Commuting on an eBike, this is how I do it. Can you?

biknut

Active Member
This was a typical joy ride for me, but it could have just as easily been a commute to work. Of course I'm preaching to the choir here, but I get so tired of hearing the uninformed complaining that eBikes have no range, are too slow, cost too much, blablabla.

This map should put that nonsense to bed. At the point farthest from home, about 17 miles, I had used about 5 1/2 ah, cruising 15 to 20 mph. Mostly 20. At that point I had a lot of battery left so I picked up the pace a little on the way home. This ride used 14.2 total ah out of 18. I could have gotten a lot more range by controlling my speed a little better, but I tend to use what I have when I see there's plenty of battery to get me home. I'm guessing we all do that.



 

JoePah

Well-Known Member
I have a 20 mile commute total.. Used to ride my eBike and used about 60% of battery capacity... Took around 30 minutes one way... cruise at 22 mph, avg 19+mph.

Now I ride my single speed bike, same route.. Trip takes around 33 minutes.

What i've learned is that in a surburban setting your average speed is very limited by traffic lights and traffic.

Guess if I had a 40 mile commute an eBike would make more sense.. Right now the single speed is a superior bike.

EBikes are very capable commuters, esp if it's important that you don't arrive all sweaty and whipped for work!
 

biknut

Active Member
I have a 20 mile commute total.. Used to ride my eBike and used about 60% of battery capacity... Took around 30 minutes one way... cruise at 22 mph, avg 19+mph.

Now I ride my single speed bike, same route.. Trip takes around 33 minutes.

What i've learned is that in a surburban setting your average speed is very limited by traffic lights and traffic.

Guess if I had a 40 mile commute an eBike would make more sense.. Right now the single speed is a superior bike.

EBikes are very capable commuters, esp if it's important that you don't arrive all sweaty and whipped for work!
I'm afraid I couldn't keep up with you on my pedaler. I can only manage about 8 mph for a cruising speed, and short bursts up to about 14 mph, and that's the actual moving speed. As you point out, in the real world stopping at lights and such, average speed is always much lower. At my slow pace it would take me forever to get anywhere. Another obstacle is, in the summer it's 100 degrees everyday for months at a time.

My eBike solves these problems. I can average faster speeds, and I don't have to work so hard to do it. Another thing I like about it is, each year I get older, and slower, but my bike stays the same. Even though you don't have to be old to ride an eBike, the older you get, the more you appreciate it.
 

Gus

Active Member
I have a 20 mile commute total.. Used to ride my eBike and used about 60% of battery capacity... Took around 30 minutes one way... cruise at 22 mph, avg 19+mph.

Now I ride my single speed bike, same route.. Trip takes around 33 minutes.

What i've learned is that in a surburban setting your average speed is very limited by traffic lights and traffic.

Guess if I had a 40 mile commute an eBike would make more sense.. Right now the single speed is a superior bike.

EBikes are very capable commuters, esp if it's important that you don't arrive all sweaty and whipped for work!
The biggest advantage for me is I can carry all my stuff (lunch, laptop, clothes, shoes, misc crap) and not be affected by all the weight and still go just about as fast as my road bike not carrying anything.

I can smoke my Stromer on my road bike but I can barely carry anything on it without getting bogged down to a crawl.