A local company is taking electric bikes to a new level. FLX Bike is located at Morena Blvd in San Diego and first came into the bicycle industry in 2020. According to CBS8, they were able to launch their operation thanks to a $13.3 million crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. In February, they released the Babymaker II electric bike.
While electric bikes are usually very expensive, FLX Bike's mission is to put out an affordable, reliable, and American-made option on the market. The New York Times reported that the electric bike industry saw a 145% boom from 2019 to 2020.
"Now that more and more people try it, they tell their friends about it and say hey, this thing is actually life changing. I can ride faster, I can ride up hills that I've never ridden before and actually enjoy cycling again. And that's why we're seeing a big, widespread adoption," FLX Bike's Founder and President, Rob Rast told CBS8. "So if you've never ridden a bike before, get ready to have some fun. It's just like a normal bike, you literally just press one button to turn it on. Then what happens is as you pedal, the motor will go in and give you some assistance. So it's like adding horsepower to your legs and feels like you're Superman riding the bike."