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School me on electric bicycles?

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    School me on electric bicycles?


    I have been thinking about picking up an electric bicycle or electric skateboard as a 'pit bike' for next year. I want to leave it in the bed of my truck all summer (I have a locking tonneau cover) as I don't want to clutter the trailer and will charge it at the track as needed.

    - How much should I expect to spend?
    - Any particular brands or models I should look at? A cursory google brings up "anker" or "rad" as companies offering electric bicycles?
    - I assume that because its meant to only be a pit bike, I don't have to worry too much about range or battery capacity. Is that true?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Had one a long time, built from a hub motor kit, later upgraded with a 48V LiFe battery. Mid-drives have replaced hub motors except at the low end.

    Are you on Advrider? There’s a lengthy thread there, plus most bike forums have an eBike forum.

    You might consider a folder.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    I recently got to demo most of the Fifield ebikes. They are a fucking hoot.
    Their folder was okay. But the real fun was the 500W fattie they had. I can't wheelie anything. Fortunately I was at the demo with a kid who can. He was able to loft the 500W fattie and hang 'em for days. Super fun.
    They had a couple more skinny tire roadie type setups too. One was some sort of custom with a ton of power. Somewhat shockingly quick.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    I have and rode a Geo Orbital all summer from Cambridge to west Medford commuter rail then from wilmington station to Tewksbury almost everyday. about a 20 mile round trip.

    here is the thread I had going on it need some bicycle help / suggestion for solving a problem

    second to last post are my thoughts on it a picture of the bike i rode

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    one of my friends uses one to get into his deer hunting spot, instead of his ATV cause it' quiet

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Ya got a Baller truck, ya need a Baller pit bike, I say GO BIG WHEEL

    School me on electric bicycles?-elecbigwheel-jpg

    28MPH top speed and full digital gauge Luna Big Wheel - Luna Cycle

    or bad ass quality mini scooter

    School me on electric bicycles?-elecscot1-jpg

    One Mile Scooter - Luna Cycle

    take a look around the site, some cool fat bikes and a top quality folding bike

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    I have owned 2 Neo Jumpers for 2 years now. you can expect to pay from $1500 to $5000 for a quality e-bike. I suggest a visit to E-Bike of New England. they will let you demo a few.
    Easy Motion Neo 650B Jumper Review - Prices, Specs, Videos, Photos
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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

    I'm thinking electric skateboards are more my budget. I have zero interest in commuting or leisure bicycling or any form of remotely related physical activity that may make spending serious coin on a bicycle worthwhile.

    I wasn't cool enough as a kid to have a skateboard. This may be my time.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Have you ridden a hover board before? Stupid amount of fun, would work great at the track. Also, have you ever seen hover board fail videos? *Most* people who haven't been on one before and try and jump on one result in instant hilarity....great theft deterrent for your garage mates who like to steal your pit bike. This one here is an "off road" model with 10" tires. Just think, when you're out overlanding in the Rappy you can whip this thing out of the bed during trail breaks and buzz around.
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    No electric unicycle for you though. Rick Breen has that locked up.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    Have you ridden a hover board before? Stupid amount of fun, would work great at the track. Also, have you ever seen hover board fail videos? *Most* people who haven't been on one before and try and jump on one result in instant hilarity....great theft deterrent for your garage mates who like to steal your pit bike. This one here is an "off road" model with 10" tires. Just think, when you're out overlanding in the Rappy you can whip this thing out of the bed during trail breaks and buzz around.
    Amazon.com : SWAGTRON T6 Off-Road Hoverboard - First in the World to Handle Over 380 LBS, Up to 12 MPH, UL2272 Certified, 10" Wheel (Black) : Sports & Outdoors

    No electric unicycle for you though. Rick Breen has that locked up.
    Interesting....! I have never been on one. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll research hover boards.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    Interesting....! I have never been on one. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll research hover boards.
    Gunnar has one. I tried it this year. Was hilariously fun.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Tons of fun. Fail videos are usually pretty good. Lots of broken tailbones and whiplash.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    If you want to roll like a boss you need a Segway.

    I would look hard at Razor scooters. Yeah they are made for kids but they are cheap and you can mod them a bit for adult use. You won't get huge range but it'll work. Plus they fold up real small.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    OK I got this bad boy recently - It's a Schwin S500 I believe. I bought it off of craigslist so I have no idea about what year, history etc.

    500 watts? Thing has more than enough juice to haul me around at a brisk pace. I was originally thinking of removing the seat and seat post, but upon using it, it's actually pretty comfy Handlebar folds and I keep it in the bed of the truck plugged into the outlet so it's always charging.

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Will it whoolie??

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    Re: School me on electric bicycles?

    Yamaha introduced their line last Fall, for sale this year.

    https://www.yamahabicycles.com/bikes/

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