Electric Bikes

I am looking for one. I don’t need it to do much more than commute a short distance for me and have a removable and reasonably water resistant battery casing.

It is not legal to override the max speed setting in the UK or in Vancouver but people do it. Max permitted speed in UK is 15 mph; in Vancouver 20 mph.

Which model do you have? The Vado SL 4.0 EQ is of interest to me. It weighs about 35lb, which is absurdly light. Range is short but I’m not planning on many long rides and, if the battery runs out, it’s still a 35lb bike, not bad!

It’s a 2020 model. I think the 4.0
Definitely more than 35 lbs. though. More like 50ish I think. Maybe the new ones are lighter.

Got it used from a friend but it only had a 100ish miles on it. They ended up not using it for commuting when covid hit and then it just collected dust.

I like the integrated lights in the fenders. Pretty sweet for evening rides.

Ah, you have the ‘regular’ Vado but not the SL (super light). So it’s heavier but that’s because it has more battery and more motor.

Any issues with anything? Agree that integrated lights are slick, my old bike just has clip on lights.

28mph is legal in my area for a class 3 bike. Some people do override max speeds though.

Q for all:
You ARE wearing proper helmets, right? I mean, it is the one organ that pays the bills.

Yes. I bought a better helmet when I got the ebike that provides protection for higher speed impacts.

I also have a hard to fit hat size. One size fits all rarely fits me.

I got this one:

Only issue has been a couple of flat tires. Tires that come on the bike are light, but a bit thin, so I picked up some of those plastic liners and then a sturdier rear tire (Continental RideTour). No problem since then. Will probably replace the front as well at some point.

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I always us these. We have a lot of thorns in our area.

Yep. One of the flats was from a goat head. Other was from a giant screw though, and that ruined the tire.

Go on…

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Weed that grows alongside the road and leaves these sharp bony thorns that will puncture your bike tire, or your foot if you step on them. Have had them go straight through my flip flops before. They are brutal.

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