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Posted: 06/28/19 08:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wanted: relatively light 8+speed battery assist e-bike under $2500. My main concern: 500 watt battery needs to be on more than one manufacturer so can find a replacement 10 years down the road. Anybody know which brands might fit this bill?


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I live in area with steep hills and my Raleigh Sprite is the ticket...takes me up with ease! However, when I tried taking it in the toad on camping trips, it is very heavy and I strained to lift it by myself into the back of the CRV. I felt hernia like pains in my abdomen area...have decided to go back to taking the pedal bike (much lighter) when camping. The other thing I notice is that even with the longer range of the ebike, I am still limited by the amount of time my butt can spend on that bike seat! I also notice that you don't get much of a workout with the ebike.

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Which of these bikes are easiest to pedal once the battery is discharged? Are they as easy to pedal as a regular mountain bike?

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I saw an ad from Costco for a stand-up electric scooter from Segway that looks like high quality, 15mph,long range $599. May be shown in your local store.

Segway Ninebot ES3 KickScooter With Dual Battery

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We have taken my Honda Trail 90 motorcycle mounted on an aluminum hitch rack, but at 188 lbs it is a little too heavy and awkward to load and unload for us now at 80 years old. I have a Pride Go Go Elite Traveler portable mobility scooter that comes apart in three pieces. I may take it with us for running to the camp store, etc. It's parts fit in our large cargo bay. I still use the scooter while very slowly recovering from knee replacement surgery. As an alternative, we may take one or two regular aluminum frame step through lady's cruiser bicycles on a bike rack. I would recommend that campers use an electric bike that can carry a few groceries from the camp store.

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Wonderful website for ebikes: electricbikereview.com tons of info on their forum. Geared hub drive motors have less drag for pedal only mode. I learned that batteries can be rebuilt.

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UPDATE: Got the the Aventon Pace 500 ebike, $1400, 8 speed, 500wh battery, Class 3 power assist up to 28mph, 20mph with throttle only. They also make a 7 speed for $999. The 8 speed works well with no assist on level ground, nice to have the assist on hills. No suspension fork, but suspension seat posts are available. Using a 9mm chain for security. weighs 52# with added bike rack and small commuter bag. Love the bike, especially for the price and quality.

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timmac wrote:

Big Katuna wrote:

I agree we’re in the Model T phase of laws and light enforcement.

As popularity grows and the number of bikes multiply and trails start to get more crowded and a few extreme riders cause issues THEN enforcement starts. Follow California laws.

They usually pave the way for the rest of the country.

Florida is regulating by watts that I know of but by speed.

If it goes over 20 it’s not legal on bike paths or sidewalks.

I’m going to end up with two. A 750 Watt beater and probably
A Motan Addmotor 1000W Bafang mid drive. Fat tires
100 mm adjustable dampened fork 1500w peak
Rated for 350 pounds.

It’s a beast.



I have the 1000 watt Bafang with a 52 volt battery pack and it gets up and fly's, you can upgrade the 30 amp controller to 50 amp and it will get up to 45 mph, seen it done however it will over heat the motor, the wattage law on electric bikes is not the issue on bike paths and such its the speed you drive, you can just hold back your speed when people/police are around and when its clear just let her rip.


My next bike will be 5000 watts, it can do 60+ mph.. [emoticon]

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old people ride 250 watt slow lame bikes [emoticon]


Well ... I'm an "old people" ... but still wish I could afford a side-oiler 427 Shelby Cobra.

I would like an ultra-high wattage ebike to take along on RV trips - but not for high bike speeds. What a monster lithium battery pack on an ebike would provide with low bike speeds is an ultra-long time between charges. I'd even like one limited by design to 20-25 MPH, but with a range as far above 100 miles as possible. [emoticon]


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Posted: 11/15/19 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are taking about electric powered vehicles intended to enhance camping/motorhoming enjoyment. Electric bikes and scooters that can do 60mph may have a legitimate use but such performance is not needed in typical RV facilities. Nothing really wrong with having extra power available except that, if misused, on purpose or accidentally, serious injury or damage to trails can result with further such use prohibited or controlled via mandatory instruction and licensing.

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