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 bikerjohn member offline
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posted 11/25/2018
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An ebike is a fantastic way to commute with less effort. Alternately, its capabilities can be utilized as added assistance to reach a destination faster! Ebikes afford a versatility that accommodates flexibility of choice for the cyclist. A virtual tailwind awaits you every ride!

A fact about an ebike I feel needs to be elucidated and emphasized:
Average "per-minute" physical effort is a rider's choice and pedaling an ebike can equal or exceed the physical effort for riding ANY bike. The difference pedaling an ebike is that one can travel faster and reach a destination in less time.
thread edited on 10/14/2019 at 7:26:26 AM

 BikeLady member offline
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Trek Domane SLR 7 Project One
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posted 12/2/2018
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My ebike has been a game changer when it comes to commuting. I still enjoy the ride to work with minimal assist, but I don't spend the whole day dreading the trip home (with the big hill in the final mile). I can make it home in about 10 minutes more than it takes to drive. And I don't get stuck sitting in traffic.

 capejohn member offline
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posted 12/2/2018
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I have a Giant E bike that I use mostly when I'm riding along filming an event. It lets me power ahead to get or catch up after I got some video shots. I have used it on a couple of night group rides in the off season when I'm kind of out of riding shape. I have no criticism to offer. This bike is the cat's meow for my use.

My E bike

 raymondj member offline
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posted 12/2/2018
at 12:44:21 PM
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capejohn, that is a nice looking e-bike. I like the standard cassette drivetrain and the standard wheels and hubs. I like this style much more than the e-bikes with the electric motor built into the front or rear wheel hub. I see this also has the front & rear lights powered by the e-bike battery.

 bikerjohn member offline
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posted 12/2/2018
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So, BikerJohn : Do you have your CCX up and running yet? Was it hard to assemble? Are you happy with it?
-- posted by dasmith44
The bike arrived 2 days ahead of schedule.I was expecting delivery on 12/03, and was pleasantly surprised to hear that "UPS rumble" up the driveway Saturday morning. Today I finished assembling and took it for a short ride.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3200366021

 capejohn member offline
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posted 12/2/2018
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I was in a bike shop/coffee shop in Boulder two years ago. My wife walked in as I was looking at this bike simply out of curiosity. The salesman asked if I wanted to take it for a spin. When I came back, I told him it was pretty nice and was ready to leave when my wife said. "Do you want it?"

I had it shipped to Cape Cod. The bike cost $95 to ship and the battery, oh the battery, cost $55. Hazardous material to ship.

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posted 8/5/2019
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Hi, new hear (31F)
I'm trying to buy an e-bike but they all seem to be so expensive, anyways i've got a budget of around $1000. What do you guys think i can get with that. I've also researched a bit by myself and came across a site E-bikes by Wheels Compared and found NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle. Its availble for around $600-$700. So what do you guys think should i buy it or not?
post edited on 8/5/2019 at 5:02:38 PM

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posted 8/8/2019
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Welcome to Bikejournal, looks like you already know enough about the site to figure out how to post links (more than some people I won't mention...).

I know nothing about e-bikes, but looks like most of those are available from Amazon. I'd check out the reviews, they are usually pretty reliable if there are enough of them.

It doesn't look like the quality is very consistent, so you are taking a risk. But if you buy it from Amazon, at least you can return it.

Good luck.

 raymondj member offline
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posted 8/15/2019
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The reviews I read on Amazon would scare me away from that product. It lacks pedal selective assist, plus some other troubling comments from real consumers.

Sometimes in a large city like LA, you can find a used high quality E-Bike for a good price on craigslist. Impulse shoppers sometimes spend thousands on a new "toy", then don't use it, and just want to sell it. If you can put some cash in their hand, then they will go out and spend it on something new they don't need.

 BikeLady member offline
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posted 8/15/2019
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I sell bikes for a living, and one of the things we have found is that you need to save your money and spring for an ebike from a reputable bike company. There are lots of small ebike makers popping up...and they disappear just as fast. They tend to use weird proprietary parts to keep the price down, and once the company goes under, guess what? You can't get parts to repair the bike anymore. We had one just last week...less than two years old, and it's unusable because the derailleur hanger broke and nothing fits it.

 raymondj member offline
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Surly Troll
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posted 8/16/2019
at 8:27:49 AM
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Speaking of E bike repairs, I was at a LBS here in Leipzig to use the self service tool and workbench area (very small hourly fee). That by the way, is another great thing about this place.

While removing and cleaning the chain, a young shop tech came over to chat with me. She had never seen a Surly bike, but knew of them. She was working at the shop part time, on a 3+ year technical apprenticeship to become a certified bike mechanic. She said that the boom in e-bike sales and riders has created a lot of new job opportunities for people that want to learn how to repair those e-bikes. The technology has become more complex than our regular old pedal power bikes. That means that if something goes wrong, it is going to be more expensive to repair. Now they even have extended warranty plans for a monthly or annual fee to cover e-bike repair costs.
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