Hello All ... I need some advice:
I am new here, found these forums when searching for an electric bicycle dealer in London.
I currently have a BIONX 250W kit on my bicycle. For the most part, it works ok. This is my second year with it.
Last year, I broke about 10 spokes. I am not a harsh rider, I ride on the roads or paved paths only. I don't jump curbs or anything like that. I use the bicycle as a vehicle.
The bike store eventually replaced every spoke on the rim. Now, I am beginning to break spokes again. I brought the bike into the shop today and was advised they should have it back for me by the beginning of the week. So now no bike for the weekend. Each spoke usually is two to three days in the bike shop. I have never broken a spoke in my entire life until I got the BIONX rim and broken spokes are a major inconvenience, time consuming, and I don't believe are covered under warranty anymore.
I was talking with my wife. I want to upgrade to a new bike with a 350W BIONX kit and she wants to upgrade her bike, currently non electric, also to the 350W kit. Mainly for the throttle to get to work without sweating and the workout on the way home. We were planning on doing this early next year (January or February) right before the bicycle season begins.
However, with spokes beginning to break on my bike again, we are having second thoughts with BIONX.
I am having trouble finding dealers in London that sell electric bicycles (aside from Canadian Tire).
Are there any shops in London, Ontario, Canada or Southern Ontario that sell electric bicycles. We are not interested in those scooter things, we just want pedal assist for hills and throttles to help on the way to work due to lack of showers. I am looking for alternatives to BIONX.
I do not have the knowledge or tools required to properly replace spokes and I am not comfortable installing a kit onto a bicycle. I would prefer the dealer does this which is why I am looking for somebody local, or a preinstalled kit on a new bicycle for myself (I find my bike uncomfortable anyway) and a kit for my wifes (she loves her bike).
I really don't know what else is out there aside from Canadian Tire and BIONX and am having trouble finding Southern Ontario dealers.