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View Poll Results: Do you commute with an electric bike?
Yes, always.
8
11.11%
Yes, often.
3
4.17%
Yes, but only sometimes
5
6.94%
No, but I'm considering to start.
20
27.78%
No, never!
36
50.00%
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Do you commute with an electric bike?

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Old 12-18-18, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by radroad View Post
The problem with asking this type of question on this type of forum is that a) most of the riders are older, i.e., stuck in their ways, b) are heavily invested both financially and emotionally, and c) typically own a sizable stable of conventional bikes. They are loathe to change their ways and any significant change is going to feel like being thrown into an icy cold lake against their will.

As far as the industry in general, I'd say e-bikes will constitute half of all bike sales in, say 5-6 years, and perhaps 70-75% in 10 years. Grant Petersen thinks the timeline is half that.

The industry is in the midst of a cataclysmic change. It's amazing to me that 90% of this forum seems oblivious or in denial of this.
another problem, with this poll, is that the "Yes" is divided onto three columns while the "no" is in a single column. The result is that "No" will, almost certainly, dominate over any other column. This will happen even if "No" is not the most common choice.
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Old 12-19-18, 08:41 PM
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Yeah, my e-bike is a SWB cargo tandem, I carry my kid to school on it, it has multiple panniers and I can do a month's shopping on it, also carried a host of Christmas presents.

I live in a hilly town of cycleways, it's all underpasses and bridges so I could never carry it all on a manual bike.

Most people use a car instead. Anyone using a car is lazy and cheating - plastic exercise monkeys. I'm car-free.
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Old 12-25-18, 07:14 PM
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Personally no. But I've seen more and more people riding some type of e-bike. Variable pedal assist for those that buy the bike and full electric mode option like you find in the Uber owned Jump leave anywhere bikes or those Bird and Lime scooters.
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Old 12-27-18, 08:35 PM
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I wouldn't mind owning a Specialized Turbo
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Back in 2015 I purchased the izip dash e3, made a number of upgrades to help on longer commutes, it was a blast to ride. After 4,000 miles the battery started losing charge and motor would become very viscous. I have since gutted the bike for parts and have gone back to riding a regular bike.
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I ride a 2017 Raleigh Misceo IE Sport (purchased in Nov. 2016). I have over 8500-miles on the bike and it's still going strong. My commute is 40-miles round-trip, so the pedal 'assist' has been much appreciated over the last couple of years. I try to commute at least 3-days a week. Doing that with my fully loaded non-e-bike was hard on my legs... especially if weather caused me to ride two days back to back. Plus, there is over 1000-feet of climbing each direction. Now, I just don't worry about those things. The drive-train is the Shimano Steps system, which has been nearly flawless. The only exception was the motor did start acting up around the 4000-mile mark. It didn't die, but was making some interesting noises. It was replaced under warranty, and I haven't had any problems since.
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The industry is in the midst of a cataclysmic change. It's amazing to me that 90% of this forum seems oblivious or in denial of this.[/QUOTE]

I do not ride an e-bike but Iím also not in any sort of denial. Iíve ridden ebikes before and they were really fun. If you ever get a chance to try a Butchers & Bicycles MK1-e, do it. Theyíre a blast! https://www.butchersandbicycles.com/

I figure that Iíll pedal until I canít. I love the exercise and rhythm of riding. When I can no longer pedal, I hope I can just adapt my existing bikes to electric assist because I love my current bikes. Hopefully, that will keep me on a bike through my Ď90ís!

john

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