25,000 km On E-Bikes In Less Than Three Years

Stefan Mikes

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In less that 3 years, I have ridden various e-bikes to exceed the 25,000 km mark...

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All these rides are my own achievements as registered on Strava. My e-bikes have been ridden by other people, too, so their mileage is greater than shown.


Before I bought my first e-bike, I asked FB friends about their knowledge/experiences/recommendations regarding e-bikes. My post met with silence. Nobody of my several hundred FB "friends" knew anything on the subject! I was considering a conversion of my traditional bike to learn even that was not easy! Meanwhile, I made some research (3 weeks) and decided the Lovelec was worth buying it.
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Lovelec Diadem (576 Wh battery). A Czech hub-drive motor hybrid e-bike. It gave me understanding how good e-bikes were. It made me ride faster, farther and more often then it was ever possible with my traditional bike. I survived two crashes soon, and that was a lesson riding e-bikes could be dangerous. I made my two first Metric Centuries on the Lovelec. And if I had no other option, I would have stayed with the Diadem until this day. (It is ridden by a friend of mine nowadays).

After 5 weeks of riding the Lovelec, a friend of mine destroyed the derailleur and bent the derailleur hanger. It took Lovelec a month to deliver the replacement part. Meanwhile, I was e-bikeless :) I was studying the Internet for e-bikes. I learned of the brand Specialized (and Brose motors) from EMBN channel on YT. And I could watch Court's review of a 2017 Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 (28 mph). I checked if I could buy it in Poland... And I could, as a special 45 km/h Euro version. Found an unsold 2017 model, got an excellent discount, and...

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...started riding it on November 1st, 2019. The bike's electronics was not good. After 7 months, my Highway Star got a free overhaul to 2020 electronics by Specialized. Now, the Vado 5.0 is my heavy duty e-bike for long touring, especially in the mountains. I made my two Imperial Centuries on the Vado.

In May 2020, my two current e-bikes were in servicing in respective LBSes. Because of the pandemic, the waiting time was long, and I became e-bikeless again. Attracted to the idea of Full Suspension, I bought a Giant Trance E+ 2 Pro, a full suspension e-MTB.

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An excellent e-MTB, no two ways about it. However, I discovered I was riding that specific e-bike quite rarely. Simply, trail riding was not of my interest! (Now it is my brother who rides the Monster to his delight).

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June 12th, 2021. I'm booking a Vado SL 4 non-EQ demo ride at Specialized Warsaw. Near to the end of the ride, I was met with a storm (headwind), heavy raining, and hail. Vado SL carried me through all of this so I could return the e-bike on time. And I thought it was the e-bike I really needed!

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June 23rd, 2021. Buying a Vado SL 4.0 EQ, a.k.a. Fearless. My everyday e-bike! I also like riding gravel with that e-bike on a group rides with cycling clubs.

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October 16th, 2021. Demo riding a Specialized Turbo Tero 3.0 ST. (Did I say I was not interested in trail riding?) :)

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November 20th, 2021. Demo riding a Creo SL E5. Not for me!


Currently, I'm very happy with my full-power Vado that will take me anywhere; and with my Vado SL that is ready to ride at any moment!
 
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Stefan Mikes

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Mądry Polak po szkodzie
It is correctly spelled. The saying "(A Pole is) Wiser after misfortune" (Latin: Post mala prudentior) in the Polish version was quoted by several authors of 15th-16th c. Our great author Jan Kochanowski even came with: "A Pole will deserve a new saying: He is stupid before and after misfortune..."
 

Stefan Mikes

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Thank you guys for your kind words!
This year, I'm quite busy at work (and that is good); I also spend more time in the travelling to be with my gf (who lives in London). My yearly 10k (km) target is jeopardized!

I and brother are planning a week in Czech mountains in late August. It will certainly help making up kms and metres of climbing. I have recently undergone medical tests. Given the nature of my ailments, I'm surprisingly a healthy person now. Only my leg power will never improve...
 

