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Old 09-20-08, 03:17 PM   #1
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New Ebike

Hello everyone,

I'm a avid cyclist who's new to the ebike world. My commute to work is 10kms one way and I want to be able to ride my bike in my work clothes and not arrive sweaty. I consider myself in above average cardiovascular condition, but I never feel like getting sweaty from excercise at 7:30am for my commute, so I never rode my bike to work as often as I should have. I purchased a BionX PL350 from a local bike shop in my hometown in hope of making me a regular bike commuter.

One thing I have noticed is most people convert fairly low end bikes for their communting ebike. I guess the idea is to save money. Being a bit of a bike snob...lol...I like a nice bike for all my biking needs. I've been an avid cycling since the early 90's and have some pretty decent spare bikes hanging around.


I have a Rocky Mountain Vertex TO that I had converted into a lightweight speedy commuter by installing a lighter weight rigid fork. The bike is Shimano 8spd XTR and other assorted Race Face Components. It came in at 21 pounds before this conversion. I don't dare weight it now. Friends have called it a sacrilege, until they take it for a ride of course.

The bike has 26*1 inch slicks, which are highly efficient but prone to flatting. I got a flat on my first real test ride 5mins in. I have discovered you can't bunny hop an ebike very well....lol. I have some Specialized Nimbus 26*1.5 w/flak jacket that I will be installing pretty soon. Right now I'm just having fun with how fast I can go uphill with such skinny high pressure tires.

Anyways. Thought I would share.

Your's in cycling, electric or otherwise,

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Old 09-20-08, 04:17 PM   #2
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Cool. That distance + motor + you being in good condition should = no sweat at all. How quickly do you get to work? Do you arrive with a big smile on your face?
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Old 09-21-08, 11:04 AM   #4
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Thanks for your responses guys,

I only just picked it up after work on Friday.....lol....Monday will be my first real commute. I haven't been this excited about communting to work since they hired that hot temp in the office for a month this summer. I did a test ride to work Saturday morning. I was curious how long it would take to get there on 100% battery power alone. If I ride to work usually it's on my Cannondale F4000(bike porn pic included). Last time I rode my Cannondale to work it took 22:32. My ebike on pure electric power throttle pinned all the time, it took 20:21. I figure it I can take another couple of mins off that when I pedal lightly.


I'm pretty sure I'll be smiling.

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Old 09-21-08, 12:23 PM   #5
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Update:

For your amusement and mine I did a another test ride today. This time I pedaled lightly to work. Pedaling my time went down to 19:41. Not that much faster. Once the bike hits 36kph on the flats gaining extra speed is much much much more difficult then on a lightweight high performance bike which this one was before the conversion. The ride home is a different story. Wow. Usually it takes 7 or 8 mins longer for me to get home on my non-assited bike. The last 5km is all gradual uphill. My time home was 20:17. Less than a minute slower then it takes to get to work with my ebike. I was riding around a 1kph maybe 2 slower uphill then I was doing on the flats. I'm impressed.

Having a hoot.

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