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How much motor do I need for my electric-assist bike?

I take my twins to preschool by car, and I'd like to switch to doing it by bike. There's a hill, and we're heavy, and I'm not in great shape, so it's hard. I've done it a few times, but I always ...
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Why are electric bikes so expensive?

The limited selection of electric bikes available at Halfords ranges from £699.99-£1,199.99. What makes them so expensive — the dynamo, battery, or something else?
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What kind of tires should I buy for an e-bike, commuting on maintained off-road?

I need to buy a new front tire for my new e-bike. Let me give you a few of the conditions I'll be riding in, and I'd like your advice. First of all, this bike is primarily going to be used to commute ...
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Is an e-bike more of a bicycle or more of a scooter?

With new battery technologies a new kind of "bicycle" has emerged - so-called e-bike. It usually has an electric motor on one of its wheels. The motor is powered by a rather huge (size of a small ...
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What should I do to get an older bike into good condition

I recently bought a hybrid human/electric bicycle at a garage sale, and I've been working on getting it into usable shape again. It is about 10 years old, and needs some work. The battery was quite ...
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Choosing an e-bike for commuting

My girlfriend is looking for an electric bike for commuting. My question is fairly broad - What features and capabilities should we look when choosing an e-bike for commuting? For information, we ...
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What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?

I am interested in purchasing an electric bike but am puzzled as to what brand is best. It seems as though most companies are importing their products from China, which is great because they are low ...
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EBike hub motor vs external motor

Some bikes, e.g. Busettii Vortex use an external motor, while others (by the same manufacturer) use hub motors. Busettii claims that external motors have higher efficiency (http://www.biyadii.com/), ...
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24V Vs 36V Brushless DC HUB Motor For Electric Bike

I am considering buying an electric bicycle using brushless DC Hub Motor. What is the difference between 24V Vs 36V motor? Is it related to the maximum torque produced by the motor? If yes, what does ...
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My BionX system won't work in assistance mode, and makes a weird noise

I've had to remove and reinstall my rear wheel because of a flat, and now the BionX system has stopped working correctly. When I turn it on, it works fine, and the regenerative breaking works fine. A ...
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tricycle engine compatibility?

Hi I was wondering if any bike engines would be compatible for a adults tricycle? An example of the bike I am talking about: TinyURL: http://tinyurl.com/otuo2d2 Thank You