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Old 09-10-15, 06:55 PM
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Q's about ebikes?

Where to begin? I'll try to keep it brief and segmented so you dont have to read everything.

1. Whats up with ebike legality in NYS as a whole forget NYC? I have no problems throwing blinkers and liscence plates on there if thats what it takes. I'd even buy a motorcycle or moped if NYS is

2. How is the handling? some videos show people hitting jumps even doing flatland tricks bmx style.

3. Charge? the Specialized or other websites say 3-4 hours or 60+ miles. I assume with pedaling it can be indefinite so does that mean the 3-4 quoted hours is with the thing on full blast no pedaling? at least medium blast i hope.

4. Not a real Q but, a 20 mile commute would just be dumb by any standard? Possible but grueling and it is the north east afterall.

No time now so thats all about ebikes as I learn about and consider them. I'll debate anyone who feels morally superior to ebikes for some reason. Bring it!

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Old 09-11-15, 09:51 AM
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I have no idea about NY licensing, but typically a 20 mph limit keeps ebikes under the radar.

Yeah anybody can do "tricks" on any bike, but an ebike wont last long flying through the air. Weight is the biggest enemy.

Take ANY electrical specs with a grain of salt. How long it lasts depends on your riding style and your weight.

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Old 09-11-15, 10:32 AM
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Where to begin? I'll try to keep it brief and segmented so you dont have to read everything.

1. Whats up with ebike legality in NYS as a whole forget NYC? I have no problems throwing blinkers and liscence plates on there if thats what it takes. I'd even buy a motorcycle or moped if NYS is

2. How is the handling? some videos show people hitting jumps even doing flatland tricks bmx style.

3. Charge? the Specialized or other websites say 3-4 hours or 60+ miles. I assume with pedaling it can be indefinite so does that mean the 3-4 quoted hours is with the thing on full blast no pedaling? at least medium blast i hope.

4. Not a real Q but, a 20 mile commute would just be dumb by any standard? Possible but grueling and it is the north east afterall.

No time now so thats all about ebikes as I learn about and consider them. I'll debate anyone who feels morally superior to ebikes for some reason. Bring it!

1; IMO if you need a licence you may as well go scooter or moped...
2; The handling is not really the same as a normal bike as it's usually way heavier.
3; Most distance estimates are inflated, the only sure way would be throttle only as pedaling effort can wary hugely for different people...
4; 20 miles on an E-Assist bike is not the same at all as just pedaling a normal bike and so is doable IMO.
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Old 09-11-15, 11:03 AM
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1: Federal standards are 20mph max no pedal speed, and <=750 watts. Local municipalities may vary.

2: Tricks don't make much sense on a 50-70lb bike, unless you are trying to impress the youtube crowd. Handling can be fine if the battery is in the main triangle, crappy if it is over the rear wheel.

3: typical 2amp charger takes about 5 hours to charge (go figure). bigger batteries take longer, just do the math.

4: I get an hour on a 36v10ah motor with a controller that gives about 10 amps average. (Go figure). That is about 24 miles in my case with peddling. for 20 miles & 20mph, I would expect a 15ah battery, although that is going to depend on how big a motor you use & how fast you go. 350 watts is typical if you like to peddal, 500-1000 if you are more into a light electric scooter.
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