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#1 Old 05-11-2009, 03:22 PM
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I've been wanting to get a bike for quite some time now, but have been putting it off, as I really would like to get some type of pedal assist. As it will hopefully be a replacement for a car in most situations I would prefer the pedal assist not be gas.



I've read/heard a bit about kinetic assists, and it really intrigues me.



Recently I was at the farmers market and a new bicycle company was there, handmaking bikes here in town. Not only were they local, they were super cool too. They're modelled after the Ferguson bicycle. They're internally geared, and just seem like the perfect bike for me.



So I spoke with the guy and he contacted some company he knows in portland doing these kinetic assists, but he said they couldn't do it on their fergussons, but he could put it on some other extended storage type bike (not internally geared), that i didn't really like as much as the ones they currently do.



The point of my thread is I'm wondering a few things.



-Does anyone one a pedal assist bike?

-Anyone experienced with

*kinetic assists

*fegusson bikes

*another type of non gas assist
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I have no idea, but www.bikeforums.net has a forum on electric bikes (as well as a car-free forum).

Catch a shape in the circles of my mind.
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I don't think pedal assist is exactly up their alley, but you might get some great ideas for unusual bikes from the Human Powered Vehicle Association.

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I bought a bike and have yet to even learn how to ride it. I know pretty lame.

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I bought a bike and have yet to even learn how to ride it. I know pretty lame.



Maybe I'll do that then I don't need to worry about the pedal assist
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#6 Old 05-14-2009, 10:38 PM
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1. Why do you think you need pedal assist?

2. What type of bike are you considering to get? 3 speeds can be very maintainence free, but depending on the terrain, they may not be enough.

3. For car free, after a few months (once you are used to biking), google "bicycle trailer".
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It's not that I think I need a pedal assist, I want one. It's something I've been interested in for quite some time, and have held of getting a bike partially for this reason (also cause I haven't found anything I love).



The company here in town makes fergusson type bikes and I thought they were pretty nifty on top of being made here in town.
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I want this one! Best of recumbent and assist in one package:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Z3o4v9PHM



Look how fast it goes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WgDYKGzTvs
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MrFalafel -- they don't make Bike E's anymore.



Which is a shame, since I want one. A fellow I know has one and I'm really, really envious of it. There are several things about the design I really like.



The speed doesn't seem exceptional either, especially for what appears to be a recumbent with a faring. His uphill speed is pretty good though, which seems to be one of the weaknesses of recumbents.
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