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Old 03-13-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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Anyone else have an electric bike?

Does anyone else have an electric bike? I've recently bought one, and it's absolutely brilliant for local trips. They seem to be getting quite popular around here since they are completely free of tax, insurance, etc. Great fun to ride, too!
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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Harry,

Please keep us informed of your ongoing experience with your new bike. I don't own an electric bike, but I've test-ridden several, and have been impressed.

The main thing that puts me off is the weight: about twice as much as my standard town bike. Maybe that's not a problem during normal use, but I'd be worried about hauling it up steps, over gates, etc.

You mention that an electic bike is free of tax and insurance. True, but, to be fair, so are ordinary bikes (at least, here in the UK).
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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I had to look up electric bike... I hadnʻt really heard of them before. Motorscooters are extremely popular here (we have 2 land roads, a lot of traffic, and motorbikes can ride on the side of the road). It looks like itʻs a bike with an engine? Do you pedal?
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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I had to look up electric bike... I hadnʻt really heard of them before. Motorscooters are extremely popular here (we have 2 land roads, a lot of traffic, and motorbikes can ride on the side of the road). It looks like itʻs a bike with an engine? Do you pedal?

Grace, yes you peddle, and when you need it you use the motor, like for going up steep inclines (Hills),

I think they recomend 20% usage for the motor ......

Just wish I could afford one !
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:25 PM   #5
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:37 PM   #6
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There are various types of electric bikes. Those where you don't have to peddle at all (at least, while your battery is full...) and those that "help" with peddling (always having the wind behind you).

I don't have one, the radius is too small for me. And loading points aren't available at many locations.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:16 PM   #7
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Does anyone else have an electric bike? I've recently bought one, and it's absolutely brilliant for local trips. They seem to be getting quite popular around here since they are completely free of tax, insurance, etc. Great fun to ride, too!
I'm using the standard bike, where all the work is done by your legs. But I would love to have a segway...
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:36 PM   #8
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:28 AM   #9
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Harry,

Please keep us informed of your ongoing experience with your new bike. I don't own an electric bike, but I've test-ridden several, and have been impressed.

The main thing that puts me off is the weight: about twice as much as my standard town bike. Maybe that's not a problem during normal use, but I'd be worried about hauling it up steps, over gates, etc.
They've evolved a great deal over the last couple of years, Mike, both with lighter frames, and with switching to lithium polymer battery packs, which are much lighter and more powerful than the lead/acid batteries previously used. The one I've bought has a good 50+ mile range on a battery charge (when you use it in "pedal assist" mode), for example, which is more than enough for commuting, etc.

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You mention that an electric bike is free of tax and insurance. True, but, to be fair, so are ordinary bikes (at least, here in the UK).
Very true, of course . I was comparing it to other forms of "powered" transport.
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:32 AM   #10
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There are various types of electric bikes. Those where you don't have to peddle at all (at least, while your battery is full...) and those that "help" with peddling (always having the wind behind you).
That's right. There are basically two modes of operation - "pedal assist", where you pedal normally and the motor "helps you out", and a completely powered mode using a twist-grip on the handlebars.

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I don't have one, the radius is too small for me. And loading points aren't available at many locations.
Range has improved significantly with the modern ones. The one I've bought, for example, has a 50+ mile range in "assist" mode, which is more than enough for commuting to and from work, or a day "out and about".
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:43 AM   #12
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Electric Bikes! Electric Books! Electric Plays delivered to your living room!

The way this crazy world is spinning so fast, I wouldn't be surprised if someone invented an electric toothbrush! (Imagine that!)

Not for me, no thank you! As long as I have a steady supply of whale oil for my lamp, and my good ol' Edison Speaking Phonograph and a copy of The American Whig Review, I am content.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:56 AM   #14
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I find it ironic.
People are raving about Green Green Save the Planet. Stop using cars, start using bikes because they are environment friendly beasts. Then, all of sudden, I learn about a new beat. An electrical bike. A vehicle that requires electricity to charge it, thus adding to CO2 or whatever when charging up the battery and completely defeating the idea of environment friendly bike. Humans are just ...as George Carlin said
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