Electric bikes?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by einmusiker, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location:
    who uses them? what are your favorites?

    I am probably going to buy one this wee to commute to/from work, about a 14 mile round trip. I have a few big hills on the route but the roads are good other than that
  2. Maddix macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Do a Wikipedia on "electric bicycle laws" if your not familiar with them.
    I'm assuming your not familiar with bicycles?
    If all you've ridden was cheap bikes, you owe it to yourself to test ride a quality bike.
    Jamis makes very good commuter bikes. Also look at their Coda line of bikes.
    If you could test ride a Coda Comp, you'd love it.
    You don't need a front suspension fork for pavement. All they do is add weight and soak up pedal energy.
  3. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    What does this have to do with an eBike?

    @OP I'd likely not get a true electric bike, pedelec maybe.
  4. Orange Crane, Mar 11, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013

    Orange Crane macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    I don't know anything about electric bikes (other than that trek makes some nice ones) but it sounds like your situation is ideal for one. Your local shop should be able to give you insight into the details of the world of ebikes. I visited the seattle bike expo this weekend and ebikes were definitely being represented there. I think we're going to see an increase in availability of ebikes of all kinds in the US in the next decade considering the beginning cultural shift away from the personal auto in many major cities.

    That distance is fair, not super short or too long. I have a comparable commute, by normal-bike, up a couple of good hills. If it weren't for an ideal combination of factors I would have likely ended up going the ebike route; I live in a city that rarely gets very hot or cold, I have shower facilities at work, work attire is extremely casual, I'm young(ish) and physically resilient, and a good number of both friends and coworkers also ride. I do have a couple of friends who have ebikes and they love them. Not everyone wants to or is able to put up major physical effort every time they need to go someplace and ebikes provide a great medium between the convenience of a bike and ease of traditional motor driven transport. And you don't smell of gasoline after riding an ebike the way you do after a motorcycle ride!

    I highly encourage anyone, especially if you live in an urban area, to look into bicycles, ebikes, mopeds or scooters for commuting and personal transit. The advantage to ebikes in particular is that in most cases you can throttle the electric assist so that you get a boost on hills or in the face of a good headwind, while using your own power when you like. This is the perfect time of year (in the northern hemisphere) to get on a bike- you'll figure out the ins and outs of your machine as well as have a chance to settle on gear that suits your needs just in time for the best of the riding season.

    A good article about ebikes.
  5. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I haven't seen any E-bikes in our local bike stores, so I assume they must be maintenance headaches for the dealers.
  6. einmusiker thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location:
    Well my budget is around $500 or so. Everyone is recommending the Currie Trailz bike but I've seen mixed reviews. I really like this bike on fleabay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180889949439 as it is powerful and the stated battery range is incredible for an ebike. Only problem is nobody seems to have ever heard of the brand and I imagine maintenance would be difficult given the relative scarcity.

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