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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6453
Location: Maine

9/10/20 2:00 PM

e-bike demo

I went over to the dark side yesterday (temporarily). The Bicycle Coalition was loaned some e-bikes and was offering demos, so I went over and rode a few. They didn't have any road bikes, so I rode a sort of hybrid and 2 Yuba cargo bikes, one with large front and rear racks, and one a full-on Belgian style, with a large wood box between the handlebar and front wheel.

My favorite was the big cargo bike, which I loved:

It handled really well and was a blast to ride. I can see the boost being handy with heavy hauling. It had a funky Enviolo continuously variable shifting system, which seemed to work pretty well. Great bike for groceries.

All the bikes had pedal assisted boost that cut out at 20 mph. It was kind of fun to add boost. One interesting quirk is that the bikes had a torque adjustment so if you pedal harder, the boost increases. So if I pedaled hard up a hill, the boost kicks up and I'd shift to a BIGGER gear!

You could manually vary the boost, including no boost.

I would actually consider one for utilitarian commuting/errand purposes. I don't feel as negatively as I did before about an assisted road bike for recreational purposes - the boost is not disruptive and it might be fun to take long rides without killing yourself - but I'm not ready to go there.

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Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2694
Location: hillbilly heaven

9/10/20 5:37 PM

Most people seem to like them after a test ride. Ive thought about one but the price kinda scares me. I dont ride outside much these days so that also limits my interest.

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Joined: 12 Jan 2004
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Location: Midland, MI

9/12/20 5:25 AM


but the price kinda scares me

That was the first question that came to mind. I wonder about the market for a cargo bike that costs in the $2K range. What was the price for that cargo bike?

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6453
Location: Maine

9/12/20 7:57 AM


The big electric cargo bike is $5,500. The same bike without e- is $2,500. May be a limited market, but either way I think itís a lot of bike for the $. Everything is top quality, and as I said it handles great which may be a function of a cable steering system. Laugh if you will, but Iím thinking about one.

Hey, I canít think of another way to justify a new bike!

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17947
Location: Portland, OR

9/12/20 9:41 AM

PDX is Cargo Bike heaven [hell?]. I see these types and human powered as the family trucksters frequently. The loads I have seen are unreal I can say..

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