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Old 10-24-18, 05:03 AM
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I don't know if You have actually pedaled an e-bike or a mid drive e-bike without the assist but in theory they can be pedaled but in reality IMHO they are terrible experience even in emergency. I would never rely on saying I will pedal my fully loaded touring e-bike if I run out of juice. Instead I would probably tow a mini trailer and have an extra battery.

Originally Posted by AlanK View Post
Did you actually read the entire original post? Crank drive bikes can be peddled without power and only weight about 15 pounds more than conventional bikes, so you can peddle them at least occasionally without power. The extra weight would be problematic for extended periods, so yes mid-drive bikes probably aren't well-suited for extended touring in remote areas. On the other hand, in this day and age there aren't many places left where electricity is completely absent.

So unless you'll be regularly peddling for days at a time without access to electricity, mid-drive bikes seem viable.
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