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Old 09-12-23, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
I understand the reasons and see the possibilities of aging out of a standard bike in 20 years.
For now, I'll stick to 7 mph up an 6-8% climb and take satisfaction in my meager ability.
Ah ... 20 years for YOU. What if I am already 20 years older than you? Do I have to wait 20 years more for you to be ok with an e-bike to ride one too? That is exactly how some here are acting. And ... not wishing this on you, but ... what if 20 years arrives ahead of schedule. Like, I don't know, a few months from now, because of an injury or something? Does there have to be a condition on it always? What if there is a 13% climb that I need to climb, and that is why there is a motor hanging off the crank of MY bike?
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm
Ah ... 20 years for YOU. What if I am already 20 years older than you? Do I have to wait 20 years more for you to be ok with an e-bike to ride one too? That is exactly how some here are acting. And ... not wishing this on you, but ... what if 20 years arrives ahead of schedule. Like, I don't know, a few months from now, because of an injury or something? Does there have to be a condition on it always? What if there is a 13% climb that I need to climb, and that is why there is a motor hanging off the crank of MY bike?
Well put. I came to the conclusion that certain people have very fragile egos when it comes to biking and see ALL e-bikes as “cheating”. The usual clue is when they blanket label them all as “motorcycles”.
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You could get a safety vest with a reflective triangle that says, “Disabled” or “Too old for this sh:!” Or you could walk. Or you could put a granny gear on your bike. Or if you are rushed for time, drive.
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FWIW, there is an "Adaptive Cycling" sub on BF. Don't know how much ebike content but likely not as much as the specific ebike sub.
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Old 09-13-23, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm
Ah ... 20 years for YOU. What if I am already 20 years older than you? Do I have to wait 20 years more for you to be ok with an e-bike to ride one too? That is exactly how some here are acting. And ... not wishing this on you, but ... what if 20 years arrives ahead of schedule. Like, I don't know, a few months from now, because of an injury or something? Does there have to be a condition on it always? What if there is a 13% climb that I need to climb, and that is why there is a motor hanging off the crank of MY bike?
Why are you getting all butt-hurt by this post? He wasn't saying you had to wait 20 years, he was referring to himself. He also acknowledged the possibility of an e-bike.
He made a self depricating remark about himself. I'm sure he doesn't give a crap about what you ride.

Talk about a fragile ego.
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Old 09-13-23, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Classtime
You could get a safety vest with a reflective triangle that says, “Disabled” or “Too old for this sh:!” Or you could walk. Or you could put a granny gear on your bike. Or if you are rushed for time, drive.
Or I could get an e-assist kit or an OEM e-bike ...
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Originally Posted by big john
Why are you getting all butt-hurt by this post? He wasn't saying you had to wait 20 years, he was referring to himself. He also acknowledged the possibility of an e-bike.
He made a self depricating remark about himself. I'm sure he doesn't give a crap about what you ride.

Talk about a fragile ego.
Wrong. His first paragraph makes it clear he has (projected) misgivings about the widening acceptance of e-bikes by other people, and what it says about the moral decline of humanity. He is not alone. E-bike threads on BF get more attention and posts than most other topics. The issue is as contentious as it is because most e-bike haters hate them for anyone except themselves, if and when, and 'when' is hopefully never, but, ...
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Not me. When it's over, it's over. Find something else.
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Thank you, but no. An e-bike is not for me, and I have no plans to get one in the near future.

As the birthdays add up, I am waging a vicious struggle to maintain fitness. To me, getting an e-bike will be to admit defeat.

There are guys 10-15 years older than me who can ride me off their wheel, without using an e-bike. I want to be like them.
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And when I get fit enough to race again, I'm gonna beat that guy who had two artificial hips who used to beat me.

edit: the artificial hips were not motor assisted.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
FWIW, there is an "Adaptive Cycling" sub on BF. Don't know how much ebike content but likely not as much as the specific ebike sub.
You know, I just tried to count all the subforums on BF and stopped at 30 and there was plenty more to go! Some overlap would be inevitable, and I haven't seen that become this much of a problem until now. That e-bike topics would surface in the 'Fifty Plus (50+) subforum should not surprise (or annoy) anyone. Where the eff else? The main Electric Bike forum is for the nuts and bolts of electric bikes but it isn't hard to see that people over 50 have been among the early adopters and would want to talk about issues beyond "what brand of e-bike should I buy?". I'm sure I've seen upset posters advised to leave certain threads if they find them offensive.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
As the birthdays add up, I am waging a vicious struggle to maintain fitness. To me, getting an e-bike will be to admit defeat.

That’s precisely what I told my SO. It’s one thing to be defeated … quite another to ADMIT it.

In so many ways, and I’m so many contexts, I know precisely what you mean.
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm
E-bike threads on BF get more attention and posts than most other topics. The issue is as contentious as it is because ....
I'll admit to not keeping a tally but I'd have guessed chain lube. Do ebike threads get contentious in the ebike sub? That might be an option for people who don't want different opinions.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
I'll admit to not keeping a tally but I'd have guessed chain lube. Do ebike threads get contentious in the ebike sub? That might be an option for people who don't want different opinions.
In no particular order:

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Originally Posted by Leisesturm
You know, I just tried to count all the subforums on BF and stopped at 30 and there was plenty more to go! Some overlap would be inevitable
C&V is a good example of overlap.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
Or if you are rushed for time, drive.
You would rather have someone in a car than on an e-bike?
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