The Veggie Biker owns two bikes (no, three, one in Missouri). He has a rule. In town, he rides his hybrid Giant Cypress LX Model bike. It is an extra-large frame for men over 6 feet tall. New, it is a $575 bike. But he bought for $25 because the guy he bought it from was about 5 feet, 8 inches.
The bike has a luggage rack, front and rear lights, and water bottle, bought at Fullerton Bicycles.
To commute, he rides a Hebb E-Bike 10 miles each way across four cities to and from campus. He bought the Hebb, which is made in Tyler, TX, for really good money from Myron’s Extreme Machines in Fullerton, CA. The bike has 4,000 miles on it after two years. At 8 cents per 25 miles (and everyone let’s you plug in whereever you are), it has paid for itself easily.
The Hebb comes complete with all accessories.
By Act of Congress, electric bikes can only cruise at 20 mph (though there are things you can do after-market that will allow you to pedal–not motor–faster). If you break a leg, you can still motor home at a slightly slower speed. If you forget to recharge the batter, you can pedal home at a really slow speed.
And if you have a flat, call a friend with a pickup truck.
To commute is to haul stuff. In the case of the Veggie Biker–laptops and homework to be graded. The best solution for both bikes is a set of Jannd panniers. Only one problem, the clip on the panniers that clip into the side struts of the luggage carrier FALL OFF–no matter how much you tighten them. When the Veggie Biker lodged a complaint, Jannd said they were well aware of the problem. They have pasted a warning label on the clip telling you to tighten as much as possible. When Jannd complained to the German manufacturer, Jannd said the Germans told them, “Only Americans lose these clips. Germans never do.”
All bikes are serviced at Fullerton Bicycles.