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Old 10-20-2020, 02:37 PM   #21
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The wife and I purchased Pedego EBikes and I just received mine when the weather turned bad so I haven't been able to ride it yet. Hoping for next week. We like to get out cycling and this will help us with that as we get older. In addition to that we will take them to our Golf Course in the summer and leave the car at home. For us we will get more exercise as we wouldn't take regular bikes to the Golf Course ever as it's uphill all the way home.
Just want this weather to warm up a little so I can get some rides in before winter really sets in.
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Old 10-20-2020, 02:40 PM   #22
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Agree with what others said. It's not a lazy excuse for riding (for most people), but I never ride like I'm training for the Tour de France. I ride because it's a way to get around that is often faster than anything else. When I was in Calgary I rode from Renfrew to Quarry Park. It's mostly flat, but some hills. I would dial up the pedal assist on the hills. I regularly would get 90km out of my 6.5Ah battery because of how little I actually used the electric assist. But when you have a 50 km/h headwind at the end of the day to start your 16 km ride and you'll have that the ENTIRE ride. It's a feeling of defeat before you've even started, and the eBike takes that away.

It's all about how you use it.
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Old 10-20-2020, 02:44 PM   #23
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For a lot of people (me included) the benefit of riding a bike is just as much improved mental health as it is physical health. So if riding an ebike gets you out of the house and your car so you can get some fresh air and peace of mind, do it and ignore what others say.
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Old 10-20-2020, 02:47 PM   #24
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For a lot of people (me included) the benefit of riding a bike is just as much improved mental health as it is physical health. So if riding an ebike gets you out of the house and your car so you can get some fresh air and peace of mind, do it and ignore what others say.
I miss my commute so much. But even if I was still in Calgary and there was no Covid, it would be so much harder. I work Eastern time hours on Pacific time. I now go for a ride along the ocean a couple of times a month if I can find the time. But it SUUUUUCKS because I don't have that daily moment of zen to collect myself before work and decompress at the end.
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Old 10-20-2020, 02:57 PM   #25
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I miss my commute so much. But even if I was still in Calgary and there was no Covid, it would be so much harder. I work Eastern time hours on Pacific time. I now go for a ride along the ocean a couple of times a month if I can find the time. But it SUUUUUCKS because I don't have that daily moment of zen to collect myself before work and decompress at the end.
When we ditched the office and went remote a couple years ago I really missed my commute. You're right about decompressing after work. The morning ride was a mental hurdle some days but I always appreciated I did it when I got to work.
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Old 10-20-2020, 03:04 PM   #26
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Commuting / carrying cargo makes sense. I can buy into that.

But as someone who uses their bikes purely for pleasure and training purposes, and treats hills and headwind as an extra training bonus (rule #5), I have a hard time respecting my (totally mobile) neighbour who is bragging to me about doing 60K in two hours, only to drop later in the conversation that it was on his eBike.
I'd be surprised if he was bragging versus just chatting to his fellow-cyclist neighbour about a shared interest (cycling). When I get home from rides covered in sweat I'm not thinking to myself how I was "ebiking" - I am thinking about my bike ride.

It's like anything...you can take a leisurely ride anywhere you want on an analog bike or you can give'r and get a great workout. You get out of something what you put in. With an ebike, you can ride it analogue if you want. On pedal assist one, I'm pretty much just overcoming the extra weight of the battery/motor/etc. of the ebike as well as the fat tires to ride pretty much like my normal bike. On two I get a bit of a boost that helps me get home quicker to start on supper and stuff for my family.

For commuting, I wouldn't ride an analogue bike. I'd be way too sweaty by the time I got to work and I'd have to leave 20 minutes earlier - time I'd rather spend sleeping. And on the way home I get my workout by turning the assist down, but if I had a long day and am super tired or something, I can always crank up the assist to make it easier on myself. On no planet is any of that weird.

I'll bet your neighbour got more exercise on his ebike than 90% of Calgarians that probably didn't do any physical activity on any given day. And 60km on an ebike in two hours would require a fair amount of pedaling. They're governed at 32km/h (if he hasn't disabled the governor), but will slow down considerably up a hill with a full-grown man in the saddle. So if he was averaging 30km/h, he was likely pedaling the whole time. That's beside the point anyway, though. It's ultra-lame to think ebiking is lame. Like, the dude is doing everything you're doing (pedaling around on two wheels), except he's going further faster. That's pretty much the only difference. Time is valuable.

Also, just because you have an ebike doesn't mean you don't have a normal bike, too. I enjoy riding my bike and also modelling exercising in front of my kids, but the ebike adds a bit of spice that's really fun.

Best part of all, though, is you can get super fataed up and ride to and fro without really worrying about a dui. Like, I've never been pulled over on a bike so I don't think it's a big concern.
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Best part of all, though, is you can get super fataed up and ride to and fro without really worrying about a dui. Like, I've never been pulled over on a bike so I don't think it's a big concern.
One of my favourite parts about biking as well!

Nothing better than riding home (and skipping all the traffic) after a few heroin beers and a Flames win!
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I love threads like this. This morning I wasn't even thinking about an ebike as my normie bike sits in my garage. Now I'm actively thinking about which Rad model is right for me and all the small travels I would prefer to do on a bike instead but were otherwise slightly out of reach.
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Old 10-21-2020, 07:24 AM   #29
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Perhaps I don't understand ebikes. Please help me to do so. My big question, simply (and harshly) put, isn't it a bike for lazy people? Wouldn't you be better off to just ride a regular pedal bike?

One of my knees is buggered up from skiing and I can’t put full weight on it to ride up hills. I’ve tried ebikes a couple of times and get just enough boost when I need it to climb hills while still getting some exercise. Definitely going to pick one up in the spring.
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I have an Opus Pronghorn that I use to commute to and from work when it's not too cold out (I hate being cold). I go about 17km each way and the ebike is ideal for this distance I find. You can still get a great workout if you dial down the assist, or you can crank it up and have an nice enjoyable ride with some moderate exercise.

If I feel like more of a workout I'll ride my road bike, but the ebike is a lot more versatile for my purposes. If it was purely for recreation or working out I'd probably use something else, but for commuting it's fantastic. Everyone who's ever jumped on to test it out loves it as well.

I'm not a big fan of the ebikes that use a throttle and require no pedaling though. Those I would maybe consider cheating as there's no effort there. And I don't believe they are legally allowed on bike paths anyhow as they're considered a motorized vehicle.
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