I've not tried any of these for fit...but style wise (meaning seat to crank geometry) I'm looking at something like: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/collecti ... _lowstep/#
http://www.electrabike.com/Bikes/townie ... kes-ladies (although the fork is a problem on this one and I know that...checking craigsli
lifereinspired wrote:OK, I realize that this is kinda crazy because it still has a aluminum frame but it's beefy and a different design. Is it impossible or a maybe?? http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/urban ... ding-14668
lifereinspired wrote:Oh, and if this question was answered and missed by me, please let me know but what about gearing? External vs internal, correct? Will more gears equate to easier riding with the motor (ie will 21 really be better than 7 with a good motor)?
lifereinspired wrote:Sorry for the several questions but...I've found some lower end bikes that therefore use a full steel frame. Is that good for my purposes (needing a steel bike) or stupid because it's a low end bike (even if I have to upgrade some of the components).
lifereinspired wrote:This is one of the primary dog trailers I'm considering for price/features/safety. http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/dog-bicyc ... about.html
Sometimes Amazon.com has it a little cheaper and I'd consider getting it from them for easy returns if needed. Can more than handle Siena's 70lbs and attaches to the left side of the back axle. There are videos on that page showing the connections if that's helpful for knowing compatibility with the motor.
lifereinspired wrote:Calculating the standover height of the Surly troll w/ the standard 26" wheels will be 28.1" which is just going to me too much for me to manage. If the 20" wheels are a possibility, then we're talking about a possibility...
deVries wrote:Because you are pulling a trailer & 85-lb dog, you can not or should not use a front wheel mounted motor.
WhatcomRider wrote:A bike with 20" wheels and rear-hub motor needs to have a long wheelbase in order to safely pull a trailer (otherwise imagine what could happen ). The only one I know of is the Juiced Riders ODK Utility bike (which may be beyond your price range) - http://www.juicedriders.com. It is specifically designed to be powered with a hub motor, front or rear, and has a relaxed riding position that might suit you well. The motorised ODK U500 model is sold out as far as I know, but you could save quite a bit by converting the Utility model. The 18Ah battery that fits the rack costs $600 but would give good range.
Chalo wrote:In my opinion (I'm a bike mechanic and dealer), you don't need chromoly, you really don't need disc brakes, you really really don't need 20" wheels, and you really really really don't need a folding bike. All the strength you get from small wheels and chromoly frame would be thrown away by the weak folding frame. But I'm not convinced you need anything special bike-wise at all.
However, if you are attracted to small wheels, low standover height, and chromoly steel frames, there is a bike almost any shop can get you for about $500, or roughly the same price as the Surly Troll frame with no parts on it.
warrah wrote:I thought i'd chip in on the frame issue. Cromoly will make sure your safe, the metal can bend with the additional force the motor exerts, whereas aluminium can become stressed with the motor forces, and might eventually break. Of course, lots of people can supply anecdotal evidence that 'my ebike is aluminium, and hasnt broken once', but physics is physics, and cromoly is the safety first option. Its a shame that the majority of bikes manufactured these days are aluminium.
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