Howdy from the Land of Enchantment

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by whitedog, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    Hi folks,

    My name is Bob Hupp from beautiful downtown Truth or Consequences, NM where it's a balmy 98 degrees at the moment.

    I recently decided that it was stupid to drive a 15mpg car daily on a 2 1/2 mile commute. I've been coming in on the bicycle but there are a couple of loooooooonng hills that make that more of a chore than I'd like. It sounds like adding a motor to the bike is the answer. I was originally looking at electric kits for the short distances that I'd be riding but the difference in price and hill climbing ability between the electric and gas kits has me leaning toward gas at the moment.

    I'm currently looking at kits from spooky tooth in AZ or thatsdax in CO. Any advice on how either of these people are to deal with would be appreciated. Are there any other kits that I should be looking at?

    At this point, any advice is appreciated.

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    welcome to MBc ! :D
    you can research both of those vendors using our search ! :cool:
  3. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Welcome to the group.

    azkronic is right plenty of info about both vender's is available by searching.

    I have personally dealt with both and have nothing bad or even neutral to say about either.

    Either one would be tie for my first choice.
  4. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    welcome whitedog to mbc!
  5. crgintx

    crgintx Guest

    I've been to both Holloman and Cannon AFB in the Land of Entrapment. With the distance your talking about you should be able to use any 24-48v system with light pedaling without having to charge except when you get home.
  6. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    I agree with you on that score. There are a couple of hills on the route that are making me lean toward a gas bike. There is an RV park at the head of the street where I live and I had the opportunity to watch one of the residents on his eGo heading downtown. He wound up walking it up one of the hills. If it weren't for that concern, I might go electric.

    Another factor is cost. Picking the Wilderness Energy hub motor as an example: That runs about $450 plus shipping. The dax 65cc kit is running about $150 plus shipping. That's a difference in price of $300. Assuming that the after purchase expenses on the electric are zero and that the only cost to running the gas bike is the cost of gas, that means that at $3/gallon I would have to use 100 gallons of gas before it would be more economical to run an electric. 100 gallons of gas at, say, 100 miles to the gallon means that I would have to run 10,000 miles before break even. Since my commute is about 2.5 miles each way, that equates to about 2000 days of riding or a little under 5 1/2 years.

    I agree that there are benefits to the electics. I just wish that they made more economic sense.
  7. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    From Gods Country

    Over in the SE corner east of Hobbs. Welcome to the forum. Before you get settled on on type or supplier, check out the different types of gasoline powered. They are quite efficient, have power and can be used for other transportation. Like FUN.
    Welcome and glad you are here
  8. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    Hello and welcome!!!
    My best advice would be to grab a beverage (I prefer coffee, but that's just me), settle in, and browse through all the different forums MB.c has to offer. there are many different types of systems, and researching them all will better help you narrow down which might be best for your application...
    Have fun, don't be shy; dig in, and ask questions when you have them.
  9. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    yup, what they all said...

    welcome to MBc :cool:
  10. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    Thanks guys for the friendly welcome.

    I should probably say that I've been lurking and reading for about the past month but hadn't registered or posted before I decided to take the plunge. I have the dax 65cc kit on order (based primarily on augidog's glowing review) and look forward to sharing the joys and frustrations as they occur.

    I'm currently debating about whether to put the motor on my existing el-cheapo mountain bike or to look for a single speed cruiser somewhere.

    Regards from southern New Mexico (which, contrary to some peoples opinion, really is part of the US).
  11. Welcome in! You will not regret your purchase! - I have teh 48cc kit and I've only ever had minor issues, over a year and I'm still commuting on it and beating my neighbors in their SUVs into town. mostly because I don't have to stop at lights and I can squeeze past buses to get where I need to go.
  12. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    interesting. this is the first direct reference to a product review...after you get familiar, please give the community some candid owner's-feedback in the 65cc review topic if you would...i'll be paying close attention, too :)

    welcome to the MBc :cool:
  13. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    I'll do just that although I expect that I'll have the usual teething problems of a novice builder. I'll try to keep the self inflicted wounds separate from product comments.
  14. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    well, then, we'll see how effective the forum is...i assume you've got the basics researched & you'll know what you're looking at when you get it ;)

    and we like hearing about the self-inflicted wounds, so give us a project topic
    in general discussion and we'll go "ouch :shock:" at all the right moments :lol:

    here's a freebie for your journal: unless you expedited, the "dax-wait" is gonna have you crazy :rolleyes:

  15. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    OK. I'll start a project topic and keep y'all posted once I start the build.

    No, I didn't expedite. I understand the wait. Not that I like it you understand but....

    I do have some things to do before the engine gets here.

    1. Decide whether I want to use my existing mountain bike frame or look for something else.

    2. If I do use the mb frame, upgrade the brakes.

    3. If I do use the mb frame, change the handlebars so a set of cruiser bars and transfer all the cabling over.

    4. If...,get a dual pull brake lever, put it on and get it set up.

    5. If...,true the wheels.

    Hey, this is a project. It wouldn't be fun without all sorts of decisions and opportunities to exercise your vocabulary of unprintable terms.:smile:
  16. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    You can follow the saga of "Plain Jane" over in the general discussions forum if you are interested.