markz wrote: ↑
May 31 2021 3:17pm
Save your money until you have double that, $1200 is a good starting point and you will enjoy riding your ebike even more.
But that also depends on if you already have a bicycle.
Lets price it out:
A good Motor (Leaf 1500W/MXUS 3kw/BBSHD/C4k - $300-$450usd on up
Controller can be had for cheap $50 and at the utmost $75-$100usd for big power, fast speed.
Good quality Battery 48V25Ah40A $600-$800usd
Good quality Charger 4A $100usd
Skip the display, no need for them, also more wires = more things that could go wrong + setting up + more stuff on your handlebars to stick out to good or bad passerby's
Once you ride an ebike its loads of fun and you will ride more often if you build it right.
If you dont build your ebike right, you will lose interest fast. Any little hill will have you dreading that you bought a wimpy little motor, or bought the wrong kv turn count motor, bought the wrong battery power rating, laced your hub into a wrong wheel size, bought a slow charging battery.
Use the tools at your disposal, learn the Trip Simulator, how to plug in your route and move the route in the pull down menu.
Also these tools is helpful
I really would prefer to have a display on my bike so that I know how fast I'm going... Aside from that I can kind of see your point :<
$1200 as a minimum tho? For a 750w motor and a 36-48v 10~AH battery? That seems... like quite a lot. Would you recommend that even something like this
from ebikeling isn't worth the money? I don't need to go fast and I don't have any steep hills. I just want to be able to get around without having to rely on my level of fitness. Even when I get to the point where biking the distance isn't anything the issue is more a lack of a will to get up and go and having the option to just... not have to put a ton of effort in is really appealing.
In regards to the motor; I live in the USA. I know myself well enough to know that getting anything more than a 750w (or 1000w at a stretch) motor is a bad idea. I will inevitably fall upon that moment where I'm late for something and do something stupid and get pulled over because I'm going too fast... or I get in an accident or whatever... Regardless of that I'd really rather just like to stay within the legal limit to prevent any issues. At the present time, this is my first bike and this is not the hill I want to die on lol
Further, this is my first ebike. Is... spending that much money on something I might decide isn't for me really a good idea? Like, I mean is the difference really going to make that much of a difference in my impression and how much I enjoy riding?
I've always liked the idea of riding a motorcycle and this seemed like a much safer alternative so there is that as well. I want to get going with this now but if it's not worth my time to get something at the level of the kit I linked above then I'll probably have to scrap the project until I'm making a living wage. I should have specified, but if I wait until the new year then I won't be able to dump that much more into the project. Maybe $1k at the absolute most. That would get me a safe battery and a cheap Chinese kit but probably not the kind of thing you are thinking of. I am at the stage where I can either spend $~600 or just shelf the project .-.
Thank you for the links tho! I'll have to check those out more carefully.
RunForTheHills wrote: ↑
May 31 2021 3:40pm
You have said that you have a relatively short and flat commute. It won't take long to get stronger riding the bike without a motor. In a month or so you will feel totally different about your fitness than you do today. I would save your money for another six months and do it right. Also, if you don't have tools you will need to budget for those too.
I have most of the tools already (wrenches, etc.) except any bike specific ones. For example, if I decide to build my own wheel then I'd need to get the stuff for that etc. I might have been too optimistic in the way I phrased things earlier. If I wait until the new year I won't have like double the money to spend or anything. I'd be able to push it to maybe $800-1000 if I'm lucky. And I mean lucky, because saving that much more would be a matter of luck or seriously over taxing myself. What will most likely happen is I'll have the same exact amount and be in even less of a position to spend it.
I guess I'm wanting to just get it now partly because I'm afraid that you are correct lol
If I do end up being fine with the commute in 6 months then I might not want to upgrade or I might be convinced it isn't worth it. I don't... want that. Does that make any sense? I know it may seem ridiculous for someone on a budget like mine to be thinking "me thinking I shouldn't get this later is bad" but it's just the kind of things I've always wanted and that I've gotten myself waaaay too hyped up about in the last few months. Maybe I should just take a step back and reevaluate. If what I have budgeted isn't enough for a flat commute and trips to the store and around town then I seriously overestimated how much of a save this would be compared to other options.
Just to be 100% clear I am looking for a bike that can do just that. I don't need anything crazy and I'd prefer to stay within the legal limits for the USA. My commute isn't currently very long, though I'm obviously on the lookout for a better position, and the main issue is getting something that won't explode and that can carry my weight + groceries or other cargo. I want something that will make my life easier in the long run and be able to take me distances that I would never be able to reach casually. I want to enjoy going for a ride but I have never once in my life enjoyed prolonged exercise. I want to be able to get out there and go around and look at things and not have to worry about whether or not me stopping for 10m to grab a cuppa will kill my desire to go on.
Dunno, that's probably too much information lol
Morale of the story is that if spending $600 for my first ebike will be a waste of money relative to what is worth it... then at least I was told that much before making any final purchasing decisions.