Electric Bikes? Do they suck?

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I'm thinking of getting a fat tire electric bike to use for dawn patrol surf fishing. Anyone own one? What do you think? Almost 3Gs it looks like for a decent one.
There's a big ass hill to get home from the beach, I'm too old and lazy to ride up that bitch
 

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Rented one at skypark in lake arrowhead and it was a blast. Heavy mfers but make the hill climbs much easier. Not allowed on all trails depending on the type of e-bike. I think pedal assist are generally more accepted. Check pinkbike for used ones.
 
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To keep the weight down and depending on your needs....you probably don't need any suspension or the widest tires and agree with assist only. I like em! but going from a 60lb to a 35-40 lb model is a game changer.
 
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I really like mine but I would not leave it unattended regardless on what lock you get and I would not bring it onto the sand. You can get new ebike for 1,500.
 
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To me it looks like 2 different groups, some look like mountain bikes that they slap a battery and motor on and the other group looks designed to be electric.
I'm thinking fat tires so I can ride it on sand.
 
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I'm thinking of getting a fat tire electric bike to use for dawn patrol surf fishing. Anyone own one? What do you think? Almost 3Gs it looks like for a decent one.
There's a big ass hill to get home from the beach, I'm too old and lazy to ride up that bitch

Electric bikes and bikes in general are very similar to fishing gear. You have your high end and low end stuff. The differences can be huge (ride quality, bike purpose, service parts, safety, geometry, etc.) I've worked in the bike industry since the 80's and get asked questions about ebikes all the time. Ultimately, it'll boil down to narrowing down your choice to what you can afford and test riding those bikes. Inventory in the industry is very limited so it's not always easy to test ride these days.

I'm also a fairly avid surf fisherman and have thought of the same thing as you're asking about. For riding on the actual beach a fat tire bike is the way to go since the tires cover the widest surface area. That said, think about the other specs on the bike. Chain, derailleurs, cables, battery, drive unit, spokes, etc. I'll just say this...salt water and fine sand are not nice to bikes (low end or high end).

As simple as it sounds there is no kickstand optimized for use on sand. You'd probably want to bring a little piece of wood support the foot of your kickstand. Ideally, you don't want your bike falling onto the sand. It's just like when you're surf fishing and accidentally drop your wet reel onto sand. Uh oh.

I've used bikes to get to certain surf fishing spots but have either locked up the bike before walking onto the sand or bringing it onto the sand (not riding) and placing it on really firm sand with a flat rock under the kickstand.

As for pedal assist systems, I prefer Bosch. They have the best service program on the back end of things. Shimano and Brose are really nice too. On the lower end of things Bafang is one of the better brands but they have a lot to work on in terms of after market service.

If you do end up with a bike and ride it on the sand please do your due diligence and keep it as clean and dry as possible.

Feel free to ask away and I'll do my best to give the best advice possible.
 
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The bikes themselves don't, it just seems that many of the people who ride them do. If you get one, don't be *that guy* who forgets the rules of the road.
 
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I was down fishing the surf a couple months ago and saw some dude with an electric bike fishing and it seemed like a perfect way to cover some ground. Now I want one. My question is, can you take it on most beaches ? What are the rules and restrictions ?
 
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To ride on the beach?
The salt is gonna destroy it.
Just get a beach cruiser with gears and a stainless chain.
I rode one surf fishing on the beach with 3 rocket launchers for years.
Use one flip flop for the kickstand
 
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    I have a quiet kat ranger 750 mostly used for tooling around when i take my RV out but i do use it for hunting/exploring alot also.This thing is tough and you can even put a trailer on it for surf fishing if you want and it doesnt even know its there,ive drug out whole deer and elk quarters no problems at all.Ive never had the opportunity to take mine in beach sand but im sure it would be no problem,Theres a picture of one on this page set up for fishing
     
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    Thanks, pretty much exactly what as I looking for. All I found around here are kind of commuter
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    Never turn your back on it, locked up or not.
     
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    We have two Pedego bikes that we like very very much. You can pedal as much or as little as you like. One is the “Stretch” model and we are selling it and looking to get $3000 for it. It has about 90 miles total on it and we have found it to be too big for our needs. It was originally purchased to get groceries. We will be replacing it with a smaller Pedego. The Stretch would be perfect to outfit for taking your fishing gear to the beach. Attached are photos. These bikes are in high demand and a new one will take many months to get. This one works great and is a smoking deal at $3k. DM me if interested. Will

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    That is nice but looking for more all terrain kinda thing. If I got that my wife would want to go on the back., kind of defeats the purpose. Thanks, that is a good deal
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    Love em, I ride mine almost daily but as others have stated don’t turn your back on them, This is my second set after having two stolen recently.

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    My grandfather and grandma born in China. Moved to LA with my dad in the late 50s, my grandpa fought with the US on the same side. As a fighter pilot and flew my dad and grandmother to the US/LA.

    Was a huge part in the infancy stages of electric forms of scooters and transportation. My paps was a large part in the development of the (direct drive hub motor) no sound, no heat, very efficient, and a hunters dream for atvs with no smell. The motor is in the wheel/hub. Even with trade dress right patents, design patents, ect. CHINA STOLE it. And yet.

    This is the big one China stole from my family in the infancy stages. Yes, 100% Segway influenced. But 4 wheels for the Q Electric Chariot. No learning curve, can turn 360% in its own area, handicap are elevated looking down and not up to people. Ect. Fk China and I'm Chinese

    The 2 small rear wheels. Turns the unit. No gyros required


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    Ripped off. E bike made in the USA I suggest.

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