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Old 04-04-2011, 11:43 AM
Nougat Nougat is offline
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Default Re: Considering motorizing bike and power questions

Don't get me wrong, these machines are super fun, and if you want to build one, this is definitely the place to get started. But don't think you're going to be saving any money doing it under ordinary circumstances.

Unless you're intending on selling your current vehicle and replacing it with a bike, it will take a lot of riding to get to the break even point. Like six months of replacing a ten mile a day commute with the bike five days a week. That's not even calculating in the hard cost of safety gear (helmet, jacket, gloves, lights), or the cost of replacing failed equipment, or the risk of injury due to mechanical failure or inattentive drivers of other vehicles.
When asking for advice, you did not specify whether you wanted only good advice.

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