BACK
TO TOP

Pedego Electric Bikes Boomerang
An electric bicycle is an investment and you want to make sure you keep it safe and secure. In this article we discuss three issues related to electric bike security, namely how to transport them safely using a bike rack on your automobile, how to lock them properly and how to insure them.

INSURANCE

All Pedego electric bikes are classified under Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations as “power assisted bicycles” because their motor power is 500 watts or less and speeds are capped at 32km/hr. (Learn more about the legalities of electric bikes by reading our article, “Are Electric Bikes Legal in Canada?”) Because they’re bicycles, some home owner insurance plans cover them. But some plans don’t cover them because of the electric motor. Therefore it’s important you check with your insurance provider to ensure you’re covered. You’ll also want to ask these questions:

  1. What is the maximum value that the electric bike is insured for?
  2. What is the deductible on your ebike?
  3. Will your electric bike value depreciate each year? If so by how much?
  4. Is your ebike insured away from home? (You’ll definitely want to ask this if you own a foldable Latch and travel with it.)

If your home owner insurance company doesn’t provide coverage or you feel its plan is too costly, look into other options via an insurance broker.

You get what you pay for with bike locks so be sure to spend a bit more to protect your investment.

LOCKS

In our article entitled “Funniest Bike Racks in North America” we set aside a serious section to discuss how best to lock your bike when you’re out riding and need to leave it for a short period of time. In the story we touch on five key issues to remember about locking your bike and then stress that simply removing the ignition key and/or battery is not enough to deter thieves. This is because even without a battery your bicycle can still be pedalled away. We recommend you treat your ebike just like a bicycle and lock it to a rack with a strong U-lock and cable lock. If you’re leaving it in a risky area, consider taking your battery along.
The reason we here at Pedego Canada use both a cable lock and U-lock is because the cable can be strung through the wheels ensuring thieves don’t steal those. The U-lock is then used to connect the cable and the bike frame to the rack. In the world of locks, you get what you pay for so consider investing in a good U-lock, such as a Kryponite, to secure your ebike investment.
Swagman Escapee Bike Rack

CAR BIKE RACK

Finally, let’s look at vehicle bike racks that are suitable for electric bicycles. Because ebikes can be heavier than regular bikes, roof-top racks aren’t an option, nor are the trunk-mounted models nor the hitch-mounted ones that leave your bike hanging from the bars. Instead, we recommend the hitch-mounted platform models that seat your wheels in trays and have adjustable lever arms to secure the bike. Our favourite is the Escapee made by Swagman, which is a company based in Penticton, British Columbia. They’re robust, can easily carry two 50+ pound ebikes and are RV rated. Also, the Escapee, with its wheel clamp system, works really well with low step-thru bikes such as the Boomerang, which can be challenging on other types of racks.
The other thing we like about the Swagman hitch-mounted platform racks is they’re not situated too high off the ground so it’s easy to lift the front end and then the rear end of the electric bike to get it into the platforms.
Whatever model of bike rack you buy, make sure it’s strong and can accommodate the weight of your electric bikes.
As always, if you have any questions are comments regarding this article, please leave us a note below or email us at info@pedegocanada.ca.

Pedego Canada Electric Bike Sales Service Rentals
A few months ago we wrote about various aspects regarding security for your electric bike from insurance to bike racks for your car. We also briefly mentioned locks and stressed the importance of locking your electric bike when you’re out riding and need to leave it for a short while. This is because simply removing the ignition key and/or battery is not enough to deter thieves — your bike can still be pedalled away even without the battery.
We also touch on bike locks in our “Funniest Bike Racks in North America” blog and stressed five key pointers for locking up your electric bike:

  • Always lock your electric bike to a rack that has a closed loop.
  • Never lock just one tire to the rack.
  • Always lock a closed section of your bike frame to the rack.
  • Ideally use a long cable to link the front and back tires of your bike to your lock.
  • Always take any extraneous items with you when you leave your electric bike at a rack, such as items in the front basket or in the panniers.

However after those articles were published we received questions about what brands of bike locks to purchase. We set about to test a number of them and these are the ones we recommend:

[av_image src=’https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/electric-bike-locks-abus-ivera.jpg’ attachment=’12311′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image]
[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”]

Abus Ivera Chain 7210

One of the reasons we love this 7 mm-wide square chain is because it has a highly-flexible mesh sleeve to prevent damage to your electric bicycle‘s paintwork. And we all know Pedegos are the most colourful and attractive ebikes out there so it’s worth preserving the paint! The chain, the case, as well as supporting elements of the locking mechanism are made of hardened steel and the locking cylinder offers drill-protection and a user-friendly reversible key. According to the manufacturer, the Abus Ivera Chain 7210 is rated as “good protection at medium theft risk.” Which means if you live in downtown Detroit, this might not be the lock for you. These locks retails for around $100 and can be purchased at Pedego Qualicum Beach.
[/av_textblock]
[/av_three_fourth][av_one_fourth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_image src=’https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/electric-bike-lock-rockafella-1320.gif’ attachment=’12310′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image]
[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”]

Rockafella Rock Lock 1320

Obviously the more expensive your lock, the better it is at protecting your electric bike. And considering you’ve spent good money on your ebike, we recommend purchasing a premium lock. However, the Rockafella Rocklock 1320 is inexpensive at around $50 but offers good value. It has a double-locking mechanism in the chamber and a 13-mm-diameter hardened steel cylinder. It also includes a low-profile mountain bracket. These can be purchased at Pedego Victoria.
[/av_textblock]
[/av_three_fourth][av_one_fourth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_image src=’https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/electric-bike-lock-abus-city-chain.jpg’ attachment=’12307′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image]
[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”]

Abus City Chain 1010

The Abus City Chain 1010 is the most expensive lock we looked at (it retails for up to $200) but it’s so good, it’s even recommended for securing motorcycles. The hexagonal chain is 9mm wide and, like the Abus Ivera, has a fabric sleeve to protect paintwork. The locking cylinder has proprietary protection that deters manipulations, such as lock picking, and the chain, lock body and supporting elements of the locking mechanism are made of special hardened steel. These can be purchased at Pedego Qualicum Beach.
[/av_textblock]
[/av_three_fourth][av_one_fourth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_image src=’https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/electric-bike-lock-rockafella-380.png’ attachment=’12309′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image]
[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”]

Rockafella Bike Guard 380

This 80-cm-long lock is a bit different in that it offers the protection of steel but the dexterity of cable. It retails for around $75 and is made of 3-mm-thick hardened steel bars with ABS covering to prevent frame damage. The Rockafella 380 also features a high-security DISC cylinder and comes with a rubber mounting sleeve. These can be purchased at Pedego Victoria.
[/av_textblock]
[/av_three_fourth][av_one_fourth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_image src=’https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/electric-bike-lock-abus-bordo-6000-e1508961865865.jpg’ attachment=’12308′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image]
[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_display=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”]

Abus Bordo 6000

Here’s something that’s also different: a folding lock that offers light-weight flexibility in a compact design. The Abus Bordo 6000 features 5-mm-thick steel bars, with extra soft coating to prevent damage to your bicycle‘s paintwork but the unique part about it is the link construction, which allows compact folding. The bars, the case, the links as well as supporting elements of the locking system are made of hardened steel and the bars are linked with special rivets. These can be purchased at Pedego Qualicum Beach
[/av_textblock]
[/av_three_fourth]