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1/29/14 9:48 A

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Here's a very unique bike which was developed by a fellow who couldn't ride a traditional bike:

www.elliptigo.com

No sitting required! :-)

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1/28/14 11:06 P

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Although I prefer a road bike my husband, whom cannot ride a traditional bike and has made his own recumbent, is also looking into an electric assist motor to attach to his bike. He was in Afghanistan in 2010 and his truck was blown up, he sustained injuries that make riding a traditional bike uncomfortable and his pain level exceeds his capacity to handle it. He wants to ride with me but can't do the sort of mileage I do. So an electric assist would be perfect.

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1/22/14 1:34 P

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Thanks Bruce!

Make sure you get out on a long test ride and let us know what you think.

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1/22/14 8:52 A

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Kelly,

Thanks for the link to Pedal Love. I enjoyed reading about your adventures. I agree with Don. You write very well.

There is a new magazine dedicated to electric bikes:

www.electricbikeaction.com/

This publishing company also prints Mountain Bike Action and Road Bike Action.

I also found out there was a Pedego electric bike dealer in Denver. I think I will stop by the eSpokes 4 Folks and see what they have.

www.espokes4folks.com/

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1/20/14 4:10 P

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Thanks Don!!!


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1/20/14 9:20 A

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VERY NICE BLOG!

Beautiful writing, format and pics! Thank you for sharing!

I've subbed to Pedal Love and passed along to my bike club.

Don

Edited by: DDOORN at: 1/20/2014 (09:33)
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1/20/14 12:47 A

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BTW: here's a link to the article i wrote about my electric bike adventure:


www.pedallove.org/we-all-ride-bikes/

Enjoy!

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1/20/14 12:44 A

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Now THAT"S a wonderful thought: making a plan for bicycling into your 90's!

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1/19/14 7:25 P

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I was cycling last summer and stopped to talk to a man riding an electric bike--he was in his 90s and rode every day for 2 hours (see my blog, Remarkable Raymond). He got plenty of exercise as he only used the motor when going up hills that were too steep for him. If I'm able to ride in my 90s, you can bet I'll have an electric bike. I think they're great and will make cycling even more popular.

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1/19/14 8:05 A

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In Colorado, there is a confusing patchwork of laws regarding electric bikes. Denver considers electric bikes to be the same as human powered bikes. Boulder and Fort Collins have banned e-bikes from city bike paths.

The Forest Service and BLM have yet to deal with the issue of electric powered bikes on trails. There are a few mountain bikes that are electrically assisted. These e-mountain bikes can only be used where other motor vehicles are permitted.

I personally think that e-bikes are a great idea and could really help people with long bike commutes, or those that use bikes for basic transportation. I won't purchase an e-bike but I have a friend that is pretty excited about getting an e-bike.

Thanks, Bruce

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1/16/14 11:50 A

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I never thought about it before, but I would love to give it a try. Agree that it would be worth it to tackle new routes that I am terrified to try since I might get stuck in a position I can't make it home from! I guess it's all in the self control and knowing when to use it.

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1/16/14 7:16 A

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My first thought about the e-bike is that it is a bad idea as you don't get as much exercise, but then I thougt a little more about it. We have a HUGE hill leading up to our house. This hill keeps my partner from ever going out on a bike. If she were to have an e-bike - she would get more exercise than she is getting now and she would know that she would be able to get up that hill to get home. The e-bike would be very beneficial in this situation so yes - I can see the valuable opportunities for e-bikes.

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1/15/14 12:05 P

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Cool to hear your tweaks! Don't know if an e-bike opportunity will come my way, but what the heck why not give it a whirl?

Another variation I'd get a kick out of trying someday:

www.elliptigo.com/

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1/15/14 11:31 A

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The two times i rode an electric bike i got plenty of exercise. Here's why:
I pedaled the entire trip and used the throttle only when I need an extra boost of speed
I rode more miles than I would if on my bike - In the back of my mind, I knew if I got tired, I had a way back
The display on the bike shows you how much charge you have left: green, yellow and red. For my 35 mile ride my indicator was on green - which shows how little I used the throttle. But I rode on a road with heavy truck traffic from the Port that I would never ride on my bike.
I took routes with hills I usually avoided because I knew I could get a power assist up those hills.
I had a nice sweat on because those bikes are heavy 50 - 60 pounds!

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1/14/14 12:53 A

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Carolyn,

Wow - those are some seriously steep hills.

I hope you have the right size cassette and gears to tackle hills like that.

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1/13/14 8:38 P

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While I love riding and don't do it only for the exercise, burning calories and helping me control my weight is always at the back of my mind. An electric bike would kind of defeat the purpose... although, there are 3 hills up to my house; one 16%, one 19%, and one 22%, so I guess if I had one, I could be a little lazier.

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I ride a bike expressly for the workout, so an e-bike would feel like cheating to me. (Not accusing you of that, just how it would feel to me).

But I guess it would make a lot of sense if you were using a bike for commuting, either in a hilly area, or if you didn't want to arrive at work a breathless sweaty mess.

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1/13/14 12:19 P

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I've heard some traditionalists regard these as "cheater" bikes, but I think there is a place for them. One fellow I know uses his as he lives on an extremely steep hill that he doesn't feel he could ever bike up without a little "help." He pedals without assistance for the most part while out in the community.

This is another alternative that's catching on...it doesn't appear to even require electricity! :-)

senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel/
www.treehugger.com/bikes/copenhagen-
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I hear they are quite popular in Europe. I've not tried it. But I suppose it's great for basic transportation without the cardio workout.
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1/13/14 11:22 A

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My DH & i have rented pedego electric bikes two times and now we're hooked! They are so much fun to ride. Do any of you own an electric bike? Would you buy one? Why or why not?


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