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May 13, 2022 10:33:51   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
As the weather gets nicer, there are more bikes on the roads. Going into town today, I passed two of them - riding electric bikes. Why? For the exercise? Traffic on these two-lane roads is moving at between 40 and 55 mph, at least. That doesn't sound like fun.

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May 13, 2022 13:25:52   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
jerryc41 wrote:
As the weather gets nicer, there are more bikes on the roads. Going into town today, I passed two of them - riding electric bikes. Why? For the exercise? Traffic on these two-lane roads is moving at between 40 and 55 mph, at least. That doesn't sound like fun.


I added electric assist to my cargo bike(my car) when my knees gave me the finger..........they are much happier and I get everywhere much quicker and with less pain..........mostly

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May 13, 2022 19:43:41   #
RiJoRi Loc: Sandy Ridge, NC
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Traffic on these two-lane roads is moving at between 40 and 55 mph, at least. That doesn't sound like fun.

Death wish? Adrenaline junkies?

--Rich

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May 14, 2022 06:14:45   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
I see more & more in my neck of the world. On the bike paths also. Capable of 25mph.

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May 14, 2022 08:42:10   #
sb Loc: Florida's East Coast
 
It looks like a lot of fun. I would buy one but there are few places around here to actually ride one except for the roads, and I do not have a death wish. Some people ride them on the beach at low tide, but I don't know about getting the sand out of the gears, chain, bearings, sprockets, etc... It just doesn't sound like a good plan. Many of them are fat-tire all-terrain bicycles - I would love to take one out west to ride on some of the mountain roads or on the roads of Canyonlands or Arches National Parks. They have a 20-40 mile range (more if you just use the motor in assist mode, and you can always just pedal if the battery runs down). I think there was a ruling that you can ride them on federal land anywhere that regular bicycles go. Some bike paths elsewhere restrict motorized vehicles, including e-bikes. Definitely good for old folks like many of us with worn-out knees.

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May 14, 2022 08:43:51   #
Canisdirus
 
Gas is near 5 bucks a gallon...expect more of the same.

US is moving...backwards.

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May 14, 2022 08:48:11   #
llamb Loc: Northeast Ohio
 
I converted my daughter's 21 speed bike to electric front wheel drive with a Bafang kit. I safely rode it for a couple of years until I started having health issues (balance). It was the very best exercise I've ever done. I kept the unit in "pedal assist" mode, it really helped with hills and grades. My balance issues continued to worsen so I purchased an adult tricycle and I still tipped it over. The great physicians at the Cleveland Clinic attribute my problems to a massive cerebral hemorrhage I suffered 19 years ago. I miss my daughter's bicycle but I am grateful to be alive.
~Lee

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May 14, 2022 09:04:03   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
llamb wrote:
I converted my daughter's 21 speed bike to electric front wheel drive with a Bafang kit. I safely rode it for a couple of years until I started having health issues (balance). It was the very best exercise I've ever done. I kept the unit in "pedal assist" mode, it really helped with hills and grades. My balance issues continued to worsen so I purchased an adult tricycle and I still tipped it over. The great physicians at the Cleveland Clinic attribute my problems to a massive cerebral hemorrhage I suffered 19 years ago. I miss my daughter's bicycle but I am grateful to be alive.
~Lee
I converted my daughter's 21 speed bike to electri... (show quote)


Our first trip to Bermuda was in 1967, and we rented bikes. They had a small gasoline engine that dropped down onto the front wheel. You had to get it moving a bit before the engine would start. They didn't offer helmets back then. In later years, they offered proper motor scooters - and helmets.

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May 14, 2022 10:21:57   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
If you count the number of impact incidents on the guardrails along the roadway, you will soon understand why I enjoy riding my bicycle on the farm roads where there is very little traffic.

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May 14, 2022 12:14:59   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
llamb wrote:
I converted my daughter's 21 speed bike to electric front wheel drive with a Bafang kit. I safely rode it for a couple of years until I started having health issues (balance). It was the very best exercise I've ever done. I kept the unit in "pedal assist" mode, it really helped with hills and grades. My balance issues continued to worsen so I purchased an adult tricycle and I still tipped it over. The great physicians at the Cleveland Clinic attribute my problems to a massive cerebral hemorrhage I suffered 19 years ago. I miss my daughter's bicycle but I am grateful to be alive.
~Lee
I converted my daughter's 21 speed bike to electri... (show quote)


my mom had a three wheeler with two wheels in back, she kept tipping it so we bought her one that had the two wheels in front instead, game changer, that was before assist motors were a thing, I'm sure she would have like the assist

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May 14, 2022 12:15:03   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
jerryc41 wrote:
As the weather gets nicer, there are more bikes on the roads. Going into town today, I passed two of them - riding electric bikes. Why? For the exercise? Traffic on these two-lane roads is moving at between 40 and 55 mph, at least. That doesn't sound like fun.


Here's my e-bike. It has 5 levels of pedal assist, 6 speed Shimano SIS chain system, and a really nice LCD screen that shows speed, pedal assist level, mileage, and battery level. The bike also has disc brakes for quick stopping.
I mostly use pedal assist as there are a lot of hills where I live and it really helps with those.

will

1. Added front bag, bottle holder, rear rack and bag.
1. Added front bag, bottle holder, rear rack and b...

2. Nice, easy to read LCD info screen. Even in sunlight.
2. Nice, easy to read LCD info screen. Even in sun...

3. Left side of rear wheel.
3. Left side of rear wheel....

4. Battery is in down bar that says Ranger. Also added the handlebar mirrors.
4. Battery is in down bar that says Ranger. Also a...

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May 14, 2022 12:17:42   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
like the position of the kickstand, it prevents pedal lock

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May 14, 2022 12:21:06   #
Effate Loc: El Dorado Hills, Ca.
 
tcthome wrote:
I see more & more in my neck of the world. On the bike paths also. Capable of 25mph.


Even in my 50’s my pedal bikes were capable of 40 mph. See many more E-bikes on the single tracks in the mountains these days. The high end units sell north of $12,000.

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May 14, 2022 13:52:35   #
M1911 Loc: DFW Metromess
 
Bikers in my neighborhood run stop signs and lights. One of them ran into my car several years ago. Had to take him to court to get reimbursed for the damage he caused.

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May 14, 2022 14:11:03   #
llamb Loc: Northeast Ohio
 
napabob wrote:
my mom had a three wheeler with two wheels in back, she kept tipping it so we bought her one that had the two wheels in front instead, game changer, that was before assist motors were a thing, I'm sure she would have like the assist


Mine has one front wheel. If I run across a two-in-the-front I'll try it. Even without the assist it is so enjoyable to ride around our quiet little neighborhood.

~Lee

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