Will be Going green

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  1. BMW_lover

    BMW_lover New Member

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    Yes I am trying to go green. I have a 8 mile each way commute to school and 12 mile each way to work. The University I go to has a terrible parking, annual permit costs ~$300. It takes me 20 mins to get to school, then another 10-20 mins to find a parking. So instead of buying a expensive permit again, I might do something different. I might as well bike there for the same amount of time. Most fall and spring days should be OK for biking, if not I can always drive halfway and use free shuttle (in snow or rain).

    I already have mountain bike but I can barely go 5-6 miles before getting tired. I considered buying a road bike since they're a lot more efficient but my commute is a bit hilly so I can use some hill assist here and there.
    SO I am still considering some options:
    - buy a road bike

    -Buy an Ezip Trailz bike for around $400, drive it for a bit then upgrade batteries and such.

    -Buy a 4 stroke gas bike kit (rear mount only, hate mid mounted ones), and put it on a walmart cruiser bike. Due to noise gas engine makes I probably have to pedal out of campus to avoid LOLs or weird looks.

    Build a custom hybrid bike (gas+ electric). Most expensive option so that'll be later down the road.
    Of course the best would be to have all four bikes in the basement but being a student means I have to compromise.

    SO if anyone has any suggestions or advice or a link I'd be really happy. Thanks for reading my long post haha
     
  2. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

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    Only one suggestion, GEBE.
    Golden Eagle Bike Engines, Geared Belt Drive Bicycle Engines / Motors for Mountain Bikes & More

    Of course it is a heavily opinionated suggestion. :)
    I am really impressed with the dependability and durability of the kit. I have read many owners evaluations on them at this forum and a few others.
    They are nearly as easy to set up as a friction drive system only they have an all weather advantage.
    I plan on getting one as soon as I can afford one.
    Do your research carefully and enjoy this place!
     
  3. BMW_lover

    BMW_lover New Member

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    gas kits are great but I decided to go electric. It's just looks better, much cooler and zero smell. And for some reason I don't want to be seen with a gas assist bike, but dont mind being seen in an electric.
    Anyway, here is the plan:
    Buy an Ezip Trailz, ride it for a few months, then upgrade the batteries and such. Also, I might add front hub kit to increase range and make it AWD. We'll see, it all depends how it'll work out with my commute and how much in gas I can save.

    Also, I might get a road bike as a back up/ joy ride so we'll see.
     
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  4. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    If your commute is 12 miles one way, you will likely need some 20 amphour batteries to make the round trip without a mid-day recharge. Those are expensive enough to make you consider a gas assist bike.
     
  5. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    You'd get more "lol's" and weird looks for pedaling a bike with an engine on it... ;)
     

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