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I'm expecting probably no, but in the name of outdoorsy things not at all related to code, anyone else here enjoy electric bicycles?

Just grabbed this thing and it's absurdly fun, and helps me put some social distance between myself and other riders.

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  • 3
    Good-looking e-bike :) I've always thought of getting an electric bike or motorcycle or bicycle for cheaper work transportation but I only know how to bike in a straight line. I might just die in an hour on two-wheels :D
  • 3
    @iamai
    They're kind of a trip, but they'll definitely get your to work and back !
  • 1
    It's mostly atv's and dirt bikes around here. People fly around on the backroads and highways so its usually safer to do your joy riding on dirt.
  • 3
    @iamai
    Go for a bicycle and train on any abandoned large area of packed earth or better.
    Good training areas are parking lots of (currently) closed shops.
  • 1
    @iamai you have to learn to countersteer. It seems weird at first but eventually it'll become second nature
  • 0
    @Oktokolo once this COVID lockdown is lifted I was planning to buy a bike. Should there be an apocalyptic like event happen, bike skills suddenly feels important.
  • 0
    @M1sf3t I have to buy a bike first but thank you for the tip!
  • 2
    @iamai
    A bicycle also has a pretty low cost of ownership. That makes it a convenient low range vehicle outside of a zombicalypse too.
  • 1
    @Oktokolo Except if you want a good electrical one. Then the price just skyrockets (but it's worth it)
  • 3
    @Jilano
    Initial cost is higher. But should still be pretty negligible when compared to a car.
  • 1
    @Oktokolo
    At least for now, you can bend a lot of the "class 3" laws, and not need to deal with license or insurance issues. If that change, we'll see. I'm just going have fun while it lasts.
  • 4
    I have an e-scooter, that's a lot smaller and foldable, but also a lot of fun. Not only it's cheaper than rental ones in the long run, it's also always there when I need it.
  • 3
    @Fast-Nop "Yeah, but there's no point if you can't throw yours in the Seine like the ones you rent!"
  • 8
    I have a solar electric one I built myself.

    Working on upgrading it with a bodyshell and more solar panels.
  • 0
    nice bike. I would like to have 1 but I have to travel far away.
    How much mileage it gives ?
  • 2
    @Nanos You built it yourself and it's solar powered - that's so awesome!
  • 3
    Man, I really want one of these. I'm just not sure about the mileage, plus I live on the 3rd floor so I need to be able to remove the battery and charge it separately, and this is the kind of information shops never disclose.
  • 4
    @Lor-inc
    - bike is 100lbs
    - battery detaches with a key
    - battery is 11lbs
    - range is 45-50 miles with pedal assist in my fairly hilly area
  • 5
    @Lor-inc @SortOfTested

    For anyone wondering it means:
    - 45kg
    - 6kg
    - 72-80km

    I have to say, I'm impressed with that range! It's great
  • 2
    @Jilano
    The battery itself is almost 1 stone! 😋

    It'll definitely get you pretty far.
  • 0
    Bikes are amazing to ride once you get used to them.

    Especially hills.

    They'll kill you but your thighs will look amazing after a couple weeks and once you've done it for a while you won't even notice the hills.
  • 1
    I bought an electric bike a year and a half ago. Really fun thing. It's crazy to think if you really wanted to you could get across town, swap batteries, and go home for very little CO2 emissions. Makes for great short trips around town. But I feel safer on my actual motorcycle because I'm more visible and can wear all my gear while only going a little bit faster in the city.
  • 1
    It depends on the bicycle infrastructure. Here half the routes don't have bike Lanes and that makes a big difference
  • 1
    @PyroHornet

    I hear speed is the thing that helps to keep you out of danger, eg. go faster !

    Eg. keep up with traffic speeds.

