I fitted out my Giant Cross City 4 with a 500w motor and tube battery about 18 months ago. Matt was a great help regarding set up and discussing which of the many options was best for me. Since then I have ridden 180km a week every week on my commute to work. The bike has been fantastic and one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Firstly, it’s quicker than driving or public transport when you consider door to door times. Secondly, free but mild excercise out in the fresh air means you get to your destination refreshed and not sweaty – the motor assistance cuts into the Freo Dr with ease, past most of the struggling lycra set too! Lastly, it’s super cheap, I’m saving over $80 a month in train fares.
Here’s a photo of my well loved ride, resting at home after another full week of active duty. You’ll notice duct tape around the battery which is my low-tech method of adding some support to the battery cradle when going over bumps and potholes.