We took 2 Jupiter X-7s to Oshkosh (which we bought at Oshkosh last year) in the backseat of our RV-10. We bought a couple of large bike bags off Amazon to facilitate loading/unloading and keeping mainly the plane’s interior clean.
The pic is the first bike loaded last year on the way home. This year with the bikes in bags I loaded them vertical instead of laying over on their sides like in the pic.
Which bag? I also have the X-7 and like it a lot.
This one for a 26” bike. We have the new rear cargo racks on both of our X-7s and they fit in this bag almost as if it were from Jupiter.
Not electric, but the brompton folding bikes are excellent and fold down to smaller form factor than any of the other folding bikes I’ve seen.
Brompton has an electric version too: https://us.brompton.com/shop/bikes/electric-c-line-explore
Brompton seems to have a very loyal following and to be very compact-folding and light-weight. Not cheap, but seems like they would be a good option for flying with.
I looked into the Jupiters a while back when they were getting started and they had delivery issues. Sounds like things have improved if more people are using them. Anyone experienced the difference in the X5 vs X7, primarily with regard to the single vs multi speed, and secondarily with the rim size? Is the X5 single-speed a big bummer? I like the price difference and lighter weight.
The problem with bikes at KOSH is finding yours again when you leave the grounds. Bikes are not allowed inside the event and they pile up big time in the parking area. This is one bike parking area at this year's AirVenture:
Problems with things being stolen this year? People being out of line?
I think when "fit in an airplane baggage compartment" is one of the criteria, e-scooters will always beat e-bikes
Thinking the same thing I bought an e-scooter but found that a scooter is definitely not a bike and, for me at least, it's too sketchy to take onto the streets or roadways so it just stays in the hangar and I use it to get to the restroom or around the airport only. It's kind of like a skateboard except that when you go down you'll have some little handlebars to hold onto.
Check out the Jupiter bikes. I have two of the Discovery X5"s and really like them. They fold and fit thru the baggage door on a Piper Archer.
40lbs, about 30 miles on a charge with pedal assist and about half that on electric only. Has three levels of pedal assist or a twist grip throttle.
I got the refurbished ones, which looked brand new. They are having a sale now, use code RENEW22 for two hundred dollars off.
Brings it down to $495 ea. free shipping
I'm 65, and can easily lift an eBike (guessing it weighs ~50 lbs.) Used them at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course for Vintage Motorcycle Days the last two years. Saved 11 miles of walking!Electric bikes are heavy ,for us old guys can be difficult to load in the airplane. There is a carbon foldable electric bike out there but the price is prohibitive for most. The Brampton’s are a good quality bike for the money.
I have two Qualisports Volador bikes which fit on the back seat of my Skylane. These are a good compromise between range and weight.Has anyone looked into carrying a folding e-bike? I have a Skyhawk and I'm starting to look to find a bike that can be carried without removing the back seat.
I dint think that will help much. The pedals are too far back, so it’s going to suck no matter what. But I still like it for what it is.I’ve got a pair of Jupiter x5s. They are alright with some trade offs. I can fit two in the Mooney, through the baggage door and pretty sure with more patience, both in the baggage compartment. But one on the backseat worked well and probably better CG. The pedal assist is good and unless you are doing the bare minimum you can go further than you really would want to ride it. I did the Fisk ride with Martin Pauly and back streets it was fine. The main drag wasn’t as much fun. The biggest issue is I’m 6 ft tall and the seat height isn’t high enough nor is the bike frame big enough to be comfortable for extended rides. I’ve bought a seat post extension so hopefully that will improve things.
I have a Brompton folder and recently ordered an electric kit from Swytch. The kit should have arrived by now but they've since changed their delivery date to indefinite.
I have ridden the Brompton electric and it's very good. The beauty of the Brompton is that they fold into a very manageable size and fold/unfold in under a minute. The Brompton easily fits through the small baggage door on my Bonanza.