Seattle E Bike for City and Hills

Tupac

New Member
Have decided to obtain Class 2 for daily commute of about 4 - 8 miles each way. Am a Boomer (sorry) and need a comfortable ride that is good in the rain and on steep hills. Want fenders, lights, and a reliable, safe ride. And want to be able to test drive, so a local shop is probably important.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

indianajo

Well-Known Member
How tall are you? How long are your legs (pants inseam)? Do you want to sit up straight with a straight neck, bend over some, or crouch down with drop handlebars for maximum speed & efficiency? How wide a seat to you want? Do you want your hands parallel to your sides (cruiser) or perpendicular like a mountain bike.
How fast do you want to go? I have no suspension, 2" tires, I go about 8 sitting straight up. Do you want to pedal your way home or call a tow truck if a problem occurs? Will you ever shop off the bike & carry things home?
Can you remember to downshift before you stop (derailleurs okay) or do you want the convenience of shifting when stopped (IGH).
It rains in Seattle, I highly recommend disk brakes, as I don't think any sort of rim brake works in the rain.
I'm age 69, like sitting up straight on a wide cushy seat. Like not lifting my leg over a bar anymore, started having trouble about age 60 with that.
Do you like a lot of statistics & reports about your ride or do you just want to watch the traffic & the scenery?
If I wasn't afraid of pitching over the handlebars, I liked the features of the estream catalina that mike's ebikes said was okay. https://electricbikereview.com/foru...xstream-catalina-cant-decide-need-help.33189/
Particularly the combination of torque sensing with a geared hub motor for simplicity & long chain life.
99% of posters here are convinced the word "hill" equals "mid-drive". Crossing 77 hills on my 30 mile commute, I like my geared hub drive just fine. Particularly the new chain every 5000 miles part.
My stretch cargo bike left has solved the pitching up & throwing me on my chin on bumps or sticks problem I had previously. Apparently I'm the only human in the US that can't hold the handlebars straight when I hit something. All 26" bikes have the same trail, no increase in stability has been allowed since 1946.
There are lot of shops in Seattle. Get out & visit some and sit on some bikes. They may have to bring the bike out to you on the curb, but phones are good at contact for that. Having a dealer solves some of the risk of buying a lemon (which happens).
 
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TomD

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And how much do you want to spend? Did you see the replies to your post last week?


Sadly too late to save $1K on a Specialized Vado or Como. If you want a mid drive for steep hills, entry level pricing starts at ~$2500 if you intend to buy from a LBS. If you don't plan to ride very steep or sustained hillls a Rad might work for you and they offer local test rides. Evelo is another local option but personally I think they're overpriced (and heavy) for what you get.
 

PatriciaK

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You can add your own lights.

I think there might be a couple of dealers in the Seattle area who have this model, but I'm not sure.

There's also an Aventon thread here in the forums where your can get more info.
 

AHicks

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No need to apologize for being a boomer in my mind.

That said, when talking hills (especially significant hills!), I beleive ytou need to be talking about a gear driven rear hub or a mid drive. Direct drive rear hubs (eg RAD City) may not cut it for you. I learned that the hard way.