the prep that goes into a build before we even think about adding power.
While it may not seem so, we’ve already made significant changes to what we’re calling the Red, White, and Electric Blue bike:
- Disassembled old drive train
- Started the cleaning process
- Installed a custom-painted riser handlebar
- Replaced a defective suspension fork with a strong, fixed steel fork (the electric blue of the Red, White, and Electric Blue Bike)
- Installed a safer hydraulic brake system with a compatible front tire/wheel assembly
- Swapped out a child’s seat with an adult seat provided by the owner
We love this project!
Bike repairs are inevitable. Ironically they don’t tend to involve eBike components, at least for us.
Instead it’s the everyday stuff that drives you batty. In my case, a fixing an old chain.
We aren’t a bike repair shop per se, but if you’re a customer of ours we can likely help you.
Programming Controller Settings
We have the technology to program your eBike controller. If you want us to adjust your throttle speed or your pedal assist settings, just let us know.
Two free programming sessions are included in your eBike purchase. Thereafter repair rates apply.
Customer-caused breakage, damage, and ordinary wear and tear are not covered by us. Repair rates apply if we service your eBike.
Our shop minimum is $25 plus parts. Repairs are billed at $25/hour and due at the time you pick up your eBike.
We were so happy to sell this new California eBike to a nice couple in Sunriver!
Before it rolled out the door, we customized it with the following:
- Comfort cruiser seat
- Bipedal kickstand
- Generous front basket – thanks Sunnyside Sports!
- Custom painted basket supports
- Pedals without spikes
- Front headlight
- Rear Headlight
These swap-outs and additions were made in 24 hours. The original suspension seatpost was a $200 upgrade. We changed it out for our customers as a matter of preference, but it also saved them on the purchase price.
This is the difference between “buying off the rack” and finding something that is truly custom built for you.
Custom builds respect the fact that everyone is different. What I need or prefer may not matter to you or vice versa. Our Mom and Pop shop strives to add components we think play up the best features of a particular build. We are also pleased as punch to make a switch that better fits you!
No, it’s not a breaking news story, but we did just add three new features to this cool build:
- A ring-a-ding-ding bell
- Rear view mirror so you can see who’s sneaking up on you
- Kickstand for parking your ride
What Are We Talking About?
Our new California eBike build on a REI Co-op aluminum frame with steel fork. Pedal assist and throttle powered.
- Fast-rolling Maxxis Hookworm street tires
- BMX tall handle bars for upright pedaling
- Suspension seatpost
- Hydraulic brakes
- California eBike power group set, w/ long-range battery, throttle, pedal assist, and mid-drive motor.
- Programmable controller – 750 Watt Class 3
- Color display
Speeds of 30+ mph
Mileage range 35-40+ depending on rider, terrain, and throttle use
Ride in Comfort
The extra tall front fork guarantees room for the big battery, mounted on the frame underside. Comfort is king during high speed runs over rough pavement or gravel with our suspension seatpost and mid-drive motor.
Turn on a Dime
If you’re looking for a highly maneuverable bike that turns on a dime (remember those? Ha!) – this ride is for you.
With the Maxxis Hookworm tires, this bike is just under 26 inches and classified as Adult with the modified setup (MH tires, tall suspension seatpost, and BMX stand up handlebars).
Test Drives Encouraged
Find out for yourself how well this eBike handles compared to a RAD or other hub-style eBike. The California eBike is lighter, more comfortable, and requires less maintenance (no broken spokes like hub motor eBikes). Experience the difference!
Porch pickup or deliveries in local area at our discretion.
Cash, credit card, debit card, or Zelle payments accepted.
Because they’re better! And not necessarily more expensive.
It starts with the bike. Whether new or used, we convert your ride. Bikes in landfills just seems wrong to us.
Advantages of Mid-Drive Motors
We use mid-drive motors. With a mid-drive, which is integrated into the pedal assembly, the weight is centered on your bike. This allows for:
- A more comfortable ride
- Reduced or no maintenance
- Cost savings over the long run
How can that be? Aren’t hub-motor bikes like the RAD cheaper and just as good?
Don’t get us wrong. The RAD business model, which emphasizes affordability at purchase, gets a definite thumbs-up. Millions of dollars in sales can’t be wrong.
But hub motors add weight to the rear wheel of your bike. You are more likely to feel all the bumps and grinds as you ride. In addition, broken spokes – caused by the weight of the motor in the wheel – are common. To fix this problem requires the expertise of a specialized bike mechanic, which can be costly.
Off the Shelf or Custom?
When you buy off the shelf, what you see is what you get. That can be terrific – if you purchase optional add-ons (more money) or just need the very basics.
Our eBikes are custom from the get-go. We aren’t obligated to use parts only from a specific source. We can add the best of the best as part of your regular build request. Features many manufacturers or shops would call “extras” like mirrors, racks, custom grips, etc. are standard for us. And we work with you to find the best solutions for your needs.
- Try before you buy. We will happily arrange test drives any time! Discover for yourself the difference in comfort between hub and mid-drive motors. Don’t take our word for it, comparison shop.
- Find out the real cost, not just the purchase price. What comes standard? How much are “extras?” Is installation free? How long is the warranty and what do repairs typically run if the warranty has expired? We believe you’ll learn that custom built mid-drive eBikes like ours are the better value in the long run.
- Please shop local. Whatever you choose, please buy from a local dealer. Whether it’s a Mom and Pop like us or another local – it’s all good. We need to support each other and our communities.