Tuesday, July 05, 2011
I am going to repost my Amazon.com Review of Currie Electric E Bikes because I so love them. $290 Amazon.com "Review of Currie Electric Kit"
"The Currie Electric Kit works great!!! I used to love to bike around cities in Louisiana. The swamps made everything flat on streets. Then I moved to Texas and the hills were a real issue with biking. I go to a college night school with very limited car parking space. I also live a bit far from the closest bus stop, and library. In burning Texas heat that can be a nightmare on foot. I tried seven brands of electric, and gas scooters. Most were just toys, meant only to be opened by kids on Christmas, and to break in a day or two. My last gas motor scooter worked one day before it never worked again. Yet the Currie brand kit works just like I had hoped my other scooters would work, but never did! (It did require a special Freewheel Remover to put the cassette onto the wheel. There is no way to use household tools around this issue, be sure to buy one at a bike shop for 14 dollars. Watch how to install it on E-Bikes on Youtube.) It has driven miles every day for several weeks. It cuts my bike time in half. One charge lasts many days, so the 200 charge limit on discount batteries lasts for a very long time. I am far smaller then the 250 pound full power strength limit, so the bike power was not limited. It drives me so fast up hills that I sometimes leap for a foot or two in the air, like a bike riding Dukes of Hazard episode with ramp leap. It consistently takes you 20 miles an hour at full throttle for four hours per battery. It did not slow, even up 70 and 80 degree slope hills. I did not need to touch the pedals at all. (I had to have the breaks tightened on my bike because it was moving too fast for safety with the older default break position.) It was less then an eighth of the cost of my other scooters! It does not smell as bad, or run as loudly as gas bike conversion kits. The batteries can be recycled. Wow, I wish I had known about this product sooner. I am glad I found it on my surfing of Amazon.com the other day! My roommate spends 200 dollars on gas every month, for the price of one month of gas I have gas free transportation with keys, ignition, and motor.
"One product issue is that you will still have to work a little on an electric bike. The handle bars will not steer themselves. If you stand up on the pedals you are doing push-ups on the handle bars. Your legs and stomach will have to balance your weight on the seat. Pedaling is a natural motion so you will often move your legs a bit out of habit. You will have to lift yourself off the seat to soften blows from road cracks and pot holes. The street is not made for bikes, it is made for cars. This means you will often have to walk your bike across traffic filled intersections, and lift it over non ramped curbs. You will be far more active as compared to a car. It is no rest in an easy chair. In short it is not something a very sick, disabled, or extremely elderly person can do. Yet your efforts will be massively and severely eased and made faster by this product. This more gentle exercise will be less intimidating when compared to biking, so you will want to do more of it for longer time periods. There is another problem with discount kits. People with more expensive imported electric bikes will zip past you. This is a very low strength and heavy brand of electric kit compared to the ones that cost two thousand from elite overseas vendors. Yet for this price range it is top of the line. I think every store should carry this product next to the bikes as standard equipment. It would have been even nicer if they had offered the motor for purchase by itself, to make the initial price of the kit cheaper. Needing to buy the battery and motor at the same time makes it expensive for students on a tight budget. Still, it is a product well worth the money." Posted 7/5/11