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Old 04-22-13, 05:31 PM   #1
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First timer, first possible bike... good choice?

Hi all, I posted this a while back on another e-bike forum but got no replies and only about 20 views. This forum seems to be a lot more frequented, so I'm hoping for more feedback on here...

I'm in need of an electric bike for a temporary job about 6 miles away (normally I don't drive and work from home). It can't cost more than $1,000, else it's not worth it for me to even take that job I'm 6'2 with 34" inseam (long legs) and weigh 240#, so I'm assuming I need a 26" wheel bike (I dwarf anything smaller than that). The ride would be on a flat terrain, but I live in Central California, and the temps here exceed 100 degrees pretty much every single day in the summer. The job is also a split shift (8am - noon & 5pm - 9pm), with no chance for me to change or shower once at work. So a lot of pedalling is out of the question and the battery needs to hold at least 20 - 25 miles' charge for both trips. Also, when I ride my exercise bike I routinely go over 30mph, and I know I'd be limited to 20mph on California streets. I just want to get out of the sun ASAP

So having said all that, is there a bike that will carry me, a big, tall person at those 20mph speeds at that price? I think I may have found something that meets most of the criteria at Long Beach Electric Bikes - - (except I'm not seeing a speedometer, light, mirror/s, and their bikes have SLA batteries) - does anyone have any experience dealing with them (customer service / bike itself?) They're a 4+ hour drive from my place, so I'm hoping someone else has at least tested the bikes... Thanks for any input!

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Old 04-22-13, 09:22 PM   #2
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Hello, kbc. Welcome to the electric bike portion of the forum.

My first question is why not invest in an e-bike to last you more than just your temporary job? If you work from home then you still run errands from time to time, right?

Groceries, trips to the local fast food joints, the post office, the bank, etc. can all be done on your e-bike. Trust me, a well built e-bike will easily replace your automobile. You'll save on car payments, gas, insurance, maintenance costs...the list goes on and on.

My e-bike meets all your requirements and since building it I've rarely used my car. The last time I drove was last year!

Check out the Papamotor thread: There are a few Californians with the Papamotor kit. You can get in touch with them.

Oh, I have to warn you, a properly built e-bike will have you taking the long way to work.
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Old 04-23-13, 09:38 AM   #3
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The problem with your requirements for $1000 is, you will end up with a cheap bike that you hate. With SLA batts, they don't last long and are heavy. I hate them and don't recommend them but they do still have a place in the ebike world.

Here's my ebike. I built it myself but I have about $1800 in it. Even this bike will not meet all your needs (You will have to do quite a bit of pedaling to go 20-25 miles on this one but the top speed is about 28 w/ no problem).

I ride it to work everyday (weather permitting), charge at work, ride to the gym, work out, ride it home (17 miles roundtrip). No pedaling, avg speed about 21mph. This bike flies and I love it.
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take a look at the table I posted here:

But in general if you want 20 mph, you are going to need at least 350watt-36volt motor setup.

You could buy a kit to do that from $500 to $1000
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