Popular Post Dottleshead Posted April 19, 2019 Popular Post Share #1 Posted April 19, 2019 So I was asked by another forumite to share with folks my experience with my e-bike I bought back in December. I sill haven't started commuting to work with it yet but I have ridden it probably 10 times since purchase with about half of those over 20 miles. I have a Class 1 pedal assist bike with a 350W Bosch motor. Class 1 e-bikes typically are limited to providing pedal assist up to 20 mph and then you're all manual. I'm happy to report that my bike doesn't have throttle mode. If I wanted that, I would have bought an electric scooter. Here's my slimmed down report. In short, e-bikes are hill busters. This is their great advantage. If you're going down hill, then you're probably coasting most of it and you're probably not getting any pedal assist. The 20 mph limitation doesn't come into play. When you're riding on the flats, you're probably riding in a gear where the resistance feels familiar to what you've been riding in on your non-PDA bike -- so you're in the same cadence -- and therefore getting the same exercise. I know I am. The difference is I'm averaging about 2 mph faster. That still puts me below the 20 mph line. Close but still below. So far I've just gained only a small improvement in travel time when traveling downhill or on the flats -- while getting the same workout. But as mentioned, the big advantage is the hills. I scale those bad boys with relative ease now -- though I still get a workout. But I'm no longer straining -- and when I reach my destination -- I'm not gassed. Here is where I really get a big gain in both average mph and time. I mentioned in another thread sometime ago that my 10 gear shifter is on the right, and my 4 level power button is on the left. I find that I'm able to pretty much ride in gears 6-8 almost 95% of the time and simply boost the power on the left when I need it to tackle hills. My bike comes with 4 levels of power and I almost always am in power levels 1 and 2. Mostly 1. On rare occasions when I've got a steep hill or I need to literally power through a stretch of roadway that is heavily trafficked by cars and/or contains hills and/or has no shoulder, I'll kick it up to level 3 just to get through the zone. But that's rare. And on the steepest of hills -- like right outside my house -- I've put it into power level 4 before but it it really wasn't necessary. Sometimes I'll ride w/ no power at all -- one does have that option -- but it doesn't take long before I realize the extra 20 pounds my bike has over my other bikes. It's like kicking up the resistance on a stationary bike. In fact, riding without power I feel seems to defeat the whole purpose of an electrical bike. I might as well be on my touring bike. So -- in short -- I'm quite happy with my purchase. I don't see myself as a lazy rider at all -- because I now ride in an area I would not normally ride in. That doesn't make me lazy, it makes me less lazy. While it is true I'm obviously not working my legs as hard as my non-PDA bikes -- particularly on the hills -- I feel my cardiovascular system isn't taking a hit at all -- and quite frankly that's the most important measurement I care about. I love the fact that many routes I avoided like the plague are now open. My options certainly have opened up. And I can still throw it on a bus rack as long as I remove the 8 lb battery before I put it on. It's not all roses though. I now have to watch my battery indicator and tinker with charging the battery. I have to plan for the longest ride in advance or be prepared to return home w/o assistance -- and riding a 52lb bike up hill doesn't sound fun at all if it's even possible. And I can't just park it in the garage and leave it now. I need to charge the batter.y And because they are heavier, you might have to upgrade your other bike equipment like a car rack to support the new weight you're hoisting up there. It'd be a real bummer watching your $3000-$4000 toy separate from your rack and smash into pieces while driving down the highway or watch a truck run over it. If you don't live in an area with a lot of hills, an e-bike may not be for you. 3 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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