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ebike suggestions please

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I purchased a 250w cruiser style ebike back in May. It's one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It was an impulse buy on a clearance site and I knew that if I hesitated it might be gone in a few minutes to a few days. It's gotten me out of the house and out into the woods again. Luckily I live about half mile from a rails to trails and go 20 to 30 miles two to three times per week. So first it was the clearance bike followed by the new hitch carrier to haul it around. I want to go further now and my wish list just keeps getting longer. I chose a cruiser as I want to "enjoy" the ride. The first half of my rides are usually on the upgrade then on the way back it's downhill almost all the way. I am so loving it.
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I purchased a 250w cruiser style ebike back in May. It's one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It was an impulse buy on a clearance site and I knew that if I hesitated it might be gone in a few minutes to a few days. It's gotten me out of the house and out into the woods again. Luckily I live about half mile from a rails to trails and go 20 to 30 miles two to three times per week. So first it was the clearance bike followed by the new hitch carrier to haul it around. I want to go further now and my wish list just keeps getting longer. I chose a cruiser as I want to "enjoy" the ride. The first half of my rides are usually on the upgrade then on the way back it's downhill almost all the way. I am so loving it.View attachment 25084
longer trips are more fun with ebikes :)
 

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Bill 20mph is plenty fast enough to do some serious damage when some dummy in a car pulls out in front of you or unexpectedly opens a door. Don't be an organ donor. Get and wear helmets.
Please DO be an organ donor.
Just not a deceased organ donor too early. Consider living donation for a kidney or portion of your liver.
 

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The big seats came yesterday. I thought I would have time to put them on and go for a ride but my Jeep group has other plans that don't involve the ebikes. The big seats do look big and comfortable. We will see.

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Can people post photos of their eBikes?
Always interested in what eBikes folks are buying.


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The big seats came yesterday. I thought I would have time to put them on and go for a ride but my Jeep group has other plans that don't involve the ebikes. The big seats do look big and comfortable. We will see.

Bill
We did three 20-mile rides this week on a Rails To Trails path, on top of some shorter runs. It's been great fun, but my sit bones were calling out for a little more padding yesterday, so off to the local bike shop for a new seat (Electra Gel Comfort Saddle). Haven't put it on yet, but I'll let you know if it makes a big difference. @easyrider - we're hauling the bikes to the trailheads, so we bought 50 gal tubs to keep the car clean - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-50-Gal-189-L-Tote-Box-Titanium/15940602 They are a bit big, but a smaller tote put too much pressure on the handlebar/computer. They fit fine in the back of the minivan, but take up a lot of space in the Jeep. If you find the perfect size tote, please let me know!
 
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I made a mistake of ordering two ebikes online from Costco. It is a bit too big for me.
 

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I made a mistake of ordering two ebikes online from Costco. It is a bit too big for me.
If they don't work for you, the beauty of Costco is you can take them back. No harm, no foul. There are NO mistakes buying from Costco.

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Hey, DaveNV, where's a photo of YOUR new eBikes? ;) Are you still thinking about getting them?
 

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Hey, DaveNV, where's a photo of YOUR new eBikes? ;) Are you still thinking about getting them?
Bought 'em, but haven't really ridden them, or decided if we'll keep them. I have two artificial knees, and the weight of the bike is hard to balance. I didn't expect that. Knee flexion is a problem for me, and so far, this is difficult to ride. Still tweaking the adjustments, to see if I can get a comfortable fit. This is what we got:

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They're 350W folding bikes, Seem to be well made, and seem to work as expected. I just need to decide if they'll work for us. Jeff hasn't ridden his yet. He's waiting for me to decide if we're keeping them.

Anybody have this style of ebike? I'd be curious to hear your tweaks for optimum configuration.

Dave
 

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Bought 'em, but haven't really ridden them, or decided if we'll keep them. I have two artificial knees, and the weight of the bike is hard to balance. I didn't expect that. Knee flexion is a problem for me, and so far, this is difficult to ride. Still tweaking the adjustments, to see if I can get a comfortable fit. This is what we got:

View attachment 25243

They're 350W folding bikes, Seem to be well made, and seem to work as expected. I just need to decide if they'll work for us. Jeff hasn't ridden his yet. He's waiting for me to decide if we're keeping them.

Anybody have this style of ebike? I'd be curious to hear your tweaks for optimum configuration.

