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marc515

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We're thinking about getting a couple of Electric Bikes, and are looking for some good recommendations.

EDIT:
Your model?

How much does it weigh?

Can the battery be easy taken off? Apparently, these electric bikes are high value for thieves, and if the battery can be easily removed, the thieves might not notice it's an electric bike!

Likes, Dislikes, Prices, and any lessons learned!

Thank you,
marc

* This post was edited 01/04/19 08:38am by marc515 *


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marc515 wrote:

We're thinking about getting a couple of Electric Bikes, and are looking for some good recommendations.

Likes, Dislikes, Prices, and any lessons learned!

Thank you,
marc


We are pondering the same. Have you tried the various web sites offering said product and reading the reviews?

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My wife has been on chemo treatments for a long time. She was unable to ride very far at all. I got her a Townie Go and it is amazing. Now it is expensive but very high quality. She can ride to the beach and back at Topsail Hill State park in Florida with no problem. She even did the loop at Cades Cove once. She did say that she didn't want to do that again [emoticon] (walking the bikes down hills was the hardest part). The Townie Go is a great bike.

(EDIT) At Cades Cove I was walking up hill she would wait for me at the top [emoticon]


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I'll recommend Rad Power Bikes.

Rad Power Bikes


We have had two of them for over 2 tears with no issues. We live in a retirement community and there are about fifteen of them here and I know of no problems. We have the Rad Mini and the Rad Rover.

Check out some of the You Tube videos on these bikes.


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We have two Rad Power Bikes. Ours are the Rad minis.


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My Wife and I each have electric bikes. Hers is a Diamondback step thru by CurieTech with a rear wheel motor and mine is a Path Plus with center mount motor. Both are considered Pedal Assist where one has to pedal to make the motor work but hers has a Throttle Assist which allows the motor to run without pedaling.
We have electric bikes because she has an artificial knee and I have heart problems. We have put thousands of miles on them. One problem is that neither one has shocks in the front or back and riding some of the rough trails can be annoying. We have Thud Busters in the seats that help.
One hint: if you buy an electric bike be sure there is a local service shop that can handle them. They are more complex than the standard and not every shop has people that know about them.


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We had considered electric bikes but went with a Vespa scooter that can sit on a hitch platform to go with us when we travel. It lets us explore the area without having to have a towable or rental. Fulltimers most likely want a towable but we are just part-timers. We get our exercise by hiking the trails near the campground. Mopeds are another option.

Here's the Vespa website in case you're interested. They also have an electric scooter.


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Don't have these (yet) but have considered them because of the folding option.
https://www.revelo.ca/pages/flex-electric-folding-bike

* This post was edited 01/07/19 07:11pm by MDKMDK *


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There are four classifications of e bikes. Three are tentatively allowed on designated bike trails. The landscape is changing nationally with more and more states adopting California’s statutes for allowing e bikes on trails.

Most trails until recently banned all motorized vehicles. That is changing and certain ebiks are being allowed. Twenty mph top speed. Pedal assist, no throttle, 28 mph.

Most Florida trails now allow class 1 and 2 bikes.

I would recommend finding something local unless you’re handy for servicing.

Other things to consider are watts (motor size), weight rating (higher can translate to higher quality with better components).

Motor location. Rear wheel, front wheel or hub motor, which allows you to shift gears.

You want disc brakes and at least front suspension and an air shock seat.

Probably a step thru design for easy on - off.

Bad news is e bikes are on the tariff list so prices are higher than they used to be.
25% and may go up.


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Well there is electric bikes than there is electric bikes, I have a 1000 watt 30 amp fat tire bike that can get up to 32 mph and maintain 18 mph on a hill, I will never own a electric bike unless it was 750 watts or more, there is also some that have 2000 watts 50 amp and they rock..


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Just don't get caught doing over 20 mph, some states require you to license it as a moped or even a motorcycle if it has more than 750 watts.

{ I fly under the radar and if ever caught I will just say its 500 watts, most cops would never know }

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