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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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rockthecasbah wrote:
Sep 2nd, 2017 11:12 pm
There's currently a "used" options for the Classica, comes to $1999~ with tax/shipping.
I bought a Classica on July 4th. It was $1709, landed on my doorstep. They have bumped the price of the "used" option twice since I bought it.

I bought it for exactly the same reason you are considering one... hills. I just got tired of arriving at the bank or the grocery store dripping in sweat. This bike solves that problem very nicely. You just pedal normally and the bike takes care of the hill. There is a bit of a learning curve until you get the hang of it; you need to anticipate the hills and choose the proper gear and level of boost, but once you figure it out, it's a pleasure to ride.
(I never even considered looking at amazon.ca for ebike options!)
I have learned that whenever you are considering buying anything, always check Amazon first!
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rockthecasbah wrote:
Sep 2nd, 2017 11:12 pm
The specs on the battery seems to be less powerful
I should add this... I am a large fellow. I ride bicycles every day and own a lot of them, but I still weigh 260. You can exercise all you want, but if your destiny is to be a big guy, you're going to be one.

Anyway, the point is this... the specs might suggest the bike lacks power, but the fact is it zips my 260 pound arse up l-o-n-g hills with no problem at all.

People sometimes gape in astonishment as they see me pedaling up a long hill at 20 mph. The Classica looks like an ordinary bike to the average person, and they are not accustomed to people pedaling up hills with apparent ease. :)
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rockthecasbah wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2017 9:33 pm
Ok so this is prolly frowned upon in this thread but I'm considering getting (in addition to my regular bike) a pedelec bike for commuting to work. My commute home is all hills so would be nice to be less sweaty on the trek home.

Since I'm in Toronto, where anything and everything is stolen, I'm not looking to spend that much on it. Thinking $1500ish with taxes. I really liked Juiced bikes which are really good in quality/reputation and price, but that's in the US because the dealer in Canada makes the price part no longer a selling point.

So I'm looking at a Voltbike Urban (a folding ebike that isn't super obvious it's electric with an overt battery pack and that I can fold up to put it by my desk a work) and Populo Sport (it's a fixie with a motor, no disc brakes but "normal bike" looking). Each have their positives and negatives.

Any other suggestions on a very budget friendly but decent pedelec bike that I should be looking at? Choices for Canada seems way more limited :\
Of course not... E-Bikes have a purpose!

EXCEPT for e-bikes that are designed to look like motorized scooters/motorcycles. Those are unacceptable.
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E BIKES

My long commute is starting to get to me.

Anyone here bought a e-bike from the states and brought it back? Been thinking of doing this for the higher speed limiter the bikes down there have. 45km/h max vs 32km/h for the bikes here.
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there are so many road bikers getting injured in GTA. newspaper often publish stories about cyclists getting killed.
Why don't people change cycling habits ?
or
switch to mountain bike.
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picard12 wrote:
Sep 6th, 2017 6:36 pm
there are so many road bikers getting injured in GTA. newspaper often publish stories about cyclists getting killed.
Why don't people change cycling habits ?
or
switch to mountain bike.
That's weird. I haven't heard about too many cyclists getting into accidents this summer.
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RBK wrote:
Sep 6th, 2017 1:54 pm
Anyone here bought a e-bike from the states and brought it back? Been thinking of doing this for the higher speed limiter the bikes down there have. 45km/h max vs 32km/h for the bikes here.
which bikes are you looking at? Getting the faster Bosch mid-drive system would be definitely preferable. My wife has a Bionx system which is limited to 32kmh boosted and you can definitely top out too fast if there is a bit of a tail wind.
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warpdrive wrote:
Sep 7th, 2017 10:41 am
which bikes are you looking at? Getting the faster Bosch mid-drive system would be definitely preferable. My wife has a Bionx system which is limited to 32kmh boosted and you can definitely top out too fast if there is a bit of a tail wind.
But even with a performance Bosch unit they'll still be limited to 32km/h if bought locally.

Thinking of the Giant Quick-e the 2018s just came out and I see some shops still have stock of the 2017 in the states which I may be able to score a deal on.

It tops out at 28mph/45kmh for the US market which would be perfect for me. Could do my 22km commute in about same time as driving with no traffic in my way.
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RBK wrote:
Sep 7th, 2017 12:49 pm
But even with a performance Bosch unit they'll still be limited to 32km/h if bought locally.

Thinking of the Giant Quick-e the 2018s just came out and I see some shops still have stock of the 2017 in the states which I may be able to score a deal on.

It tops out at 28mph/45kmh for the US market which would be perfect for me. Could do my 22km commute in about same time as driving with no traffic in my way.
yes, that's what I was getting at....getting the more powerful Bosch unit in the states. I would not want to buy the gimped Canadian version.

