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Old 04-25-2020, 05:12 PM   #21
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At age 72 I've been biking for 14 years and love it. Within the last year cardio issues have made it much harder to do my normal 20-25 mile rides. I resisted an e-bike, feeling I was giving in, until I found an Orbea that only gives assistance if the rider is pedaling, and stops assisting at 20mph. This bike has given me the ability to ride 25-30 miles and get a great workout (avg 145-155 heartrate) without the uphill peaks in BPM causing me to tire and have shorter rides. It syncs with my heart rate monitor and turns on assist automatically at a heart rate I choose. So I set it at 155 and ride with it off, but then on a long hill it kicks in and helps me ride farther. Perfect. A side benefit is that until I point out that it's an ebike most riders can't tell it from my Specialized Roubaix.
I'm not a strong rider, but I am proud to be tied with Lance Armstrong in the number of Tour de France wins we both have!!! (sorry, but I love that joke).
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Old 04-26-2020, 08:42 AM   #22
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I think Greg LeMond said about ebikes “call them what they are mopeds”
An eMTB is a game changer for bike riders my age. I can make it up the hill again, though make now mistake, you have to pedal and these things are not for beginners.

Have you tested one recently? I guess not. Do so and then write an opinion.
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Old 04-26-2020, 04:01 PM   #23
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An eMTB is a game changer for bike riders my age. I can make it up the hill again, though make now mistake, you have to pedal and these things are not for beginners.

Have you tested one recently? I guess not. Do so and then write an opinion.


Easy bro it was LeMonds words not mine. I crafted it as a joke hence the laughing emoji not an opinion. Sorry I ruffled your feathers. I have ridden many ebikes and think they are pretty cool. I’m actually a hobby bike frame builder and have owned many bikes from high wheels to this recumbent that I plan to electrify for a commuter.
So in the words of Bill Murray “lighten up Frances”<see another joke with the venerable laughing emoji
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Old 04-27-2020, 08:20 AM   #24
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Easy bro it was LeMonds words not mine. I crafted it as a joke hence the laughing emoji not an opinion. Sorry I ruffled your feathers. I have ridden many ebikes and think they are pretty cool. I’m actually a hobby bike frame builder and have owned many bikes from high wheels to this recumbent that I plan to electrify for a commuter.
So in the words of Bill Murray “lighten up Frances”<see another joke with the venerable laughing emoji
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Quoting someone without comment would indicate to me your agreement. You clarified yourself now and no, my feathers do not get ruffled that easy. Though apology accepted, all good.
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Old 04-27-2020, 11:38 AM   #25
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There are apparently bike design awards...

2017 London Design Awards

and accolades from Bicycling Magazine:

The New Brompton Electric Is the Most Functional Folding E-Bike We’ve Seen
I know what my battery weighs and I wouldn't feel comfortable with it hang'n high in front of me.
Small wheels, high seat & bars...enough stuff in the air.🤓
Plus FWD, no thanks.👎

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Old 04-27-2020, 11:48 AM   #26
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Every time I see a Brompton I think about the great BBC satirical comedy series W1A, where the characters rode Bromptons to work and introduced them into multiple episodes.

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Old 04-27-2020, 04:18 PM   #27
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According to my info from Specialized, Lithium batteries after around 200 charges will drop their charging capabilities to around 75% of their original charging capacity which still may be enough for most bike outings but there will come a time when they may not meet the distance rider's needs. This may or may not be before the bike's life expectancy has passed. We will see I guess. Yes our Specialized dealer said the batteries are $850 so don't drop them or have them stolen.
I would be suspect of their BMS or supplier. That's pretty low cycles to see that kind of degradation. It happens though. Check battery longevity of a Nissan Leaf v. a Chevy Volt, for example.
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I know what my battery weighs and I wouldn't feel comfortable with it hang'n high in front of me.
Small wheels, high seat & bars...enough stuff in the air.🤓
Plus FWD, no thanks.👎

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You've never ridden a Brompton, have you?

The battery is carried where the luggage rack usually goes. Bromptons handle the weight best on the front wheel. That's how most Brompton owners carry their various cargo/luggage loads is on the front. And it's not "hangin' high."
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