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Old 06-15-2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Electric bicycles?

Anyone tried or own one of these? Am thinking this might be a transportation option for my poor old tired legs.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:06 PM   #2
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Yep we have they are expensive but the Pedego is THE way to go. DW was skeptical until we went to a dealer and rented 2 bikes for a "Picnic date" they offered.

She was on the bike for @ 2 blocks and it sold itself to her!
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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Anyone tried or own one of these? Am thinking this might be a transportation option for my poor old tired legs.
They are great, but there is much controversy about where they can be ridden. The basic question is, how much power makes them motorized? I have a relative with an Outlaw capable of 28MPH. There are ebikes out there with 6 HP capable of over 50MPH. I just think it will take all the municipal agencies a LONG time to figure out what you can ride and where.
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We've had our Currie IZip E3 Dash bikes for about a year and a half, and we still can't believe how much fun they are. We bought extra batteries. We could ride 20-25 miles on a charge, pedal assisted, but now we can easily do 40-45 mile tours.

We installed a 2" receiver hitch with special welding to the frame for a bike rack on the back of the 5-er. Check this forum for a ton of good reading on the extra weight of a bike rack and make sure your rig is capable. Electric bikes are heavy. We found a Kuat rack enables a tighter fit, and we strap them tight to minimize bounce. We put them in bike bags, lock them up and they are with us on every trip.

Check out Electric Bike Reviews & Ratings - ElectricBikeReview.com for helpful reviews. There are a lot of choices out there. Enjoy!
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They are great, but there is much controversy about where they can be ridden. The basic question is, how much power makes them motorized? I have a relative with an Outlaw capable of 28MPH. There are ebikes out there with 6 HP capable of over 50MPH. I just think it will take all the municipal agencies a LONG time to figure out what you can ride and where.
The Pedego's Max out at 20MPH (for just that statutory reason). We chatted with the Pedego shop owner about this issue and she said that the Pedego is made as a assistive e-bike. In fact, there are 5 levels of pedal assist (which is great for hills!) You can, if you like, let the electric motor do all the work and you just sit on the bike. With the large 48V15A battery, you should be able to travel 30 miles minimum (60 is the max) - it all varies based on what is being carried on the bike and the terrain (hilly or flat).
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We've had our Currie IZip E3 Dash bikes for about a year and a half, and we still can't believe how much fun they are. We bought extra batteries. We could ride 20-25 miles on a charge, pedal assisted, but now we can easily do 40-45 mile tours.

We installed a 2" receiver hitch with special welding to the frame for a bike rack on the back of the 5-er. Check this forum for a ton of good reading on the extra weight of a bike rack and make sure your rig is capable. Electric bikes are heavy. We found a Kuat rack enables a tighter fit, and we strap them tight to minimize bounce. We put them in bike bags, lock them up and they are with us on every trip.

Check out Electric Bike Reviews & Ratings - ElectricBikeReview.com for helpful reviews. There are a lot of choices out there. Enjoy!
Now this is JUST the info I was looking for - THANKS!

The Cardinal we are planning on upgrading to can be purchased with a optional "Bike Rack" however, I have yet to be able to find out the receiver size!

I read in another thread that the Thule folding rack (specifically designed for e-bikes) might bounce too much and break

That's the last thing you want to happen! How much do your bikes weigh (each)? The Pedego weighs in at @ 40 lbs each without the battery.
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The Pedego's Max out at 20MPH (for just that statutory reason). We chatted with the Pedego shop owner about this issue and she said that the Pedego is made as a assistive e-bike. In fact, there are 5 levels of pedal assist (which is great for hills!) You can, if you like, let the electric motor do all the work and you just sit on the bike. With the large 48V15A battery, you should be able to travel 30 miles minimum (60 is the max) - it all varies based on what is being carried on the bike and the terrain (hilly or flat).
All true right now. My thought/fear is that there will be changes coming based on the (not) new technology that is becoming more widespread. When I was a kid I could skateboard anywhere without a helmet and no one knew what a bike helmet was if they existed at all. But in the new nanny state we live in you obviously cannot count on things remaining constant.
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Now this is JUST the info I was looking for - THANKS!

The Cardinal we are planning on upgrading to can be purchased with a optional "Bike Rack" however, I have yet to be able to find out the receiver size!

I read in another thread that the Thule folding rack (specifically designed for e-bikes) might bounce too much and break

That's the last thing you want to happen! How much do your bikes weigh (each)? The Pedego weighs in at @ 40 lbs each without the battery.
Ours weigh 42 lbs without the 7 lb battery.

Here's a couple of pics of the mount. One shows that we had a 2" receiver welded on above the bumper. We chose that height since the bike frame sticks out enough from the back I didn't want to scrape it on a steep driveway.

There were other welds and braces to the frame (not shown), not just onto the bumper...for the extra weight and bounce concerns.

The second pic shows a post (an extension to the spare tire mount) we had welded on so that we can run a strap from that post to the ladder to reduce the bounce and shake. Works well.

Rather than worry about MaddMaxx' concerns about e-bike police, I just worry about going too fast around other cars and people. Gotta slow down and be smart; use a little caution on roads and trails. Drivers, pedestrians and pets aren't used to a bike going 20 mph. A good set of bright lights and a loud bell are important.

With a good rack and panniers, we use them to run from the campground to the store and other errands.

One other mod, just for comfort, a suspension seat post. This 60 year old butt really appreciates it. Seatposts Also check out Home | Cirrus Cycles | Bodyfloat | Isolation Seat Post | Body Suspension System
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Our Wildcat has the optional folding rack on the back. It has a weight limit of 250#'s. That should handle the bike(s) and the rear camera will keep a watch on them as you roll down the road.


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Wife and I are 71. Purchased 2 Prodeco Stride 250 bikes a couple of years ago. Seat too high for wife, so later purchased a Prodeco Mariner 7 for her, so feet could touch the ground on all occasions. After about a year, she decided she was more comfortable on the Stride 250. Have grandchildren that enjoy the Mariner.
About 3 years ago we decided we had to get our weight under control. We were 250 and 200. We purchased a total of 4 pedal only bikes before going to the Prodeco's. Problem with pedal power only was that we were always afraid of getting to a place that we did not have the strength to return from, and hence failed to use them regularly. The Prodeco's solved that problem as battery power will always bring you back from wherever you pedal. That, and a careful choice of foods, we've both shed 50 lbs over the last 2 years.
As for the hitches, bikes weigh about 45 lbs without the batteries. We have used the Swagman XTC carriers on the rear of our class C, and on a receiver welded to our 5th wheel pin box. Probably around 5k miles on them. I fabricated a hitch tube that allows me to mount 4 bikes using the Swagman XTC superstructure.
Prodeco bikes are well built, but not without defects. Prodeco is responsive, but I've received the wrong parts more often that the right ones.
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