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Old 08-10-2018, 09:59 AM   #71
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The option that I went with was to buy an electric motor/battery kit that allowed me to use the bicycle of my choice for the e-bike. These guys are quite reputable (https://em3ev.com/shop/bafang-48v-1000w-bbshd-kit/). With the kit approach, your bike can have virtually any style or quality of components on it that you desire. For mine, since it was kind of an experiment for me, I chose a fairly low price Mountain Bike that I picked up used on Kijijii as my donar bike. However, I could at any time transfer my motor and battery over to some other bike if I chose to do so.
I do like that idea if it works good and is fairly easy to remove or move to another bike. While I have a Specialized Carbon Stumpjumper, I would not use it and save it for trail riding. I also have a near 20 year old Specialized Rock Hopper, a no suspension MTB I bought new. This bike is the one I usually take with the trailer, as it can be a good road bike and can go on trails if needed, though there have been a few times I sure could have used suspension. Did you know that deserts are mostly rocks, and not smooth sand.

How long would you say it takes to set up, as well as tear down this setup on a bike? If I was to ever go this route, I would definitely buy a quality unit. Funny though, as my Rock Hopper probably only cost me $600 back when I got it.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:44 AM   #72
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I am really interested in this. We need something like an E-bike to get us back out on the trails. The Rad E-bike seems especially tempting. Our problem is the fact that we have really long legs, especially me, and I can't help wondering if that translates into stability issues. Seems to me most of these bikes are built for people 6 ft and under.
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...How long would you say it takes to set up, as well as tear down this setup on a bike?...
If you have a bit of previous experience working on bikes or some mechanical aptitude, a kit like the one I chose could take 1 hr to 2 hrs to install. I would bet that someone who works on bikes a lot could do it in 1/2 hr to 1 hr. Essentially, you take the cranks off your existing bike, insert the motor (which comes with new cranks), install the battery and run the wiring between the motor, battery and controls on the handlebars. It is actually a very simple install. Here are before and after pics of mine.
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:26 PM   #74
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[ I was in Anacortes Washington recently and was able to keep up to local traffic speed limited to 25MPH. No need to ride on sidewalks.
Stop making comparisons to bicycles as the new ebikes and etrikes are a new form of transportation that really extend open air opportunities.[/QUOTE]

This is what I'm afraid of with this "form of transportation" Traveling level at 25 miles an hour on a regular bike is limited to elite cyclists, not the average biker. Speeds this fast are totally unsafe on any shared use terrain such as a bike path, therefore this "fot" should be limited to where motorized transportation is permitted, not bike paths.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:56 PM   #75
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We ride our e-bikes around some place like Stanley Park, with it's dedicated and separated bike/roller blade and pedestrian paths.

We ride at a sedate pace, without using any assist. Our biggest source of danger comes from yahoos on conventional bikes. The same is true locally where a short distance from our house mountain bikers, still pumped full of adrenaline, come rocketing out from the mountain , jumping curbs and boulevards and at times having close encounters with both cars and humans.

So my view is that the majority of folks that ride e-bikes are not likely to be a problem on shared paths. So it would be a shame to bar them completely.

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If you have a bit of previous experience working on bikes or some mechanical aptitude, a kit like the one I chose could take 1 hr to 2 hrs to install. I would bet that someone who works on bikes a lot could do it in 1/2 hr to 1 hr. Essentially, you take the cranks off your existing bike, insert the motor (which comes with new cranks), install the battery and run the wiring between the motor, battery and controls on the handlebars. It is actually a very simple install. Here are before and after pics of mine.
My brother is an excellent bike mechanic, though I can handle it well too. It sounds like not too much of a big task.

I was just reading about the front wheel kits, they seem even easier to deal with, but I have to wonder what the front wheel driving would feel like.
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"Do I want reliability, safety, enjoyment, and high resale value, or will I settle for leaks, repairs, anxiety, and rapid depreciation?

Again, I believe you have to ride a few different e-bikes to find out what you want and need. There are a number of reputable websites with video test rides that will enable you to make your short list of features and modelsto try out when you go to the e-bike shop. For example: https://electricbikereview.com

A busy bike shop can be chaotic enough to undermine good decision making. Citrus Cycles lets you make an appointment for test rides so that you get calm, priority attention from an expert who isn't distracted. Look for an e-bike shop that does the same.

Good hunting, and happy riding!
Great evaluation Catchlight. I think that anything that keeps you out riding is a positive thing.

Did you consider the Copanhagen wheel?

One day, we''l probably get E-bikes.
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I had purchased a "Giant-Sedona" in 2013 while in Arizona. I am a large person (65 yrs/old) and that bike was perfect for me. I wanted an EBike so I had my Sedona converted by "EBike BC" in Vancouver, Canada. This conversion has worked out perfectly for me so far. People ask how I like it and the simplest answer is that it flattens out the hills a bit, I can ride again and I am comfortable that this bike will get me home in a pinch.
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The motor is quite helpful at startup and climbing hills. For example, it eliminates any wobble at start up.

But, the variable pedal assist feature is what I enjoy most, and what I would encourage others to try out in an integrated eBike. It senses when you peddle and offers six different levels of assistance from none to 5.

A current favorite is minimal assistance outbound, then "cruising" more on the return trip. Plenty of exercise value, with an extended range.

Another reason I prefer the City model is 2.3" wide tires, versus 4" tires. The 2.3" tires work fine on dirt and pea gravel, even coarse gravel, and are the largest that fit racks on Denver city busses, further extending range. I don't ride much on rocks, mountain trails, mud or snow.

I did purchase a RAD City with the idea of also using it as local transport at destinations. - Perfect.
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Interesting article.

https://qz.com/emails/quartz-obsession/1355525/
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