Throwing your leg over an E-Bike

ez3putt

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I bought the step through. One of my planned uses is to put a milk crate or something similar on the rack to hold fishing rods. Even Shaq couldn't throw a leg over 7 foot fishing rods. I still instinctively throw my leg over and currently have no issues or problems doing it. However, I know that as we age up, body parts can start failing very quickly.
 

AZOldTech

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I didn’t think the mini bag would fit my rack. Seems I read it wouldn’t or I definitely would have bought it.
You are correct. Their mini bag is a 9.5L bag (vs 17-23L for their regular bag), and it will ONLY fit their smaller clamp style seat-post rack IB-RA6 (a clip-on base length of 10.5" for the mini bag vs 15" for their regular bag). The clamp style seat-post racks attach higher up than a regular rack. I use the regular disc-brake friendly IB-RA5 rack on 3 of our bikes adjusted to mount as close as it will go to the tire/fender. The 2 pictures below is the seatpost IB-RA6 rack with the mini bag, and the other the IB-RA5 rack (which I have) for any 26-29" disc brake friendly bikes/ebikes for their regular size bags. There is also the IB-RA1 clamp style seat-post rack that also fits their regular size bags. I got this one (IB-RA1) for the wife's step through Haibike/Yamaha Sduro ebike that came with a haibike rack, which she uses when she wants to mount her Ortlieb panniers, but she could not also use it for her ibera bag. You may think it might look weird but it actually mounts exactly parallel to the haibike rack and only cost $15 (it was a "used-like new" Amazon warehouse price; normally is $28 I think) for her to reuse her $60 ibera bag. It would have cost more than $15 to get a new bag just for the Haibike rack (plus I found that the choices out there were not as good for the Haibike clip system vs the Ibera one, plus she could not use it with any of our other bikes). BTW, with the Ibera mini bag you only get one choice for a rack and it's a seat-post one at that. That may make sense for someone who wants to carry a smaller/lighter bag but with any seatpost rack/bag you will have issues with mount/dismount if you don't have a step through bike.
 

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David Berry

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Australia
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Ipswich, QLD
Dropper post... I’m kinda of a under a $100 type of guy. Those any good?
Dropper posts are basically performance items for mountain bikers. For ebikers wanting an easier way to mount/dismount, there really is no need to buy anything expensive.
 

slowguy

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Well being 79 and getting stiff, I just gently lower the bike to the ground, step over with right leg and lift up the bike under me. My high backpack is no issue and I don't stress my hip joint.
 

ez3putt

Active Member
Well being 79 and getting stiff, I just gently lower the bike to the ground, step over with right leg and lift up the bike under me. My high backpack is no issue and I don't stress my hip joint.
I agree, but I'll be 72 in less than a month and I will use the bike for hunting. If I have 50 or 60 pounds strapped to the rear rack, I don't want to be leaning it over any further than I have to.
 

Jerry LM

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I am 76 and never had a problem getting on the bike swinging my leg over even with the bag, for me the issue was dismounting. I would get in very unstable awkward positions trying to get off with the bike leaning way over, almost fell a few times and looked like an idiot so went with the step thru and no problem now. I still like the looks of the top tube bikes but just to dang old for them anymore I hate to admit.
When I originally purchased the first bike I was in my mind thinking boy girl thing and I always put my left foot on the left pedal gave a push off and swung on, only way I ever rode a bike.
 

Chopperbill

Active Member
Think they need an adjustable top tube you can position for us old duffers. Push down for getting on and lift up for styling. ;)
 

Ian Moone

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I agree, but I'll be 72 in less than a month and I will use the bike for hunting. If I have 50 or 60 pounds strapped to the rear rack, I don't want to be leaning it over any further than I have to.
IF you're going to haul that much gear, Have you considered a Trailer ? Most can Easily haul 100+ pounds of gear !
 

ez3putt

Active Member
IF you're going to haul that much gear, Have you considered a Trailer ? Most can Easily haul 100+ pounds of gear !
Yes, I will be getting a trailer. Probably the Rambo. I wouldn't want to fool with the trailer if I am just hauling a bag of corn to a feeder. I will use the trailer during the off season to move ladder stands, chain saw, etc. And hopefully game during deer season. The VeeGo 750 has a 100 lb. limit on the rear rack, but realistically I will probably never put more than 50-60 lbs on it.
 

Ian Moone

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Think they need an adjustable top tube you can position for us old duffers. Push down for getting on and lift up for styling. ;)
There ARE actually clip on Top tubes which Convert a Step thru bike. I think Thule and some oth
Yes, I will be getting a trailer. Probably the Rambo. I wouldn't want to fool with the trailer if I am just hauling a bag of corn to a feeder. I will use the trailer during the off season to move ladder stands, chain saw, etc. And hopefully game during deer season. The VeeGo 750 has a 100 lb. limit on the rear rack, but realistically I will probably never put more than 50-60 lbs on it.
FYI, the Veego 750 Also has a 48volt/ 17Ah battery Option too. ?
 

ez3putt

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There ARE actually clip on Top tubes which Convert a Step thru bike. I think Thule and some oth

FYI, the Veego 750 Also has a 48volt/ 17Ah battery Option too. ?
Yeah, but I went with the 13Ah battery. I don't really need the additional range. Only had it two days, but it seems to be a pretty sweet ride.
 

Ian Moone

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Yeah, but I went with the 13Ah battery. I don't really need the additional range. Only had it two days, but it seems to be a pretty sweet ride.
Let me Know how you Like that beast, will you because it's One of my main picks as a Step through with some guts ! ?
 

Toomanycats

Active Member
If you pedal a lot, you might want to watch out for that. I was having some knee soreness and was lectured by a Lycra Road Bike Warrior about having my seat too low. I’d adjusted it that way because I also wanted to put my feet down. He was right, I moved the seat up and it felt much better.
There are comfort bikes like Electra that let you put your feet flat on the ground while extending your legs properly while you pedal.