Author Topic: A different eBike thread...  (Read 1974 times)


  • Pencil Stache
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A different eBike thread...
« on: April 24, 2017, 02:54:53 PM »
A little bit of history - I rarely would commute on my bike as it was 25 mile round-trip and I wear a suit to work and to be honest it was just too much work/time.  Lame I know.  But I would run all of my errands on my bike and with the exception of Costco and Home Depot I could get just about what I needed on my bike.

Fast forward - I now primarily work from home (whoohoo) and I moved to LCOL location but I am on the top of a massive hill that is about 4 miles long.  As you can imagine - going down is a blast but coming up with any kind of load is rough.  I am in decent shape with a lot of room for improvement but I am finding myself getting in the car these days instead of biking as this massive hill has removed much the enjoyment I once received from running around town on my bike.

I believe that I am an excellent candidate for an eBike to help me take on this hill.  Maybe it is just an excuse to buy an eBike.  I am not sure but I am biking a lot less than I have in the past and I really miss it. 

I guess my question is - is this a valid reason to buy an eBike?  This isn't a money issue for me - it wouldn't have any real impact on my plans but it is a pretty big purchase. 

I have been doing a ton of research online and it is a little overwhelming.  Soooo many options now it is hard to figure out the right bike but I am sure I could work my way through it.  Happy to hear about any recommendations.  I am 6'3" 225lbs - so I need a big boy bike.

I appreciate your thoughts.....


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Re: A different eBike thread...
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 07:08:33 PM »
I would appreciate anything anyone adds to this thread as well


  • Magnum Stache
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Re: A different eBike thread...
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 07:16:13 PM »
90% of my reasoning for eventually getting an ebike is hills.

I hate them.

The end.


  • Bristles
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Re: A different eBike thread...
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 08:18:24 AM »
Go for it. The hills are meant to be conquered, mechanically assisted or not. I once saw this elderly lady on an ekectric trike, and boy did she enjoy going up a hill...that was giving her joy and mobility. Nothing wrong with wanting that.


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Re: A different eBike thread...
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 03:47:46 PM »
I converted my bike to electric for a similar reason and I ride it every day. I haul my two kids up the hill in the trailer with a grin on my face! It is absolutely a valid reason.