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California Ebike: Our History and Future

Our History

California Ebike (CE) was launched in 2009 after my friends and I discovered the life-enhancing benefits of electric-assist pedaling via a simple hub motor kit and battery. Back in the day, this was the only conversion setup available! That said, I did some research and decided to engage the best resources available in China to start california-ebike.com. I was also lucky to know Mathew Timmins of Solarbike in Perth, Australia, who mentored me in my new endeavor and gave me the gift of his vast ebike experience.

Bafang mid-drives hit the market

Fast-forward to 2013, when Bafang (8 FUN), the now well-known Chinese ebike manufacturer, introduced its first mid-drive system ― the 350W BBS01, followed in 2014 by the 750W BBS02. I saw these new kits as a paradigm shift for the e-assist bicycle market and determined to put all future focus on this new development.

Becoming a Service Center for Bafang mid drive product

As the potential of these mid-drive kits quickly caught on among both foreign and U.S. retailers, it became obvious that replacement parts and customer service were going to be problematic. This was an inherent logistical problem in global commerce and was where we could offer our expertise. This would lead to my decision to make our niche in the ebike market as a Service Center for Bafang mid drive product.  

Service, tech support, parts, tools and components

Our initial focus was on service, free tech support and a complete inventory of Bafang parts and components. The next logical step was to offer specialized components and tools built by California Ebike under its own trade name, something for which my background in engineering made me well-suited. Though we originally imagined our customers would be locally based, we soon discovered we had an international following. In fact, our sales continue to nearly double annually!

Meet the CE Team

Doug Snyder ― Owner

Before launching California Ebike in 2009, Doug spent three decades as owner/operator of Snyder Systems, a manufacturing business that designed and built automated machinery.

Mary Merschat ― Manager of Operations

Before joining California Ebike, Mary was a program manager at Kaiser Permanente where she was instrumental in setting up their vision department and a major KP drug distribution center.

Tom Jaszewski ― Tech Support

After a career as a renowned horticulturalist for the Mirage in Las Vegas, Tom and his wife retired to Winona, Minnesota. An avid, all-weather bike rider, Tom is California Ebikes technical expert and a respected contributor on the ebike forums.

The Future

Ebikes are here to stay and we are excited over the tremendous growth opportunities that will play out throughout the next decade. Over the past 10 years, pedal-assist bicycle use has increased exponentially and municipalities are scrambling to build infrastructure to accommodate this rapidly growing phenomenon. Ebikes are no longer limited to the two-wheel enthusiast, as 2, 3 and 4-wheel ebike vehicles are now in widespread use by commercial delivery and rental companies, commuters, seniors and people with disabilities, to name but a few.

A customer-driven company

How is California Ebike going to remain relevant in this new decade of rapid ebike adoption and change? Our desire is that CE remains true to its core mission of being a customer-driven company.

One look at the team will surely suggest to you that we have a lot of years of experience between us. Being the oldest at 78, I have made it known that I would like to spend more quality time with my wife and family, and have announced January 2021 as my official exit date from the business.

California Ebike needs you

So how do I keep the mission alive and continue the good will we have worked so hard to build? That’s where you come in. My reaching out at this time is not an attempt to recruit investors, but to connect with creative, vibrant and focused individuals who have the passion and commitment to continue building on what we have accomplished at California Ebike. Interested? Then please drop me an email or give me a call. Let’s talk about the future.

With respect and thanks,

Doug

doug@california-ebike.com

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Great new product from Lekkie

Daryl Neal from Lekkie is a prolific innovator and supplies California Ebike with many of our most popular products. Whenever I think their is nothing else to design, Daryl has another trick up his sleeve.

Check out these new products and click on the links to purchase.

Lekkie Bling Ring 40t package for BBS01/02 and BBSHD.

https://california-ebike.com/shop/lekkie-bling-ring-40t-package/

The Lekkie blingring 40T is now the smallest tooth count ring available on the market that maintains the correct offset and chain line.
Lekkie made this possible by also designing the motor drive covers to work together with the 40T ring to create the most compact offset drive ring.

 

Bored with Black chainrings? Try this Red one now in stock for the BBSHD in 42t.

https://california-ebike.com/shop/lekkie-42t-hd-chainring/

Back by popular demand. We are now stocking the Offset Buzzbars in 160mm length. The only color offered by Lekkie is the black anodized.

https://california-ebike.com/shop/lekkie-offset-buzzbars-for-bbs01-02-and-bbshd-160mm/

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Brake Bread delivery making a difference

THE BRAKERY – 1174 W 7TH ST, St. Paul, MN

Brake Bread is a neighborhood bakery where folks come in for fresh baked goods and a cup of locally roasted coffee. Take it to go or perch by the window. And yes, the wi-fi is (gluten) free.

BIKE DELIVERY

Brake Bread started in 2014 as a Community Supported Bakery (CSB) delivering fresh bread, by bike, directly to homes. We continue to do this and now have an even larger delivery radius and pickup locations to serve you.

Now Brake Bread is upgrading to Bafang Mid Drives to power their fleet and expand the business.

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NEW Product-Kinekt

Our Secret

KINEKT Seatposts allow you to stay in the saddle over more terrain, maintaining a more consistent connection to your bike while isolating you from bumps and vibrations. Your body, bike, and surface create a linked system of moving parts. Excess movement throughout this system causes discomfort at delicate points of contact between rider and bike – you know what we’re talking about!

This video says it all. Body Float is what Kinekt does and does it very well.

