See Plenty of eBikes Way Overpriced – March 4, 2021

On Facebook, I see many ebike ads or crowdfunding campaigns. At best, it’s 50% off with the price being roughly $500. At worst, it’s 50% off for an ebike that is on sale for $1,500. For the cheaper ebikes, they are often made of cheap plastic. For most of them, they only come with a one-year warranty.

An ebike is a bike that relies on some sort of motor, usually powered by a USB device that generates power. Another issue is how fast they can go and if they are legal without a tag or helmet. I don’t have an ebike, and I would check with the state before buying one to see if I needed a tag and/or helmet. I suspect riding it using power would violate local city ordinances about using it on sidewalks. I could probably use it on the sidewalk if I wasn’t using power. Locally, there’s a maximum speed allowed depending on which route you use. Think it’s 35 MPH where they are allowed. Some can exceed 38+ MPH and I would keep it under the legal speed allowed. Plus, they may not be allowed on major thoroughfares.

I could find a decent gas-powered bicycle a lot cheaper than an ebike. Thankfully, I am able to ride my regular bike most places I need to get to. When I can’t, I am often able to find a ride to get where I need to go.

Also, some of the ebikes require special tools to fix them. Some don’t have spokes and rely on you being on great streets or risk damaging the tires.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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