To your first point: I no longer own a Charger, but when I did I had no problem with the DC Metro (subway) or Amtrak. I even used roll-on with tires > 2” wide. I was told by the baggage handlers that they’ve put larger bikes with wider tires on the train.There is always a next bike.
Right now, I'm thinking pretty seriously about getting a Bike Friday, probably a Diamond Llama with a Rohloff Hub. That bike solves a couple of specific problems that the R&M Charger does not:
For long-haul adventure riding, one day I'd like to own a Co-Motion Siskiyou.
- Taking the Charger on public transportation, whether by bus, train, or plane, is at best problematic and at worst flat-out impossible.
- Having a bike I can take with me when I visit the city and can easily take with me into a store rather than stress about securing it.
- There are some bicycle tours I'd like to do where the e-bike is at best a liability and at worst forces rather contrived routing changes.
Down the road, if I were to replace the Charger I'd like to get my hands on a 20mph Kogo E-World Traveler. I understand they sell a dual-battery version.
I 100% agree with the sentiment that the RM feels cumbersome at times, but my point here is that it isn’t a deal-killer in and of itself— the darn thing is pretty sturdy on the roads and surprisingly exceeded my off-road expectations.
I also was told my a metro bus driver that the front bus racks would support the Charger. I didn’t want to test this w/o more evidence but haven’t done so as I don’t take the bus much.
Other public transit ventures with an RM: Baltimore light rail, Vamoose NYC-DC express bus (too many to count) SF ferry, Lake Express (Milwaukee-Muskegon, MI) (twice).
To your second point, my experience has been that a no-bike policy applies to all bikes, irrespective of size.
I don’t understand your third point and hope you elaborate. I have over 3k miles in on a cross-country tour and recently replicated a 5-state portion originally biked in 2013 with a non-electric bike. No route changes, same route.
Now, one element of ebike touring that feels contrived is the amount of time I spend charging, even using two chargers simultaneously. This is particularly severe for a Bosch bike sold in the US with no access to the 6A fast Charger.
More data to follow once trip is complete.