Longest Distance You Had to Walk Your Ebike to Civilization?

Kayakguy

Active Member
Crank arm broke: about two miles:
Bellingham has an annual relay race called Ski to Sea (cancelled 2 years during the pandemic). It starts on Mt. Baker with cross country skiing, then downhill skiing, followed by running down the mountain (a killer on knees); runners hand off to road bikers (28 miles), then to river canoers (about 15 miles), then mountain bikes (not in the mountains though, as the mountains are inconveniently located), then to sea kayakers on Bellingham Bay (which is the leg I used to do).

During one race, my mountain biker was delayed--to my annoyance-- as he broke a crank early on, and had to run the bike several miles; I also heard of a woman whose saddle post broke off, and she had to ride without a saddle for the whole leg. Personally, I have not suffered such a disaster on my ebike, but I figure it's got to happen sooner or later. I carry some tools, but not enough to rebuild the bike.
 

Mr. Coffee

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Region
USA
City
A Demented Corner of the North Cascades
Bellingham has an annual relay race called Ski to Sea (cancelled 2 years during the pandemic). It starts on Mt. Baker with cross country skiing, then downhill skiing, followed by running down the mountain (a killer on knees); runners hand off to road bikers (28 miles), then to river canoers (about 15 miles), then mountain bikes (not in the mountains though, as the mountains are inconveniently located), then to sea kayakers on Bellingham Bay (which is the leg I used to do).

During one race, my mountain biker was delayed--to my annoyance-- as he broke a crank early on, and had to run the bike several miles; I also heard of a woman whose saddle post broke off, and she had to ride without a saddle for the whole leg. Personally, I have not suffered such a disaster on my ebike, but I figure it's got to happen sooner or later. I carry some tools, but not enough to rebuild the bike.
I've done the cross-country leg about a half-dozen times over the last thirty years. It is a lot of fun because it basically is rollerball on skinny skis.

Also loved how they start the race by detonating explosive. A lot of explosives.
 

mschwett

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Region
USA
not too far. i got about a quarter of the way up a very steep (around 20%?) rocky dirt path that i was told was "easily doable on your road bike with 32mm tires, no sweat."**

rather than walk the bike down (which was fairly hair raising in cleats) i opted to walk it up around a mile to a junction just past the top of the hill.

i tried my best to get up it, but after falling twice and barely being able to keep enough speed to stay upright on full turbo and full leg output, it was hike-a-bike time.

luckily the bike weighs less than 30lb and it wasn't a super hot day.

**that guy is no longer on my advice list for bike stuff.
 

fooferdoggie

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You may ride out as much prepared as you like and still there is a chance for the walk of shame...
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I was lucky as the Vado rear wheel held till the end of the ride. It is at LBS now awaiting spoke replacement and truing.
thats when you need to carry spare wheels
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TOOSLOW

Active Member
This is a bit late but it might save someone a long walk in the future. If you bust your derailleur, break the chain, remove it from around the derailleur, feed it over a middle cog, remove excess chain, reconnect and ride it like a fixie. You only have that single gear but it would at least allow you to ride home. You live and learn, i suppose.

Walk of shame? 3 miles, after going on an unintended ride without any equipment, i got a flat, stuffed the rim with grass and plodded back.
Okay, this is dam brilliant, and I won't forget this tip. Crazy part is, I have a quick link and a chain breaker in my seat tool kit, already had removed the derailleur, but never thought about this tip. I probably could of continued my black diamond single track ride instead of pushing the brick up the hills and riding down the hills!
 

TOOSLOW

Active Member
What kind of eBike did you blow up the XT derailleur on and how did you do it??
Bulls Monster EFS, during chain service I switched out to a slightly smaller chainring for more climbing torque,
as well took out two links in the chain, but inadvertently, two links may have been more than was needed.
Was having slight shifting problems, and my attempts at on the trail adjustment eventually led to catastrophic failure.

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6zfshdb

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Region
USA
City
Northeast Pennsylvania
ya but change a rear flat on rear hub motor in the wild!
I was referring to the reports of chain, crank and derailleur problems.
While changing a tire in the field may be a bit easier on a mid drive, a flat on any bike can lead to a long walk.
 

Elkman

Active Member
Well that was about as much fun as going to the dentist! Had to push my ebike back roughly 8 miles after I blew up the XT derailleur. Like pushing a brick without the power, and here I thought peddling back without juice was tough.
What's the longest you been stranded and had to push your steed back?
I read about someone having a breakdown and being glad that he had a cell phone (and service) and an ubber account in place. Seems like a good idea so long as the bike fits in the vehicle. Most of my rides are more than 20 miles out and so the odds of having a problem 10 miles from my SUV is greater than I want to deal with and this includes a flat rear tire with the rear hub drive. This is why I find a mid-drive bike to be very appealing.
 

mjeds

Active Member
Region
USA
25 miles. Called the wife, had her bring my truck and the bike rack. I wasn’t walking the bike home