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Title: Electric longboards
Post by: mustache you a question on April 17, 2017, 09:29:51 AM
Hi

I was wondering if anyone has experience with electric longboards?  I would like to start biking to work but am worried that I will sweat a lot and feel terrible at work (have to dress in slacks and button down shirt for work).  Thinking one of these longboards would be a good solution.  I only live about 5 miltes from work.
Title: Re: Electric longboards
Post by: 2Birds1Stone on April 17, 2017, 09:43:09 AM
How about an Ebike?

Longboards require a fairly good surface to ride on. With soft wheels, a rock or something could toss you off as the wheels lock up.

Ebike would be much more practical.
Title: Re: Electric longboards
Post by: Rockies on April 23, 2017, 07:17:08 PM
I got really excited by electric longboards, but then quickly realized they were not practical for my situation. As the other poster mentioned you need a fairly good surface to ride on.

Where I live we get real winters, and in the spring/summer/fall there is rain to contend with. Most electric long boards really are only meant for operation on dry pavement.

If your typical commuiting route has a nice pathway/road with dry pavement the majority of the time I'd say go for it. If you have a bunch of extra money to burn on a fun toy, or if you are super duper passionate about e-skateboard specifically I'd also say go for it.

But if you live in a non "perfect" place, you can get an e-bike for about the same cost (depending of course on quality, type of bike and battery size), and ride it on a variety of surfaces in a variety of weather conditions and still have tons of fun. Nice thing about an e-bike is if you also want to get a bit of a workout you just have to pedal.

Finally if you do decide to get an electric longboard, I'd look into getting a used one to save cash. 1000$ is a lot of money to spend if you dont end up using it much.