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    Hello, fellow expats. Amurrican, here. As I prepare to move into a suburban area, I face the decision of where to spend my money with transportation. I am looking to cut costs.

    The schools seem like they're spaced in a way that requires moderate bicycling effort, but would be most convenient with a car. My current pred owns a car while the two before her rode bikes. I recently looked into electrically assisted bicycles and am wondering if anyone has had any experience with them. The extra push from an electric bike seems like it could save some sweat (and laundry) when commuting.

    Feel free to share general transport stories of all vehicular varieties, as I'm not the only incoming ALT needing to make a decision this fall.

    (Yes, I know I am a filthy landwhale for even considering an electric bicycle)

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    Only people I've seen with electric assist are 60+ years old. Get a regular bike if you're going down that route.

    Or take over your pred's car. Driving isn't that scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coop52 View Post
    Only people I've seen with electric assist are 60+ years old. Get a regular bike if you're going down that route.

    Or take over your pred's car. Driving isn't that scary!
    I seeee. Fear of driving I can change, but the money that would require I cannot. I have a lot of debt, so I'm trying to save money.

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    Are you anywhere where it will snow? Ice biking is miserable.
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    Life without a car is no life at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ini View Post
    Life without a car is no life at all.
    I thought about it, and it's beginning to look that way. I may just try and supplement the gas usage with bike rides. Still, has anyone used these granny bikes? They're fascinating!

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    My friend, a 28-something, let me use her electric bike last year in the fall. She doesn't live in an area with a lot of snow, but even I, Lianwen, found it super easy to use but a little scary because you do zoooooom along.

    It also seemed like a bitch to charge. She had to unhook the power pack when she parked in in her apartment garage and carry inside every night and then out again in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    Are you anywhere where it will snow? Ice biking is miserable.
    It does make a cycle to work more interesting though.
    Last edited by SomePeopleJustSaySnow; May 31st, 2014 at 16:32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourdoughsushi View Post
    I thought about it, and it's beginning to look that way. I may just try and supplement the gas usage with bike rides. Still, has anyone used these granny bikes? They're fascinating!
    They're really easy to ride. We did a group bike ride once when all but one of us were on rented tourist center-supplied electric bikes, and the poor girl on the regular bike got left in the dust a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therealwindycity View Post
    They're really easy to ride. We did a group bike ride once when all but one of us were on rented tourist center-supplied electric bikes, and the poor girl on the regular bike got left in the dust a few times.
    Bwahaha, that's so wrong.

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    They're trying to market them to all people recently (especially to people that commute over hills) though so you probably won't get laughed at.
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    Electric bikes are so great. I got to borrow one once after I'd crashed my own bicycle into a pole (I'm graceful) and it was like riding a pedaled moving sidewalk.

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    They are fun, my GF's friend has one. It's weird because you start off with a regular pedal but within 10 seconds the motor kicks in.
    If you're trying to save money seems like it would be a waste of money to charge that huge battery all the time!
    Why not take the 6-8man that kind of bike will cost and buy a real bike. You can get an entry level road bike/ urban for that price. You'll get in shape too.

    Use a work out shirt and shorts and change into your work clothes at school. I used to do that.
    Electric bikes might be fast compared to a mama chari but they are still slow compared to anything with 700c wheels.
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    or get a scooter. Also, getting a car won't be as expensive as you think it will be. Especially if you do the ALT thing and get a Piece of Shit Kei car
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    Word. My kei was around 15 man, and it's in pretty decent condition and has actual safety features. You can find cars for even cheaper if you just want something that has four wheels and goes.

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    But you have to pay for insurance + gas.


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    but you dont look like a complete tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ini View Post
    but you dont look like a complete tool.
    Electric bicycles look super-snazzy.

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    It's not as expensive as you might think. I pay less than 2 man a month for car related stuff. Kei's are really cheap to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomePeopleJustSaySnow View Post
    Electric bicycles look super-snazzy.
    If you ride an electric bike you might as well hang a notice round your neck announcing to the world that you have no intention of ever having sex again.
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