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Old 03-19-20, 03:48 AM
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Recommendations for commuting?

I'm thinking of getting an ebike for commuting to work after the covid situation is over. Any recommendations on what brands and price range?
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Old 03-19-20, 07:31 AM
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It helps to know whether your commute is hilly & windy or flat and calm, as well as whether the roads are well maintained etc. As noted in other posts, look at Radpower for a mid-range quality bike in the $1500 range. You can convert a bike if you're handy for < $1000. IMO, don't procure a super-cheap bike from Amazon or Walmart or purchase used unless you can't afford better although some individuals have had success.
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It depends what you want, if you are looking for something simple t commute on, or if the ebike is its own game. That said, the previous post nails it, we need more information: distance, conditions, and the like.

I am pretty sold on mid-drive for commuting. There are both mid-drive bikes, they have the advantage of being "cleaner" than home builds like mine. If I were purchasing a pre-built for commuting I would probably get one of these.

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Old 03-19-20, 09:21 AM
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yes more info is needed. I have a bulls crossmover speed and it has been a great bike I get at least 120 miles a week on it https://propelbikes.com/product/bull...BoCscQQAvD_BwE
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I would try the Specialized Como 4.0 or Como 5.0. Very comfortable, upright and can fit racks front and rear. One of our shops top sellers and one of my favorites in that category. They also make the Vado which is less upright more like a hybrid and has a rack included.
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Thanks for the recommendations guys. The commute is hilly but not windy and roads are well maintained I will check out the recommendations above and read more about it. Thanks!
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Also if you're interested in the technology, look at ebikesca; their tutorials (tools, AIR) are very informative. If the hills are relatively steep, consider a mid-drive. A good rule of thumb is you need to maintain a speed of half the maximum uphill on a hub drive or too much electrical energy is being converted to heat which can damage the engine.

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Originally Posted by 2old View Post
Also if you're interested in the technology, look at ebikesca; their tutorials (tools, AIR) are very informative. If the hills are relatively steep, consider a mid-drive. A good rule of thumb is you need to maintain a speed of half the maximum uphill on a hub drive or too much electrical energy is being converted to heat which can damage the engine.
Thanks for the tips!
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Old 03-22-20, 06:51 AM
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Ebike Commuting

How many miles will you be commuting? I would recommend a Trek Verve 2+ It's a mid drive which is good on hills, has good range, suspension seat post, 700 mm tires, a rack and lights. Another bike that I would recommend is the Yamaha Cross Core or Yamaha Cross Connect for the same reasons. I started commuting last year, and commute on relatively flat terrain. I have both a mid drive bike and a hub driven one. My commute is about 12 miles one way so the hub drive works well for me. I have lost about 25 lbs, and feel better when I cycle to work. I started out on a regular bike(45 min, 110min), then switch to an ebike to get more consistent travel times(45 min, 50 min). My commute is on the road and bike trails. I live in Denver and don't look back.

I started my ebike commuting on a 2017 Raleigh Retroglide IE, This year I purchased a Blix Aveny for $1600. The one inch difference in rim diameter makes a big difference. Good luck to you.

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While it may fit some people, it's worth noting that the Moto's effective top tube length looks fairly short.

This may be comfortable enough with flat bars this way, but anyone who's already partial to swept-back bars - e.g., North Roads, Nitto Albatross, mustache bars, etc - may find it difficult to get a good fit on a frame like this, even with a fairly long stem.

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While it may fit some people, it's worth noting that the Moto's effective top tube length looks fairly short.

This may be comfortable enough with flat bars this way, but anyone who's already partial to swept-back bars - e.g., North Roads, Nitto Albatross, mustache bars, etc - may find it difficult to get a good fit on a frame like this, even with a fairly long stem.

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I certainly understand your point, I was looking at the question from a "ready to use" point. Yes, some bikes are more suitable for certain modifications than others. I ended up building my commuter e-bike, but I recognise that not all riders want to go that route.
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I certainly understand your point, I was looking at the question from a "ready to use" point. Yes, some bikes are more suitable for certain modifications than others. I ended up building my commuter e-bike, but I recognise that not all riders want to go that route.
Of course - no criticism of your choices, of course. I usually view the bars and saddle as fluid though, even if the rider is seeking something suitable straight out of the box. Given enough time, I figure many seeking something "ready to use" at the moment will eventually want "something more comfortable" after acclimating to their new machine.

Granted, the stars may align for absolute perfection from the start, but how often does that happen?

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Have you thought of where you are going to park the bike at work and at home. Almost all of the e-bikes are slightly longer than most bikes. And they are a hot item for thieves. It is one of the highest stolen items in most jurisdiction SO hopefully you have arranged good safe parking. What is the terrain like. Without given away your address what is the general area you are travelling in.

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