Dave
Hi DaveNV
Does it allow for a seat-dropper post?
Very handy for my eMTB for both sitting still, starting off on a hill, or going steep downhill. Lever is on left-side of handlebar in-lieu of front sprocket shifter lever (as it is not needed)

There are news ones that are much lighter weight (smaller batteries and motors) coming out.


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Hi DaveNV
Does it allow for a seat-dropper post?
Very handy for my eMTB for both sitting still, starting off on a hill, or going steep downhill. Lever is on left-side of handlebar in-lieu of front sprocket shifter lever (as it is not needed)

There are news ones that are much lighter weight (smaller batteries and motors) coming out.


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Not sure what a seat-dropper post is. I'll have to research that.

Dave
 

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This area in this photo (just taken a couple weeks ago) is currently burning. So sad.


(I tried raking the leafs, but those pesky buggers keep falling...)


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Bought 'em, but haven't really ridden them, or decided if we'll keep them. I have two artificial knees, and the weight of the bike is hard to balance. I didn't expect that. Knee flexion is a problem for me, and so far, this is difficult to ride. Still tweaking the adjustments, to see if I can get a comfortable fit. This is what we got:

View attachment 25243

They're 350W folding bikes, Seem to be well made, and seem to work as expected. I just need to decide if they'll work for us. Jeff hasn't ridden his yet. He's waiting for me to decide if we're keeping them.

Anybody have this style of ebike? I'd be curious to hear your tweaks for optimum configuration.

Dave
I think artificial knees are in my future
 

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I think artificial knees are in my future
The Navy did it to me. Eleven of my twenty years I was stationed aboard ships, wearing steel-toed boots, walking on steel decks, climbing up and down steel ladders and steel stairwells. Not a good experience for this kid's knee joints. Then, near the end of my career, I fell down a ladder aboard ship and folded my legs up sideways - at the knees. I spent months learning how to walk again. My knee joints never forgave me, and the chronic arthritis I had developed became severe osteoarthritis. Eventually the cartilage went away, and I dealt with bone-on-bone knee joints, severe swelling, and sharp pain every time I took a step. After suffering unending knee joint pain 24-7 for decades, and undergoing several arthroscopic surgeries to clean out the loose junk that was impeding the joints, removing torn meniscus tissue, and quarterly injections of artificial joint fluids, they finally decided enough is enough, and replaced both joints. Good and bad results. The chronic arthritis pain is gone, but my knees now are fairly unstable, flexing is difficult, kneeling down is impossible, and I often feel unsteady on my feet. I tend to fall sideways a lot, because the nerves were severed during the surgeries. Balance can be tough. It's a challenge some days.

All in, an ebike may not be something I'll be able to master, unless I go to a three-wheeler, where I can ride recumbent-style. We'll see. :)

Dave
 

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The Navy did it to me. Eleven of my twenty years I was stationed aboard ships, wearing steel-toed boots, walking on steel decks, climbing up and down steel ladders and steel stairwells. Not a good experience for this kid's knee joints. Then, near the end of my career, I fell down a ladder aboard ship and folded my legs up sideways - at the knees. I spent months learning how to walk again. My knee joints never forgave me, and the chronic arthritis I had developed became severe osteoarthritis. Eventually the cartilage went away, and I dealt with bone-on-bone knee joints, severe swelling, and sharp pain every time I took a step. After suffering unending knee joint pain 24-7 for decades, and undergoing several arthroscopic surgeries to clean out the loose junk that was impeding the joints, removing torn meniscus tissue, and quarterly injections of artificial joint fluids, they finally decided enough is enough, and replaced both joints. Good and bad results. The chronic arthritis pain is gone, but my knees now are fairly unstable, flexing is difficult, kneeling down is impossible, and I often feel unsteady on my feet. I tend to fall sideways a lot, because the nerves were severed during the surgeries. Balance can be tough. It's a challenge some days.

