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2019 the year of the ebike? And how will you react, being a C&V'er?

Old 05-02-19, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by BikeTall View Post
I have nothing against any rider of any age wanting to ride an ebike for commuting or touring. Whatever tickles your fancy. Itís all good. I am fairly young & in great shape, so I havenít considered an ebike really. But I sure would love to try one for fun.

I do a lot of international touring however, and from what i understand, no airlines will let you bring an ebike on a plane. So thats a dealbreaker for me. Otherwise, i think they are kinda cool. And tech is improving all the time.

Here in NYC Chinese delivery guys have been using ebikes for years. I love racing them. Lol. And I have to admit, I am kinda jealous when they blow past me up hills. Argh!

I often wonder how good an ebike would be on tour with loaded panniers? Especially pulling loads up hills. Could come in handy on some mountainous stretches or in strong headwinds! But then if you run out of juice, how annoying are they to pedal with the added weight of the batteries? And if youíre out in the middle of nowhere, how hard is it to get them charged again?

For now, at my age, I am fine with no electric assist. But i could see where itís a great thing for some people. Anything that gets people moving is fine by me.
probably won't let that big of lithium battery on board what the issue is..
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I really don't have any strong feelings one way or the other, yet, but I'm only 69. Maybe someday. We have an 80ish year old rider in our club, who has a nice Orbea, but with heart issues, just got this Haibike e-bike. He was well received by the club riders on his first club ride with it. Coming back, he wanted to draft me and see how fast it would go. I was cruising 18mph or so on my '78 PR10. He hung in there quite awhile, then he didn't. When we got back to the car, he said he had 60% battery left. I told him "mine" was used up. I think it was 36 miles or so. As long he keeps riding I guess it's a good thing. He needed help loading it on his car rack. He said it was 42 lbs - felt more like 82 to me.

My human powered Peugeot.
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Batteries or Sweat. A Choice


I hope e-bikers consider the true cost of electric vehicles. This is only one of many reasons to hate electrically powered motorbikes. And when American companies seek military assistance to wrest control of supplies away from China...?
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