A friend of mine wants an electric-assist bike but can't afford the $2K bikes that are usually the only option. Are there any electric assist bikes that are around $400 (that aren't useless)? Do they even make them under $1000?
At $400, the E-Zip is dangerously close to a price where some kits can now compete based on value for the money. Although I'd still recommend an E-Zip, some kits should be considered especially if you have a used bike available.
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You can sometimes find a used Wilderness Energy hub for $200 or even less on fleabay. Those kits are pretty much indestructable. Add 2 or 3 SLAs (for $25 or so) and you're all set. Check seller feedback, of course.
398= Ladies, 448=Mens with free shipping and no tax at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Trailz-Electri...9782936&sr=8-3
If Canada is close to you, you can always make a trip to Canadian Tire. You may need to hit 5 or 6 of them before you find a 26" Schwinn Izip. They usually just have one, currently $499.
I bought 2 of them and just love them.
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Another thing, a bike is different than a car, a bike saves you money. If you buy a good electric or non-electric bike, you will ride it more and it will pay for itself in gas and maintainence alone and if you figure in the health aspect, it could save your life.