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#1 2021-08-02 14:39:36

Darron
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Registered: 2014-05-22
Posts: 103

Long Tail Utility eBikes?

Anyone currently have or has had a long tail utility ebike?  If so what make/model and any pros/cons/tips?

I'm thinking of getting one for commuting, shopping, and elementary school runs (all less than 2miles).

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#2 2021-08-02 16:16:14

dougmc
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Registered: 2008-06-01
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Re: Long Tail Utility eBikes?

I've got a basic non-suspension mountain bike, set up as your typical commuter with fat road tires and an XtraCycle FreeRadical kit on the back.

It looks sort of like the one in this photo.

It's OK.  I don't ride it any more, as I recumbents now, so some day I need to sell it ...

It was definitely good for carrying big things, and I could carry an extra person back there too.  (And I added a second handlebar back there for them to hold on to.)

If I had it to do again, I'd skip the kit and just get something with a long frame to start with as it would just keep things simpler, more solid.

That said, for shopping on my bike, I found that simply pulling one of those two kid trailers with an ordinary bike worked *great*.  They have lots of storage, can be removed easily, and cars will see that trailer and give you ten or twenty feet of space rather than two :)

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#3 2021-08-03 09:45:40

Darron
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Registered: 2014-05-22
Posts: 103

Re: Long Tail Utility eBikes?

Thanks Doug,

Yep, I've used a trailer for shopping previously too and agree it works a treat.  Right now I'm leaning towards Pedego or RadPower long tail bikes.

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