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Old 04-01-24, 07:28 PM
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I don’t have a torque wrench.
Steel is real don’t need no stinkin torque wrench.
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Old 04-01-24, 07:34 PM
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Steel is real don’t need no stinkin torque wrench.
Exactly. I have plenty of torque wrenches, but I would never dream of using one on a bike.
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Pipe wrench is the ticket for bikes.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Pipe wrench is the ticket for bikes.
Touring in the midwest somewhere my bottom bracket started clunking. Square taper cartridge thing. I had a stubby Snap On screwdriver and I borrowed a claw hammer from the motel that night and hammered the lock ring off using the screwdriver as a punch, wrapped electrical tape on the cartridge and hammered it back together. It was still like that when I sold it a couple years later.
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e-bike aficionados are the 2020's equivalent of 1990's recumbent evangelists.

and so it goes.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
It depends what your idea of “better” exercise is.
Outside of a particular very hilly example, having an assist motor helping you get a bike moving forward is not going to give you as good a workout as a bike without a motor, where you need to make more effort.
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Originally Posted by big john
Touring in the midwest somewhere my bottom bracket started clunking. Square taper cartridge thing. I had a stubby Snap On screwdriver and I borrowed a claw hammer from the motel that night and hammered the lock ring off using the screwdriver as a punch, wrapped electrical tape on the cartridge and hammered it back together. It was still like that when I sold it a couple years later.
You shouldn't be using electrical tape on an unelectrical bike.
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Old 04-02-24, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Outside of a particular very hilly example, having an assist motor helping you get a bike moving forward is not going to give you as good a workout as a bike without a motor, where you need to make more effort.
Or you just ride faster for the same effort. It all depends on the reason why you are riding a pedal assist e-bike and what type of e-bike it is. It’s not as obvious as you make it sound.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Or you just ride faster for the same effort. It all depends on the reason why you are riding a pedal assist e-bike and what type of e-bike it is. It’s not as obvious as you make it sound.
The archives here include quite a number of threads on that topic, most of which were closed by moderators, some of which had been started by people who were eventually banned for trolling.

Some of the contributors to those threads were sincere but just couldn't get their heads around the difference between weightlifting, where there's a direct correlation between weight and effort, and cycling on geared bikes, where the gearing makes comparisons of lighter and heavier bikes all but meaningless.

Same deal with ebikes. You can work hard on an ebike; you can take it easy on an ebike. You choose the effort level. Just the way you can pick gears for easier or harder workouts on an unpowered bike.

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Old 04-02-24, 06:34 AM
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I have no problem with RESPONSIBLE RIDERS on e-bikes. Don't care for ones like the idiot that came flying around a corner fast enough that he had to go to the outside of the corner in order to make it, this as I was coming the other way.
But one thing I don't understand with many e-bike posts is: the great majority of us here are at least fairly well educated on bicycles and are well aware of the capabilities of e-bikes and why/how riders may use them. If you find e-bikes so wonderful, why do you feel the need to pass that along to the rest of us. I know well what e-bikes are capable of, many I know ride them. It's almost like we need to be convinced that they are so wonderful. For various reasons, many of us will continue riding our analog bikes, and may switch to an e-bike at some point but prefer our current rides for now. Any time someone needs to try to convince me something is so desirable; it tends to make me wonder why is it necessary? PS--figured it was serious, not a troll post or April Fools.

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Are E recumbent bikes a thing? That would be the best of both worlds!
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Yes, they are. I met someone on one. Said he could not ride an "upright" bike due to an injury and had lost some leg strength, but enjoyed getting out on a bike. He was very happy to be able to get out on his e-rucumbent.

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I really dislike posts that are trying to tell others that the posters way is the best way for others. Then go on and list untrue reasons why.
Nothing SHOULD be more or less popular. And certainly not for reasons that are anti to why and how others do what they do.
I’ve been on an electric bike, I have no interest in acquiring one. My sister has one, she really likes it, and would not be participating any where near as much on a bike with a traditional drivetrain. Kudos to her. She do she, me do me.
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Originally Posted by znomit
You shouldn't be using electrical tape on an unelectrical bike.
It was all they had at the motel.
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E-bikes should be more popular, or people should be less lazy / more in shape?

The question is legit.
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Old 04-02-24, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat
Are E recumbent bikes a thing? That would be the best of both worlds!
there's a couple who ride e-recumbent trikes on our MUP. They ride full throttle, no pedaling, taking up the entire path like they own it. The guy who has four huskies pulling him on a wheeled pulk takes up less space and is far more courteous. <--- I need to get a picture of that.
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Originally Posted by eduskator
E-bikes should be more popular, or people should be less lazy / more in shape?

The question is legit.
Similar to this thread. It's too legit to quit.
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Originally Posted by delbiker1
I really dislike posts that are trying to tell others that the posters way is the best way for others. Then go on and list untrue reasons why.
OP is notorious for this and should be criticized, in the Maoist sense of the term.
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I'm thinking about getting one to race CAT 6. Load the results on Strava and take those KOMs.

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Do the same issues exist for eclectic bikes?
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Do the same issues exist for eclectic bikes?
I'm not sure. You'll get a broad range of opinions on eclectic bikes.
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Old 04-02-24, 10:33 AM
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Hey, it's now April 2. Put a fork in it.
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