Before I write this Lectric Bike Review, I want to make it clear that I am in no way being compensated by the company and have no relationship with anyone who works there. We have owned our Lectric Bikes for a couple of months now and I wanted to wait until we moved from one campsite to another to post this review.
After much research and a recommendation from some friends we decided to buy the Step-Through Lectric bikes with fat tires. The ordering process was pretty simple but we were concerned that we could not get a guaranteed shipping date. As we travel frequently we needed to be sure the bike would arrive during our stay and Lee ultimately solved that problem by finding a live person who had stock on hand. The shipping from that point went off very well and I was impressed by how neatly the bikes were packed.
Despite Lee’s being really good at putting things together he did find it a bit of a challenge although eventually they were all setup. The “out of the box” bikes came with the basics and we immediately saw we wanted to make some upgrades.
Ultimately we replaced the rear platform with a basket and added rearview mirrors, a cup holder, a phone holder, new seat, nice rain covers, and saddle bags. By the time we were done we had spent roughly $3500 and were excited to try them out.
I was a little nervous initially trying the bikes, but after a short getting used to it I found them to be really great. The driver’s assist function was awesome helping out with pedaling on long rides or up hills and the batteries lasted way longer than I thought they would. My only complaint at this point was how heavy the bikes were compared to what I thought they would be. In all fairness a lighter version is available but I felt like I needed the bigger tires for stability. They were heavy enough before we did the add ons, but once we added the extra baskets we needed both of us to lift them in and out of our truck.
Worse before we added the baskets they folded nicely and fit perfectly under the tonneau cover, but after the baskets were added they didn’t fold as well or fit under the cover. We played around with baskets but Lee never could get the bikes to lay flat after we added them.
On the plus side we were able to chain them up next to our rig and Lee used his almost every day to go to work for weeks. Since we only have one vehicle having a second option for in town travel was absolutely terrific and far less costly than buying a second car would have been. Still we do travel frequently and we weren’t sure how we would load them and tow our RV. Ultimately Lee did find a solution although he was forced to take the front baskets off. They just barely fit in the front of our truck bed with the RV hitched which was a huge sigh of relief.
Long term we are going to look for a better solution, but in the short term this will work. All in all I am super glad we bought them for a second mode of transportation, but honestly I am not sure how often we will take them places just to ride them. It’s a bit of a hassle and getting them in and out of the truck (which is difficult now) will get worse the older we get. Lee is looking into a foldup cargo tray for the back of the rig so we’ll see what happens going forward.
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