Originally Posted by Don Lobo
Anybody have something to say about their folding E-Bike?
Looking for thoughts on electric bikes here, posted a separate thread for NON E-Bikes if you have one of them. thought it better to post 2 separate threads
THANKS! and fire away!
As for me - a life-long bicyclist - I would resist the urge to buy an ebike.
Especially a small bike with small tires. Things happen really fast on ebikes; acceleration is brisk and can have you moving along at dicey speeds very quickly.
Small tires can be unstable, especially on gravel, and disc brakes, all the rage these days, will stop you (flip you) in the blink of an eye.
I took a friends little folding ebike for a ride last October, (at his insistence) on a gravel street in a marina in Mexico
. Flipped the bike coming in 'hot' (wearing a swimsuit and flip-flops) and was carted off to a Mexican hospital with a separated and broken shoulder. That's all on me, I know. But I'm convinced it wouldn't have happened on a pedal powered bike. It was my 1st time on an ebike, the 'velocity' was deceptive, and my boo-boo will last the rest of my life as I'm too old (72) for corrective shoulder surgery.
So, IMHO, for 'adventure' travel keep it simple, sure, and slow. Most sailors can use the exercise anyway! If you're just riding to the Social Center to play bingo in your 55+ community, maybe - especially if you have access to quick and complete medical
care. But if you're traveling in developing and/or remote parts
of the world, I would pass. Injury rates on ebikes (all bikes, really) are crushing, and I reckon I'll walk from now on, or take the bus. Best of luck.