Early on in our RV travels, we started seeing other RVers riding eBikes. We immediately knew that ebikes would be great for us, especially because of my (Tara) health issues! Since getting sick over 8 years ago (with chronic Lyme disease and several other chronic illnesses), I lost a LOT of strength and endurance. I hadn't ridden a bike in years and didn't;t think I would be able to ride very far on a traditional bike. These bikes sounded like the perfect thing to help me get back out on a bike and build up my strength and I could do it with as much or as little assistance as I needed! Woohoo
Now the confusing part…there were so many bike companies to choose from that it was confusing to know which brand would be the best for us. Plus the price tag was pretty steep! We also needed an easy way to store the bikes during travel. It was really these concerns that kept us dragging our feet on making a purchase.
Earlier this year, our good friends, Ron & Cindy Lou (you've seen these two in several videos 😜) purchased a pair of Lectric eBikes. They told us how much fun they were having on their new bikes, that the price was really affordable (under $1,000!) and also explained that the customer service had been excellent. They even met the owners at the Quartzite RV Show! Soon after talking with Ron and Cindy Lou about Lectric, some other friends Tom & Cheri of EnjoyTheJourney.life put out a video about their Lectric bikes! They introduced us to the owners of the company and we agreed to give these bikes a shot!
Lectric eBikes was founded by lifelong friends Levi and Robby because of their common passion – electric bicycles! Their goal was to build a quality electric bike at a more affordable price. Their Lectric XP was an instant hit and even earned the Top Choice award for ‘Best Folding Electric Fat Tire Bike of 2020’ by Electric Bike Review . They currently offer 2 choices of electric bikes. The Lectric XP and the new Lectric XP Step-Thru. The Lectric XP Step-Thru frame design makes it easier for riders to step into the bike rather than swing their foot over the top. This design makes the bike more accessible for customers with limited mobility (and those of us with shorter legs 😉).
If you decide to place an order, use code ChangingLanes for free pannier bags, like we have on ours. 👍🏼 😀
- 500W Motor (800W Peak)
- 10.4ah, 48v LG lithium-ion battery – 4-6 hour charge time, 25-50 mile range
- Free shipping and Arrives fully assembled
- 5 Pedal-Assist levels
- Class 2 and 3 Capabilities
- Tektro 160mm mechanical disc brakes
- 4″ x 20″ Fat tires
- Can be folded to 37 x 18 x 27 in
Thoughts So Far
We chose to get one XP bike for Chad and an XP Step-thru for Tara. We have had these electric bikes for over 2 months now and have been having a blast! We've to put them to the test for you guys…riding them on multiple types of terrain – paved roads, gravel, tough mountain biking trails, and even steep hills (11% grade!) In addition, we wanted to get the opinion of others, so we had several family members try them out. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them – my brother, most of all. Check out the corresponding video to see our first 6 rides!
- Ride 1 – Scarborough , Maine – Eastern Trail
- Ride 2 – Darien Center, New York – Darien Lakes State Park
- Ride 3 – Centerville, OH – Holes Creek Park
- Ride 4, 5, 6 – Franklin, NC – The Great Outdoors RV Resort and The Little Tennessee River Greenway
- Bonus Ride 7 (at the end) – Morristown, TN – Panther Creek State Park (Mountain Bike Trail)
How Do They Work?
The bikes have Pedal Assist levels 0-5. When on pedal-assist 0, you ride just like a normal bike. The different levels of pedal assist are there to assist you as much or as little as you need. We have found that PA 1-2 are what we use most often, but kicking it up to 3,4 and 5 are sometimes necessary on steep hills and long inclines. We have also noticed a difference in performance based on weight. Chad is almost twice the size of me and therefore will use more battery, especially when riding up hills. I noticed that going up steep hills was pretty easy for me, but Chad still had to pedal quite a bit. In addition, the bikes are equipped with a throttle for quick bursts of pedal assistance.
Folding up the bikes is pretty easy as well. The quick-release clamps make it a quick process to fold them up. On travel days, we store ours in the back seat of our truck. Yes, we know we have a large toy hauler with a garage 😜 But our garage is pretty full already, so Chad decided the easiest way for us to transport them is in the truck.DO keep in mind that these electric bikes are heavier than a regular bike (63 pounds with bike and battery). Since the bikes aren't supposed to get wet, we do keep these bikes under a cover when they are outside. We also keep them locked up to the RV.
For safety, we always wear a helmet when riding our Lectric bikes! We originally bought helmets at Dick's Sporting Goods, but we just received our new Sena helmets with built-in Bluetooth capability. Now, Chad and I can talk to each other easily! We also ordered new seats, shocks, and rearview mirrors for extra comfort and safety. We look forward to testing all of those out soon!
Although I was nervous trying out the eBikes for the first time, I quickly got the hang of it and now enjoy zipping right along (and passing Chad)! There was only a slight learning curve for both of us – mainly getting used to the feeling of Pedal Assist and throttle and when to use them. We are having a blast on our Lectric eBikes and are so thankful that Lectric sent them to us to try out! We will continue to share our rides with you in our adventures and will update you on how we are liking the add-ons we recently purchased!
- Lectric eBikes: changinglanesrv.com/lectric
- Sena Helmets: amzn.to/2GoH65i
- Handlebar Bike Mirror: amzn.to/34KRM7C
- Bike Suspension Seatpost: amzn.to/2TJ4HAz
- Bikeroo padded bike seat: amzn.to/3ehArpU