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    Hills and bicycling make Seattle either a biking...

    Hills and bicycling make Seattle either a biking hell or a training heaven. I've been riding an e-assist Ohm Urban for three years here and have never enjoyed biking more, using the assist only as...
  2. If you are over 50 years old, you might...

    If you are over 50 years old, you might experience it more than you did when younger, if you ever did. I am on the wrong side of 60 now, and have experienced numbness over longer (for me) rides. I...
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    I'm also over 60 years old, and am aware that the...

    I'm also over 60 years old, and am aware that the streets of Seattle have gotten steeper than they were 20 years ago! Amazing.

    My commute is from the top of one hill, down to water level, and up...
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    Check out the Faraday Porteur, which at 40# is...

    Check out the Faraday Porteur, which at 40# is doable without power assist. My over 50# Ohm Urban 700 is okay on level ground with no headwind and no power assist, but realistically I use boost 1 of...
  5. I had belt drives on three of my motorcycles (my...

    I had belt drives on three of my motorcycles (my current MC, a Moto Guzzi, has shaft drive). The belt drives were quiet, clean, and never needed maintenance. A rock embedded itself in one of the...
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    Noisy new rear sprocket

    Last week I had the LBS replace a chain and rear (9-gear) rear sprocket.

    Upon riding it, the rear sprocket is causing a lot of noise when I stop pedaling and the axle under it is rotating. It...
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    I think Bionx will allow you to go faster than...

    I think Bionx will allow you to go faster than 20mph (32kph) on the XS750, if the computer is set to sport mode (or whatever it might be called). For off-road applications, of course.
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    If you have ridden an e-bike for more than a few...

    If you have ridden an e-bike for more than a few miles, then I'll forgive you your "lazy people" comment. If you are over 50 and riding hills, great job!

    I'm approaching "senior citizen" status...
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    Tech despotism? Funny. Super cars are limited...

    Tech despotism? Funny. Super cars are limited to somewhere around 160mph, and they could go quite a bit faster in many cases.

    You can pedal as fast as you want, nothing is holding you back. ...
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    Check Craigslist in Seattle/Tacoma for used...

    Check Craigslist in Seattle/Tacoma for used options.
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    Go to Seattle Electric Bike, in the...

    Go to Seattle Electric Bike, in the Ballard/Greenwood area. They have Ohm, Felt (German), and e-Moto. They only sell quality stuff and have good advice.
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    I have owned and ridden an Ohm Urban 700 for two...

    I have owned and ridden an Ohm Urban 700 for two years. It would fit the bill for you as well. It was very well thought out and built. The motor is silent. It is comfortable.

    Throttle only...
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    Poll: Okay, after measuring the KWH for 950 miles, here...

    Okay, after measuring the KWH for 950 miles, here are some numbers.

    Ohm Urban - 355 WH per full charge
    Total KWH used: 11.8
    Avg Miles / KWH = 80
    Avg Miles / Full Charge = 28.3

    My commute...
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    Your $350 Trek was better for you since it was...

    Your $350 Trek was better for you since it was built for off-road use, and was much more rugged.

    The Kalkhoff is not a mountain bike. Your weight, as you mentioned, is contributing to its...
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    Good, the Portland people are taking care of you....

    Good, the Portland people are taking care of you. Be sure to ask them for advice on proper care of the Dual Drive given your physical stature. I would imagine that curb hopping or fly-offs are out....
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    Did you consider their Sahal line of e-bikes? 26...

    Did you consider their Sahal line of e-bikes? 26 inch tires are wider and probably offer more strength for more "robust" people.

    I did once hear a shop owner say that he discouraged a very heavy...
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    Did you buy the Dual-Drive from the Portland...

    Did you buy the Dual-Drive from the Portland importer? I've been there and test rode one of their Connect-Pro models. The folk seemed like top-shelf people with a good attitude about the business....
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    Poll: Keeping the Bionx Ohm Urban G1 at minimal boost...

    Keeping the Bionx Ohm Urban G1 at minimal boost and using brake regen is worth about 40 miles per charge. I average around 12mph and get good cardio. If I rode in flatter cities than Seattle, I'm...
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    I ride the e-bike (Ohm Urban Bionx) because it...

    I ride the e-bike (Ohm Urban Bionx) because it reduces the slopes of Seattle's hills and lets me ride every day if I want.

    Being on the wrong side of 60, my body appreciates a more gentle ride. I...
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    Poll: Today I decided to take a LONG ride and use the...

    Today I decided to take a LONG ride and use the Bionx power assist as little as possible. With the wind at my back for the first half, and "drafting" behind a rider returning, the Ohm got incredible...
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    Poll: Here is a chart from Excel for my Ohm Urban...

    Here is a chart from Excel for my Ohm Urban (2012), 355Kwh per charge.

    The Ohm has about 840 miles on it now. The chart is for the last couple of weeks of riding.

    I live in Seattle on top of...
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    The Bionx re-gen system seems to only accept so...

    The Bionx re-gen system seems to only accept so much charge at a time. Going down a steep hill, the regen is not really a serious braking force. Going down a mild hill is where it works best as a...
  23. That's a bit uncalled for, don't you think? ...

    That's a bit uncalled for, don't you think? Let's see how the kevlar liner holds up before passing critical judgement.
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    Did the light eventually go out on its own? Some...

    Did the light eventually go out on its own? Some bike lights have condensors which keep them lit for a short time, but I'm not sure about the Giant (which I've ridden, nice bike). I suppose you...
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    Pete at Electric Bike Report has an article today...

    Pete at Electric Bike Report has an article today which addresses charging costs.

    +1 to using a KillaWatt. They are cheap (like $25 or less) and helpful.
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