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. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    That's incredibly nice of you, she is so lucky. :whistle:
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  2. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    That's incredibly puerile of you, we are all so lucky :whistle:
  3. Hopey

    Hopey Well-Known Member

    Hah, I can see how that sounds. Any big purchase has to be okayed by both of us. That's why I don't have a mountain bike yet :highfive:
  4. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    One new bike each then.
  5. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    We have a Monday group that goes out for 50-60 mile rides. One member has an ebike, a road version, which is limited to 15mph and the motor is hardly audible. I don't understand the fuss from the OP.

    We have a great time with a friend who couldn't otherwise join us. We take the mick, sometimes we push it to 18 to make him work but generally we ride at 15-16. Yesterday 56 miles and 2700 feet we averaged 14mph. On tough climbs we get to chase him down :laugh:

    We're all retired, it's great fun!!
  6. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Yes, very much so, and I enjoy it every time. And I think you're just plain wrong if you see it as a competition.

    E-bikes are excellent for helping older and less abled folk to keep enjoying cycling with their friends for a lot longer than they could manage on ordinary bikes, and the groups I cycle with welcome them. I've been out riding with a number of friends for whom it would be impossible without their e-bikes, the oldest being a few years past 80.

    Am I peeved when, at my sprightly age of a mere 60, my 80+ yo friend overtakes me with a buzz on the hills? Absolutely not, I'm just delighted to still have his company on our rides.

    If you denigrate e-bike riders, you're just a snob, in my view.

    You said it.
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2019
  7. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Loch side.
    I found your description of your reaction to the affair quite funny. I now just want to go and hire an e-bike and go for a ride with some half-wheelers I know. And, I'll smoke a cigar as soon as I'm out front doing my bit of pulling and the downwind is in my favour. I may even plug in an iPod and pretend not to hear those bastard half-wheelers when they complain about my "accidental" micro-accelerations every now and then. I'll definitely fit some sort of irritating electronic beep too, possibly one with chicken sounds or a Model T honk. I think I'll even take some extra clothing and ask someone, mid-ride, if they don't mind carrying it for me.

    On the other hand, if I find myself in the reverse situation I'll make literal the metaphoric term "piss on his battery".
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  8. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    Don't fancy it at all.
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  9. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    That's not a proper Ebike.

    The proper ones require must pedle to move..
    And after 15mph there bloody hard work.
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  10. Heckler

    Heckler Well-Known Member

    That is a fair point.

    My partner has an e-bike and it has made us cycling together a much more enjoyable sociable experience. I hold back on the flats, she holds back on the hills and we both get chance to have a look at the scenery.
  11. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    Half-wheeling is psychological warfare. It is most practised when training with people who are often the competition at the weekends on time trials. It is for racing competitors and the young, often the same thing of course.
  12. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    Oh my friend thinks its a proper ebike on account that he can wind the twist grip back until the thing is doing 45kph, without having to move his legs.
  13. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    Take your phone and engage in a lengthy conversation with a friend while occasionally taking hands of the bars to have a yawn and stretch ^_^
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  14. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    Oh yes I am a snob but not where cycling is concerned. I don't think my friend was actually cycling if you consider cycling as an exercise where the legs are spinning pedals.
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  15. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    I'm on a run through the forest with my Dutch neighbour in the morning. I should take my mountain bike and see how he gets on as my running buddy.
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