I am so glad this forum exists. The posts I have read have been very informative and I really like the enthusiasm for the topic.
I am new to the concept of ebikes. I have looked at the scooter-style and the bike-style, but I am leaning towards the bike-style. I don't think I need anything too grand so I am considering two of the ebikes sold by Canadian Tire. I have read Zeuser's fantastic review of the "Stong GT" bike and was wondering if there are opinions on the Schwinn I Zip?
If the Strong is rated for 100 km/charge but is realistically cut by more than 1/2 as pointed out by Zeuser, then will the Schwinn be similar and get only about 10 km/charge?
Just a little background, I am not in the best of shape right now and weight close to 260 lbs (117 kg) and stand 6' 4" (193 cm). My knees are not in great shape. My main purpose is to start biking with my kids so they learn to enjoy it and see it as an alternative to the car. Any regular bike I try only lasts a few minutes before the pain in my knees is unbearable.
I thought an electric bike would allow me to build strength and enjoy biking with my family.
If it went well and my strength improved I would consider riding to work...about 10 km one way. I am in Kitchener, On. so it would be limited in use from early spring to late fall, depending on snowfall.
So, is the Scwhinn a decent bike for the price and would it get me 20 km on one charge with peddle-assist. Not too many hills to worry about.
Or should I spend the extra $400 and go to the Strong? Is it better value for the money?
I would like to keep the cost below $1000 and even that is a little hard on a budget for recreation use.
If I am totally on the wrong track with the CT products, I would like to hear any other suggestions for ebikes easily purchased in Ontario, Canada.
Again, love this forum and I think the popularity will grow as we need to get out of the car more!