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Old 11-28-2009, 07:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Agreed: my mom's e-bike is a bit of a pig to ride, because it's got a lead acid pack and despite an aluminum frame the whole thing is heavy. 65 lbs?

But if you truly only want occasional ASSIST, you can actually build a lightweight electric hybrid. How does a 100 watt motor and 4.2 pounds total system weight sound?

See: Super Lightweight Assist -An ultra light-weight DIY electric assist system for a bike or human-powered vehicle

The problem with most e-bikes & kits is they're designed to be e-bikes you sometimes pedal.
Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
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Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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