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    Electric Folding Bike Recs

    So I've decided to shop for an electric folding since I'll be towing a bike trailer behind, and of course I've moved to the middle of a hilly area however most of the streets aren't like that. Now I'm a newbie and still doing research as far as folding bikes. My current bike is 26 inches, and a cruiser. My child is 50 lbs, and the trailer I believe is 32 lbs. As I'm typing this I'm wondering if a foldable like a Dahon or whichever is in the market can tow that much. Hmmm.. I plan on using my bike as my "car" like taking my kid to school if I miss the bus, picking him up from grandma, and if I can ride to school three times a week which is 7 miles away according to google maps.

    My apt. is small so that's how I ended up searching for foldable in the first place. So anyone have any recommendations for electric foldable? I know NYCEWheels are suppose to be the only place in NYC that specializes in electric bikes. I wouldn't be able to put on my own electric motor to a bike, so that's out of the window. I am open to getting a plan bike, buying the electric kit separately and paying someone to install if cost wise it makes sense. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlusVeggie27 View Post
    ... I've decided to shop for an electric folding since I'll be towing a bike trailer behind, ... I'm wondering if a foldable like a Dahon or whichever is in the market can tow that much. ... I am open to getting a plan bike, buying the electric kit separately and paying someone to install if cost wise it makes sense. ...
    See: ThorUSA

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    whats your budget ?
    for bike
    for electrification
    for trailer


    and what trailer you want to have your child sit in ?


    If you do want to do this right, this endeavor is pretty expensive. Yes there are many cheaper versions around .... if you can easily throw a 1000 bucks out o the window, than those cheap versions are great...

    we usually get everything set up .... than we do something else, we include the original rear wheel ... meaning you can ride the bike without the heavy rear motor on vacations or similar ...

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    NYCEwheels isn't the only seller of ELECTRIC folding bikes in NYC. A Google search found a few shops around the area (I'm also in NY BTW):

    https://www.google.com/maps/search/e...73.9146518,15z

    NYCEwheels are a good source, but they're not know for their friendliness or customer service.
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    front Hub motors are simplest, but they are only 10cm axles , some folders are 74mm forks , so have to be Pried apart wider .

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    I would look at a Bafang mid drive motor. They seem to be taking over the electric market because of price and features.

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    The trailer I already have. As far as price I will not be able to install anything by myself. Price wise under $3000. The more affordable the better. I just want what matches the bike. My current trailer uses a post like most childrens bike trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlusVeggie27 View Post
    ... My apt. is small so that's how I ended up searching for foldable in the first place. So anyone have any recommendations for electric foldable? ...
    My personal favorite of the currently-available electric-assist bicycles is the IZIP E3 Twn:exp. It's not a folding bike, but it does have small wheels. See: IZIP E3 Twn:exp Unisex

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