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Discussion: Electric bikes

in: greta_leonard; greta_leonard > 2024-02-23

Feb 24, 2024 3:19 PM # 
I used to think that about them too. Now I’m old(er), and while I haven’t purchased one yet, I’ve rented a few and they are soooo great. I’ve said the next bike I buy will be electric (I’m not there yet though).
If riding an electric bike is the only way you’ll be able to bike, then they’re a good thing.
Feb 24, 2024 5:45 PM # 
Interesting. That makes a lot more sense and seems like a great reason to use one
Feb 24, 2024 6:08 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Yeah, I think when I first thought about e-bike usage, I was thinking that their use was only replacing bikes. "Lazy bikers!" I thought.

But, the light bulb moment for me was realizing that they are oftentimes replacing cars.
Feb 24, 2024 8:18 PM # 
The first time we rented electric bikes was in Zion. Can't drive there, had to stick to the bus; biking let us enjoy the outdoors more. Plus it was HOT and not having to work too hard was great.

Another time we rented them was on Martha's Vineyard; we got to see a lot of the island without having to worry about parking or one way roads or other cars etc. (we didn't bring a car onto the island so we would have been stuck walking). And we could go farther because it wasn't as tiring as a regular bike would have been.

They're also good for lazy people. Who at least are getting fresh air. ;-)
Feb 24, 2024 11:05 PM # 
I'm on the opposite side of the e-bike argument as you. I want one BAD. And when I get one, I am gonna wheelie right past you.
Feb 28, 2024 5:22 AM # 
As above I poo-pooed them at first but if it gets more people on bikes and 0.1% of the population out of cars then it's a good thing.

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