2551 Williams Street
San Leandro, CA
Electric Bike Conversions
Yuba Bike Dealer
2551 Williams Street
San Leandro, CA
Electric Bike Conversions
Yuba Bike Dealer
To protect our clients, employees, neighbors, family and friends we are now requiring appointments prior to arrival at our shop. All visitors will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. If you have a fever, cough, or have been exposed to Covid 19 please come another time.
Alvin Carpenter, PhD
CEO, Island City Bikes
We have been identified by the State of California as an "essential business." We build and service electric bikes and therefore provide an important role during this time of pandemic disease. A bike, electric or otherwise, provides a mode of transportation that allows one to avoid the mass transit system. A bike is a form of transportation that is outdoors and limits ones contact with others who might be carriers of Covid-19. In addition, many are turning to bikes in order to exercise and improve health. In my opinion, the role of the bicycle in our culture is more important now than at any other time in our history. That is why I show up for work every day. One of our clients, a Doctor from our local hospital said to me, "You do know your age puts you right in the path of Covid and our hospitals are filling to the brim?" I answered his observation with "Yes, that is true but I can also say the same for you." Somehow, we will get through this if we are smart, careful, diligent, and observant of best practices that help insure the safety of all.
Please Note: It is imperative that we follow a strict protocol for both the safety of our employees and of our clients. Please make an appointment prior to arrival. Also, We have a reduced staff to limit our Covid "Bubble." Because of this, our mechanics and staff are very busy and may not be available to answer all of your questions. Below are the most common questions we receive daily. It would be very helpful if you would read this information prior to calling our office.
Do you convert carbon bikes to electric? Depends. See article on carbon bikes.
What are your hours? M-Sat. 10-4
What kind of range can I expect with your battery? See article on range.
How much does the motor weigh? Eight pounds
How much does the battery weigh? From 6 to 9 pounds, depends on size
Who makes your battery? See article on batteries
My bike does not have disc brakes? See article on Disc Brakes
My bike is old, can it be converted? Yes. We do a complete safety inspection
How long does it take to convert a bike? Approximately 7 days.
How much does it cost? $1,799
Do you convert tandems? Only if we use a front hub motor.
Do you sell prebuilt bikes? When we have time to build them in advance.
Do you convert fat bikes? Yes.
Do I need an appointment? Yes.
Do you have a warranty? Yes, one year on both motor and battery
Thank you very much for your patience during these trying times. If we cannot take your call immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call. Due to the volume of email and texts I receive, I have to put off reading and responding until after the shop has closed for the day.
The best electric bike in the world is sitting in your garage and all it needs is a motor, battery, and assembly by the most experienced team of mechanics and technicians in the Greater Bay Area.
1. All electric bikes are simply bicycles with motors and batteries.
That's it in a nutshell. The frameset, fork, wheels, tires, stem, chain, derailleurs, bars, grips, shifters, brakes, brake levers, seatpost and saddle are exactly the same on an electric bike as they are on a standard bike. The only thing unique to an electric bike is the motor and battery. There is no need to buy a new electric bike...just add the motor and battery to the bike you already have. Makes sense when you think about it. Your existing bike fits you, you like it (that is why you bought it in the first place), and it repurposes a product that eventually would end up in a land fill.
2. Electric bike conversion costs 1/3 of a pre-built electric bike.
By way of comparison, were you to purchase a bike similar to one of our standard conversions it would cost between $5,000 and $6,000. In addition, the motor that we use has more power, is simpler to use, and is maintenance-free.
3. Service of your converted electric bike
All of the bikes we convert to electric we service "in house." We never send anything back to the factory for service because we are the factory. In addition, we provide lifetime safety checks of your bike for as long as you own it.
4. All of our conversions use the Bafang Mid Drive Motor*
The Bafang BBS02 750w mid drive motor is the most popular electric bike motor in the world. Bafang Industries produce and sell over 1,000,000 of these motors every year. They are maintenance free, reliable, lightweight (eight pounds), simple to use, and have incredible hill climbing torque.
*Note; We do use hub motors on bikes that cannot use a mid drive motor.
5. Our batteries are manufactured by the largest Lithium Ion battery factory in the world: UPP Unit Pak Power
Of the over 1000 batteries used on our conversions, the failure rate has been zero. UPP batteries go through a thorough testing protocol and carry several certificates of safety and compliance including UN38.3 compliance. Please read our article on, "Who built your battery?" for more information.
6. We have the best warranty in the business. As of this writing, I do not believe anyone has a better warranty than we have on our motors and batteries. We have a one year warranty on both the motor and the battery. We have over 1000 converted bikes on the road with Bafang motors and UPP batteries. We know how good they are and therefor have no reservation warranting their use.
The cost of converting your bike to electric is $1799.
This includes the most popular, powerful, reliable, maintenance free motor in the world and a long range 48v battery. We also include a one year no fault warranty on the motor and the battery. "No fault" means you do not have to fill out reams of information to explain why the battery is failing to charge or the motor to run, just give us a call to set up an appointment and let's get you back on the road. In addition, as a courtesy to our clients we provide safety checks for as long as you own the bike.
What it includes: For the best explanation of what it includes see our next page on the conversion process. The entire process can take up to three days as it is very labor intensive. Each employee is trained in bike mechanics, and the installation methods of motor, battery, cabling, and instruments of the Bafang motor system.
We have developed proprietary methods of both motor and battery installation. In addition, we have our own machine shop that allows us to mill custom bottom bracket adaptors, and battery spacers for our electric bikes. If we we do not have a part we make it ourselves to insure your bike is finished on time.
Our consultants include a Senior Engineer at Tesla Motors, a Professor of Federal Law at Golden Gate University, a Professor of Engineering from California University and a Senior Electrical Engineer from Stanford (retired). Our employees are former road bike racers, old school mechanics, new to the field mechanics, in training mechanics, and a CEO who has over 50 years of experience working on bikes.
Here are the three classes of eBikes
Class I: A class I electric bike is a bike with a motor that cuts off at 20mph and does not have a throttle. Class I electric bikes are allowed anywhere a standard bike is allowed. Class I one bikes are accepted on most bike paths, century rides, and Grand Fondo's.
Class II: A class II electric bike is a bike with a motor that cuts off at 20mph and has a throttle. Class II electric bikes are allowed anywhere a standard bike is allowed. Class II electric bikes generally are not allowed on bike paths, century rides or Grand Fondo's. However, every city/county makes its own determination on what is allowed on bike paths. The same may be said for cycling events such as century rides and Fondos.'
Class III: A class III electric bike is a bike with a motor that cuts off at 28mph and does not have a throttle. Class III electric bikes are allowed anywhere a standard bike is allowed. Class III electric bikes generally are not allowed on bike paths.
It is very important that all electric bikes conform to the laws that govern them in order to insure you will be protected in case of an accident that may result in the injury of others or property damage. All electric bikes that are used on public roads must have an electric motor no larger than 750 watts. Electric bikes that are used off road or on private property have no restrictions.
NOTE: Any electric bike with a motor that exceeds 750 watts and is on a public road is not classified as an electric bike...it is classified as an unlicensed motor vehicle. In the event of an accident your insurance company may not provide protection in the event you are sued.
Stop in and test one of our electric bikes. All of our ebikes have the Bafang mid drive system.
2551 Williams Street, San Leandro, California 94577, United States
Please make an appointment before arrival.