The real issue is the final cost and trouble of hunting down the bike. You'd have to pay state taxes if you walk into the store, and then duty on the way back (13% on complete bikes I believe) + HST and the cost adds up fast. Fortunately the CAD is a bit higher right now.

ebikes are great fun and adds a whole new dimension to riding.
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warpdrive wrote:
Sep 7th, 2017 1:04 pm
yes, that's what I was getting at....getting the more powerful Bosch unit in the states. I would not want to buy the gimped Canadian version.

The real issue is the final cost and trouble of hunting down the bike. You'd have to pay state taxes if you walk into the store, and then duty on the way back (13% on complete bikes I believe) + HST and the cost adds up fast. Fortunately the CAD is a bit higher right now.

ebikes are great fun and adds a whole new dimension to riding.
Thanks. Damn didn't know there is 13% duty on top of HST. That pretty much rules it out unless I get a crazy deal. I was originally more concerned bringing it back and customs not allowing it to be brought in cause of the higher speed limiter.

I was looking at getting those aftermarket delimiters but didn't want to have any issues with warranty seeing how much more complicated these things are compared to a normal bike.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Sep 4th, 2017 7:42 pm
Of course not... E-Bikes have a purpose!

EXCEPT for e-bikes that are designed to look like motorized scooters/motorcycles. Those are unacceptable.
oh god no. I want one I can conceal as an electric bike (which is why I like the voltbike urban because the battery is inside the tube).

What dealers (online and in-store) are people shopping at? I just know of Amego for in-store and scooteretti.com though I haven't looked into shipping costs. Some US dealers ship to Canada for a couple hundred dollars but then there's gonna be duty + HST so probably makes that option moot.
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rockthecasbah wrote:
Sep 9th, 2017 3:38 pm
oh god no. I want one I can conceal as an electric bike (which is why I like the voltbike urban because the battery is inside the tube).

What dealers (online and in-store) are people shopping at? I just know of Amego for in-store and scooteretti.com though I haven't looked into shipping costs. Some US dealers ship to Canada for a couple hundred dollars but then there's gonna be duty + HST so probably makes that option moot.
Do you have lots of money to burn?

For 2800 euro you can get a fully concealed e-bike motor.

http://www.vivax-assist.com/en/product/ ... st_4-0.php

Install on your favourite conventional pedal bicyclr. No one can tell its even there!

It uses high capacity 18650 batteries that are installed in the seat down tube. The motor is in the crank set.
The switch installed on your bar ends. No one will know you have an e-bike!

I know this is total overkill for most... but i wanted to share bc of how cool it is!
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Sep 9th, 2017 10:40 pm
Do you have lots of money to burn?

For 2800 euro you can get a fully concealed e-bike motor.

http://www.vivax-assist.com/en/product/ ... st_4-0.php

Install on your favourite conventional pedal bicyclr. No one can tell its even there!

It uses high capacity 18650 batteries that are installed in the seat down tube. The motor is in the crank set.
The switch installed on your bar ends. No one will know you have an e-bike!

I know this is total overkill for most... but i wanted to share bc of how cool it is!
Now that would be sweet. Would probably need to win the lottery before I splurge like that though!

I also heard about the Copenhagen Wheel https://content.superpedestrian.com/the ... agen-wheel
It also seems kind of cool except heavy and pricey.
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rockthecasbah wrote:
Sep 10th, 2017 2:58 pm
It also seems kind of cool except heavy and pricey.
the weight seems about normal. Most e-bikes weigh in the vicinity of 45-50lbs due to battery and hub. The Superpedestrian hub itself is 17lbs. I'd had considered preordering it at one point and it was $1200, they raised the price now that it's not not vaporware.

The Voltbike is well over 50lbs. I can't imagine carrying that thing around folded.
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warpdrive wrote:
Sep 10th, 2017 6:00 pm
the weight seems about normal. Most e-bikes weigh in the vicinity of 45-50lbs due to battery and hub. The Superpedestrian hub itself is 17lbs. I'd had considered preordering it at one point and it was $1200, they raised the price now that it's not not vaporware.

The Voltbike is well over 50lbs. I can't imagine carrying that thing around folded.
Ya apparently the Urban with the spokeless wheels is over 50 lbs. But after I asked about whether I could easily roll it (since carrying a 50 lb seems difficult) it, they told me the new version will be back to normal spokes and should be 5 lbs less (or about the same weight as previous Urbans).
I think the only fairly light ebike of decent price is the Populos Sport which is 36 lbs and maybe the EasyGo Race.

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