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Old 01-27-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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I have an electric bike. Its really nice but it isnt going to replace my car. Sometimes I want to carry more than a small water bottle and when you load up a bike, they become unstable, far less maneuverable and dangerous in traffic.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Pros: they are faster, take you farther, can power you and your groceries up hills, are zero emission, and because you have to pedal too they keep you fit.

What are the cons?

Ummm how do you pedal an electric bike? And what's the point of having an electric bike to stay fit?
Seems like it defeats the purpose.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:39 PM
 
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I have an electric bike. Its really nice but it isnt going to replace my car. Sometimes I want to carry more than a small water bottle and when you load up a bike, they become unstable, far less maneuverable and dangerous in traffic.
You should look up 'cargo-bike' or panniers.

Maybe you are hanging bags from your handlebars. There is nothing unstable or unsafe about 30lbs of cargo on a bicycle if you used your brain when loading it. Touring cyclists travel cross country with over 50lbs of gear.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:44 PM
 
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Why is this thread full of pathetic excuses? Sounds like so many people can't think or research for a few minutes, and maybe challenge themself in the slightest bit.


Life must be difficult for such a mindset.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:51 PM
 
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Ummm how do you pedal an electric bike? And what's the point of having an electric bike to stay fit?
Seems like it defeats the purpose.
So to you, every trip is either in cycling distance or absolutely requires a car? If you used an ebike you would GET IT, and realize that because they are so much fun, faster, eliminate the main drawbacks to cycle commuting, that you end up replacing many car trips and use it so much more often.

If your sole purpose is to get fit, then I can point you to the cycling for recreation/fitness forum. This is not it. An ebike is a tool that happens to have both the benefits of a exercise and the utility of light motor power combined in one.

Please do not comment if you have no experience in the subject at hand.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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My neighbor used an ebike to commute to his job (teacher at a school about 3 miles away). But definitely a fair-weather ride. Rain, snow, 100+ degrees, not so good an idea. He liked it but shelved the bike when the battery died.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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So to you, every trip is either in cycling distance or absolutely requires a car? If you used an ebike you would GET IT, and realize that because they are so much fun, faster, eliminate the main drawbacks to cycle commuting, that you end up replacing many car trips and use it so much more often.

If your sole purpose is to get fit, then I can point you to the cycling for recreation/fitness forum. This is not it. An ebike is a tool that happens to have both the benefits of a exercise and the utility of light motor power combined in one.

Please do not comment if you have no experience in the subject at hand.

I used to ride 20 miles to work everyday so I get it. And the OP asked a question and I asked one. It was an honest question.
Deal with it.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:13 AM
 
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Replace? No, could never replace my car, but would use one for maybe for very short trips somewhere, but then I would just use a normal bike.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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If I lived in a part of the country where that would work, and lived close enough to where I work. I probably would, or just get an electric motorcycle.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:34 AM
 
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My family and I have been building and riding our own electric bicycles for years, and would eventually like to use our electric cruisers 100% of the time instead of our car. I know the practicality of this depends largely on where you live, but I was wondering what people think in general about using e-bikes on a daily basis.

Pros: they are faster, take you farther, can power you and your groceries up hills, are zero emission, and because you have to pedal too they keep you fit.

What are the cons?
No for personal safety reasons. First, several miles of my daily commute is narrow roads. Second, far too many drunk drivers. Highest speed of my commute is 45 mph. Drunk driver crash in a car at that speed is a survivable. On a bike, fatal.
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