New Ebikes for first time buyers for Seniors

Dallant

Well-Known Member
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.
I thought working with etrailer.com was very good. I’ve ordered two hitches and two racks from them and always got good prices and quick service. They have good use demos on their website. In the case of one hitch, the box was very badly beat up but the hitch itself just had some scratches. Probably due to the carrier vs etrailer.
On a different note, I forgot to re-attach and lock one of the Hollywood rack hooks and left it on the ground near my Rav. It was gone when I returned to the trailhead an hour later. I was able to get a replacement and have it keyed to match my existing rack so Hollywood Racks did well IMO also.
Best of luck!
 

jengels

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I thought working with etrailer.com was very good. I’ve ordered two hitches and two racks from them and always got good prices and quick service. They have good use demos on their website. In the case of one hitch, the box was very badly beat up but the hitch itself just had some scratches. Probably due to the carrier vs etrailer.
On a different note, I forgot to re-attach and lock one of the Hollywood rack hooks and left it on the ground near my Rav. It was gone when I returned to the trailhead an hour later. I was able to get a replacement and have it keyed to match my existing rack so Hollywood Racks did well IMO also.
Best of luck!
Hey Dallant,

Still waiting for the Hollywood ebike Rack to be back in stock (plan on buying soon as it is in stock). I have a question for you regarding ebike rack covers. Do you cover your ebikes when you travel? I've read a lot of comments regarding the pros and cons of covering vs not covering.
pros:
- protects the ebike from getting road dirt and debris in all the nooks and crannies of your bikes
- protects against rain (especially electrical components)
- security reasons
cons:
- covers flapping in the wind damages ebike paint
- gas mileage goes way down
- cover completely blocks license plate and car lights

Seems like half of the forum members say yes cover your ebikes when you travel and use straps and cargo nets so they don't flap to much in the wind. While the other half says don't cover except when you stay overnight to keep prying eyes from seeing that you have ebikes.

also what did you do to cover the battery opening when you transport the ebikes?
1. buy the Trek battery cover ($99 - kinda of expensive)
2. neoprene wrap cover ($36)
3. Saran Wrap
 

Dallant

Well-Known Member
Hey Dallant,

Still waiting for the Hollywood ebike Rack to be back in stock (plan on buying soon as it is in stock). I have a question for you regarding ebike rack covers. Do you cover your ebikes when you travel? I've read a lot of comments regarding the pros and cons of covering vs not covering.
pros:
- protects the ebike from getting road dirt and debris in all the nooks and crannies of your bikes
- protects against rain (especially electrical components)
- security reasons
cons:
- covers flapping in the wind damages ebike paint
- gas mileage goes way down
- cover completely blocks license plate and car lights

Seems like half of the forum members say yes cover your ebikes when you travel and use straps and cargo nets so they don't flap to much in the wind. While the other half says don't cover except when you stay overnight to keep prying eyes from seeing that you have ebikes.

also what did you do to cover the battery opening when you transport the ebikes?
1. buy the Trek battery cover ($99 - kinda of expensive)
2. neoprene wrap cover ($36)
3. Saran Wrap
I bought two of the neoprene wraps to cover the battery compartments and I carry them with me always when I use the rack. That said, I put together a system for my pickup truck that keeps them in the bed with a tall topper that locks to protect it for longer trips. I would consider a cover but would be concerned that the cops might ticket me if the license plate and lights are covered up.
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MikeDD

Well-Known Member
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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You need a dropper seatpost!! I am almost 71, 5'6", and ride a medium Specialized Turbo Levo.