The strange business of sharing a bike ride with someone using an electric bike

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by randynewmanscat, 8 Jan 2019.

  1. rivers

    rivers Über Member

    I ride with my wife on occasion and she has an e-bike. But she's more of a pootler, so the e-bike is great. I can ride at what I refer to as a sociable pace (14mph-ish), and she doesn't feel like she's pushing it at that pace. Win-win for all. Although, if I am on my carbon bike, I do race her uphill. Sometimes I win, sometimes she does.
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  2. further

    further Über Member

    Hi what is half wheeling ?
  3. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Overlapping wheels - the front wheel of the rider behind overlapping your rear wheel.

    This tends to cause you to speed up, the rider behind does the same, and you have a vicious circle - any notion of smooth and steady progress is lost.

    Even more irritating if there's more than two of you.

    The impact of the half wheeler is transferred down the line, spoiling the ride for everyone.

    You might think the rider being half wheeled could simply ignore the half wheeler, but that is surprisingly difficult.
  4. further

    further Über Member

    Thanks, never heard it before and I have been riding bikes since1956.
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  5. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    It's of most relevance to brisk, road club riding.

    If you are bowling along at 8-10mph on a cycle path with the wife and kids, half wheeling doesn't really apply.

    But it does make a difference if you are in a tight group trying to maintain 15mph or more on the road.
  6. further

    further Über Member

    That's why I have not heard of it, never belonged to a club.
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  7. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    London, UK
    Would be hilarious if he was chatting to you all way up the hill while you was panting for breath!

    I'd be completely fine with an e-bike friend beating me up the hills, or vice versa But I'm just not competitive .
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  8. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    London, UK
    The way I deal with half wheelers is slow right down until they get annoyed that I'm not going fast enough then I get in front of them and repeat the process. :smile:
  9. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Not cut off, is that legal?
  10. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    A mate of mine has just ordered the Ribble Ebike, He really struggles on hills, I am looking forward to riding with him, It means i will not have to wait for him on the hills. But i don't think he will keep up on the flat or downhill. could be interesting. Also looking forward to having a go on it, It's being delivered to me, as i will put it together for him.
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  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    I'd kind of agree but spin it that the ride should never really have taken place. Waste of time. Someone round here has something that sounds similar, I reckon it does maybe 30 mph...extraordinarily fast for a hybrid that's not pedalling. Waste of time even trying riding alongside something like that.

    I mix my riding up between a normal roadbike and a hybrid ebike and love what they both offer. With normal cutoff at 15.5 mph, a 20 mile loop is done in around the same time....but the ebike is easier UP TO 15.5 obviously, anything beyond, it's harder. So with an average rider on a normal bike, the pace would be roughly the same overall.
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  12. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    I rode off road with a friend on an ebike last year, an Orange something or other. It was an impressive machine :becool: He had a fabulous time, as did I trying to keep up with him :laugh:
    Last edited: 11 Jan 2019
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  13. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    We bought my mother an E-Bike a few years ago, it was the most ridiculous ride I have ever been on. She just rode off at 18mph and me and my brother could barely keep up, and as she's virtually deaf there was no response to shouting "STOP" and as she's daft as a brush and she didn't know the roads or where we were going.......
    Had visions of having to report her as a missing person, 'last we seen of her was dissappearing over a hill at a good rate of knots'.

    Anyway, we didn't loose her, and thankfully she said she didn't like the bike as she preferred to do her own miles under her own power. So we had to take it back for a refund.
  14. Yes I have and yes I did enjoy it.

    You and your friend obviously have a communication problem.
  15. chriscross1966

    chriscross1966 Senior Member

    A couple of the older guys in my club (a mixed bunch of folders and Moultons) use electrified bikes... and it's good that they do as they wouldn't keep up otherwise
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