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  1. ilanarama

    What Are Electric Bike Classes and Why Do They Matter?

    I suspect it's a cultural thing. A bike that doesn't need to be pedaled proclaims its status as a motorized vehicle. People from a cycling background who pushed for the creation of paths and trails for non-motorized vehicles have a visceral reaction that this is a violation. I know...
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    Right turn hand signal?

    Now that most people on the road have never driven a car without turn signals and never learned hand signals for driving, the bent left arm to signal a right turn is at worst confusing and at best quaint, like "dialing" a phone. Additionally, I know people (okay, my husband) whose left-arm...
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    Direct drive + Pinion gearbox + Gates drive system = Lowest maintenance powerful E-bike

    Priority has a very nice (mid-drive) ebike, the Embark. I have to say the Gates belt drive is a dream.
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    Discussion of allowing e-bikes on soft/natural trails (mtb trails) in Durango CO

    A couple of years ago the city did a 1-year trial allowing e-bikes on one major in-town bike path, and subsequently opened all paved paths to e-bikes. This past summer new signs were added at the trailheads of our mtb trails stating "NO E-BIKES - NO PEDAL ASSIST". But after the fiat ruling to...
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    It’s 2025 what does your ebike look like?

    Try a modern carbon bike sometime. My mtb is carbon, and it's certainly not delicate.
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    It’s 2025 what does your ebike look like?

    Remember I'm talking about mountain bikes, not road bikes here. I think that in order to be treated as bicycles (that is, to be permitted on trails which are for non-motorized vehicles - the argument is being made that ebikes should be allowed where bicycles are) they need to look and behave...
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    How long did you research e-bikes before buying your first one?

    I had been casually researching (reading articles about ebikes) for about a year, because I knew we were going to move to a location where a townie ebike would make sense. But as our move became imminent I got more serious, trying out a variety of bikes, reading lots of reviews and reports, and...
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    It’s 2025 what does your ebike look like?

    Maybe for road bikes. But for mountain bikes, lighter is better, because it's easier to control a lighter bike on rough, steep terrain, and if you need to hike-a-bike (see my avatar image!) it's much easier to carry a lighter bike over obstacles. I also expect my 2025 bike to be...
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    Back to Acoustic?

    Well, it's obviously the opposite of electric, as per electric guitar / acoustic guitar. I agree that by itself it's nonsensical, but it's funny, and that in itself is worth something, so I use it! And if I had the ten grand to drop on a bike, you would bet I would buy it, because I love my...
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    Who's the oldest and youngest rider here?

    I'll be 56 in a couple of weeks. Feels odd to be among the younger cohort on a web forum...
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    Hi from the PNWet

    There is a sub-forum here on trikes, and also one on disabilities and e-biking, so hopefully you can find some advice there. Congrats on your purchase - I think it makes a lot of sense as an RV-dinghy and general car-replacement.
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    If you already own an e-bike, are you considering another?

    My Priority Embark suits my needs as a car alternative for errands, grocery shopping, going out to meet friends, etc. I also have a non-electric mountain bike for exercise and enjoyment of the trails. I anticipate that in another few years, as I approach 60, I will look for an e-mtb to allow...
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    Priority Embark, first impression

    The people at Priority are good about helping you size the frame based on your inseam and height. I bought Embarks for me and my husband and they were both the correct size based on the advice given.
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    Low step, upright, light, hidden battery, $2000?

    The info says 39 pounds, not 33 pounds. And there's no information about the manufacturer/quality of components, so I'd be wary. You don't get something for nothing. (It's a nice-looking bike for a townie, though!)
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    Priority Embark, first impression

    The lack of suspension is definitely noticeable on bumpy pavement, but a lower pressure in the tires helps. I'm considering a suspension seatpost on mine. I don't have an issue with my wrists - possibly you need to rejigger the geometry for your size, that is, move the seat forward or back on...
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    Go For $$ Or Not?

    I'm just quoting this because it's excellent advice all around and deserves to get more attention. Try bikes (or anything else) at a variety of price points so you can Notice the differences that more $$ get you Decide what level of quality is important enough to you that you won't feel...
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    Taking one car off the roads of Silicon Valley

    That's a great thing to do - ebikes are a wonderful alternative to cars, especially in places where there's existing bicycling infrastructure and decent weather. Plus, unlike electric cars, they take up less parking, take up less room on the road, and give you exercise to boot. If your...
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    Wisper, Emu or Woosh?

    I have never heard of any of them either, but wow, those are all awesome names!
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    NYT E-bike article

    Jennifer Finney Boylan is 'she', not 'he'.
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    Hunting Ebike Selection

    I can't imagine that biking will be quieter than walking. You'd probably want a fat-tire bike (for the mud) with a sealed hub and belt drive for those conditions.