Case studies - how has your electric bike changed your life?

Bikes4two

Esteemed Pedelecer
Feb 21, 2020
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Havant
My Story:
  • I'm a life-time casual cyclist (1st picture taken on a trike aged 3 yrs - hah!)
  • In the last 15 years I've toured thousands of miles with camping kit on my Dawes Super Galaxy
  • Two years ago saw the first debilitating episode of Atrial Fibrillation followed by 3 months of only housebound activity before cardioversion allowed cycling again.
  • 9 months later, rinse and repeat - another few months of zero cycling.
  • I've seen the light (aided by my cardiologist's prognosis of repeat AF and intense cycling - I just loved big hills - :rolleyes:) and have recognised that although the mind is willing, the body is not.
  • So as I ease into my 70th birthday, my beloved Dawes Super Galaxy and I are again reunited thanks to Mr Tong Sheng and a mid drive motor.
  • Happy days :cool:
 

AndyBike

Esteemed Pedelecer
Nov 8, 2020
465
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Hills, especially the long long slightly inclining ones are no longer the source of pain and annoyance.
I sometimes even use TURBO to raise a smile.
Plus it fills a couple of boxes in being a 29er full suss, which is my first 29er after decades of riding a 26" hardtail

Headwind slogs - Consigned to the past.
 
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Foffer

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Sep 1, 2021
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1'm 69 and 18st (115Kg) and have an arthritic right knee that stops me walking too far, the pain prevents me from doing enough walking to keep the joint mobile. However, on my electric bike the knee is fine, maybe because its not supporting my weight. I ride up to ten miles a day which give my knee plenty of excersise and its also very good fun! I bought the bike because of my knee and its been a great success.
 

Jon Matthews

Pedelecer
Aug 22, 2018
109
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I'm not sure if I've already posted in this thread. I started e-biking in 2018 aged 57. My local council loaned me a Raleigh e bike for two months and I'd not ridden a cycle since I was 15. I was instantly hooked and did my 14 mile round trip commute every day. Once the loan was over I got a Cycle to work grant from my company and bought a £2K Cube cyclocross ebike. Big mistake that was, the bike was good but the advice in the shop was bad and I ended up with a frame too big for me. After breaking my collarbone from a mountain bike accident and the Bosch motor (Gen 3) bearings collapsing, I got a new motor installed under warranty and sold it on. My son at the time had a nearly new hardtail EMTB with a Shimano E6000 motor which he sold me for a good price and it had a dropper post which gives you a level of safety when you're bombing down a trail. You can set the saddle down and easily touch the ground with your feet. I turned 60 last year and decided the Shimano E6000 was a bit of a feeble motor and the battery life was poor even though it was 504 Wh. My son kindly bought it back from me for around £200 less than I paid for it as a spare bike for himself. I bought my first really decent EMTB last January. Orbea Wild full suspension, Gen 4 Bosch motor 625 Wh battery, it's been brilliant, I don't think I'll ever be without an ebike. It took me 2 years to persuade my son to get one as he used to be a downhill racer. He is now totally addicted like me. I am way fitter than I used to be, I walk my dog further than I used to do as I now enjoy exercise. It's taken an ebike and 50 years to get me to the level I am now. The only problem now is that some high end parts like Shimano 12 speed cassettes are nearly impossible to buy due to labour shortages. I'm just going to change the whole transmission to 10 or 11 speed which is much cheaper and available.
 
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Charliefox

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Feb 11, 2015
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Culloden Moor Inverness
I'm not sure if I've already posted in this thread. I started e-biking in 2018 aged 57. My local council loaned me a Raleigh e bike for two months and I'd not ridden a cycle since I was 15. I was instantly hooked and did my 14 mile round trip commute every day. Once the loan was over I got a Cycle to work grant from my company and bought a £2K Cube cyclocross ebike. Big mistake that was, the bike was good but the advice in the shop was bad and I ended up with a frame too big for me. After breaking my collarbone from a mountain bike accident and the Bosch motor (Gen 3) bearings collapsing, I got a new motor installed under warranty and sold it on. My son at the time had a nearly new hardtail EMTB with a Shimano E6000 motor which he sold me for a good price and it had a dropper post which gives you a level of safety when you're bombing down a trail. You can set the saddle down and easily touch the ground with your feet. I turned 60 last year and decided the Shimano E6000 was a bit of a feeble motor and the battery life was poor even though it was 504 Wh. My son kindly bought it back from me for around £200 less than I paid for it as a spare bike for himself. I bought my first really decent EMTB last January. Orbea Wild full suspension, Gen 4 Bosch motor 625 Wh battery, it's been brilliant, I don't think I'll ever be without an ebike. It took me 2 years to persuade my son to get one as he used to be a downhill racer. He is now totally addicted like me. I am way fitter than I used to be, I walk my dog further than I used to do as I now enjoy exercise. It's taken an ebike and 50 years to get me to the level I am now. The only problem now is that some high end parts like Shimano 12 speed cassettes are nearly impossible to buy due to labour shortages. I'm just going to change the whole transmission to 10 or 11 speed which is much cheaper and available.
A good idea! I was lucky to get a 10 speed Giant Trance E+3 before they upped it to 11 speed. I have never felt the need for more gears than I have, even on very steep Alpine hillsides. And that's with dodgy knees too. Chains and cassettes are reasonably priced to 10 speed. After that they shoot up AND the chains need replacing earlier too.
 
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AndyBike

Esteemed Pedelecer
Nov 8, 2020
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I get to own such a lovely bike as this :D
And from my signature you can see i've had a lot of bikes both good and bad. The ebike is about the best bike(and most expensive) I've ever owned
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Robert Chappell

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May 10, 2016
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London, UK
Nice post, ebike is really good for all age. Anyone can ride it without spending lots of energy on riding bike.
 

Godzy89

Finding my (electric) wheels
Feb 13, 2022
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Like many others i am finding inclines, particularly the long long ones with not much %, much easier
The one on my local quick scoot just seems to go on and on when im on my hybrid or road bike and wasnt getting any easier
I now no longer have to have a breather half way along it

Godzy
 

vantage

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Jun 25, 2022
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I'm not sure my ebike 'changed' my life, but it allowed me to carry on a life I previously had.
5 years ago I suffered a stroke at the age of 41. A result of lifelong poor diabetes management and smoking for 10 years.
I'd been a lifetime cyclist and even spent some years racing them and the stroke took that away from me. Lost my balance, strength and endurance. Didn't ride for 6 or 7 months and when I did it was with a council run social group and even then I was struggling to keep up.
Jan last year I decided that cycling was no longer the fun activity I loved as I was throwing up at the top of easy hills and having constant diabetes complications and vowed to sell the bike I'd built from scratch.
Earlier this year I visited my dad and he had me try out his ebike. I loved it!
Got gome and started making plans to buy one myself. Nothing caught my eye then I heard about conversion kits. Knowing nothing, I just bought a bafang bbs01b as it seemed to be what most people recommended and I haven't looked back. My Spa Wayfarer tourer that was almost in danger of being sold has been transformed into a new bike and whilst I'm not exactly doing the mileage I used to (60-70+ miles) due to battery range more than anything, I'm getting out and slowly getting fitter. I'm happier too.
Dad and I are eTouring Anglesey in Sept too :)
 

Nealh

Esteemed Pedelecer
Aug 7, 2014
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One say's not a changer but it is, it is allowing you to tour with Dad and both on equal terms.
 
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