- I've just lost my odlest, bestest, riding buddy to…..
…… a sodding Ebike! 🙁
We’ve been riding together for over 10 years now, and have both improved our skills and fitness, and have always been very evenly matched, both up and down. Well, not any more, no way can i make up a 500w shortfall. I’ve ridden a couple of times with him on his ebike, and frankly, there is no point us riding together, either he has to wait for ages at the top of the climbs, or he just goes on and gets another run (or two) in, but at no point do we actually ride together, other than the 2secs when he breezes past me panting my way up the climbs.
He texted today “suns out, coming for a spin round the woods??” and i texted back “sorry, can’t make it, prior appointment” which was a total lie………
So, unless you actually have a medical condition that means an Ebike is the only way you’ll be able to ride (which is fine with me) then please, please, don’t get one of these dammed things!
(and no, i’m not getting one just to keep up)Posted 1 year agocrazy-legsSubscriber
A mate at work recently had a go on some e-bikes at a demo day and came back converted (having previously been really sceptical about them). He absolutely loved it but one thing he said was that you simply cannot go riding with normal bikes as it’s a bit of a dick move to just sod off up every climb.
He had a great time riding with other e-bikers but admitted that the only time e-bikers and “normal” bikers could mix would be if he gave the e-bike to his Dad while he rode a regular MTB.Posted 1 year agoppapaMember
Am I the only one who rides alone? Just love that freedom, man.
On the other hand, I hill-walk (for a week or longer, sometimes) on my own and then quit rock climbing as it requires partners. So I guess something is wrong with me. As I like taking photos and being in the nature on my own, it just works out better. I also hate planning, both before and during the trip.Posted 1 year ago
Alright then ton, in the same way a sailing boat decked out with electric winches to make it easier to sail is not a speedboat. I’m sure there are many other sports that use electronics without it having any impact on it being the same sport or not but bikes and boats are the two I know.Posted 1 year agoDezBSubscriber
I just don’t understand where this crossover into mountain biking comes… you wouldn’t go riding with a group of roadies on a Santa Cruz V10, you wouldn’t do an enduro on a Trek Madone, so why is it that eBikes are lumped in with MTBs? They’re a completely different type of bike for a different purpose.Posted 1 year agochvckMember
I’m have issues with my legs and it’s getting worse. I fully intend to get a turbo levo and tune the eco mode to be enough to mean my legs don’t die which I figure should be low enough to ride with friends but high enough to not kill my legs. I demo’d one and riding with my friends was fine but a bit easy so I figure if I back off the assistance a bit it’ll work well. I still want to get a workout when I ride with friends but I can’t keep up at all anymore and I can’t work my cardio before my legs give so I’m stuck riding any real hills really slowly.Posted 1 year ago
I do it because I like to be fit, I like the thrill, I like the views, I like spending time with my friends, I like meeting new friends through it, I like going new places, I like the challenge, I like to explore and I like being in nature. Boiling riding bikes for fun down to just fitness is a bit sad, it offers so much more than that and I think people should be able pick and chose their reasons for riding without having to justify it to anyone else.
I had a ride yesterday and the view is what I’ll remember, not my heart rate, even if I consider my fitness enormously important.Posted 1 year agocozzMember
yep, im a recent E bike convert
still got other bikes
i do it to get out into the woods, I want fun, want to see trees, wildlife, etc
and to be out in the countryside, nipping out and doing 35 miles on my e bike, instead of going out and doing 20 miles only normal one suits me fine
I didn’t see the point in them till i borrowed one for a weekend – 80 miles later it had me convinced – it makes me as fast as I think I am !
And ill tell you now – trying to sell a (non E bike) in a few years will be like trying to sell a camera that takes film !Posted 1 year agoEuroMember
It’s often said that a great way to get faster is to ride with people faster than you. Time to up your game OP 😆
Just sounds like your friend is still excited with his new toy. Perhaps in a little while the novelty will wear off and he’ll slow it down a touch as he’ll miss riding with you? Speak to him (like friends do) and sort something out. In the meantime get him to tow you up the hills – you can drag the brakes to empty his battery if you like 😀Posted 1 year ago
cozz nipping out and doing 35 miles on my e bike, instead of going out and doing 20 miles only normal one suits me fine
And that, in a nutshell is my issue. It suits YOU fine, but what about the other people you ride with?
I ride for fitness, for fun, for giggles, to feel alive, but also, critically, as a social activity. I don’t mind grinding for a hour up a steep fire road climb, with a heart rate in the 150’s, and sweat dropping into my eyes as long as, when riding with friends, everyone else is in the same boat. It’s really no fun if someone is just breezing along, zooms off up the hills, wihtout getting out of breath.
And an Ebike IS a motorbike. It’s a bike, with a motor. Yes it has pedals, but so do some mo-peds, so perhaps it’s a moped? It’s only some random legal loophole that means it isn’t classed as a motorbike.Posted 1 year agonjee20Subscriber
Meh, I often ride with people less fit than me. I could do 35 miles to their 20, but I’m going for a ride with them. So I ride at their pace.
Rude people are rude whether they’re on an ebike or not. That said, I’m not entirely sure I’d want someone soft pedaling alongside me on an ebike whilst I wheezed up a climb.
Not remotely anti-ebike though, I think they look great!Posted 1 year ago
It suits YOU fine
Probably suits your mate fine too. The only person it doesn’t seem to suit is you. Why you think other people’s choice of push bikes should suit you rather than them is beyond me.
Have a word with him, mention that you would prefer to ride with him rather than near him and if he’s not a dick he’ll do something about it. If he is a dick about it he happens to be a dick who owns an ebike, not a dick because he owns an ebike.Posted 1 year ago
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