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Old 10-23-2012, 12:50 PM
elemein elemein is offline
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Default Re: Canada My situation; legal questions about Ontario

Originally Posted by BarelyAWake View Post
You're planning on riding a hundred miles a day with just "around town use" as a "college daily driver"? Are you sure? Have you checked/estimated your actual, average daily mileage?

I could be mistaken, you may have a 50 mile one way commute for all I know lol - but I'm hoping that's a high estimate as honestly, a hundred miles is a bear even on a gasbike. While doable w/o doubt, I've frequently racked up that kinda mileage in a day on my weekend wanderabouts but I gotta tell ya it can leave you whipped - the bike may not care, but you just might, 5-700 miles a week on any bicycle is gonna take a toll on bike, body & soul no matter it's motive method.

If it turns out you've more like sixty miles a day or less electrics can still be economically viable though, with a bit of planning. For example I've about a thirty mile range with my 48v 1000w hub & just the $550 48V 15AH LiFePO4 Battery Pack - so if it's thirty miles or less to the destination, you can simply plug in & charge while you're at class/work/whatever (I'd opt for the 5A Charger over the included 2A)... with the 48V 20AH LiFePO4 Battery Pack you'd have a "buffer zone" of another 10-15 miles or so... BTW, these mileage estimates are rough, based on worst case "no pedaling", stop n'go & somewhat hilly terrain, obviously any conservation efforts would help extend that range... like pedaling from time to time to help take-offs & hills

I'm not saying that an electric would be the "best" choice for you... but it does seem your options are somewhat limited & I just wanted to provide some food for thought
Thanks a bunch. Your reply did make me think about batteries; but here's a possibly common question:

Besides the problem of space and weight, why cant we just get 4 12 v car batteries, lace them up in series to get 48v, and have over 100 amps?

Is there a problem with car batteries I'm not seeing? (besides space and weight)
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