However, where I live now is hilly. My bike is NOT a good hill bike. I am NOT a good hill cyclist. I do better with endurance rather than cardio activities.
Long ago, I had an electric bike. It was one of the early ones where the battery weighs 60 pounds, the bike itself well over 100. It went like stink but was a beast to stop and/or turn. The great thing about it was I could pedal most of the time and just use the motor for hills.
Now I'm thinking I want to travel by bike more often. With my physical limitations and psychological tendencies, going by peddle bike is just not happening. There are too many hills near home. I'm toying with the idea of saving up for an e-bike or e-bike upgrade. If I start saving now, I might have enough to buy one by spring. This looks like a really nifty option for converting my old bike to electric - but would it work for me?
What are some of the options out there in the world of electric bikes these days?
What are some of the ecological considerations about having an e-bike and how can I minimize them?
How about an e-bike kit vs a whole new bike?
Would a solar charger help mitigate the need to charge?
What are my more affordable options?
What else do I need to think about? (yes, I can take limited speed e-bikes on the local bike trails, they fall under the same traffic laws as bikes in this city)
Where do I start learning about electric bikes?
I know it's going to be one of those things where cycling by e-bike will be better than going by car (but not as awesome as not having to travel).
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I actually stumbled across electric traction decades ago, to power a small ferry boat across Toronto harbour. (The stink of diseasal engine exhaust made my daughters ill.)
So I bought my first "ebike" to reacquaint myself with batteries and "electric things". (First Institute of Higher Drinking was a University to be an Electrical Engineer... though ended up wasting my time as an accountant. Hehe)
This was a tiny two-wheeled stand up kick scooter (with extra "kick" via a motor plus 2x 12V 10Ah SLA batteries in series... about a nominal 400 watts). This was in the years before Canada (and Canadian provinces... think "States"...) first legalized our "power-assisted bicycle".
American cousins get to play with one whole horse (748 watts). Canada is more pony-powered at 500 watts. Euro folks... gets "worse"/less powerful at 250 watts.
Anyway... Just logged aboard here as wish to point ya to another forum that's all about electric vehicles, and those mostly the battery-electric bicycle. Mostly US folks, but also Canada, Europe, etc, etc. All over, but in the English language primarily:
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There's just so much information out there, I'm feeling really overwhelmed when I go to a site because it assumes I know what kind of bike I want. There doesn't seem to be a "I'm a noob wanting to find something a bit electric to commute with".
Devin Lavign wrote:I have been looking at electric bikes for several years, Some good resources I found are.
This is by far the best and easiest to navigate E Bike site I have found https://electricbikereview.com/ They also have a youtube page where you can see many video reviews https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricBikeReview
This is also a good site to cross reference the reviews of the first site https://www.electricbike.com/
As I have said I have been looking at E bikes for several years. I would say what I have been doing is looking every year or every other year or so, to see if prices and quality are getting to a point for me to consider buying one. The prices are still high for decent quality, but they are getting more reasonable. Though now that I have rural land, with a long dirt road that is a lot of up hill to get to my property, and town is 7 miles away. A peddle bike is not really a good option, so I have started paying a bit more attention. I am especially interested in some of the cargo bikes, as they would let me do some shopping and still make it back home.
So, yeah, let's have this conversation!
The video taught me I think 'pedal assist' might be for me. The e-bike I had years back was very first generation and only had throttle control.
I like the idea of something that can haul cargo as well as me. Maybe something that can include saddle bags or a trailer?
I don't like cargo that affects the steering too much (front basket).
I found this company called go time electric bikes that isn't too far from me. They have some pretty stylish looking bikes (I like the vintage look), but I suppose I need to think about function as well as style. I might try a visit, but I still want to learn more about what to ask before I go.
"New Type-Approval for Speed E-Bikes Now Effective":
"2 categories in type-approval
In the new type-approval, there are 2 categories that can accommodate electric bikes. L1e-A is for “powered cycles” with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and maximum 1 kW of power. L1e-B is for “mopeds” with maximum 45 km/h and 4 kW. So-called speed pedelecs up to 45 km/h come under this category."
With electrics, it's really ALL about the battery (chemistry). Just terming batts as "lithium"? You have lithium-ion, plus LOTS of flavours... chemistries and formats:
Note too... Above Wiki FAILS to mention "lithium battery cycle life".
And re "aerodynamics"? I went to recumbent. Need to add more storage ("weight")? I went tricycle. And the sense I have from media reports? The urban world is going to folders. And "fat" tires. (Better in snows and on sand, but also handy for handling streetcar tracks, etc.
Hehe... Is there such a thing as "too much" information?
Still out of my price range, but for some it might make the difference so I thought I would share.
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She is good with that plan. I don't need one because I use my regular bike.
My friend has one from Germany-the whole bike. It cost more than $1000 US, but it is a truly great bike and a dream to ride. I do worry a bit about such things being stolen.
One issue I would have with adult tricycles is that you can't bring them on public transit. In Portland, you can put it on every city bus or light rail train. You can go to a lot
more places, because you can bike to the station, go a ways, then bike somewhere when you leave the station.
I usually do my errands on my bike and bike to work frequently, but I might not if I was worried about it being stolen.
I also use my bike to get to great skateboarding hills and skateboard.
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