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    At work I leave my bike in a bike rack, which is...

    At work I leave my bike in a bike rack, which is outside. When it is cold I do bring the battery inside with me. At night I bring it in the house.
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    Pretty much. However, too may customers use up...

    Pretty much. However, too may customers use up billable time and then go home and order from the cheapest vendor. Now the LBS spent money and never made the sale. That is a hard one for the LBS's.
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    I certainly do understand that. However, does the...

    I certainly do understand that. However, does the typical low-interest, or considering a cycle, cyclist understand that? I really don't think so. Most would not know the high-end brand names even it...
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    That first article made a number of good points....

    That first article made a number of good points. I ride my bike daily, for transportation. The problem isn't that the author is not right; the problem is that it might not be good business.

    In a...
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    Pretty much agree, the fact that a bike, properly...

    Pretty much agree, the fact that a bike, properly stored, lasts almost forever, makes it a hard business.
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    However, it does go both ways, and that is what...

    However, it does go both ways, and that is what it gets hard for people t get used to. Customer service has value, as such, it needs to be measurable and paid for.

    I sometimes wonder how a service...
  7. Poll: Considering that we haven't owned a car since 06,...

    Considering that we haven't owned a car since 06, I would say yes. However, Buying a condo near a couple of different Metro stops probably has helped more.
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    Poll: Battery capacity is not real measure of anything...

    Battery capacity is not real measure of anything but range (but then, considering that the goal is to insure that e-bikes are impractical, it might be a direction for the OP to consider; anything to...
  9. Poll: 2- socks 2- shoes 1- pants 1- undershorts 1-...

    2- socks
    2- shoes
    1- pants
    1- undershorts
    1- undershirt
    1- shirt
    1- sweater
    1- jacket/shell
    1- balaclava
    2- gloves
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    Poll: . . . and frankly, having cerebral palsy, I find...

    . . . and frankly, having cerebral palsy, I find that attitude so insulting, and condescending, it disgusts me.


    . . .oh, I get it . . . we will pat ourselves on the back for being so inclusive,...
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    Poll: I do understand; after all, the goal is to make...

    I do understand; after all, the goal is to make e-bikes so impractical that people will, do the sensible thing and, drive instead of using them.
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    Poll: This is also a system that can't be repaired.

    This is also a system that can't be repaired.
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    Poll: As we are discussing throttle, I voted with...

    As we are discussing throttle, I voted with throttle,. Keep in mins that having a throttle does not mean that a person isn't pedaling; it only means that they happen to have a throttle. It is a good...
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    Poll: The trouble with this poll is that it depends...

    The trouble with this poll is that it depends heavily on where one is and ones knowledge of local laws. While there are general guidelines, many areas vary.

    In reality you didn't have an option...
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    Again, it really depends where you are. In China...

    Again, it really depends where you are. In China the scooter looking things that don't even have pedals are also called "bicycles." Every place is different with different needs and operating...
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    While you may think it is cute :p to disparage...

    While you may think it is cute :p to disparage throttle, I will share an incident that happened to my daughter where she was greatly facilitated by the presence of a throttle.

    Shortly after she...
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    I do, a couple of weekends ago my front tyre...

    I do, a couple of weekends ago my front tyre washed out on a patch of ice, I slid on my chest and hands a little. I had my gloves on and had no damage. In the summer I will wear fingerless; but I...
  18. I get that; but most of the geared motors...

    I get that; but most of the geared motors freewheel when you ride them without the motor on. That is the reason I went with a geared hub instead of a direct drive (other then weight). When I pedal...
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    I did look at the chart you posted; and it is...

    I did look at the chart you posted; and it is close to worthless. I will give two examples, the chart has no entry for Kansas and Utah.

    Yet Kansas Law says:


    Utah defines and electric assisted...
  20. You names a broad number of different categories...

    You names a broad number of different categories of vehicles and expect a unified answer?

    This looks like nothing but trolling.
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    Good, you win. there is no case in which you will...

    Good, you win. there is no case in which you will find 750W and 20mph max unassisted in the states laws.


    The ridiculous point here is that we are generally in agreement on this issue. You just...
  22. I know someone with a Baja. My only dislike is...

    I know someone with a Baja. My only dislike is that it is performance oriented, as such it doesn't get very good mileage (she thinks the mileage is great; but she is comparing it to a super-sized...
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    I suspect you realize you, effectively, just...

    I suspect you realize you, effectively, just summarized the law in California.

    (oh, for the love of God, please don't make me post a definition of the word "effectively." Some here sound like...
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    You may have missed the word generally. In this...

    You may have missed the word generally. In this use the word generally means


    We are just quibbling here. Most states follow the federal guideline; but some do other things. No matter who does...
  25. As you noted, the models with two chains all have...

    As you noted, the models with two chains all have freewheels. Further, the mid drives are nearly all made with geared motors; they will also freewheel.

    I am left wondering, what model of mid-drive...
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