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Strategies for Seeking an E-bike

Posted by Franis on Tuesday, 12 January 2021, at 7:31 a.m.
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In response to 144642: E bike, posted by Terri 2 on Monday, 11 January 2021, at 5:11 a.m.

Yes, I had the same idea, to check all the local sources first - because the lithium batteries are tricky to get to Hawaii. Each e-bike has uniquely installed battery shapes.

I went to Bikeworks, they only had ONE e-bike that was folding. It was $1700 and it didn't have a disc brakes, bike stand, back rack, fenders, shocks, etc. that I considered to be essential. AND I'm finding these features in e-bikes that are HALF the price! (of course, this doesn't include shipping.)

My list of features is:
The features that these bikes mostly have that I want are:
1. the ability for mechanic on Big Island to fix and maintain
folding bike
2. all three features: Pedal assist, elec. totally off to be used as pedaled bike, elec. always on
3. white color if possible (I ride at night)
4. front fork shocks AND fat tires, (or shocks on back also. I can get a shock absorber seat post, but the shocks protect the bike from coming apart.)
5. fenders on both front and back tires, (I ride in rainy situations)
6. disc brakes (I ride in steep downhill situations)
7. back tire rack
8. 275lb. limit or higher.
9. at least an additional 50 lb. limit on back rack
10. rear and front lights, (light mounted lower near front wheel is preferable)
(a brake light would be nice, a horn or bell is nice but not necessary)
11. kickstand essential
12. fold-up pedals if possible
13. comes already assembled if possible, since it is folding
14. 48Volts, 10-17 amps with at least 30 mile range
15. battery locked when on bike, but able to be removed for charging
16. lower weight of entire bike is attractive - (aluminum frame)
17. "Step-through" frame is attractive (but not essential)

I went to Kona Sports (across from Honokahou harbor) - the people who work on Trek bikes. They were nice enough to give me a list of electric bike motors they would service - recommending I should get an e-bike with a motor on their list.
I'm going to use that same list idea, and go over to Hilo side and hit all the bike sales places there now!!

But what I still need - are the independent bike repair people who aren't affiliated with a store that anyone has used previously - even for just bike repair.


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