New Ebikes for first time buyers for Seniors

Timpo

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Hate to sound like a car salesman or real estate person, but if you want to actually ride anything this year, you want to buy it asap. Every nice weather weekend now is going to deplete the in stock supply faster than last year. I bought a spare ebike last August because I realized I’d be dead in the water if my bike quit for some reason.

The stuff you’re looking at all passes muster from where I sit. 70 this summer, did just under 4000 miles last year. These things absolutely changed my life.
You have a good point though.

As weather gets nicer, people will be looking for ebikes even more.
I don't think supply chain is going to get better anytime soon.

I think the current wait time is well over a year.

Bolton Ebike on YouTube said that their manufacture in China can't keep up with the demand.
His batch order back in 2020 won't show up til the end of 2021 or early 2022.
 

indianajo

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The Allant+7 does not have Schrader valves, it has presta.
That is what court said in his 2020 review. Schrader. At least OP should be informed to check on this feature on the actual bikes in the store. It could have changed.
 

steve mercier

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I found a trek bike shop with (2) Allant+ 7 low step and (1) Allant+ 7s stagger. Now I just need to decide 2 Allant+ 7 low steps or 1 low step and 1 Allant+ 7s stagger. Plan to buy when they open.
That sounds good! If you can imagine riding this bike in 10 years... will you be glad you got the low step then? I imagine in ten years I will need something like a step thru. We cannot all be athletic into our late 70's and 80,s like David Berry.
 
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Dallant

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That is what court said in his 2020 review. Schrader. At least OP should be informed to check on this feature on the actual bikes in the store. It could have changed.
I never heard him say that. If he did he was wrong, as sometimes happens. I own two Allant+7. They are prestas. The idea that some folks go on about stuff they personally know nothing about while “advising“ people should stop.
 

Dallant

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I found a trek bike shop with (2) Allant+ 7 low step and (1) Allant+ 7s stagger. Now I just need to decide 2 Allant+ 7 low steps or 1 low step and 1 Allant+ 7s stagger. Plan to buy when they open.
Best of luck! Its worth mentioning that the Lowstep is NOT compatible with the Range Boost system, should you be wanting that in the future.
 

Latitude

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Best of luck with your purchases. I don’t think you can go wrong with the Allants. Trek is very reliable. As a 66 year old short person, I will never regret going with a low-step bike.
 

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Dallant

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Best of luck with your purchases. I don’t think you can go wrong with the Allants. Trek is very reliable. As a 66 year old short person, I will never regret going with a low-step bike.
I’m still throwing my leg up over the horse...at least for now!
 

creativepart

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I'm 71 and I have trouble throwing my leg over my bike - well, it's not the bike it's the saddle bag I've put on the back to hold my chain, lock, water bottle and a ball cap. It has tire repair stuff in one side pocket and a light rain jacket in the other side pocket.

I put a hand on one brake lever to hold the bike steady. Then I lean the bike way over toward me and throw my leg over the bag and on to the pedal. I know I could do it easier without the bag but I have a need for just about everything in it.

It's not some trivial issue. I can manage but I'm not getting younger. I'm fine at traffic lights I can straddle the frame... just barely. It's mounting that's tough, dismounting not so much

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jengels

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Again thanks for everyone’s feedback.

Would love to get the Allant+ 7s stagger so I could have the extra speed (class 3, 28mph), but should I be worried that class 3 is not legal on Minnesota state bike paths, only class 1 and 2 (20 mph limit)?
 

harryS

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Would love to get the Allant+ 7s stagger so I could have the extra speed (class 3, 28mph), but should I be worried that class 3 is not legal on Minnesota state bike paths, only class 1 and 2 (20 mph limit)?
Nope. I wouldn't worry at all, The only thing I worry about up there is making sure any fish I have in my boat are legal.
 

jengels

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Ok purchased the Trek Allant+ 7 low step and Allant+ 7s stagger. Now next step get trailer hitch on my Honda CRV and find a ebike rack.

Here’s a list of what I found so far:
1. Thule XT EasyFOLD XT
2. Kuat NV 2.0
3. Saris MTR

Looking for the best ebike rack for low step ebike with fenders that will be secure and stable. Open to any other recommendations as well.
 

L Johnston

New Member
Again thanks for everyone’s feedback.

Would love to get the Allant+ 7s stagger so I could have the extra speed (class 3, 28mph), but should I be worried that class 3 is not legal on Minnesota state bike paths, only class 1 and 2 (20 mph limit)?
I wrestled with the same issue (Moved from MN to Milwaukee 5 years ago) here in WI. It however becomes very difficult when trails frequently dump out on to sections of urban streets for interconnection. In those interconnected routs it is often helpful to have the extra speed capability in a defensive sense. I always thought the likely issue was a independent throttle, but you are right, it is class 3. My folks at the local REI seemed to think that there were few around on the local trail system that could discern between the bikes and non big deal? I think it really has to do with sensible and courteous riding. Don’t weave in and out in heavy traffic. Always announce “on your ‘left’”, etc. when going to pass any type of traffic. Don’t ride two abreast where there is not space and lots of traffic. I’m always amazed at the lack courtesy on the trails, and that has nothing to do with bike types. I’m more concerned when I show up at Yellowstone and someone says I can’t ride my bike. I think in the future the only way to deal with it if there are issues will be to have speed limits? I thought the original issue for limitation was the trail surface i.e. mountain bike trails that they didn’t want torn up with the extra torque? People just need to be respectful of the capabilities. Good luck with your purchase this morning.
Ok purchased the Trek Allant+ 7 low step and Allant+ 7s stagger. Now next step get trailer hitch on my Honda CRV and find a ebike rack.

