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Old 11-02-10, 04:12 AM   #1
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Are elecy bikes any bigger than normal ones?

I'm off to measure up at the weekend as my mum is after one to help her around the hills.. So I was going to order one for Xmas also a bike storage unt to keep it safe.. they are expensive bikes!! Would an elecy nomally be the same size as a traditional bike?? There are three sizes of bike storage units to choose from, I need to order the correct one.

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Any help would be great cheers, save me driving for an hour later
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Old 11-02-10, 10:27 AM   #2
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Generally E-bikes are about the same size as normal bikes. If she already has a bike that she likes, you may consider saving money with an electric bike kit sold many places such as ampedbikes.com and electricrider.com. There are many more, just do a search for e-bike kits. You have to make sure her bike does not have aluminum forks. They need to be steel and also it's a good idea to install a torque arm for extra strength. Ampedbikes claims to have the easiest to install high quality kits. Most e-bike kit companies ofter a choice of front direct drive or rear geared motors. I have Ampedbikes front direct drive and I love it. Cost with torque arm $526.00 U.S. installed on a 26 inch Mens Mountain bike. These kits can be installed on almost any type of bike.

For some cheaper complete e-bikes there is http://www.cabbikes.com/. They have the lowest prices of any complete e-bike I have seen but I encourage you to shop around.

Also look at the E-Bike pictures thread in this forum. You will see many and see that none of them are larger than a normal bike with rear rack. ( unless they make something fancy like a three wheel bike or put a trailer on the bike.) http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-pictures-here.
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Old 11-07-10, 12:35 PM   #3
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Bigger, no... Heavier, YES!!

4X, 12-Volt, 12 Amp Hour, Sealed Lead Acid Batteries wired in series. These batteries sit directly over the rear wheel. They are about 9 pounds each.

My rotor is in my back wheel. It weighs a ton too. My bike alone is pushing 100 pounds. (90% of that weight is over the back wheel.) It performs very well though.
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Old 11-07-10, 06:01 PM   #4
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You have to make sure her bike does not have aluminum forks. They need to be steel
Is this strictly true? I've read of builds where people have supported alloy forks with torque arms and not had problems... quick search...
http://endless-sphere.com/forums/vie...=14316#p213426
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