Help! Seeking a suitable long-distance touring bike for cross-country sojourn

heyskipper

New Member
Hello Everyone - I am brand new to this forum. I owned an electric RANS recumbent that I put a motor on several years ago so I am somewhat familiar with electric bikes.

I am planning a long cross-country trip in 2016 (via the American Discovery Trail-ADT). The ADT is around 3,200 miles from Delaware to California with over 50% road travel and 50% trail. Some trails are hiking trails which I plan to bypass to stay on pavement, but easy trail paths I would like to follow. I plan to try and pull a bike trailer with about 60 lbs. of stuff if possible.

I am a bit bewildered in looking at the variety of electric bikes that have come of age in the past few years.

Your advice please. Which electric bike brand/style/manufacturer should I consider for a cross country ride? I would prefer one that is tough and can stand up to a little punishment that is relatively uncomplicated and straight forward to maintain? Maybe there is not one that fulfills all these requirements, but I would like to get as close as I can to this ideal.

I am concerned that when I break down in the middle of nowhere I will have to depend on myself and/or a country bike shop to help me fix it. So a simple, tough, capable electric bike would be perfect.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Carl Jackson
Lake Forest, CA
 

RoyL

Active Member
One of your first considerations would be two batteries, and pretty hefty ones at that.
 

George S.

Well-Known Member
Cargo bike. Maybe a kit. Mid drive for hills. Big batteries like kit builders sell. Maybe solar. Parts to get to the next town. Consider Better World Club.
 

Ann M.

Well-Known Member
Question Carl, if you had converted a recumbent before, have you considered putting a higher wattage motor on a recumbent along with a couple of extra batteries? If the recumbent is the most comfortable bike for you now, then it's a good candidate for a long ride unless you spend a fair amount of time on a different design of bike. A small solar system like George S. mentioned doesn't have to be super expensive since that could be the charger for the extra battery (or 2) while you ride--even Harbor Freight has inexpensive solar kits with enough watts output to be useful.
 

Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
Hello Everyone - I am brand new to this forum. I owned an electric RANS recumbent that I put a motor on several years ago so I am somewhat familiar with electric bikes.

I am planning a long cross-country trip in 2016 (via the American Discovery Trail-ADT). The ADT is around 3,200 miles from Delaware to California with over 50% road travel and 50% trail. Some trails are hiking trails which I plan to bypass to stay on pavement, but easy trail paths I would like to follow. I plan to try and pull a bike trailer with about 60 lbs. of stuff if possible.

I am a bit bewildered in looking at the variety of electric bikes that have come of age in the past few years.

Your advice please. Which electric bike brand/style/manufacturer should I consider for a cross country ride? I would prefer one that is tough and can stand up to a little punishment that is relatively uncomplicated and straight forward to maintain? Maybe there is not one that fulfills all these requirements, but I would like to get as close as I can to this ideal.

I am concerned that when I break down in the middle of nowhere I will have to depend on myself and/or a country bike shop to help me fix it. So a simple, tough, capable electric bike would be perfect.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Carl Jackson
Lake Forest, CA

Sounds like a terrific adventure.
I will be starting around end of May from DC area.
Feel free to discuss the route and perhaps we could share the journey for few hundred miles.