Here’s a list of what I found so far:
1. Thule XT EasyFOLD XT
2. Kuat NV 2.0
3. Saris MTR

Looking for the best ebike rack for low step ebike with fenders that will be secure and stable. Open to any other recommendations as well.
Congratulations. You are looking at the same racks I am. I’ve settled on the EasyFold, but as I understand it too may be difficult to find. Again congratulations on your bikes.
 

Dallant

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Ok purchased the Trek Allant+ 7 low step and Allant+ 7s stagger. Now next step get trailer hitch on my Honda CRV and find a ebike rack.

Here’s a list of what I found so far:
1. Thule XT EasyFOLD XT
2. Kuat NV 2.0
3. Saris MTR

Looking for the best ebike rack for low step ebike with fenders that will be secure and stable. Open to any other recommendations as well.
Our Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE from etrailer.com holds our two Allants. We use one of these bars on the Lowstep and it works perfectly.
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harryS

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Congrats on the new bikes! And a double congrat on owning a Honda CRV. If its a newer model, you can get a Class 3 hitch installed on it, and be able to handle any 2" rack.

I was pondering a Honda Passport upgrade to our VW in the future, but now this opens up the CRV again as a replacement.
 

GenXrider

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Again thanks for everyone’s feedback.

Would love to get the Allant+ 7s stagger so I could have the extra speed (class 3, 28mph), but should I be worried that class 3 is not legal on Minnesota state bike paths, only class 1 and 2 (20 mph limit)?
I was interested in those as well. In addition to the 28 mph limit, the 7s has a larger chainring, which I prefer.
 

L Johnston

New Member
I wrestled with the same issue (Moved from MN to Milwaukee 5 years ago) here in WI. It however becomes very difficult when trails frequently dump out on to sections of urban streets for interconnection. In those interconnected routs it is often helpful to have the extra speed capability in a defensive sense. I always thought the likely issue was a independent throttle, but you are right, it is class 3. My folks at the local REI seemed to think that there were few around on the local trail system that could discern between the bikes and non big deal? I think it really has to do with sensible and courteous riding. Don’t weave in and out in heavy traffic. Always announce “on your ‘left’”, etc. when going to pass any type of traffic. Don’t ride two abreast where there is not space and lots of traffic. I’m always amazed at the lack courtesy on the trails, and that has nothing to do with bike types. I’m more concerned when I show up at Yellowstone and someone says I can’t ride my bike. I think in the future the only way to deal with it if there are issues will be to have speed limits? I thought the original issue for limitation was the trail surface i.e. mountain bike trails that they didn’t want torn up with the extra torque? People just need to be respectful of the capabilities. Good luck with your purchase this morning.

Congratulations. You are looking at the same racks I am. I’ve settled on the EasyFold, but as I understand it too may be difficult to find. Again congratulations on your bikes.
I’ve done a little bit of looking and it seems like waitlist everywhere for the Thule Easyfold XT 2. If anyone knows of someone with supply, let me know.
 

jengels

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USA
Our Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE from etrailer.com holds our two Allants. We use one of these bars on the Lowstep and it works perfectly.
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After researching all the ebike racks I've decided I like the following 2 racks (sturdy and cost).
1. Hollywood Sports Rider SE. $449.00
2. Hollywood Racks RV Rider $569.00 ( a little more expensive, but uses clamps to secure vs. hook)

Both will handle heavy ebikes (80 lbs. / ebike)

Dallant: Hey thanks for your feedback on this, liked your idea of using the bars on the low step and stagger bikes. Now just need to figure out which option I like the most and get an order in so I'm in the wait list. Sounds like it will be at least 2 months wait.
What was your experience with ordering thru trailer.com?

Finally, Thanks to everyone's comments and feedback on ebike choices and ebike racks. It helped a lot in making decisions on what to buy. I'll be using this site to discover more information on ebike accessories and owner maintenance tips.
 
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Taylor57

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As a senior citizen ebike owner (2 Espin and 1 Lectric) and a Frey CC on the way, my advice to a fellow geezer is to just pull the trigger and get movin. Buy an ebike. Hell, it may break. You may be out 1500-3000, but just do it. Chances are, you will be fine. You will feel the wind in your hair again, you will see your neighborhood or village and be happy you are mobile. The worst thing you can do is come to this forum and wait for any of us yahoos to tell you which bike is right. Take the plunge and thank us all later. Oh, and buy a helmet...