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#1 maddog

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:58 AM

I've not ridden my road bike a ton in the past couple of years. I'm trying to ride more because it's good for body and brain.

I've not ridden enough to get used to 70+ year olds noodling around at 20mph.
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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:50 AM

I'm causally looking at ebikes. The winds here in Delaware are killing me and the guys I ride with have $3000 aero bikes. I was thinking if I had that cash I'd probably look at a e-bike so I can keep up with them and decide how much effort I want to put in on each ride. Also without using the battery it would probably be a good bike to noodle around the developments with the wife. I'm waiting for Covid to be over to do some test rides and get a better feel for how they perform.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:17 AM

Is the end goal to benefit body and brain or to keep up with the 70+ hammerheads? Or a little of both?


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:49 AM

I think they're cool if used properly. Would be perfect for my wife's commute (about 5 hilly miles) someday. She wouldn't want to show up at work drenched in sweat but would do the e-bike. I could see getting one when I'm older. They don't belong on singletrack.

Could also serve as an equalizer for couples who want to ride together but have different abilities - more practical than a tandem bike.
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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:04 AM

Interesting. I’ve never heard of these, but I just googled it and I saw someone riding one the other day. I was wondering what kind of bike it was and it was one of the first to pop up. That sounds like my kind of exercise. Pedal a bit, let it take over.

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:22 AM

Is the end goal to benefit body and brain or to keep up with the 70+ hammerheads? Or a little of both?

 

The former. Although I'm not sure I'd consider the e-bike riders hammerheads.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:24 AM


Could also serve as an equalizer for couples who want to ride together but have different abilities - more practical than a tandem bike.

 

I've seen some couples like this. Cyclist followed by what I presume is partner. 


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:33 AM

eBikes are great for beach riding.
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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:38 AM

The former. Although I'm not sure I'd consider the e-bike riders hammerheads.

 

Ah, I didn't realize the 70+ guys were on e-bikes. There are a handful of 70+ guys in our local group ride that can easily average 20mph without electric assist so that is where I was coming from.

 

Anyways, outside one of the scenarios Porter outlined, if it's strictly for fitness I would save the cash and use your existing bike. Now, if your current bike needs upgrading then go for it. Putting the cash into an comfortable well fit road machine will go a long way toward keeping you in the saddle and getting your fitness where you want it.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:49 AM

I'm not in the market for an ebike. I have no interest in upgrading my Surly Pacer that's nearly 20 years old. I was only remarking that there are far more ebikes out on the road than I expected.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:56 AM

Yeah for some reason I read you the wrong way here


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:23 AM

around here the bike shops were first worried about going out of business. Then with all of the gyms closed many took to cycling for exercise and they got to the point they couldn't keep up with sales. Also a perfect storm for e-bikes were many of these 50/60+ returning to cycling found the electric assist perfect for windy days, etc.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:29 AM

I rode an ebike exactly once.  I was surprised how fast you can get going on them.  It was nothing to get up to 25mph.  


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 04:42 AM

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:52 AM

Interesting. I’ve never heard of these, but I just googled it and I saw someone riding one the other day. I was wondering what kind of bike it was and it was one of the first to pop up. That sounds like my kind of exercise. Pedal a bit, let it take over.


Some are pedal paced so you still pedal to throttle the speed.
I have never ridden them but if I was hunting areas with lots of closed to vehicle logging roads that allowed bike access I would get one.
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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:21 AM

Some are pedal paced so you still pedal to throttle the speed.
I have never ridden them but if I was hunting areas with lots of closed to vehicle logging roads that allowed bike access I would get one.


I have thought they could be a great tool for hunting paired with a trailer and have seen them set up for that with fat tires.
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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:25 AM

I have thought they could be a great tool for hunting paired with a trailer and have seen them set up for that with fat tires.

 

The only person I know with an e-bike does exactly this.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 12:28 PM

I have thought they could be a great tool for hunting paired with a trailer and have seen them set up for that with fat tires.


Yeah the folks with logging roads closed do it. A lot of the places I have been are hit and miss.
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Posted 28 June 2020 - 01:41 PM

I think those are cool and may look into getting a couple for the lake house instead of a golf cart to haul paddle boards down to the dock.


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Posted 10 October 2020 - 10:50 PM

My wife has been really getting into this idea. Her work is about 5 miles from our house. It's a hilly ride and impractical as a bike commute if you throw in the fact that she picks up the kids. She wants to drop the kids off at daycare and leave the trailer there, then go to work. Obviously not all year, but probably 7 months a year at least.

 

We were goofing off in the mountains today and rented a few Radrovers (a fat tire e-bike with front suspension) for an hour while her folks watched the kids. Compared to my nice mountain bike, the components, etc. were not super impressive, but the value proposition is pretty great. These would be great for my wife's commute.

 

Actually, what she would get after we looked at the options would be the RadRunner: https://www.radpower...ic-utility-bike

 

It is pretty amazing what you can do with the available accessories. They show an animation if you scroll down. These bikes are not sized so I could use it here and there for errands or for towing the kids around when I'm not feeling totally up to it with a regular bike. 

 

If I had a job that was a bit too far for a regular bike, I would consider one of these, more likely in my case the RadMission: https://www.radpower...tric-metro-bike

 

I normally am not a proponent of single speed bikes, but if you have a geared hub motor assisting you, having gears for the pedaling component becomes less important. 


Edited by porter, 10 October 2020 - 10:56 PM.

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