Don't take things too seriously or you'll miss out on the fun.
Open a ticket with me on the contact page for my assistance in person or remotely for repairs, modifications, or technical support. I can also be reached on Instagram and Facebook.
I saw my first Onyx RCR on June 29, 2019, at Filipacchi in Soho which was the very day I was buying another ebike. The Onyx RCR belonged to a friend. On July 1, 2019, I placed my first order of three Onyx RCR’s with the first arriving four months later on October 1, 2019, with a shipping time of around a week.
Starting in December of 2019 for period of 18 months I began accepting hundreds of Onyx RCR’s for repairs and service, free of charge. On many some ocassion out of nececity, I went to homes for repairs. I had also restored five Onyx RCR’s that were involved in car accidents. My fourth Onyx RCR was a gift from Onyx Motorbikes on October 23, 2020, to show appreciation for having helped hundreds of Onyx RCR customers for free during 18 months.
Onyx Motorbikes were very insistent on contributing to supporting me help customers, which they did through sending me many replaments parts for free, enough parts to fill a typical bedroom. By January 2021 Onyx Motorbikes and I were in talks to open an Onyx Motorbikes shop here in NYC but that never came to fruition considering the difficulties the pandemic presented both logistically and in cost-prohibitive hurdles.
In October of 2019, many Onyx RCR customers were facing a battery balancing problem. Except no one knew it was that until I published my first blog post that month describing the fix on johnangel.nyc. I went on to discover this problem with many other popular e-bikes and continue to perfect the art that is the Onyx Motorbikes RCR.
In November of 2020, I was gifted the “NYC Onyx” Facebook group that is now “Onyx AF”. With the help of many Onyx Motorbikes customers, it is now a resource to share experiences, help one another, demonstrate customer modifications, and list customer-created aftermarket parts. The ability to search the Onyx AF Facebook group helps to sift through the thousands of posts with answers to problems, common questions, and modifications including YouTube videos created by customers.
In 2019 there was no e-bike community or an all-inclusive one in NYC for that matter. So I decided to listen, take, challenge, not want outcomes, and not do the predictable. I invested in people, valued their time, learned more, wrote a ton, shared tons of media, and earned the confidence of many. Being at the right place at the right time brought vast amounts of help and support.
Now it’s 817 Onyx RCR in NYC as of October 2022 and a bustling all-inclusive e-bike community comprised of many other teams and different types of modified e-bikes ranging up to 37kw. Everyone involved played their part by simply being themselves.
There’s camaraderie, fun, thrills, experience, learning, help, quality, value, competition, challenges, wheelies, views, places, and the pace of time is perfect. It’s crazy to think that there are many more phone numbers in my phone and others people's phones that weren’t there in 2019. I’m glad it all happened for myself and others and it continues to happen.
My ambitions are to grow the electric bike community in New York City. Explore the modification possibilities of the Onyx RCR, generate insightful blog posts around the Onyx RCR, create YouTube content around the Onyx RCR and NYC community. Support, showcase and cultivate talented and driven individuals. Grow ebike resources in NYC for the benefit of riders, foster relationships, and to engage with riders as they are and not as how they could be to gain confidence in becoming better technical riders together.
Since 2019 I've hosted 57 group rides and 14 races, and as of October 2022 I've retired my public group rides and races for private rides and races.