    Here there are no cycle lanes. :-)

    Talking of being safer on the roads, this can help explain why folk don't see small vehicles like bicycles and motorbikes:

    https://welovecycling.com/wide/...

    https://dropbox.com/s/...
  • 2
    @Nanos

    This is part of the reason why my next bicycle will be practically the size of a small car ;-)

    Related links:

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    > Ferdinand GT3 RS - The World`s

    > slowest Porsche driving in Vienna!

    https://elitereaders.com/cardboard-...
  • 2
    You could even do a 4 seater model..

    http://thebikecomesfirst.com/the-fo...

    Who knew bicycles was so much fun. :-)
  • 0
    You could slap a solid sail on one, some solar panels, and viola !
  • 1
    @Nanos I prefer to hijack psychology and wear a few colors that will make me visible. Red or any color that nature would use to show somethingis toxic like neon green neon teal , orange helps catch attention. That and I ride like I'm invisible
  • 1
    @PyroHornet

    I hear yellow is good.

    I also ride like I'm invisible, the leaf on the wind approach of filling in the gaps that exist, whether they can see me or not.

    But I fear from my research that its size that matters, below a certain threshold of which I do not yet know what it is, people can just not see you, even if you are lit up like a Christmas tree !

    (In my case, truck sized LED lights..)

    My next upgrade, two sets of rear lights, plus fog lights, and 6 sets of indicators each side..

    5 rear lights, and 3 headlights, including day time running lights, all of which will consume a healthy amount of juice..

    I'm hoping I can get answers from a VR cycle simulator to find out more accurately how wide is enough to be more visible on the road.

    And how tall..
  • 0
    @Nanos

    Also good is:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    But there are often legal limits on choices there..
  • 0
    At this point remove the pedals
  • 0
    @jak645
    Then you remove the exercise?
  • 0
  • 1
    @Nanos

    unfortunately no amount of lights or devices will remove from the road the subset of people who believe you dont belong there, are sufficiently stupid to be a danger to themselves and others, and dangerously arrogant about their right to drive even at the expense of endangering others, cyclists and other drivers included.

    This is typified by my all time favorite song:

    "MOVE BITCH, GET OUT THE WAY BITCH! GET OUT THE WAY BITCH! GET OUT THE WAY!"
  • 1
    Do scooters count?

    I wanna buy something like this (its called a jawa bike, old soviet junk) and convert it to electric.
  • 1
    @Wisecrack

    True !

    Though, in a lot of cases these days, people do not behave nicely to each other on the road, and then wonder why the person behind them is acting like an ass.

    One reason I'm pondering developing an ass-detector AI system for cyclists, that will warn you of incoming danger and suggest action..

    "Brake, brake, brake!"

    "Hard left!"

    But, asking cyclists about if they would take notice of such an AI, most of them 'arrogantly' said they would ignore its advice !

    So its use in practice may be rather limited..

    Related link:

    https://reuters.com/article/...
  • 0
    @yellow-dog
    I do like scooters and mopeds
  • 1
    @Nanos this is also true. Even trying to be visible isn't a guarantee and the brain is a weird thing where it just makes you invisible if you're small. And it's scary. I think lights and colors help though but the best remedy is to use every thing in your disposal. Lights. Some reflective material. Defensive driving. And my favorite: using gas to create some distance and wiggle room.
  • 0
    @PyroHornet oops this is about bicycles here I was thinking this was about motorcycles since I ride both 😂
  • 1
    @PyroHornet

    Well persons bicycle is another persons motorbike, depending up a particular countries regulations !

    I want to build a bicycle version first, and then a motorbike version next so I can go faster. ( Of course, I will probably need a motorcycle license.. I say probably since you don't legally need a driving license where I live ! but you might need a motorcycle license.. )
  • 1
    @PyroHornet

    > best remedy is to use every thing

    > in your disposal.

    FX [ Nods in agreement. ]

    No doubt in time I'll get to show off my Christmas tree effect bicycle. :-)

    It has truck sized lights on the back !
  • 1
    Haven’t tried, but I do enjoy my human driven bike. :)

    But I’d like to buy an electric moped some day as a compliment. :)
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