electric bike recommendations

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electric bike recommendations

Postby usurpedus » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:18 pm

every year i consider going with an electric bike but i decide against it over concerns of cost and reliability(dust+hub, etc)

ive done a search of the forum and havent found any threads where people share their experience or recommendations of electric bikes on playa.

any such input on this thread would be welcome :mrgreen:

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby jcliff » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:48 pm

There are bikes available that have pedals. You move the pedals with your feet to power the bike. Let me know if you need more information on these human powered bikes.

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby BBadger » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:50 pm

Are you not capable of using a normal bike? Or just a lazy fuck?
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:06 pm

BBadger wrote:Are you not capable of using a normal bike? Or just a lazy fuck?


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Lazy fuck.


Got a problem with that? :lol:
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby lucky420 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:12 pm

Lazy fuck here too. :mrgreen:
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby trilobyte » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:26 pm

Last year we invested what I thought was a ridiculous amount of money on a pair of trikes. While expensive, they turned out to be worth every penny - three speeds, they're portable/fold-up (which we needed in order to fit into our van and to use back in the city) and the chain/gears never once touched the playa, the cargo basket worked great for ice runs, and it was a lot less effort to get around than with two wheels. This year we added electric assist hub motor kits. It was a massive pain in the ass, and cost even more than the trikes did, but in the end turned out to be an even better investment (we're longtime burners, plus we'll use them in Defaultia).

If you can swing it financially and logistically, I suggest getting 3 wheels, and definitely get the electric assist with the initial bike purchase (when the guy at the bike manufacturer tells you that the upgrade is easy to install, he means it's easy for someone who manufactures bikes for a living to install, not the average customer). I had enough hassles with dealing with the companies involved, delays, and other problems that I don't have any brand or model recommendations for you, but I can say we're glad to have them. Worth the cost, effort, and added weight (the motor kits and batteries add 20+ pounds to each trike).

We're both capable of riding non-powered trikes (and I still pedal mine around quite a bit), but we get tired out and my legs are shot… and we're lazy fucks. This allows us to see and do more with our time and energy.


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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby oscillator » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:39 pm

As a longtime 2 wheel freak (motos, scoots, bikes all good), I have wanted to experiment and build something. This year got the chance, since I was towing a trailer and a portable flamethrower.

Stripped my old rusted playa beach-cruiser, powdercoated the frame, and found a perfect M-Wave trailer to hold the propane tank.

Did a lot of research and put together a 600w brushless motor on the front, controller, and the latest LIFEPO4 batteries. Yes, it was spendy but now have something, like Trilo says, can be used in Defaultia, plus my old knees are thanking me and now I get out and ride much more often. I use the motor as an assist and it works great.

The hub is sealed, I added some Sugru around the axel entry point, sealed the controller wire ports with E6000, and got some Ortlieb saddlebags for the batteries and adult bevs.

Post-playa, just did the usual bike maintenance, and washed the bags. All Good.
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Aurelia » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:56 pm

Total disaster after all the excitement of my son building me a lovely electric scooter adding an extra tube converter...
my anticipation was of no problem going to EVERY possible wedding event camp sunrise sunset with no worries
But it shorted out Sunday before the week even began !
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby FIGJAM » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:02 pm

I've taken mine to the playa for 3 years now with no major problems. 8)
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Savannah » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:12 pm

oscillator, that's the most poetic photo of a bicycle I may have ever seen. :)
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby trilobyte » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:59 pm

I agree - if there is such a thing as a bike 'hero shot' that's it.

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby oscillator » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:27 pm

Thnx - befitting a worthy steed, right?

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby trilobyte » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:18 pm

Absolutely! Here's a shot of our trikes, not as awesome a shot but gives you an idea on what we had out there. Next year I want to trick things out a bit, and add to/expand on the LED lighting.

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby usurpedus » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:39 pm

yep lazy.

thanks for the info/stories.. going to try something similar for next year

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby usurpedus » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:46 pm

figjam what make/model is your trike, or did you build it?

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:51 pm

Palmer ind. joyrider jr. 8)

http://palmerind.com/manual/joyrider.php

Got mine on CL for $325!
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby lucky420 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:43 pm

love your trikes trilo, especially the one with the shade
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby trilobyte » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:26 am

Thanks, Lucky420. The shade was made using half inch PVC pipe and fittings. We used zip ties to secure them to the trike, and I reinforced the connections with screws at the connection points (and a little duct tape). The shade was just a great piece of fabric we picked up while making a fabric store run.

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Turtleburp » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:38 am

Savannah wrote:oscillator, that's the most poetic photo of a bicycle I may have ever seen. :)


The Bumbler likes to make sad bike poem photos
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Bumble » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:28 am

seriously, you thread killing C**X#T that is a waste of my picture - i was pretty proud of that one

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Marscrumbs » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:51 am

My first year on the playa with an electric trike it was a real eye catcher. I was warned not to get a ticket at warp speed. Made getting to the outer rim a breeze. On day five my bike chain broke so was grateful for the second alterative to impulse power. Have had depenablity problems back in defaultia not related to playa use.

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Aurelia » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:44 pm

okay, so where are we with this ?
My electric scooter shorted out almost immediately and I was stuck .
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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby dj_john69 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:29 pm

I own one of these...works great. Took it to BM a few times without issues. Super fast & super quiet.

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Re: electric bike recommendations

Postby Turtleburp » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:11 pm

Bumble wrote:seriously, you thread killing C**X#T that is a waste of my picture - i was pretty proud of that one



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On topic; a super fast and quiet bike worries me. The groink groink of a tortured playa bike is a good safety feature!
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