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Old 06-02-13, 01:34 PM   #1
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Anyone team up with an E-bike rider?

I asked my partner if she might be interested in checking out an E-bike so we could ride together. She is fit but we could never really find an agreeable pace.

It could be great. She could pull at 18 mph, and I'll just come along for the ride
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Motor paced cycling has a Long Tradition, at leas the Electric power wont have exhaust Fumes.


John Howard followed behind Rick Vesco on the Bonneville Salt flats

to reach a Much Higher rate of speed over a Measured Mile than 18mph.

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How long will the battery on the e-bike last? An hour or two? Then what?
E-bikes work great for commuting, but not so much for recreational rides.
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My wife rides behind me on our tandem. She is a great stoker and we have no trouble maintaining an agreeable pace.
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How long will the battery on the e-bike last? An hour or two? Then what?
E-bikes work great for commuting, but not so much for recreational rides.
Point taken
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Old 06-02-13, 03:59 PM   #6
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How long will the battery on the e-bike last? An hour or two? Then what?
E-bikes work great for commuting, but not so much for recreational rides.
Everything is relative. Took a Velec ebike out for a run to see how far it would get on one charge. That particular model had a 500W high torque motor and got me 45km in an hour and a half, regardless of some pretty good hills, rush hour traffic, accelerating from stop signs etc. That's with the throttle wide open and without pedalling.

The exact same run on a regular bicycle takes me two and a half hours. Which means my average speed using the ebike was way up. And I'm positive that if I actually pedaled and/or driven at a more reasonable speed - I would have depleted the battery less and so could have gone much further.

So how far and how fast did you want to go on a recreational ride? Most ebikes with brushless motors can be driven normally with the battery turned off. I think you're magnifing any shortcomings a bit. The biggest issue is that they're a little heavier to pedal without assistance than most bikes. But at the speeds most consumers ride anyway - it shouldn't be an issue.

Unless of course you're one of those guys that thinks a couple hundred kilometers with a few friends is a good way to wind down the day (yeah we have a few of those here) in which case I'd have to agree - it might cramp your style a bit.

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Hi,

Apparently E-bikes are a lot more fun using the assist setting.

Why not ? Could work. In the UK the assist is supposed to shut
off at 15mph (also max speed unassisted). That could be a
problem if you generally like tanking along at 18 mph.

Though you can illegally modify E-bikes to go faster with less
assist, i.e.change the gearing on some, depends on the details.

TBH the chances of being done for riding a E-bike modified to
keep up with a road bike are pretty small, but the type of
E-bike and what you want it to do needs researching.

Basic information given tends to be paltry.

rgds, sreten.

Your butt will be severely kicked going up hills
UK E-bikes are not fast, except for going up hills ....

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