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

    I would love to try one out, just so I know what to look forward to when I am old (unless they get banned by then). However, I would need one with pedals because as a minimum I need somewhere to rest my feet.
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  2. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    God knows. There was a plethora of imports of mighty ebikes before the regulation. I believe you can still buy powerful unassisted machinery from the usual market place that has a 40 thieves reference.
  3. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    That looks like it has a beefy battery.
  4. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    No problem Steve.
  5. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    After seeing this post I read the OP twice and now realise the bike wasn't an ebike - even though it was named an ebike. The machine, whatever it is, sounds like one of those very small moped like things I used to see teenagers riding in France - possibly 40 years ago.

    As this occured six months ago I can't help but feel the OP has spent a long time simmering away over a very minor event. That seems very odd to me.
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  6. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    have a look at Rutland Cycles ,huge choice and a good srvice
  7. OP

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    No, no, the summer down here hangs around into early October. It was still in the low 20's Celsius when my friend was over and no his bike wasn't combustion powered it was powered by a 48 volt >400W motor.
    Those mopeds you refer to are probably Solex, various vehicle rallies pass my place during the summer months as the tiny lane is in a very picturesque area. One of them is a huge Solex rally with hundreds of the buzzing things passing followed by support vehicles, it is a great spectacle to watch but not as spectacular as the vintage sports car rally in June.
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  8. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I didn't read all you replies but this made me laugh out loud. :laugh::laugh:

    About 5km in I began to feel irritated at the smug face and total lack of effort on his part which caused me to put some serious effort in from then on. It might have helped if he had at least pretended to pedal the thing

    Probably because I recognise the feeling ever since I bought one for Mrs Slick and I'm now left huffing and puffing on most of the hills but unlike you, I actually enjoy watching the e-bike smile develop on her face. I would buy one for myself in a heart beat as they are amazing machines and fantastic fun but unfortunately I'm very much still at the stage where I need to pedal. I do take some solace in the fact that she is restricted on the flat and can't keep up with me.:okay:
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  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    That's overlapping and is dangerous (either rider swerving will cause a spectacular crash or two or more), not only irritating.

    Half-wheeling is riding with your front wheel half a wheel ahead of that of the rider alongside. Less dangerous but as written above, difficult not to accelerate beside.
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