Stefan Mikes

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not too bad. but you need to work harder I think I have about 22,000 miles or a bit more.
That is correct. You seem to have started riding in 2020 (this is what your Strava tells me). Now, divide the 22,000 miles by two: for you and for your wife! :D I cannot compete against two people!
 

RabH

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Thank you guys for your kind words!
This year, I'm quite busy at work (and that is good); I also spend more time in the travelling to be with my gf (who lives in London). My yearly 10k (km) target is jeopardized!

I and brother are planning a week in Czech mountains in late August. It will certainly help making up kms and metres of climbing. I have recently undergone medical tests. Given the nature of my ailments, I'm surprisingly a healthy person now. Only my leg power will never improve...
I gave up setting targets and just try to enjoy my cycling, I do like to keep stats though but I'm not looking at any yearly goals! I'm glad cycling is helping you so much on the health front, just don't overdo things and jeopardise that!
not too bad. but you need to work harder I think I have about 22,000 miles or a bit more.
I do hope that is a tongue in cheek comment...
 

Djangodog

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Thank you guys for your kind words!
This year, I'm quite busy at work (and that is good); I also spend more time in the travelling to be with my gf (who lives in London). My yearly 10k (km) target is jeopardized!

I and brother are planning a week in Czech mountains in late August. It will certainly help making up kms and metres of climbing. I have recently undergone medical tests. Given the nature of my ailments, I'm surprisingly a healthy person now. Only my leg power will never improve...

Will you be riding the Carpathian Mountains? They can be pretty rugged.

I think that a bike is the best way to explore the Czech Republic, (off road, the roads are a little scary). Have a great trip and congratulations on your achievements and please post pictures and stories from the Czech Republic. You probably already know that there are great places to ride outside of Brno and throughout Moravia, (just watch out for sign posts that have been creatively rearranged). I do miss riding there.
 

Djangodog

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Apparently, the post that I was replying to has been removed, making my post below seem a little odd, (especially the last part). I don’t want to reopen that can of worms, so I will leave it at that.

For me, cycling is about fitness, nature, enjoying the ride and sometimes about accomplishment. The forum, to me, is about sharing, learning and expanding my horizons, which includes learning about the achievements of others.

Taking pride in one’s achievements and seeking the approval and admiration of one’s peers is not unusual or even necessarily a bad thing and I think that most if not all of us do it. It seems to be human nature.

Speaking only for myself, some of my favorite posts are stories and pictures of peoples rides, adventures or accomplishments. I also like seeing pictures of and reading about the various bikes, especially the modifications and custom builds. I would hate for people to hold back out of fear that they might be seen as narcissistic.
 
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Stefan Mikes

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Will you be riding the Carpathian Mountains? They can be pretty rugged.

I think that a bike is the best way to explore the Czech Republic, (off road, the roads are a little scary). Have a great trip and congratulations on your achievements and please post pictures and stories from the Czech Republic. You probably already know that there are great places to ride outside of Brno and throughout Moravia, (just watch out for sign posts that have been creatively rearranged). I do miss riding there.
@Djangodog: Sorry for replying late!
"Carpathians" is a wide term as Carpathians consist of many mountain ranges and (if I am not wrong) even extend deep into Romania. Yes, I rode in Bieszczady (pretty high mountains on the Polish/Ukrainian/Slovak border). Exciting rides indeed! Then, I spend a long riding day in Lower Beskyd and another mountain range near Krynica in Poland. On that occasion I crossed so-called "green border" to Slovakia over a mountain hiking trail! (Nothing illegal inside the EU though). Later, I had a long ride in Slovak and Polish Pieniny. (All these places belong to the Carpathians).

Sudety in southwestern Poland are even more exciting to me. I and brother had several days of fantastic rides there, on two separate vacation (2020 and 2021). Too many stories o tell, especially as the Sudety are also divided into many ranges (and each range is very different). What is important: my brother loves routes extending to or contained inside the Czech Republic as he loves Czech beer! :)
 
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