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Old 08-03-16, 10:21 AM
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New here, please help me select a bike...Pedego Stretch?

Hello,

I'm a 37 year old female, 5'7, and a tad under 300lbs. I used to be active, but guess I've been letting myself go for the last decade or so...

So, the other day I climbed onto my teen's bike, and realized it wasn't gonna happen. I think the bike would crunch under my weight if I stayed on it long.

Interested in ebikes since the pedal-assist will make the difference between having fun and getting discouraged.

I've been looking at the Pedego Stretch since it is rated to hold my weight (plus some, which is important in case I wanna haul a kid/groceries/etc.)

I live on a mountain, and there is a 1/4 mile 14% incline to get from my house to anywhere I'd want to go. Once off the mountain, things flatten out pretty well.

Whatcha think?
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Old 08-03-16, 11:02 AM
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The 500-watt geared-hub motor in the Pedego Stretch would be enough muscle in a lighter bike, but the Stretch is heavy. The specs show the bike-only at 65 lbs, plus the battery at 12 lbs, and the rack adds another 8 lbs. You will be slogging around 85 lbs of bike… before any cargo! That is guaranteed to get you discouraged. IMO, continue to look at other options.
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Old 08-03-16, 11:58 AM
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I'm about your weight (and a little older and went through a similar process recently. I've always enjoyed cycling, but coming back to it after many years and knew that I'd be more apt to get out and move if I had the assist, and that's been exactly my experience.

I wound up with a Trek Conduit+ which has proven to be really good for me. It comes with fenders and a rear rack (for panniers, but for some reason they left off the trunk mount - it looks like it could be replaced with a standard rack easily), and integral lights. I've been riding the crap out of it in the past week and some change, and it's a ton of fun. I have some moderate hills which it helps me with just fine; I've been out on anything from a 2 mile jaunt to the grocery store to a 30+ mile meandering, and it's pretty close to everything I had hoped.

The range is about what they advertise; I do find that I run up against the 20MPH cut-out fairly often, which is mildly irritating (the motor cuts out at that point; you can still pedal to maintain/gain speed though) - that's really my only real complaint/wish. I threw my old panniers on it but that's about all I've had to do other than adjust the saddle and stick a bell on it, since I wind up overtaking a lot of people and even vehicles.

I had a notion that it would be sluggish and short-ranged hauling me around, but haven't found that to be the case at all.

Point is, there are models out there that I think will work well. I don't have a lot of experience other than with this one, so I can't really make a recommendation - but my advice would be to keep looking, and if you can, test ride or even rent a few if you have that option nearby.

Good luck!
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Old 08-03-16, 01:00 PM
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My wife and I have also been searching for the right e-bike for us. My suggestion is to go give them all a ride. As many as you can. Then select the one that puts the biggest grin on your face. After four weeks searching, I think we're close to a final decision.
I believe most Pedego dealers have a rental fleet. See if you can rent one for a day or three and ride it around your area. You'll know right away if it's the right one or not.
Where are you located? There may be some local shops folks on here could recommend for you.
Whatever you get, you may be pushing it up that 14% incline to get home when you're done with your ride. At least until you get some initial endurance built up.

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Old 08-03-16, 03:08 PM
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Thanks for the ideas..

I'm in Western Maryland..about 2.5 hours from D.C. or Baltimore. I did see there is an e-bike dealer in D.C. Haven't made the trip yet.

Yeah, 14% incline is really steep. The need to push the bike up isn't a surprise. Fortunately, other than being terribly out of shape, I'm in good health.

I guess I'm wondering how much the weight of the bike itself will make a difference. Basically any e-bike is gonna be at least 50lbs, and with me and some gear, we're talking about 350 more. (So, a "light" weight bike will be 400lbs. vs. a "heavy" bike of 435lbs.... doesn't seem like that much of a difference from that point of view.. especially if the additional weight makes the bike stronger.)

Are there some specific specs I should be looking at when it comes to the bike's motor/battery, etc? For the most part I've been looking at the "cargo" class of e-bike since I am asking so much of the machine, weight-wise.
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Old 08-03-16, 03:32 PM
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The Trek Conduit+ is actually a good recommendation,...it seems to have a great combination of features for the price.

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I actually just watched the trek review. It does sound nice, I guess I'm a little hesitant because my daughter's bike is also a trek, and that's the one that felt a bit umm... delicate Treks are rated for exactly 300lbs...reminding me of a chair I once sat in.. rated for 300lbs, (and it broke the first time I sat in it.. so far, the only thing I've broken) but don't want to repeat the experience going down the road at 20mph!!

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Old 08-03-16, 04:44 PM
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And I almost forgot to add.....Congratulations on your decision to get active again!!!! I've been doing the same..walking...jogging.....now ready to add biking. I've dropped 25lbs so far. Still have a lot to go, but feeling much better than I have in a long time. Fortunately, I'm recently retired so now I have the time for such foolishness! Anyway.....good for you!!!
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Old 08-03-16, 07:11 PM
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The Conduit+ doesn't seem delicate - I've been riding it pretty hard and don't have any concerns. I am currently about 280# and have no qualms about riding it anywhere on-road. Do be aware that it has no suspension - which was fine (even preferred) for me; if you want a "cushier" ride you might consider a suspension seatpost I suppose, or a bike with a suspension built in. Too bad you don't have closer options to test ride a variety of models. The site TDS101 referenced above has a lot of reviews so you might get a feel by browsing around there too.

I'll second the comment above saying "good job getting active". Take it as it comes and you'll probably find that you feel GREAT. Activity, even if you're riding on maximum assist, beats sitting idle, and for me, I find that I'd rather hop on the bike and go anywhere around town (well, my little suburb) than drive. It's fun and keeps me moving; what could beat that? Honestly, as long as you don't pick something that you find frustrating and off-putting (i.e. something you'll actually like riding) I'd imagine you'll find it a big win. I hope you find something that works out for you; please do come back and let us know how it goes.
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Old 08-04-16, 07:06 AM
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Nice to hear of your interest in e-bikes. Many others in your situation have thrived on 2 wheels having the extra assist.

The Pedego is a hub motor, which works well for most riding, but a mid drive is MUCH better for hills. I suggest you find a bike using that setup.hey seem to be well made and age well with few problems.

Good luck in your search. I hope you find a GREAT bike and it serves you well.

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Rode a "Stretch" for a week and found it to be a durable mount with many nice features for carrying items. Top speed was about 26 mph (180 pound rider), and it ascended mild hills well with its fairly robust motor. As stated above, normally a mid-drive is more appropriate for hilly terrain. Suggest you go to your nearest dealer and either rent or test one on hills around that area. Still haven't found any bike that ascends better than one equipped with a BionX 500D system.
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Old 08-07-16, 06:54 PM
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Thanks for all the direction pointers. I did spend a bit more time with my daughter's Trek, and figured out it was the relatively narrow tires that were the delicate bits. Easily changed.

I appreciate all the feedback, and will definitely go take as many test rides (rentals) as I can...

I LOVE the looks of the Ohm bikes, maybe I can find one of those to ride too
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Awesome! Please come back and let us know how it goes.
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