I had a couple friends who had been talking about getting ebikes for many years. So I decided to pull the trigger on. A Specialized Turbo Levo. It was really fun and got me riding more. I was hoping I could get the friends to buy one too but they were all talk. It was not real fun riding with other acoustic bikes. So I sold the bike after a year. Fortunately, pandemic crazy bike sales were going on and I was able to sell it for what I paid for it.
If I had a job where I just needed to bring a lunch with me and show up. I would definitely have a commuter ebike.
Wow that bike is a huge commitment of $. My Paselec G9 is not nearly as capable as your specialized. The G9 was $850 shipped to my door and is adequate for what I need atm.
I have Specialized Kenevo on order and should have it next week.
The plan is to use it mostly for the trail systems that use gravel roads to climb and trails to ride back down.
It will be interesting to see if I have enough will power to ride my analog bikes on the more cross country trails that I tend to enjoy.
Does anyone have any experience with these and using them on really steep hills or really long hills?
I have a cargo van that I won't need anymore 6 months from now. I'd like to sell it and replace it with an ebike for commuting. Here's a screenshot of the route:
The Google says it's 10 miles total. The section along the river is a nice flat dedicated bike path, but the highlighted section at the top is really really steep and the highlighted section at the bottom is one long hill.
My only experience with electric personal transportation are these rideshare public scooters we have here called scoobi scooters. My fiance and I (we're both small people, so combined we are about the weight of one overweight adult man) hopped on one downtown and tried to ride it home. It claimed a full charge with 20 miles of range, but when we hit that steep section of road it didn't even have the power to keep us moving uphill. We had to turn around and take a longer shallower grade home. In less than 3-4 miles we had completely drained the battery and had to walk the last half mile.
Should I expect similar usage from an ebike and plan on getting one with as massive a battery as possible? I can charge at work and at home so I really only need enough to get me 1 way.
I know I'll have to pedal, but I want it to be easy pedaling! Years ago I worked in a cube farm next to a guy who biked to work. He was usually gross, sweaty, and smelly when he arrived. I don't want to be that guy!