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    Electric bikes

    I have a 58 mile per day commute and do not want to ride it daily. I was thinking 3 days per week but also had a thought for using electric the other 2 days. Are any of the electric bikes any good? Is it possible to modify them with better parts?

    I have been riding many years but have never considered electric.

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    That`s an awfully long range for an electric bike. There are probably some that will go that far, but my guess is that the batteries will cost you several times the price of a small 4-stroke. Anyway, there`s an e-bike section here on mtbr, or you can see what the experts at Endless Sphere suggest. Good luck with it- it does sound like fun.

    http://endless-sphere.com/forums/

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    Most of those people have more time and interest in this than I do and seem to be cobbling systems together. I am seriously considering a Bionx system for a boost on easy days and then taking another bike for full work outs. The system is expensive but so is driving and my company will pay me not to drive.

    I did not see the electric bike forum and I did check it out. It is extremely inactive though.

    I appreciate your info. A few days ago I had no idea most of this existed.

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    I don't know anything about electric bikes, but if that doesn't pan out, is there a bus or train you can take part way? Many allow bikes so you can pedal the rest of the way.

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    Endless Sphere really is the place for info on e-bikes. There are several places that sell kits to modify existing bikes. It's really not a lot of work at all, and you will end up with something way more useful/better range that one of these dedicated e-bikes.

    Endless Sphere
    http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=3

    vendors
    http://www.ebikes.ca/
    http://www.e-bikekit.com/
    http://ampedbikes.com/

    The only major manufacturer that I know that has a decent setup is Giant's Twist line of e-bikes. It's only 250w 26volts 9ah (x2)
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...om/7334/44072/
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...ss/7335/44074/

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    If I had to ride an electric bike, this would be the one:

    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Forgot about these guys - http://www.ultramotor.com/US

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    If I had to ride an electric bike, this would be the one:

    If we're going there, I'd rather have a Brammo.

    http://www.brammo.com/models/

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