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Old 01-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Electric Bikes

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with electric bikes?

I went out to a national recreation area last weekend. I hiked down to a point on the lake where it is peaceful and quiet. There are no motorized vehicles allowed. It's a nesting area for bald eagles (didn't see any). Anyway, I had to hike back out, and it occured to me it would be much easier on a dirt bike.... and from there to an electric bike...

anyway, I thought it might be neat to have one...
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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I got nothing, but I'm intrigued by them too. There was a pic in Girls and Bikes of a gal on a Brammo that cost me three hours of my life a couple weekends ago

My interest is much like yours, I would want it mostly as a Sumo for buzzing the cramp county roads around me. I think for that use the limited range wouldn't really be an issue.

In their current state of range none of them would work for my commute (if I went to the office often enough to buy a dedicated commuter) as my one way trip is 40 miles. A claimed 100 mi range would not give me warm and fuzzy on making it home and I have no way to charge it while at work.

Neat idea, just waiting on them to mainstream
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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I really like them as a city bike but since I'm 20+ miles out of town they really aren't an option. But we may be moving into Santa Cruz in a couple- three years...
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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Seems they've hit the range and speed threshold where they are actually useful.

I live in the city, it would be perfect, except I'd have to drag the battery inside to charge it, no place to charge in the garage.

That part sucks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:21 AM   #5
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Took a test ride on a zero S - it's a peppy, quick bike.

I'd take the zero DS if I was going to buy one - the problem is the price, just really too expensive for what you get

If price was no issue it would make a fun city bike, but I can get a speed triple R for less, so it's a tough sell

I still may pick one up someday though
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