an electric bike for the lake

6zfshdb

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A cool product! I wonder what the range is and how heavy a rider it will support.

It would be a more innovative product if it also had wheels making it a true amphibious vehicle.
 

Art Deco

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At least it's actually waterproof. Looks like it requires a pretty fit rider to get started.
 

Alex M

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The only value here is probably in the eye of beholder - for people who want to pedal on water in a bike-like fashion.

Hobie pedal kayaks, albeit non electrical, are MUCH more user-friendly. Stable, easier to start, no problems with balance when stopping, you're sitting in semi-recumbent position with a backrest, using your big leg muscles, and can carry all the stuff you want. There is an electric motor for those who need one - not with "PAS", just a throttle, with 900 AH waterproof battery.
 

Art Deco

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I imagine PAS in the water is probably useless. No hills, no gears, etc.
 

Art Deco

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IDK if I'd really like riding it, but the concept of a pedal powered jetski appeals.
 

6zfshdb

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I don't see why you couldn't use an e-bike on this rig instead:

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It's pricey at $1600 but I'm sure it will be cheaper than the hydrofoil bike.
 

theemartymac

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I don't see why you couldn't use an e-bike on this rig instead:

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It's pricey at $1600 but I'm sure it will be cheaper than the hydrofoil bike.
Because the first time you tip, and you WILL tip eventually, you'll ruin your standard bike electronics instantly, lol. But ya, it at least needs some outrigger pontoons because if you can't stop and start at will it won't have any chance of being successful.
 

Mike TowpathTraveler

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A bit bigger lake (or waterway) than the above toys are designed for. Think of the wake ...
Art, that's the Delaware River, but it would not stop anyone owning one of those things in trying. On this stretch, a ship like that one is nowhere near up to speed due to the tight constrained channel and the number of private docks and piers requiring a slow speed. But that tug there, that's another thing as it can throw a good 3 to 5 foot high wake when up to speed.

I really believe that a good ebike drive like a Yamaha or Bosch, engineered into a pedal drive terminating in a drive shaft and prop or lower unit as on the Hobie, all contained in a traditional v hull rowboat design, is a serious thing to consider, compared to that thing that features no practicality whatsoever when out on the water!
 

Art Deco

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Art, that's the Delaware River, but it would not stop anyone owning one of those things in trying. On this stretch, a ship like that one is nowhere near up to speed due to the tight constrained channel and the number of private docks and piers requiring a slow speed. But that tug there, that's another thing as it can throw a good 3 to 5 foot high wake when up to speed.

I really believe that a good ebike drive like a Yamaha or Bosch, engineered into a pedal drive terminating in a drive shaft and prop or lower unit as on the Hobie, all contained in a traditional v hull rowboat design, is a serious thing to consider, compared to that thing that features no practicality whatsoever when out on the water!
Honestly a real boat with an outboard or even a Jetski is a better choice. Just not as cool.
 

Dallant

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There are cost concerns. I don’t know anything about watercraft but doesn’t a jetski require a registration and wouldn’t you need a trailer to haul them around?
 

Art Deco

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Around here I believe that registration is required for any "powered watercraft". And I've never seen a jetski that would fit in a van or pickup, but they probably exist. But yes, expensive toys indeed.
 

Taylor57

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I don't see why you couldn't use an e-bike on this rig instead:

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It's pricey at $1600 but I'm sure it will be cheaper than the hydrofoil bike.
I would just rent a boat
 

antboy

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I don't see why you couldn't use an e-bike on this rig instead:

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It's pricey at $1600 but I'm sure it will be cheaper than the hydrofoil bike.
There's a stupid part of my brain that still wants to get this, paired with an e-bike with a throttle, of course. :)
 

6zfshdb

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There's a stupid part of my brain that still wants to get this, paired with an e-bike with a throttle, of course. :)
It's true, e-bikes and water don't mix. There would certainly be some risk with this product but the pontoon design looks like it would be pretty stable in relatively calm water. I would worry about a puncture more than tipping over. The thing to do would be to try it out with a conventional bike first to see how stable it really is.


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