@The_Tim wew! What ARE those ratings? This seems like a very cool thing. This might be morbid and tasteless, but my 93 year old aunt died Monday and if I get a few bucks in the next 24 hours…I’m gonna have a crazy-cool electric bike!
@sammydog01 Storing the bike in the folded up-right position could potentially increase the risk of the bike falling over and scratching/breaking. In the “unfolded” position the bike uses the kickstand for optimal stability.
@Kidsandliz@sammydog01 I have been a little late to this conversation, and I see now that my absence has allowed misinformation and confusion to run rampant. As I’m still the goat, my bad!
Please note that the manufacturer clearly considers it inappropriate to store this bike in a folded position. As everyone knows, all battery operated things should always be stored in the refrigerator. Ergo, the correct procedure is to store this bike, unfolded, in your refrigerator.
I hope this clears up the confusion, and please do not hesitate to call upon me again for your future clarification needs.
As a side note when I lived in Florida working for an outdoor program with adjudicated youth we had no AC (yeah torture the staff too) so we’d take turns sleeping in the walk in fridge. You could fit a number of bikes in there along with most of the free world’s supply of batteries I think.
I can see the appeal of an electric to some degree, but…
I have a regular bike, and I have a motorcycle.
If I want to pedal, I’ll bike.
If I want to ride… oh yeah, the motorcycle would win over this every time.
@7815406 Not that pedaling my late-70’s- early 80’s Moped was easy- the gearing was way too low, but it was at least possible.
…and it could go up a 15 degree [+] incline.
…and had a top [rated] speed of 35 MPH.
…but could get up to 50-ish on long downhills occasionally.
…& felt like we were going 90+ tho.
Seriously want this. And would have bought it had I not just spent $3,000 and in the process my entire tax refund fixing my car. Of course, I would use it all of three times before parking or forever, so maybe this is a good thing
I don’t care much about the bike, but I am dying to hear more of the story of Diane, Cliff and that cad Joseph. Does Diane get into a moderate-level accident on her Hover-1, is then riddled with memory loss, forgets that Cliff was the new love of her life and goes back to Joseph? Does Cliff decide he prefers skateboarding to the Hover-1 because it more closely mimics his beloved windsurfing moves? Does Joseph FINALLY contract gonorrhea from one of the many affairs while on the road? So many directions this could go!
@mark2178 They fixed the typo but didn’t bother to thank me or mention that they had fixed it. Thus making me look like an idiot. Thanks @mediocrebot (if it was you) maybe you can sell some self-esteem next in order to replace mine that you so carelessly shattered?
Just thought of another issue, at least in NJ. Not researching it right now, but I remember for a motorized vehicle to be street legal, it has to have pedals or be licensed and inspected. Relevant if you plan on riding to work. Check local laws.
So, why are there no pictures of anyone actually riding this E-bike? Hmmm, IMHO, it is because it would be extremely uncomfortable to ride with no good place to put your feet! 250 watt motor (1/3 horsepower) is almost enough power for a 4 - 8 year old to ride up a 15% grade. The rest of us would have to use our feet to push like a scooter. But, a cool concept for $400, maybe a good toy for little kids. Adults need 750 watt (1 HP) or more to motor up at 15% grade.
@medz Yep, I saw the tiny foot pegs placed in an extremely awkward position. The knee angle is extreme and the seat is NOT designed for sitting in that position. it is NOTHING like riding a crotch rocket motorcycle.
@mark2178 I’ve sat in a chair like that before; where your back is straight, but your knees are bent back. The difference is there was padding/support under the shins to better support you.
/image kneeling chair
I have been in the market for some electric vehicle to complete my travelling after I get off the bus, but after watching reviews and a video on how it stands up to the test of time I don’t find 400 dollars a deal, the seat becomes lose and after you fold it up it’s awkward to carry but I enjoy seeing something like this offered here. Also bath (just in case you wanna send me a free one )
@sp3ar I ride a bunch of different electric vehicles for the “last mile” part of my bus commute. Electric-assist bicycle, electric skateboards, Onewheel, and I’m currently learning how to ride my new Solowheel… The advantage of all of these is that they’re fairly easy to carry on the bus and keep next to me in the seat. The exception is the bicycle of course, but the bus has a rack for those on the front.
This “folding electric bike” would not fit in the front rack of a bus, and would be super unwieldy to carry onto the bus with you. I highly recommend looking for something smaller or just getting an electric-assist bicycle.
I broke down and bought one (I just hope it doesn’t breakdown when I’m using it). I haven’t been let down by any of my meh purchases yet, so hopefully this won’t let me down either…a $400 let down would definitely suck!
@Pat4ever I like it. I velcroed a gel bike seat in front of the regular seat so my 5 year old son can ride with me. We’ve only used it to ride round the neighborhood so far , Id say 3 miles tops but it handles pretty well. Ive only been able to get it up to 17 mph but its fun. Battery life seems good so far.