put our Heads Together
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: southeast pennsylvania
Bikes: a mountain bike with a cargo box on the back and aero bars on the front. an old well-worn dahon folding bike
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You will not be stuck at 5mph - those bikes top out at 15 to 18 mph.
Lead batteries should be charged directly after use, so you'll want to bring them inside at work for charging.
If you're willing to pedal at "walking" effort level those bikes will be fine in terms of range. The only thing i'd worry about is that i've read that the rear wheel is hard to remove (for fixing flats), plus some of the electronics (controller and charger) may be unreliable. This is true for a whole lot of different e-bike manufacturers, although ebikes.ca (ebike kits only) has earned a reputation for excellent reliability and ampedbikes.com (inexpensive ebike kits only) seems to be getting a similar reputation.