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wa8yxm

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Posted: 06/25/20 04:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beleive it or not they make conversion kits.
Basically and electric powered FRONT wheel. the rear wheel is not affected so you can pedal assist.


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I've read all the posts and only one thing I can add. I watched a video on You Tube about a couple who who buying E bikes and one thing he said that made sense to me was if you are getting to the old age bracket like he was, You might want to look at getting a the frame known as a girls bike since you may have trouble getting your leg over the seat to mount the bike. it is easier to put your leg through the bike frame then over the seat. just my 2 cents here

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Posted: 06/25/20 05:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wa8yxm wrote:

Beleive it or not they make conversion kits.
Basically and electric powered FRONT wheel. the rear wheel is not affected so you can pedal assist.


I think you are trying to help. But that is not pedal assist and would not be allowed on trails that only allow pedal assist.

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mobeewan wrote:

I bought a Powerwagon by Rad Power Bikes. I haven't used it yet but I plan on getting it out on the road this weekend. I bought it because it is the only one rated to carry over 270 pounds. It is rated for 350 pounds. Right now I am about 335 lbs wearing clothes. I believe all Rad Power Bikes are using 750mA motors. Lectric and other e-bikes are using 500mA motors.

I bought it because I have severe arthritis. Currently both my knees have bone against bone with bone spurs and no cartilage.

I ordered the bike before I was told that they will do a knee replacement on me. I was hoping to use it for exercise to help lose weight since walking has become an issue. My left knee is constantly swolen and I have to continually take prescription Anti-inflammatories and occasionally need pain killers which my primary doctor will no longer subscribe for me.

I've had cortisone shots ins both knees which have not given any relief and the orthopedic doctor said are not working. The orthopedic doctor put in with my insurance to get the artificial cartilage shot which the insurance will no authorize. So now we're going with the next option which is surgery as soon as I am medically cleared. I am hoping to get the replacement done on my left knee in September and the right one done by next spring.

In the mean time I plan on using the bicycle to work on losing weight which is why I originally bought it. My plan has been to use it to ride as far as I can and use the motor to return home if I can't pedal to get back home. If all goes well and I lose enough weight I plan on buying a folding e-bike by next summer. I am looking at getting a folding e-bike next by either Rad Power or Lectric.


The one thing that could frustrate you is these bikes are very heavy. So the non power part of the ride may not be as enjoyable as you think. Assuming it is a trail that is not entirely flat. But try it out and see if it works for you. Cycling is very good for weight loss and easy on the joint providing you fit the bike correctly to your body. Good luck on your rehabilitation.

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mobeewan wrote:

I bought a Powerwagon by Rad Power Bikes. I haven't used it yet but I plan on getting it out on the road this weekend. I bought it because it is the only one rated to carry over 270 pounds. It is rated for 350 pounds. Right now I am about 335 lbs wearing clothes. I believe all Rad Power Bikes are using 750mA motors. Lectric and other e-bikes are using 500mA motors.

I bought it because I have severe arthritis. Currently both my knees have bone against bone with bone spurs and no cartilage.

I ordered the bike before I was told that they will do a knee replacement on me. I was hoping to use it for exercise to help lose weight since walking has become an issue. My left knee is constantly swolen and I have to continually take prescription Anti-inflammatories and occasionally need pain killers which my primary doctor will no longer subscribe for me.

I've had cortisone shots ins both knees which have not given any relief and the orthopedic doctor said are not working. The orthopedic doctor put in with my insurance to get the artificial cartilage shot which the insurance will no authorize. So now we're going with the next option which is surgery as soon as I am medically cleared. I am hoping to get the replacement done on my left knee in September and the right one done by next spring.

In the mean time I plan on using the bicycle to work on losing weight which is why I originally bought it. My plan has been to use it to ride as far as I can and use the motor to return home if I can't pedal to get back home. If all goes well and I lose enough weight I plan on buying a folding e-bike by next summer. I am looking at getting a folding e-bike next by either Rad Power or Lectric.


I'm an avid cyclist who also has severe arthritis and I also have been completely bone on bone, in both knees, for the past 10 years. I've had a total of 7 knee surgeries, 4 on the left and 3 on the right. this is why I'm bone on bone.
But I'm very fortunate that I have very little pain. Stiffness and swelling, YES. The cortisone shots only work for a week or two.
I can still ride my mountain bike and road bike, even though I'm more limited.
Because I don't have enough pain to go with knee replacements, i choose to just continue to going forward until the pain level rises higher to force me to go with replacements.
I did fall in love with the Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike but paying $5000 and up for a new bike, just isn't doable. Right now, i wouldn't be happy with anything in a lower price and performance range.


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Posted: 06/25/20 07:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From the FS web page-


Where are e-bikes currently allowed on national forests and grasslands?


Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes and electric mountain bicycles (eMTBs) are allowed on approximately 60,000 miles or nearly 40 percent of trails on national forests and grasslands. These vehicles are also allowed on thousands of miles of roads on national forests and grasslands at maintenance level 2, 3, or 4.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/e-bikes

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For heavy people or people with bad backs/knee etc. the Day 6 semi recumbent bikes have bids rated for 400 pounds. Also large frames.

You can get either mid drive (motor on front crank) vs hub motor. Mid motor lets you use the gears powered by the motor. You can shift under motor power

The are not as heavy as they look.

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I bought a RAD City in 2017 and a RAD City Step Thru in 2018. We love them, inexpensive and amazing customer service.


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Bought the first production run of the Sondors Smart Step below, a foldable e-bike from one of the larger direct to consumer manufacturers. Parts are readily available which was an important consideration? Shipping was also included via UPS, and comes mostly assembled so was quick and straightforward. Though don't have enough miles yet to determine long term reliability?

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Big Katuna wrote:

Our friends bought a pair of foldable fat tire ebikes for $900 each.

They have had the most several months and used them several times weekly on long rides. Very happy.

Www.lectricebikes.com


I have one and really like it. They are good well-built bikes at an incredible price point, and the company has excellent customer service.

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