Moderators bugeyedriver Posted October 24, 2018 Moderators Share Posted October 24, 2018 This is a shredout post from another topic. John Davies commented on my custom 2" hitch thread and asked a question about the eBike I have on my bike rack. I thought his comment was worthy of its own, dedicated post. Here goes . . . From John's comment: "I like your Trek. I have been researching ebikes, but I think this brand is out of reach in terms of cost. Do you have a recommendation for a full suspension mountain bike, mid-drive, for about $3000 street price? Max desired weight less than 55 pounds. I rode a Haibike hardtail with the Yamaha drive and was really smitten..... but I need some rear travel. I like this one.... https://www.haibikeusa.com/emtb-full-suspension/2018-sduro-fullseven-5-0.html Can you comment? Any others I should specifically look at? Thanks. John Davies" John, I saw my first e-bikes while camping this summer. A Canadian couple had Trek Verve + bikes on a rack behind their Class-A motorhome. They appeared different from your standard bike, so I inquired about them. They were eBikes, and the owner told me he and his wife (who are in their late 60's) have rekindled their love of bike riding. I saw them both head out for a bike ride at Colorado National Monument park, which is rather hilly. As I watched them return about three hours later, and they were both refreshed, with smiles on their faces. It was then that I decided to look into this thing, called an eBike. I learned that basically, an eBike utilizes a battery to add a selectable amount of energy (or none) to your own effort as you are peddling the bike. This mode is called "peddle assist" and is the most common type out there. A Class-1 electric bike is limited to 20mph and, at this time, is permitted pretty much anyplace a regular bike can go. You may peddle faster than 20 mph, but the "assist" will not kick in above 20mph. eBikes with higher energy levels are out there, but local restrictions may consider them a quasi motorized vehicle and not allow them on trails with other people. Six years ago, I buggered up my right leg pretty bad in a bike accident and residual complications from the wreck were severely slowing down my riding experience. The ole' ankle and knee would speak to me going uphill and for several hours after a good ride. The eBike would allow me to request an "assist" going uphill and take the stress off the buggered up joints and bones. I took a look at what was out there and decided to go with the same bike the Canadians had, the Trek Verve +. Although it is one of the lower costing Trek bikes, the Verve + has everything I need to get me back out on the road: geezer fenders, bright running lights, and soon, a way to take my dog, Bosker along for the ride. eBikes are heavier than your standard bike and will require a bike rack built for the load. My Trek Verve + is one of the lighter ones and weighs about 45 pounds. So far, I have about 100 miles on my new ride and look forward to many, many more miles of pleasure biking throughout the years. John, the Haibike mountain bike looks great. Go for it! If you've ridden bikes in the past, but have slowed down because the pleasure was starting to ebb a bit, consider letting a battery assisted bike get you back out there. Is there anyone else out there with eBiking experience? How do you like them? 7 Pete & "Bosker". TV - '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV - "The Wonder Egg"; '08 Elite, Hull Number 014. Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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