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Old 08-10-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Old 08-10-2015, 03:11 PM   #2
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Pretty interesting! I think electric bikes have a great future .... I want one or rather two .... or one that could ride two people and still stay under the 150 lb. max of our bike ready mount.
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:06 PM   #3
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they cost about 5K- over my price point
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5K is what I just paid for a road bike, one that you pedal. You may say that is alot but I retired my previous bike after 72,000 miles.

It appears the word bike is referring to a motor bike by the folks from Bolt. I do not see that bike being used on the paved recreational trails in this area.
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How cool is that….retro style and all
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:16 PM   #6
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if i put 72k on a bike i would not feel guilty paying paying 5k.
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:21 PM   #7
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I think some of the electric bikes available now are more viable, seeing they are on a bicycle platform, not a motorbike, thus saving weight, and giving as good, or better performance. Friends have a couple that work great, and are electric assist, though can be used full electric to, but are expensive.

Still, I MUCH prefer a pedal bike (no assist). I find it a great way to get exercise.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:32 PM   #8
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Not a bicycle, it's a motorcycle which isn't approprate to ride on bike paths and such that are limited to non motorized vehicles. Also wonder if it has enough power to be safe amongst car traffic. Bit of a fish out of water perhaps. I second Jim's thoughts re. a pedal bike.
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Wow, I just test rode a bike with power assist! Love it. I went for a bike ride yesterday and met a guy on an electric bike heading down the Pacific Coast Highway from SF to LA, 2 weeks and halfway into his trip. Excellent! I agree, they have a heck of a future!

They're actually legally bikes at least here. I bought two ZAP bikes for patrol duty in my cop days. Lots of changes (and much lighter) in 10 years! For sure, when they get more popular, the politicos will ban them from bikepaths. It's up to the rider now to be discrete around other bikes but they won't!
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There is lots of talk of outlawing electric assist bikes on the pathways here, and many of the ones that are on the paths already wreak havoc sometimes. Definitely not all, and even some pedal bikes, definitely go way too fast, and don't respect pedestrians enough.

Doing both riding and walking a lot on our paths, I have definitely learned to be a more respectful bike rider.
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Not a bicycle, it's a motorcycle which isn't approprate to ride on bike paths and such that are limited to non motorized vehicles. Also wonder if it has enough power to be safe amongst car traffic. Bit of a fish out of water perhaps. I second Jim's thoughts re. a pedal bike.
Had this add on motor for 5years now . gets 200 mi per gal. Top speed 28 on the flat . Been riding in bike lanes for years , can also pedal , use any bike to add motor . This is 2nd bike , first were mountain bikes for 3 + years , now have comfort bikes with same motor . Always starts by 1st or 2nd pull . Went to Peterson Museum and saw 1902 and 1903 Harley Davidison bikes same idea except chain drive . This is belt driven . Besides your bike, 629 for kit . Not heavy but will not take on trailer . We use to go to work and shopping . this kit is 4 cycle . they have 2 cycle goes a little faster . Checked battery bikes , too heavy , can't go far , and hate the battery recharging , more money . Golden Eagle.com Pat
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From my public trails management days we allowed motorized wheelchairs and did not, at the time have requests for motorized bikes. Bigger hazards were groups cyclists riding two or three abreast at high speeds on a ten foot wide asphalt trail. Several accidents with joggers and older folks who could not get out of the way occurred over the years. Considerable common sense and common courtesy is needed by all trail users. Ya can't build them 40 feet wide with 6 lanes for six different classes of user.
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From my public trails management days we allowed motorized wheelchairs and did not, at the time have requests for motorized bikes. Bigger hazards were groups cyclists riding two or three abreast at high speeds on a ten foot wide asphalt trail. Several accidents with joggers and older folks who could not get out of the way occurred over the years. Considerable common sense and common courtesy is needed by all trail users. Ya can't build them 40 feet wide with 6 lanes for six different classes of user.
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Do not ride trails ,do not ride abreast , do follow road rules , go no faster then a racing bike maybe slower helps with hills also can pedal at same time , wear helmets , etc. never had a problem . Pat
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I recently bought a DIY kit to convert a mountain bike into an electric bike. Has a 750w mid drive motor and utilizes the bikes rear sprocket and chain for the drive system. Operates on either pedal assist or throttle only and can cruise at a comfortable 45 km per hour pace on the flats. In low gear, it has enough power to out climb (me) on my other high end mountain bike. Have not found out the total range between charges yet, but am expecting something in the order of 100 kms. Love it so far.
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I recently bought a DIY kit to convert a mountain bike into an electric bike. Has a 750w mid drive motor and utilizes the bikes rear sprocket and chain for the drive system. Operates on either pedal assist or throttle only and can cruise at a comfortable 45 km per hour pace on the flats. In low gear, it has enough power to out climb (me) on my other high end mountain bike. Have not found out the total range between charges yet, but am expecting something in the order of 100 kms. Love it so far.
That looks like a nice setup . We got our motor assists because needed help climbing some hills here to get to work . Eventually changed out the mountain bikes using same system to comfort bikes . The legs just can't do what they use to . Pat
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Had this add on motor for 5years now . gets 200 mi per gal. Top speed 28 on the flat . Been riding in bike lanes for years , can also pedal , use any bike to add motor . This is 2nd bike , first were mountain bikes for 3 + years , now have comfort bikes with same motor . Always starts by 1st or 2nd pull . Went to Peterson Museum and saw 1902 and 1903 Harley Davidison bikes same idea except chain drive . This is belt driven . Besides your bike, 629 for kit . Not heavy but will not take on trailer . We use to go to work and shopping . this kit is 4 cycle . they have 2 cycle goes a little faster . Checked battery bikes , too heavy , can't go far , and hate the battery recharging , more money . Golden Eagle.com Pat
where did you get it. Golden Eagle.com won't get me to the right site.
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Dave, what kit did you use? have you weighed the finished bike?
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I bought a Bafang 4Fun BBS02 48V 750W kit from a very reputable dealer in Hong Kong. See this link. Bafang BBS02 48V 500/750W Mid Drive Kit

Have not weighed the finished bike but a crude estimate is about 10 lb for the motor and another 10 lb for the 48V 18Ah lithium ion battery.
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:49 PM   #19
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where did you get it. Golden Eagle.com won't get me to the right site.
Try Golden Eagle Bike Engines or bike engines.com . Let me know if you still can't get it . Pat
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Looks like a brand new updated web site ,kits cheaper then what I paid however same quality . They even have a Honda engine kit . Like Escape nicest company to deal with . Pat
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