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Old 01-31-12, 09:39 AM   #1
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Advice sought for turning my V-3 Mundo into and e-assisted bike

Hi Peeps, a few more questions from me that I was hoping to get some help with:

In the future i'd like to to put an e-assist on my V3 Mundo as although my commitment to car-free is for 12 months, I honestly doubt I will go back to car driving for 99% of my daily life after the 12 months expires. I know Yuba sells a kit and E-Bikes sells a kit- has anyone had any experience with these and have a preference? Is there a less expensive way to go?

What other expenses are there to doing this, I know I need new brakes...anything else?

What is maintenance like on them (the assist part)? Is there any?

Do they recharge while you pedal or run off a battery only?

Sorry if there are very basic questions, I'm really new to all this. If someone had said I would be riding a bike everywhere to me six months ago I would have fallen off the sofa laughing.


I have posted this in both forums (electric/utility)just in case.

*typo in the header is annoying, sorry! lol
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Old 01-31-12, 01:59 PM   #2
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You're looking at spending somewhere in the neighborhood of about $800 to do what you're thinking..
You wouldn't necessarily need new brakes.. It all depends on how fast and how far you want to go.
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Check out www.urbancommuter.com. They have a mid drive system that is kind of pricey but because it drives your bikes existing gearing can be more useful if you haul loads or have steep hills to climb.
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thanks guys
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Another option is a motorized trailer (Ridekick, for example). It can be put onto your bike and taken off in a few minutes. You use a throttle at the handlebar to control the speed (up to 19 mph) There's room to carry cargo, too. It costs $700 and has a sealed lead-acid battery. I like mine because I use it when I want to, and take it off when I want to provide the power myself.
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Check out www.urbancommuter.com. They have a mid drive system that is kind of pricey but because it drives your bikes existing gearing can be more useful if you haul loads or have steep hills to climb.
i think you meant theurbancommuter.com
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Another option is a motorized trailer (Ridekick, for example). It can be put onto your bike and taken off in a few minutes. You use a throttle at the handlebar to control the speed (up to 19 mph) There's room to carry cargo, too. It costs $700 and has a sealed lead-acid battery. I like mine because I use it when I want to, and take it off when I want to provide the power myself.

Yes, I looked at those and wasn't sure how I felt about it. Do you think you can adapt the trailer to hold a little more cargo if necessary?
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Yes, I looked at those and wasn't sure how I felt about it. Do you think you can adapt the trailer to hold a little more cargo if necessary?
They've got a custom wood rack right now, and have plans to create a modular lid with a higher profile, so you can swap out the lids based on how you're going to use it.
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