According to the respective manufacturers Web sites and the reviews I've read, this could be the perfect vehicle for commuting/hauling/picking up friends at the bus stop.
From Xtracycle's manufactuer's site:"The convenience of a utilitarian bike that's so easy to ride you always have it with you, ready to haul. The safety of a loaded bike that's designed to be ridden loaded. The comfort of getting that backpack or messenger bag off your sweaty shoulders . Say goodbye to the one hand on the bar one hand holding the bag “adventure” (accident waiting to happen), and hello to the unadulterated fun of a bike that wants to get loaded and used."
From Clever Chimp, the company that brings us Stoke Monkey: "Most electric bike products are designed for people who don’t, won’t, or can’t ride regular bicycles. Stokemonkey is different. We don’t believe in replacing human power with electricity; we believe in replacing cars for tasks that even the strongest cyclists seldom if ever choose to handle without a car. Developed in a car-free household, Stokemonkey is for fellow riders who want to become more completely independent of cars in their daily lives."
The Stoke Monkey kit is:
A 36-volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery packs and charger
30 “D” or “F” cells (9 or 13Ah), spot-welded in series, with 25A discharge fuses
Rugged ABS enclosures and quality locking connectors
Carrying straps and rubber end caps
“FreeLoader” carrier slings (which can hold the packs)
A thermistor and temperature fuse provide redundant overcharge protection
It is not very expensive, considering what some people pay for used mountain bikes, and that was ten years ago (and you know who you are...). Complete Stokemonkey kits start at $1350.00, and that's with no options added. The XtraCycle is $329.
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