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Old 09-05-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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There's only so much you can fit inside one of those cute woven baskets found on the common bicycle: a small bag of groceries, fresh-cut flowers and a baguette, maybe a puppy.

But the new 2X4 cargo bike from NTS Works is built to haul up to 100 pounds of goods and, with the help of its electrical-assist engine, go as fast as 20 miles an hour.

New electric bike can haul 100 pounds of cargo – What's Next - CNN.com Blogs
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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This nonsense bike costs $4800

My bike cost $65 and can haul 120 lbs. I can easily hit 25mph without an electrical assist.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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$4800 is a bit high for a bike, even with electric assist. Though I do think some specialty racing bikes go even higher.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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E-bikes are, almost as a rule, the playthings of wealthy pseudo-greens. Generally, the lowest-cost solution for an individual is the greenest way to get things done.

In this case, the $4800 e-bike doesn't have any market niche it can fill, and it's just another "look at my fancy expensive toy that shows I'm environmentally responsible."

I'm sure the creator of this bike will promote it by claiming it's more environmentally friendly than an automobile with an ICE engine. That is true, but this bike is no replacement for a car.
- It can't carry even a single passenger
- It can't carry a significant volume of cargo (looks like about 3 grocery bags might fit, if you are VERY careful and don't mid your eggs and kale getting crushed by cargo webbing.
- It can't cover a significant distance in a reasonable amount of time.

Who might use this bike? The 0.01% of the population who:
- Live within 5 miles of work, shopping, and entertainment
- Live alone.
- Are too lazy to pedal a normal bike.
- Have $5000 to spare.

There are specialized bicycles which can carry a significant amount of cargo and/or passengers. They are about half the price of this bike and, yes, they are unwieldy, but not so much so that they are impossible to ride. They just take some getting used to.

The lowest-cost and greenest way to do exactly what this bike does is to buy a sturdy rack for for a low-end mountain bike with saddlebags. While they're rated around 50 lbs, in reality, rear racks can easily carry 120+ lbs of cargo, and it takes all of 5 minutes to learn how to balance the extra weight.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:52 PM
 
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I like this approach:

Mattress_Lot Delivers by BIKE - YouTube
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:32 PM
 
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Sponger - you don't know about the DIY ebike community. Spend some time at endless-sphere.com and you'll see there are many of us who build ebikes for about a grand. I have 17000 miles on mine. Its just as fast for getting around as a car, has 30mile range, and does what you wouldn't dream of doing on a pedal bike. I agree 4800 is way too expensive for an ebike. But 1000 is paid off in not too long. When you consider how much extra food cost it would be to pedal 100%, the ebike wins big time over the long run, if you need 5-15k miles a yr transportation.

Disclaimer - I also enjoy road and mtn biking for sport.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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I've seen bikes of this kind (heavy capacity eBike) in use for urban grocery and takeout delivery. Remember, just because something doesn't make sense to YOU doesn't mean it doesn't make sense to others.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Someone should study history.....
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