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15Jul/131

First impressions of the Montague Crosstown with BionX SL350 motor

Reading this guest review of a BionX-powered Crosstown from Montague really reminded me of my first time riding an electric bicycle--especially the part about the uncontrollable smiling! Enjoy!

-Miles


Today I got to ride the Montague Crosstown with BionX SL350 48V Electric Motor Kit. This is the first electric bike I've gotten to take for a good honest try and I did not want to stop riding once I started. Riding this bike was the most fun I've had in a very long time and I had the biggest ear to ear grin on my face during the whole ride around the park.

For starters, the Montague Crosstown is a Full Sized Folding Bike with 700c wheels. It has a rigid frame and a very quick and sporty feel to it. The 7 speed gear system really came in handy when I'd approach a hill or steep incline. Given its range of gears and 700x25c tires, this bike is really quick on flats and cruised up to 20 mph with ease. This is definitely a great bike for someone that wants the versatility of a hybrid style bike coupled with the more compact storage capabilities of a folding bike.

The BionX SL350 48V Electric Motor Kit made this already good bike an AMAZING bike. It has a few different assistance modes that I got to play with. It can be set-up to give you just a little extra boost when you are pedaling or you can hit the throttle and zip along enjoying the full power of the motor on demand. This was the first time I've ridden a bike with an electric motor kit like this. The pedal assist mode is great for the individual that wants to get good exercise but when you need a little extra help getting up that steep hill the BionX Kit is there to help you. The speed and power that you get from this kit is just incredible. Whether you want to pedal or not this thing hits 20 mph almost instantly. Its got plenty of power, great battery life, and a fun factor that is second to none! Overall this thing was just a blast to ride and had me feeling like a kid again. Every minute that I was riding it was a minute spent with a smile on my face.


If you want to feel like a happy kid again too, head over to the NYCeWheels website and check out the BionX-equipped Montague Crosstown!

25Feb/092

Electric bicycles, alternative to cars?

Second and third cars for a family are becoming obsolete with the skyrocketing costs of auto insurance and gasoline.  Many families are looking for alternatives to having a second or third car and electric bicycles are being viewed as a great alternative.

Electric bicycles offer you the ability to get to where you need to go quickly, safely and economically - a winning combination!  Electric bicycles are much more efficient and cost-effective as compared to cars and even motorcycles.

Electric super bikes as some would call them can either assist you with your trip by offering 50% of the legwork (power assist models) or can whisk you to wherever you need to go as you steer (power-on-demand models).  Electric bike kits can even turn an existing bike into an electric bicycle by adding a conversion kit for an electric bike.

Electric bicycles have improved in terms of technology to the point where they are far more economical than even the hybrid vehicles on the market.  The long-life of electric bicycles and the mere pennies it costs to recharge the battery make electric bicycles a far more economical choice for anyone commuting to work, school or anywhere else you need to go.

A commuter bicycle made in commuter heaven - electric bicycles are a great choice for people in small or large cities around the globe.  It is easy to travel into work on electric bicycles and you can even buy a folding electric bicycle so you can be assured to be able to take your bicycle into the office, gym, house or anywhere you want to store it rather than leaving it outside.

Electric bicycles are also safer for the environment than any car or hybrid vehicle.  Electric bicycles have become very popular with many families looking for alternatives to second or third vehicles.  In fact there are likely more electric bicycles on the road than you may realize.

Electric bicycles do not necessarily stick out any more than traditional bicycles.  With electric bike kits, for example, you can convert almost any bike into an electric bike.  But, before you rush out to order a conversion kit for an electric bike you want to make sure that your bike can be converted - there are some models that may not be able to be converted for one reason or another.

Most bike shops will let you know if your bike can become an electric bike or not and some will even do the conversion for you and test it so you know your electric bike kit was set up right.

Today's economy almost demands that people find alternative means of transportation other than buying 2nd or 3rd cars.  Electric bicycles have been seen as one of the safest and most economical alternatives to traditional cars and even hybrid cars.

Rather than spend thousands of dollars per year on insurance and skyrocketing gas prices you can get where you need to go by selecting on of the electric bicycles on the market.

25May/082

Electric bike kit | the guide

Electric bike kit

Electric bike kit

NYCeWheels just added an electric bike kit guide to their website.

They walk you through all of the important questions step by step. I wish they had it around when I first picked out my folding bike and equipped it with an electric bike kit. It'd have saved me some time during my research. The electric bike kit guide appears to be an ongoing project. I encourage all of you to look it over and see if you have any questions that aren't answered on it. The more feedback you give them, the more they'll improve and add to the electric bike kit guide, and the more useful it will be to everyone.