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Annual news story from the Owen’s Valley Raider-Jerry Live!

The Raiders Trike, now 5 years old, is still performing yeoman duty hauling groceries and cargo every week. The recent closure of the only nearby market, made me create a backup for the Raiders Trike. Not wanting to go through the tedious process of modifying a frame, I decided to create an illegal trike, using a front wheel hub motor. The result is the Red Devil MotorTrikele, as the attached pictures.

Since CA eBike no longer sells hub motors, I bought a Dongdian 350w, geared, 27.5’’ wheel motor from China. The battery is your nude Frog Pack from 5 years ago, still pumping out juice. The frame is a stock Motobecane NT5, with only the front and rear dropouts opened for the larger axles. The rear axle is made from genuine, high-quality, Ace Hardware parts. The basket made with some nice cardboard and then glassed. Since the Motobecane was bright red on black, I wanted a red logo on the rear, but in keeping with the Raiders Trike. The local sign shop made me a nice Red Devil sticker.

There is no chain, so I planned to use the PAS for an alternate throttle, whenever the fuzz showed up. In fact, this worked great. When I returned from my 2nd test ride, I stopped in front of my front gate. As I got off the trike, I accidentally kicked the pedals, which with no resistance, spun around and the PAS caused the bike to leap forward into the closed gate. Fortunately, nothing bad happened. I realized at once that an evil event like this could only be caused by the Red Devil.

I disabled the PAS and gave up plans for an imitation trike. The pedal crank arms were set to the same angle, causing the pedals to hang at their lowest point. This turned out to be surprisingly low, due to the 20” rear wheels. Riding to the Post Office, while on the sidewalk, I came to a driveway, which high-centered the pedals, throwing my legs in the air, but I stayed in the saddle (some idle teenagers seemed to think this was amusing). Naturally, I immediately thought of painting over the Red Devil, but on further reflection, realized this could make matters worse. Removing the Red Devil was not possible, as I had applied the sticker before the black paint had cured, and it appeared that some type of molecular bonding had occurred.

Using some baling wire, I tied the cranks up forward, which gave a nice motorcycle position. The hub motor has an excellent electric whine, making the motorcycle effect even more perfect. Riding on a deserted road, I reached the exciting speed of 17.2 mph and then my cap blew off. Damn that Red Devil!

With things going from bad to worse, I was at wits end. Then I remembered my handicapped neighbor, who drives one of those medically approved chairs with 3 tiny wheels. I know he takes a nap in the afternoon. With a heat gun and a putty knife, I could remove his medically approved sticker and… Damn that Red Devil!

Have some fun every day.
Jerry…

Merry Christmas Jerry

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Gift Cards are here!

Just in time for last minute gift giving. Why not give the gift of healthy living to someone you love. We have made it easy with the E-Gift card from California Ebike. Select the amount you wish to send. Fill in their email address and pick a date you would like it delivered. We’ll do all the rest.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Doug, Mary, Tom and Chris.

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EggRider V2 is here!

 

 

https://california-ebike.com/shop/eggrider-v-2/

We have received our stock of EggRiders and we think you will really appreciate the technology that is built into this product. As you can see, it has a small footprint on your handlebars and more than that, it links to your smart phone whether you use iPhone or Android products. You can easily modify the controller settings without having to purchase a programming cable. Easily switch from Road to Offroad on the fly and with a little calibration, track your battery consumption very similar to the Cycle Analyst (TM).

Check out the specs through the link above and also preview the product using the Youtube video link.

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EggRider V2 new product review

We are proud to announce this new featured product on our website.

Expect shipping by end of August.

EggRider features

  • Minimalist/Very compact waterproof design to not clutter your handlebar.
  • OLED screen, displaying the most important information all the time without having to connect the mobile app.
  • The display has integrated Level Up/Down buttons as well as quick mode switch Roar/OffRoad
  • Compatible with male/female 5 pin waterproof HIGO connectors (see image)
  • Voltage reading between 20V up to 62V.
  • Bluetooth LE for low power consumption.
  • Android and iOS mobile apps for more statistics and configurations.
  • Compatible with e-Bikes based on Bafang motors (including Sondors), Lishui and Kunteng controllers and many other brands we keep discovering.

 

 

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Redding’s Sundial Bridge to Lake Shasta

Sundial Bridge to Shasta Dam is a 38.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Redding, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

We recently completed 2 Terra Trike Rovers for Carl and MJ from Redding, CA (pictured above). Both bikes were fitted with BBS02B 750 watt and Hailong3 48v-17.5Ah battery packs. We also installed a gear sensor on Carl’s bike since he is running an 8 speed Sturmey Archer IGH. MJ is running a Nuvinci IGH and did not require a gear sensor. Both bikes retained their “parking” brakes and used Hidden Wire Brake sensors.

Carl and MJ are so looking forward to going on those longer rides now that their bikes can assist them with the help that they need. They wanted to share this wonderful ride with others looking for a great outing. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/sundial-bridge-to-shasta-dam

Update

We are so sorry for Carl and MJ. About a week after they got their ebike conversions, and were beginning to really enjoy their new rides, all Hell broke loose in Redding. It appears that most of the beautiful trail going to Lake Shasta was consumed by fire.

[NATL-BAY] photo
I communicated with Carl and MJ after the news of the fire and learned that they were safe but the fire had burned all around their home devastating thousands of acres. A story that is all too common in California. Especially in recent years. All our best to Carl and MJ.