All in, an ebike may not be something I'll be able to master, unless I go to a three-wheeler, where I can ride recumbent-style. We'll see. :)

Dave
that doesn't sound good for ebike riding (or regular bike riding) :(
 
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that doesn't sound good for ebike riding (or regular bike riding) :(
I expected it'd be a challenge. I ride a stationary bike at the gym, where I can adjust the seat and pedal distances enough. If I can adjust things on the ebike so my legs can extend enough to do what they need to do, I may be okay. Still working on that. Starting and stopping might be an issue, since I'd have to step off the pedals properly to support the weight of the bike. It may be a case of forcing the joints to flex enough to make the pedals work right, and building new muscles to keep things stable. And at the end of the day, if I can't figure out how to make it work, then I'll know this is something I'll have to give up. I'm not looking to do big time off-road trail riding, just on streets and paved paths in my neighborhood. There has to be a way...

Question for those of you who know more: Do they make three-wheeler electric bikes? Can the mechanics of this one be adapted to a three-wheel bike? Hmm. I'll have to research that. Might be a business opportunity to explore.

Dave
 

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I expected it'd be a challenge. I ride a stationary bike at the gym, where I can adjust the seat and pedal distances enough. If I can adjust things on the ebike so my legs can extend enough to do what they need to do, I may be okay. Still working on that. Starting and stopping might be an issue, since I'd have to step off the pedals properly to support the weight of the bike. It may be a case of forcing the joints to flex enough to make the pedals work right, and building new muscles to keep things stable. And at the end of the day, if I can't figure out how to make it work, then I'll know this is something I'll have to give up. I'm not looking to do big time off-road trail riding, just on streets and paved paths in my neighborhood. There has to be a way...

Question for those of you who know more: Do they make three-wheeler electric bikes? Can the mechanics of this one be adapted to a three-wheel bike? Hmm. I'll have to research that. Might be a business opportunity to explore.

Dave
I was just going to suggest an electric trike Dave, I have been researching one for my wife. They make sit up and recumbent. Here is one site that makes a variety. I haven’t found a dealer yet that has samples to try out.



My wife has been released from physical therapy, they told her there has been no progress in the last 3 months, she has plateaued. She still is unsteady on her feet and cant ride a 2wheeler, I have her bike on a stand she pedals it in the garage. We just ordered a treadmill for her to work on walking stride, the right leg still doesn’t perform like it used to. She has a procedure scheduled in October, the IR DR is going to view the anuersym repairs he did in March, after that we will get her an etrike so she can join me again on rides.

PS, check out this site for reviews, they have a lot of details and utube videos.



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I was just going to suggest an electric trike Dave, I have been researching one for my wife. They make sit up and recumbent. Here is one site that makes a variety. I haven’t found a dealer yet that has samples to try out.



My wife has been released from physical therapy, they told her there has been no progress in the last 3 months, she has plateaued. She still is unsteady on her feet and cant ride a 2wheeler, I have her bike on a stand she pedals it in the garage. We just ordered a treadmill for her to work on walking stride, the right leg still doesn’t perform like it used to. She has a procedure scheduled in October, the IR DR is going to view the anuersym repairs he did in March, after that we will get her an etrike so she can join me again on rides.

PS, check out this site for reviews, they have a lot of details and utube videos.



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Thanks, Dave. I'll definitely check into these. I appreciate it!

Dave
 

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The Navy did it to me. Eleven of my twenty years I was stationed aboard ships, wearing steel-toed boots, walking on steel decks, climbing up and down steel ladders and steel stairwells. Not a good experience for this kid's knee joints. Then, near the end of my career, I fell down a ladder aboard ship and folded my legs up sideways - at the knees. I spent months learning how to walk again. My knee joints never forgave me, and the chronic arthritis I had developed became severe osteoarthritis. Eventually the cartilage went away, and I dealt with bone-on-bone knee joints, severe swelling, and sharp pain every time I took a step. After suffering unending knee joint pain 24-7 for decades, and undergoing several arthroscopic surgeries to clean out the loose junk that was impeding the joints, removing torn meniscus tissue, and quarterly injections of artificial joint fluids, they finally decided enough is enough, and replaced both joints. Good and bad results. The chronic arthritis pain is gone, but my knees now are fairly unstable, flexing is difficult, kneeling down is impossible, and I often feel unsteady on my feet. I tend to fall sideways a lot, because the nerves were severed during the surgeries. Balance can be tough. It's a challenge some days.

All in, an ebike may not be something I'll be able to master, unless I go to a three-wheeler, where I can ride recumbent-style. We'll see. :)

Dave
Wow Dave that's just brutal. Really brutal. I'll spare you with my knee issues but they pale in comparison to yours.
 
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