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Old 11-15-16, 09:19 PM
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Bigger, better, faster, stronger.. ?

I'm re-starting this titled thread someone else gave up on, because... Well, I'm interested... How has? it effected you getting an E-Bike?

Me personally, I'm thinking my fitness level basically stayed the same as I ride more but with some assistance when I want it, but my enjoyment level in bicycling has gone up...

My wife's fitness level has risen, and her enjoyment of bicycling has gone up...

You?
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Old 11-15-16, 09:31 PM
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Primary a MTB advocate, but really enjoy the different experience that an e-bike offers and have a new hobby assembling them.
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Old 11-16-16, 12:15 PM
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I didn't see anything wrong with zze86's assertion about getting stronger thru e-biking.

Everything is relative. I'm not even close to being strong biker here. In Chicago, I can't keep up with the kids on those heavy rental bikes with my hybrid pedal bike, but I am a more fit rider after a year of owning e-bikes, because I have ridden more in the past year than I did in the prior five years, like every other day instead of every other week, cold weather being an exception. Hills that used to be painful, I can climb now on my regular bike, or on my e-bike in PAS 0.

Any kind of biking is good for some of us, as long as we view it as both recreation and exercise.
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I used to sprint or ride "tempo" all of the time, until I learned more about fitness training. Basically I was over training, and needing to give my body time to recover. I loved riding fast, but felt drained the rest of the day.

Understanding exercise physiology a bit better now, I do both hard intervals and lots of base miles. Ebike is a great way to get base miles in and reduce my commute time. Measuring my effort through a heart rate monitor, I get the same (or better) work out on my ebike, just for a shorter duration. sometimes I go harder on the ebike than the regular bike, but that is probably due to being trained to think that going 25mph on a race bike is racing conditions, so I subconciously amp it up.

As for fitness, I can ride a stationary trainer, a traditional bike, or an e-bike, and get the same workout in. Its up to me. With the obvious caveat that an ebike is much, much more fun than sitting at a gym on a trainer!
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Old 11-16-16, 04:00 PM
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If you want to get fitter, an ebike can be a great tool, both for base miles and you can essentially motorpace with it. Ride at a relatively high level of steady effort for a long time. Or you can slack off and let the motor do most of the work for you. It's really up to the rider. The more you ride (as in pedalling), the fitter you get, no matter what you're riding.
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I just ride to get a sense of freedom and at times to not use the car and save some miles on the car. Not enough to get more fit.
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Old 11-17-16, 05:11 PM
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A rider collected the data using power meter pedals on his road bike and ebike to compare the effort on his commute:

Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here?s the Data to Prove It [VIDEO] | Electric Bike Report | Electric Bike, Ebikes, Electric Bicycles, E Bike, Reviews
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Originally Posted by allan6344 View Post
A rider collected the data using power meter pedals on his road bike and ebike to compare the effort on his commute:

Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here?s the Data to Prove It [VIDEO] | Electric Bike Report | Electric Bike, Ebikes, Electric Bicycles, E Bike, Reviews
That's great info... that is kind of what I was trying to find out, what people are "actually" putting into pedaling whan riding an E-Bike... https://www.bikeforums.net/electric-b...ur-e-bike.html
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Old 11-18-16, 10:02 AM
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My first E-bike allowed me to get back into shape without as much frustration as a non-assist bike. I really needed the assist to keep my rehab program enjoyable. Now I still ride to get exercise, but the main reason is similar to 2702's. I ride for the sense of freedom while taking in the sights and sounds around me. Off the beaten path rides are really my favorite and the E-assist increases the enjoyment level.

I am bigger, better, faster, and stronger because of my adventure into E-bikes! No doubt I could have got there without the assist, but not with as big of a smile on my face.
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My wife is not into training or fitness, but a six mile loop on the small hills on our bike path were really tough on her. With the e-bike, 18 miles on bigger hills is no problem. For her, power pedaling is the way to go.

She still rides slow, so I can match her pace with no pedal assist on the six mile loop, which we expanded to ten.
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I haven't used my ebike for much more than commuting. I haven't done much riding on my road bike for fitness over the past few years, thus my fitness has decreased from what it used to be. However, that can't be blamed on the ebike. Even if I were commuting on my road bike or a touring bike (it was converted to ebike) my fitness would have decreased from what it was. My road rides are for fitness... commuting is to get to work and back.
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My commute is 20 miles and it takes about 95-100 minutes on a road bike and 60 minutes on a pedal assist e-bike. The e-bike in effect changes the 20 mile commute into a 10 mile commute. I've used my PowerTap pedals on the e-bike and I put the same power as into a road bike just with less total time.
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