First, let me say that I receive and have received no consideration for my comments on the things I review. I do this because I want to.
I received my electric bicycle from the Electric Bike Company (Newport CA) about a week ago. I set it up quickly (it was already assembled) and have been out on a few test rides since.
My objective here is to use a bicycle as a part of my knee exercise. Unfortunately, the condition of my worst knee and the steepness of the hills near my house make it difficult to do with a traditional bike. An electric bicycle provides assistance as you pedal, and in the case of the model I have also allows for the bike to move with the motor only (if needed).
I’ve been playing with the setting (from 1 to 5) under different conditions. Of course downhill requires no pedaling and no motor, but uphill varies. Right now, I’m using 4 or 5 for all uphills (I re-injured my knee in October, while boarding a train in Paris bound for Provence). I was in Provence to research a book I plan to publish in 2020.
The motor provides an excellent boost (as needed) and saves my knee from being over-stressed. The hand throttle is very useful to get going if the bike (which weighs over 70 pounds) when I’m facing uphill. It takes a crank or two of the pedal for the assist to kick in.
I bought THIS bike based on the design and the quality of the parts. I added the extra large battery and plan to test its capacity this coming summer. The battery has a built in charger with a plug that can be extended to plug in anywhere with 110V AC power. This is convenient if you’re out and your battery runs low. On flat ground (something we don’t have) and with pedaling the battery I have should be able to get 100 miles from the battery (of course how you use it affects this). I should add that my testing to date has been limited by snow and ice. One thing I’ve found is that the company has been willing to reach out and help me through their chat system and have been very patient, even when I made an obvious mistake. I chatted mostly with Sean.
The bike has a basket to carry things and is configured as a beach cruiser, with wide handlebars (needed in the mountains). I bought the step-through model (again to save stress for my knees).
Overall, thus far, I’m very pleased with the bike.
I’ll update this ongoing review as I put the bike to use more.