Buying a used electric bike can be a convenient way to score a bargain! It is recommended to buy used equipment from a reputable bike shop, instead of looking for a pre-owned or refurbished one online. That way, you’ll be able to ask the experts questions, go for a test ride and avoid unwanted surprises. When we purchase new e-bikes for our RideSmart rentals and self-guided tours, located in Maui Hawaii, we often make the majority of our used equipment available to our customers for purchase at super low prices. We thoroughly inspect each used e-bike to make sure all components are in good working condition. We also perform a comprehensive, deluxe e-bike tune-up before making any used e-bike available. Keep reading to find out if a used electric bike is right for you.
Who should buy a used e-bike?
Anyone! Used e-bikes are especially great for the first time e-bike purchaser, because they require a smaller investment and will give you a better idea of how you will use it. Since pre-owned inventory can be a bit unpredictable, they’re the best option for a more flexible buyer who is open to different makes and models.
What are the benefits of buying used?
The lower price point is one of the most appealing benefits of buying used. You may be able to get one for as little as half the cost of it’s original price tag. A used e-bike is also more eco-friendly! You’re extending the life of the e-bike by recycling, while also reducing waste associated with packaging and shipping to Hawaii.
What should I consider before shopping for a used e-bike?
While it’s good to be a little flexible when shopping for used equipment, it’s also important to have a general idea of the type of e-bike you may want. What will you be using the e-bike for? How far will you be riding and what type of terrain will you be riding on? What features are must-haves? We’re happy to chat with you about your wants and needs and offer our recommendations. Some factors you may want to consider when buying a used bike on Maui:
Ready to purchase a used e-bike? Give us a call at 808-355-6336 for more information about what we have in stock, or fill out our contact form. Please keep in mind that inventory is limited and we cannot guarantee they will be available.
Visiting Maui without a car is a great way to save money on your vacation, reduce your carbon footprint and avoid potential stresses such as traffic jams, road closures and parking shortages. Many travelers choose to navigate the island using a combination of the transit modes Maui has to offer including the Bus, the trolley, and by bike! You'll still be able to experience the best activities Maui has to offer.
With rental car prices recently exceeding $1000 per day, now is a better time than ever to go car-less during your trip to paradise.
Three basic (but important!) cycling accessories to add to your e-bike purchase.
1. Helmet - protect your noggin!
Head protection is the single most important accessory you can buy as a cyclist. In addition to selling e-bikes, we are happy to offer a small variety of cost-effective helmet models to suit your cycling needs. Before you purchase any helmet, be sure to check the size and product safety ratings.
5 climate-friendly actions you can take right now that will make a difference:
Around the world, our way of living is overheating the earth, contaminating freshwater, and polluting clean air and topsoil. That’s why so many dedicated climate activists are participating in rallies and marches as part of this week's Global Climate Strike. Through this movement, they are demanding bold and urgent action to solve the climate crisis and end the age of fossil fuels. But you don’t have to participate in a rally to make some significant changes.
March was full of adventure for John and Brenda Holder! Hailing from Knoxville, TN, the couple arrived on the island of Maui in Hawaii with an impressive electric bicycle to-do list. At the top of the list? Rent a tandem electric bike from RideSmart Maui’s location in Lahaina, Hawaii.
In a perfectly sustainable world, vehicles that require gasoline for fuel would be extinct. Electric bikes and vehicles would transport us from point Lahaina to Kaanapali, and in between, we would consider how we have reduced our individual carbon footprint significantly by commuting on our electric bike. Or at the very least, we would not be worrying as much about the negative effects of climate change.
Remember when you were a kid, and the only way to get to your friend’s house was on your trusty 10-speed bike? Many of us relied on our bicycles as a form of transportation long before we got a license to drive. In our childhood, bikes weren’t just the vehicle that transported us to our next adventure… Riding itself was the adventure! And most of us were never motivated to get outside for a bike ride because we needed to burn some calories. Our reasons for riding were much simpler: We just wanted something fun to do on a Saturday!
Here at RideSmart Maui, we’re passionate about e-bicycles because they offer the best of both worlds. They’re better for the environment than a car, while also eliminating most of the common disadvantages to cycling including hilly terrain, longer journeys. and high winds. Whether your intention is recreational use, exercise or transportation, the opportunities are endless and we guarantee you’ll find a time and a place to utilize an ebike while residing in or visiting Kihei, Lahaina, and the many other beautiful places on Maui. Participating in one of our fun, self-guided tours is the best way to learn about their benefits.
Ready for some adventurous, off-roading fun on Maui? Full suspension e-bikes are the newest trend for mountain bikers and we’re proud to offer top models to meet the needs of our customers. If you prefer challenging and varied terrain, and want to have peace of mind riding over roots, rocks and other obstacles, a full suspension e-bike might be for you!
These sturdy bikes offer pedal assistance and all the great features of a traditional e-bike. But, because of their increased carrying capacity, Cargo bikes make it even easier to use an e-bike as your primary mode of transportation.
Electric bicycles are growing in popularity, surpassing all other categories of bicycles, and for good reason. With an electric bike, headwind, hills, and other obstacles are not as challenging, making it easier for you to travel a greater distance without getting as tired as you would riding a standard bike.
Tips and reminders to make the most out of your e-bike experience. Questions? Give us a call at 808-633-8553 or browse through our FAQ's.
BEFORE THE RIDE TO DO's:
1. The Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act
Introduced February 9, 2021 by Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley)
The E-BIKE Act prioritizes electric bicycles as a zero-emission form of transportation by making them more affordable and accessible. The E-BIKE Act incentivizes the use of electric bicycles to replace car trips by creating a consumer tax credit that:
Kaanapali is a popular resort town in West Maui that is home to many hotels, beaches, restaurants and shops, including RideSmart Maui! Our new location makes it easy to start exploring as soon as you pick up your e-bike. Whether you’re looking for a romantic week with your partner, or a family fun day with the kids, we offer a variety of e-bike types including tandem, cargo and all-terrain e-bikes to help you make the most out of your time in Kaanapali. We also offer 2-hour self-guided tours of Kaanapali, so you can simply follow our step-by-step instructions and skip the research and planning. Here are a few of our favorite local recommendations:
We're here to answer all your burning e-bike questions! If we don't address your question here, please send us a message or give us a call and we'll be in touch!
May is National Bike Month. As such, it presents a fantastic opportunity for communities to promote the many benefits of bicycling, encourage more individuals to try cycling, and raise awareness of bicyclists’ legal right to public roadways.
Cycling is one of the best low-impact cardiovascular workouts for any skill or fitness level. You may have heard the myth that using e-bikes is “cheating” and does not provide a rider with the same physical health benefits as standard bicycles. We are here to debunk that misconception and prove that you can still burn sufficient calories and break a sweat while on a bike with a motor.
Caring for your e-bike is an important and easy aspect of owning a bicycle, and not much different from maintenance needed for a conventional bicycle. It will help prolong the life and condition of your e-bike to keep you riding and save you money in the long run. Frequency of maintenance will vary depending on how often you ride and the type of terrain and conditions you ride in, so, if you’re just a recreational cyclist your required care will be much less!