I always get excited by resources such as this, especially when they are dynamic and respond to the needs of the user with new updates and information. It just makes me feel like part of a community. The electric bike kit community grows more and more every day, so it's good to see resources for that community, with it in mind, that respond to the needs of the community.

Pick the ultimate electric bike kit.

5May/073

Electric bike motor, electric bike kits

Electric bike kits are comprised of an electric bike motor, a battery pack, throttle, and charger.  The electric bike motor kit should (and most do) include everything you need when you want a conversion kit for electric bike.

It is a good idea to make sure that the electric bike motor kit you are buying does include everything you will need to convert your bike to an electric bike.  If the retailer does not indicate that the electric bike kit includes everything you need than you may want to ask the question before buying.

An electric bike motor kit is a great investment if you already have a quality bike that you are comfortable with and is compatible for an electric bike motor kit.

This is when it becomes really important to choose your retailer carefully.  The reality is that some online retailers are just looking to make a profit and will sell an electric bike kit to anyone that wants one, whether or not it will work with their specific bike.

A reputable retailer will make sure your bike is compatible first or they will advise you before you buy your electric bike kit.

The electric bike motor and the full electric bike kit can also give you the best of both worlds when it is combined with a folding bike.  A folding bike is a great way to minimize the storage space needed while maximizing your ability to obtain all the benefits of a great bike.

Some retailers offer folding bikes that are already electrified – the retailer adds the electric bike conversion kit to the bike for you.  Finding a retailer that can do this is great because then you can be assured that your electric bike conversion kit is installed properly and will operate when you receive it.

Though it is relatively easy to install an electric bike motor kit on your bike, if you have the ability to hire a retailer to do it for you than you are better off.  For those that cannot, you can probably install your electric motor bike quickly and easily.

BionX electric bike kit

BionX electric bike kit

Again, the most important thing to remember if you are considering buying an electric bike kit is to make sure your motorized bike kit includes everything you need to convert your bike to an electric bike – and, of course, that your bike can be converted with an electric bike kit.

More and more retailers offer custom made electric bike kits.  If you are considering buying a custom electric bike conversion kit you again want to make sure that you are buying from a reputable retailer.  We found a great electric bike motor kit at a shop in New York City called NYCewheels.  Click here for details on the  BionX electric bike kit.

21Oct/052

My electric bike adventure

If you're like me, you probably suffered from all kinds of depression before you owned an electric bicycle and didn't even know why. In my case, I have something called Seasonal Affective Disorder or seasonal depression as it's more commonly known. Yes, I am quite literally SAD! This coupled with how defeated I felt when my doctor advised me to take better care of myself due to my diabetes was definitely a one-two punch for me last winter (that is, until I purchased my electric motor bicycle). SAD was something I vowed would not get me down this wintertime, not as long as I had my electric motor bike. I had made plans to ride my electric bike with the same frequency I had all spring and summer long into the decidedly less electric bike friendly winter months. I would be utterly unphased by whatever Old Man Winter put in front of me and my electric motor bicycle. Below freezing temperatures are no match for electric powered bicycles!

But then winter rolled around and it looked as if global warming took care of my SAD for me. Bright days and moderate temperatures allowed me to run down and get a newspaper in just a sweatshirt. I decided that this was a cause for celebration. I came upstairs and my wife was sitting on the couch with her laptop looking up electric motor bicycles for a future purchase. She had been so impressed by my Birdy BionX folder that she decided that she wanted an electric motor bike of her own. And who could blame her for those electric powered bicycle aspirations? Since I bought my electric bicycle, I felt like a completely new man. I think she knew electric bicycles be the best thing she's done since moving out of her Mom's house in Neptune, New Jersey around when she met yours truly. But enough about Meredith and New Jersey, this story is all about me and my electric motor bicycle!

I decided that I would take advantage of the gorgeous weather with one of my patented Manhattan adventures. These almost always involve electric powered bikes. One of my favorite pastimes is to head out to my local dealer and check out the latest and greatest electric motor bikes. I go to a little place out here on the Upper East Side of New York City called NYCeWheels and they always seem to know what the coolest new gadgets are. I hopped on my electric bike and zipped off to the shop. My favorite R.E.M. song was playing ("Shiny Happy People" for those of you who might be curious!) as I waltzed in and leaned my electric powered bike on the side wall and took in the vast selection of electric bikes in stock.

I decided to take an Ezee Quando out for a test ride (another electric powered bicycle that folds, I'm obsessed!) and I had a great time zipping in and out of the park. I brought it back into the shop with a smile on my face that was both huge and genuine. What a great ride! I might have to get one for Meredith just so we can maybe take a trip down to Florida sometime and ride around on our brand new electric bicycles. I also tried out something that has been referred to as a California electric scooter, the GoPed. In my opinion, an electric bike has it beat any day!