Author Topic: Updated E-bike nonsense.  (Read 888 times)

bobs

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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2020, 07:00:37 PM »
I hadn't realised that this thread  had started up again as I've been busy out cycling on my Ebike while I can.

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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2020, 02:42:05 PM »
My original post was simply to say that I did not think cycle shops should sell so called E-bikes!
On this specific point, I posted this before the previous thread was lost...
It is of course entirely up to any business what they sell, and those decisions will include the commercial implications. I'm not naive enough to think that every shop only deals in the products they enthusiastically support. It's equally true that we as consumers are free to choose where to shop, I've always based my decisions on the retailers ability to supply what I want, not whatever else they're selling.
As a kid in the 70's the two local bike dealers were hardware shops, they probably didn't stock any high end bikes, but one of them had an excellent reputation as a wheelbuilder, popular with all types of cyclist. Although such hardware shops have largely disappeared, I don't think it was unusual and and everyone accepts that the likes of Wilco's sell bike parts.
In the days before cycling became primarily a leisure activity in the UK, there was a lot of crossover between powered and unpowered bikes, both in manufacture and retail.  Digging around in Derby history, I think it was only Mercian that were exclusively a cycling shop.  This 1960 advert from the local CTC magazine is typical

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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2020, 02:52:20 PM »
If I ever want power I will return to a motorcycle.
Possibly a motorcycle with a smaller engine and frame than I originally rode (due to weight).
On a completely different OT subject...
I had a test ride n a 8.5kw electric motorbike last year, it was amazingly good fun.  Not the biggest, most powerful or fastest motorbike I've ever ridden and I wouldn't want to sit on it all day on a grand tour, but for getting about without pedaling I can't imagine anything more entertaining.

https://nuuk-europe.com/en/pf/urban/
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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2020, 11:44:23 AM »
If I ever want power I will return to a motorcycle.
Possibly a motorcycle with a smaller engine and frame than I originally rode (due to weight).
On a completely different OT subject...
I had a test ride n a 8.5kw electric motorbike last year, it was amazingly good fun.  Not the biggest, most powerful or fastest motorbike I've ever ridden and I wouldn't want to sit on it all day on a grand tour, but for getting about without pedaling I can't imagine anything more entertaining.

https://nuuk-europe.com/en/pf/urban/

BUT, it is a motorcycle and NOT a bicycle...

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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2020, 12:14:50 PM »
BUT, it is a motorcycle and NOT a bicycle...
It is yes, I was replying to you saying "If I ever want power I will return to a motorcycle." pointing out that electric ones are available, and a lot of fun.
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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2020, 12:22:27 PM »
BUT, it is a motorcycle and NOT a bicycle...
It is yes, I was replying to you saying "If I ever want power I will return to a motorcycle." pointing out that electric ones are available, and a lot of fun.
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If I went back it would most certainly be an internal combustion engine.
I am thankful that my life has been lived during the internal combustion era.
I have owned over many years fortunately, a number of very fast cars! Very enjoyable and of couse the sounds of real motors!
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Re: Updated E-bike nonsense.
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2020, 09:43:25 AM »
BUT, it is a motorcycle and NOT a bicycle...
It is yes, I was replying to you saying "If I ever want power I will return to a motorcycle." pointing out that electric ones are available, and a lot of fun.
Happy Easter

Talking about a lot of fun. This looks like a lot of fun:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqFdsFMSBsk  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHbOY4vVY2M   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHheFe3xJwQ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uouzJiler3w   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbGW0E_Vx9o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuhcd2-a7z8
The video series is from the owner of Rohloff Australia and is about his use of a full suspension pedelec mountain bike converted to Rohloff. If I had the spare funds I'd love to have one.