What I Learned from Buying and Riding My First Electric Bike

Latitude

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Before and after chain guard removal.

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john peck

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Hi guys! I did this interview with Logan from CNET recently where we talk about buying your first electric bike. He had lots of great questions and really covered the process from start to finish, receiving the bike and building it... then using and maintaining it a bit. It was a lot of fun, and I think it could be useful here too, for anyone who is new to the space and considering buying an ebike. Enjoy!


Rock on :D and this is his full written article back at the official CNET website. If you're trying to figure out the different ebike categories, and figure out what some of the best options are in those categories... check out my best electric bikes page and some of the topic specific guides like best affordable electric bikes.
I think it´s great that there are very affordable bikes out there that are still pretty reliable, functional transport for new riders.
Your first car probably wasn´t an Audi, but you learned the ropes in it. Research carefully & tailor your purchase to suit your
needs & budget.
 

Jetsfan901

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Just ordered my first Ebike. Started by ordering a Yamaha Cross Connect, dealer couldn't get the color I wanted, I switched to a Yamaha Cross Core. Told dealer to add the suspension post and also the ShockStop. Any opinions on this bike as being my first Ebike. Using it mainly for a 4 mile ride to work to get me over the bridge without a lot of sweat. I will also be alternating between my Specialized road bike I started riding a few months ago and the ebike for 30-50 mile rides around NY. And hopefully a couple 75 mile rides..
 

Marci jo

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Just ordered my first Ebike. Started by ordering a Yamaha Cross Connect, dealer couldn't get the color I wanted, I switched to a Yamaha Cross Core. Told dealer to add the suspension post and also the ShockStop. Any opinions on this bike as being my first Ebike. Using it mainly for a 4 mile ride to work to get me over the bridge without a lot of sweat. I will also be alternating between my Specialized road bike I started riding a few months ago and the ebike for 30-50 mile rides around NY. And hopefully a couple 75 mile rides..
Jetsfan,
Congrats on your new bike!
That’s a great commute distance. I suspect you will love it, especially as you fly up the hill.

My only two cents is be sure to get a couple safety accessories, especially if you ride in traffic.
- A good mirror to see what’s coming behind you. Just like driving, imagine not having one. I like Mirrycles but they’re many other brands on the market.
- Bright lights, front and back, if your bike doesn’t already have them. Mostly to be seen by other drivers, especially the ones still texting who occasionally may get their faces up from their phones. And I’m recommending lights also for your Specialized road bike.

Enjoy your bike! Looking forward to seeing some of your adventures. 🚴🏼‍♀️😎
 

Dallant

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Just ordered my first Ebike. Started by ordering a Yamaha Cross Connect, dealer couldn't get the color I wanted, I switched to a Yamaha Cross Core. Told dealer to add the suspension post and also the ShockStop. Any opinions on this bike as being my first Ebike. Using it mainly for a 4 mile ride to work to get me over the bridge without a lot of sweat. I will also be alternating between my Specialized road bike I started riding a few months ago and the ebike for 30-50 mile rides around NY. And hopefully a couple 75 mile rides..
Congrats and all the best as you enter the traffic zone! Ride like you’re invisible!👍
 

Jetsfan901

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Jetsfan,
Congrats on your new bike!
That’s a great commute distance. I suspect you will love it, especially as you fly up the hill.

My only two cents is be sure to get a couple safety accessories, especially if you ride in traffic.
- A good mirror to see what’s coming behind you. Just like driving, imagine not having one. I like Mirrycles but they’re many other brands on the market.
- Bright lights, front and back, if your bike doesn’t already have them. Mostly to be seen by other drivers, especially the ones still texting who occasionally may get their faces up from their phones. And I’m recommending lights also for your Specialized road bike.
Enjoy your bike! Looking forward to seeing some of your adventures. 🚴🏼‍♀️😎
Thank you for the reply...
Already have lights on both bikes. That is actually the law here in New York City, and they are getting aggressive with tickets here because of so many accidents with injuries...
And I will take a look at the mirrors.
 

FlatSix911

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Just ordered my first Ebike. Started by ordering a Yamaha Cross Connect, dealer couldn't get the color I wanted, I switched to a Yamaha Cross Core. Told dealer to add the suspension post and also the ShockStop. Any opinions on this bike as being my first Ebike. Using it mainly for a 4 mile ride to work to get me over the bridge without a lot of sweat. I will also be alternating between my Specialized road bike I started riding a few months ago and the ebike for 30-50 mile rides around NY. And hopefully a couple 75 mile rides..
Welcome to EBR. ;)

You can't go wrong with the Yamaha Cross Core... including the excellent PW-SE mid-drive motor with great reliability.

  • A sleek affordable commuter from Yamaha, a household brand name going for a balance of price, performance, efficiency, and a purist feel, for years they did their homework studying their applications on Haibike, Giant, etc, using data and analysis to make offerings of their own
  • The PW SE motor is smooth and very efficient, coupled with the protected PW-X display, it makes for a intuitive and enjoyable riding feel, measuring cadence, torque, and rear wheel speed, an extremely advanced system for a value priced ebike
  • A 3 year warranty and a dealer network that gets reimbursed for working on your bike which means much less customer issues on an already proven and reliable electric system, a perk some of the smaller brand names are still catching up to
 

Jetsfan901

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Welcome to EBR. ;)

You can't go wrong with the Yamaha Cross Core... including the excellent PW-SE mid-drive motor with great reliability.

  • A sleek affordable commuter from Yamaha, a household brand name going for a balance of price, performance, efficiency, and a purist feel, for years they did their homework studying their applications on Haibike, Giant, etc, using data and analysis to make offerings of their own
  • The PW SE motor is smooth and very efficient, coupled with the protected PW-X display, it makes for a intuitive and enjoyable riding feel, measuring cadence, torque, and rear wheel speed, an extremely advanced system for a value priced ebike
  • A 3 year warranty and a dealer network that gets reimbursed for working on your bike which means much less customer issues on an already proven and reliable electric system, a perk some of the smaller brand names are still catching up to
Looking forward to having it in a few days ..
Thanks for the great review of the bike.
 

Latitude

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I may have missed it but did you ever find the smaller chain cover we talked about?
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I wasn’t able to get your chain guard Dallant, it’s only sold as part of the complete crank set. But I found one on Amazon, and just put it on yesterday. Worked out well. Along with a new Deore derailleur that I had to get after I destroyed my Alivio.

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