Hi everyone. Finally figureded out where I should have osted my first post. WOW! am I glad I found you guys and girls. I am 73 male who has lost his independence due to losing my drivers license due to a Heart attack (quad by-pass) and diabetes. Finding this forum and E-bikes has been a blessing to me. Hopefully I can now commute to my part-time job at Wal-mart and run around my town without asking someone to take me or get a taxi or bus. I had been riding my pedal Schwin but finding it difficult to manage much distance and the hills in my town. E-Bike is the solution. I have ordered a 2015 Pedego Interceptor step Thru with fenders-pannier bags 48volt-15amp. I am 6' 220 lbs with 30" inseam. I will be commuting about 10 miles one way with a 15-20 degree uphill at each each end with flat terrain between. The hills are about 1/4 mile each. My questions for you experienced commuters are: What accessories (lights-bags-mirrors-horn-bike gear should I need. I will be wearing the clothes I work in to ride except for shoes. Will have to ride at night a few day6s of the week Thanks for your help and I look forward to contributing to the forum soon as I get my bike this Friday from Hybrid mPedals in Arlington Va.
Page, glad to see you gain independence. Your battery should be sufficient to get you back and forth to work on one charge (48 X 15 = 720 ah and you might use about 25 ah per mile - look at the simulator on ebikesca to determine what to expect on the hills). I don't ride my ebike at night (ride my MTB though); accordingly not a good resource for lights that your dealer might be able to incorporate into your system. Failing that, there are killer battery operated front (my MTB has Lezyne) and rear lights (look at MTBR for reviews on them).
Thank you for the info on battery, Makes sense. Will just recharge while at work to be sure. Will check with my dealer re good lights. This is what I like about forums. Everyone just wants to help you and make bike riding a joy. Can't wait to get started!
Sorry about the pelling of Pedego ads Prdego but that just another reason I needed to retire. Just another quote about Evelo. I really liked their bikes of what I could see and read on line but when I wanted to test one I ran into problems with their "ambassador" Demo program and the fact they have no dealers. The nearest ambassador for a demo to me was in Windber Pa about 60 miles but after two weeks of them trying to contact this person to no avail I have given up and unless something really doesn't fit will go with the Pedego as planned. Evelo needs to work out a different marketing plan rather than reputation-web site and word of mouth especially when it comes to spending 3K
Wow! Didn't realize that you need to travel 100+ miles for a Pedego dealer. Hope you don't have problems; fortunately, Pedego has a good reputation for reliability and in CA for supporting their products.
Thank you Zold. I live in Western MD about half way between PGH Pa and Balt Md.. Hopefully with some guidance from this forum I can keep my Pedego traveling and in good shape. Still looking for some insight as to any extras I might want to purchase either Pedego products or otherwise.
Most important item is a tire repair kit (spare tube, pump, and wrench). In fact I use Slime tubes or Schwalbe Marathon tires since (for me) a flat is a big PITA, especially on the road since you have difficulty inverting the bike (because the display on the handlebar can contact the ground) to remove the wheel. Perhaps someone with more experience fixing eflats can chime in. I"ve only had to do it once and in my garage. Already discussed lights; anything else might relate to what you want to carry.
Page, usually your local bike store or Performance Bike if there's one in your area. Other option is Bike Nashbar on line or a plethora of other sites (Price Point, Blue Sky, the list is endless). If you ever decide to try Schwalbe Marathon tires, Chain Reaction Cycles (UK) is the least expensive especially if your order is more than $100 where you receive free shipping. Don't laugh, I receive stuff faster from them (usually within a week) than some domestic places). You shouldn't need a spoke wrench in your travel kit, just check at home (from my experience, if your spokes start to "ping" they're getting loose, and you can tighten each one an eighth turn all the way around if the wheel is true - just start at the valve so you know where to end; if that's not enough, go around again). Don't know whether your bike has quick releases or a torque arm. For them a Crescent wrench works well in a pinch. You can pick any of a number of multi tools (I have a Nashbar one that works fine) and should have a chain breaker for emergencies.
Predego, Amazon is also a good resource although sometimes their prices on niche type items is way off. If you open that site, look at Portland Design Works "Take Out Basket'. I haven't tried one, but it could solve some problems for you.
Also make friends with your local LBS (Local Bike Shop).. I'd recommend they give it a once over and adjustments before you start riding it regularly. Since it's a real bike with an assist as opposed to one of those scooter types they should have no problems working on it. Maybe have them put heavy duty rim tape in, flats suck between work and home. You'll probably find yourself getting more and more exercise on the e-bike and sometimes want to dial down the assist when it's nice out then maybe look into a lighter weight non-assist bike..losing your license may have actually give you true independence..Welcome.
regarding CRCircle , in theory free shipping if you buy more than $100 worth.
if they ship by courier to NAmerica you pay all those crazy brokerage fees, COD fees and so on. I told CRC to stop and ship by ROYAL MAIL but they will not listen so I am not CRC customer anymore. For me free means free.
Powell, many purchases and never a cent more than their price. No shipping, brokerage or whatever. I think it CAN happen in the US; just never heard of it occurring. Also, I've had good success contacting their CS team by email although never to ask them to ship by a different method than they already planned (Royal Mail, I think). Sorry to hear that you had problems.