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  1. Chicagoland Ebikes

    Wall Street Journal weighs in on ebikes blurring the lines with cars

    Here is an ebike article from the wall street journal today.
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    Need an ebike that will climb a stiff grade on my commute

    Hi Dan, Kaldeem is correct. Anything over 750w is not street legal...thus generally not in mass production. See laws here. Also, keep in mind that the trade-off of a larger motor is that it will draw more power from the battery…thereby reducing range. There are lots of factors to consider...
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    Need an ebike that will climb a stiff grade on my commute

    I agree with Ben, the juiced rider ODK as I mentioned in another post in a beast of a tugboat. The battery is 48v 20Ah, and 500w motor. They are back in stock in about 3 weeks: http://www.juicedriders.com …only prob is the budget may not work. Hope you find a dog that hunts like a Golden...
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    TranzX (throttle type) drives vs gear obsession (Bosch/others)..what am I missing?

    ;) I'll pass along the message Rusty. Sounds like a wicked fun spec.
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    Backtracker Radar Light Detects Cars and Flashes to Protect Cyclists

    The one you have looks like a good value to me..thanks! ;) I also saw this review that compares…and combines it with another. "Comparison between the RADBOT 1000 and the new Planet Bike Superflash TURBO. When I was trying to figure out how these two compare I could not find any review about...
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    Shipping E-bike Battery

    Spellcheck keeps that the "e" off ebike. It's an bike shop that just opened this year I believe. Nice guys…Roy and John maybe?
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    Shipping E-bike Battery

    http://ebikeshawaii.com This is a father/son team bike shop in the islands…maybe they can help. Good luck!
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    Help choosing...knowledge challenge! : )

    Hey Ben, Nothing wrong with the IZIP Metro at all. Currie is a great company that will back there products. Budget was the only consideration with that…not sure it can be done with shipping at your price but with the new models coming soon it may be possible. Send me a PM and I will check it...
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    Demo Problem

    Rojagrande, Total bummer that they wouldn't let you try the ebikes…that's crazy. Next season we are going to events all over Chicagoland and offering test rides…to help educate people about ebikes….most people here in the midwest have never even heard of electric bikes…and even fewer have...
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    TranzX (throttle type) drives vs gear obsession (Bosch/others)..what am I missing?

    Rusty, So true! My Bosch dishwasher is annoying weak. I would never say that to my Nordic pal who is the CEO for Bosch North America. He rips into me though all the time about saying any ebike that doesn't have a Bosch system is s**t. You should have seen him smiling and zipping around one...
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    All new BH 2015 models line up.

    I know Prodeco was thinking a year ago had concept bikes for both a police frame and fat tire with two motors…wonder why they didn't pursue that?
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    All new BH 2015 models line up.

    two motors = twice the F-U-N! Sweeet!
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    Electric Bike Carrier Racks

    There Thule grabs the seat post as well (but not frame). Others like the Thule are the Saris super clamp http://www.saris.com It carries to 2 bikes up to 60 lbs., doesn't make contact with the frame and has a $40 fat tire add on. Doesn't have a ramp that I can see, but can be bought for...
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    Thinking about winter commuting already - Surface 604 Electric

    Oh…and I grew up in the north burbs as well…Skokie…now in the Western burbs. :)
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    Thinking about winter commuting already - Surface 604 Electric

    Hey Tom, You absolutely need to care for your battery in the winter, but pretty simple stuff. As I mentioned, do not store it in cold temps. In general, most LiIon batteries are recommended to be stored at 70% or so. You should top off the battery every month (some say 3…but I think once a...
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    All new BH 2015 models line up.

    I hope they bring the "Snow" to the US market. We get plenty of that in Chicago in the winter. :) A front & rear motor is a cool concept.
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    Thinking about winter commuting already - Surface 604 Electric

    Hi Tom, By winterize, do you mean store it for the winter, or do you mean make it more road ready for the winter? For starters, if you live in a colder climate (like us in Chi-town) batteries should be stored indoors or at least in a heated garage. Cold (or extreme) temps can adversely effect...
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    Electric Bike Carrier Racks

    I have a 2 bike rack with a 2" hitch by Hollywood. It is e-bike specific to carry 80 lbs per bike and costs about $400. My bike go on and off the rack a LOT and it was hard to get the heavy ebike in the rear at times. Also the rubber around the hok that holds the frame in place wore threw...
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    Anti theft GPS

    Protecting our awesome and value electric bikes is always an issue so I wanted to share this info. There is a pretty cool device by a UK company available for direct purchase online called Spybike: (Link Removed - No Longer Exists) Spybike cost $150-160 and comes in either a seat post...
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    E-Bike Research

    I thought is was a crazy marketing decision when Stromer removed the throttle for the US market. While I understand that outside the UK most of Europe does not allow throttle controlled ebikes….here is America that isn't the case. The cost of adding a half twist throttle is about $5 or less...