Riding 8 miles+ each way, Monday-to-Friday, 600+ feet elavation. Doable?

Emmanuel

New Member
Hi there,

I'm planning to ride my bike to work following a route like this. The route is subject to change but, all in all:
  • About 13.26 km (8.25 miles) in one direction, multiply by two for coming back.
  • A max elevation of 187.15m (600+ feet).
  • I currently weight around 200+ lb a my height is around 6".
Some questions:
  • Will an ebike be sturdy (and the battery long lasting enough) to hold this duty cycle twice a day, Monday to Friday? (plus some more strolling on weekends probably :)
  • If yes, would this demand more frequent maintenance?
These seems like some rough requirements, specially considering the many hills (some of them quite steep) I'll have to go through.
  • Is there anything specific feature I should look for? (e.g. is a Mid-Drive Motor a must?)
  • Any recommended ebikes?
Thank so much!
 
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Shea N Encinitas

Active Member
Any 400 watt hour e-bike (typical rating) will handle that commute, you could probably even run at full power, but lower consumption will of course preserve more battery. You could take your charger to work just in case, until you get to know your bike but I'm looping 25 miles daily with similar specs & elevations. Test drive a few models, hub motors and mid-drives to get a feel for what is right for you. -S
 

George S.

Well-Known Member
Hi, I guess the first question is how well you could handle the ride if you didn't have an electric bike? If you mostly need the ebike to get up the hills, ride into the wind, a 500 watt hub motor should be fine, and batteries will not be much of an issue.

A lot depends on how much you want to spend. Right now there are good choices in many price categories. The cheap stuff is more proven because it comes out of China where they make the components in the millions. But the quality control is lower, and they aren't aiming for super high reliability. Some people ride ebikes very hard, mostly off road. That's a different set of standards.

If you are riding 15 miles a day on good or decent road surfaces, that should be normal duty expected of any electric bike. The motors are generally reliable. A lot of this stuff is proven simply because there are something like 100 million ebikes in China, and that is where parts are sourced.

You are most likely to have flats, something simple like that. That can be pretty frustrating. There are options if your paths are prone to puncture causing things. But you might practice changing the tubes, and carry a spare and a patch kit. In many ways, an ebike is a bike. Adjustments can be simple. There are tons of videos on YouTube. Clean and lubricate the chain. Check the condition of brakes. My manual has a checklist. Be smart about torque with the things you tighten.

It's nice to buy from a local dealer for warranty work and adjustments. It's helpful to rent a bike to see if it really works for what you want. Make sure you like how the bike fits you, how the controls are laid out. Good luck. They sell ebikes when people take test rides or rent them.
 

JoePah

Well-Known Member
Hi there,

I'm planning to ride my bike to work following a route like this. The route is subject to change but, all in all:
  • About 13.26 km (8.25 miles) in one direction, multiply by two for coming back.
  • A max elevation of 187.15m (600+ feet).
  • I currently weight around 200+ lb a my height is around 6".
Some questions:
  • Will an ebike be sturdy (and the battery long lasting enough) to hold this duty cycle twice a day, Monday to Friday? (plus some more strolling on weekends probably :)
  • If yes, would this demand more frequent maintenance?
These seems like some rough requirements, specially considering the many hills (some of them quite steep) I'll have to go through.
  • Is there anything specific feature I should look for? (e.g. is a Mid-Drive Motor a must?)
  • Any recommended ebikes?
Thank so much!
You can play with the EBike simulator to see how much battery and controller you might need... http://www.ebikes.ca

I don't know where you live or how serious you are about riding every day, but I would just buy another charger for work and not worry about battery size. Cold weather and hills really take a huge dent in eBike range.

Also agree that you should buy from a local dealer if at all possible, and ask to ride it on your work route. A good shop will let you.

Ask how much replacement batteries are for the models you're looking at... they vary widely, and you can expect to need to replace them within 3 years... That's why I'd recommend the Stromer... ;)
 

Shea N Encinitas

Active Member
You might even be able to negotiate a second battery at cost when you purchase the bike, dealers seem to understand range anxiety and want to make a sale. -S
 

George S.

Well-Known Member
We need a bit more information. He's metric, so probably not in the US? Different power standards, in different places.

Eight miles (times 2) is not very far. My Prodeco X3 has a 16AH battery, so you could do this even if you super-glued the pedals in a comfortable position. They want $700 for a second battery, so it isn't very reasonable compared to a second charger.

Need to know the budget, the dealer situation, fitness level, a few things like that.

If you've been riding bikes, it's a jump into the unknown. If this is totally new, it's kind of a leap of faith. Plus the whole ebike market has changed over the last year. Most people, objectively, do not need mid-drive.