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

Crossroads

Pedelecer
Apr 22, 2017
88
48
ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC?

A few decades back I was a 20 mile a week runner, but twenty years of running did the cartilage in my knee and I had to stop. Then I got into walking, which was great but I got bored with walking every path within half a day of my house and being chased around by livestock and bitten by fisherman’s dogs.

“I thought you said that your dog was ok?”
“He is”
“He’s just bitten me hard in the crutch!”
“ That’s not my dog.”

Which is when I got back into biking, which I had left after The Mountain Bike craze in the 1990’s.

I very nearly came aboard the E Bike revolution in around 2011, but several resources, including this forum, convinced me it was best to wait a while and I bought a Brompton M6L in racing green with a Brooks saddle which has done me well, stood up very well and is still a pleasure.

I am a Fifties man ,have many hobbies and interests, old enough to have watched the first Moon walk, always interested in history, space exploration, real ale, science, music, books, astronomy, Bristol City FC, motorsport, maps, playing instruments and birdwatching / wildlife. my list of ‘ex hobbies’ is even longer, including playing in bands.

I bought a Cube Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 500, CX motor about 1,200 miles back, it’s been great but I upgraded the saddle to a Brooks and the tyres to Schwalbe Marathon Plus. The rear wheel is now a very strong Shimano mountain bike wheel, after a nasty moment with a hole and a rock off road. My input is much stronger after seven months, the CX was a good choice at the time but I would probably get an active line plus now, largely because riding the CX much above the cut off is hard work on the flat. Also, as predicted by many forum members, it is no longer quiet.

I mostly ride for leisure, typically doing 15-20 miles a trip around my undulating circuit of fairly traffic free villages. It’s a cyclists race track, basically and I’m frequently passed by pelotons of lycra clad club cyclists, who all seem friendly enough. Me? Sometimes I ride hard for fitness and sometimes I take it easy and take my mini Leica binoculars with me for the birds. I can be fairly certain that I will see something very interesting if I haven’t got them and and load of pigeons and crows if I have got them! Anyway, last ride I found a Reed Warbler, feeding a juvenile on a canal bank, so always a chance of something interesting.

Before I bought the E Bike I was rather unfit. Now I’m aerobically fit, according to my fitbit, resting heart rate about 64, not too bad for an old ‘un.

Anyway, it’s not so much about that, it’s getting out in the countryside, watching a pair of kingfishers for half an hour ,or going out at night and counting the Glow Worms along the canal and riding along traffic free country lanes by moonlight. I’m recently retired and life is good.

Anyway, EVs are the future, I love the bike and I’m researching my first electric car.EqK1t7ftTF+7ea%1deTAqQ.jpg
 
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Retired98

Finding my (electric) wheels
Jul 18, 2019
13
4
We bought e bikes about two years back, and we both try and get out at least twice a week together from spring to autumn, very rarely go out in winter, we just do just short trips and we enjoy it. Only downside is the roads around us are very busy to get to the quiet country roads. Same trips get a bit boring, but we still enjoy getting out. When we finally get transport sorted we are looking forward to taking bikes on holiday with us.
 

Cugel

Just Joined
Jul 30, 2019
1
4
I'm an ex-racing. ex-club cyclist of many years with a wife who was a runner but now cycles and swims instead, to avoid the damage to the body that running can do in later life. I no longer go racing or club riding because we moved to a location where there are no races and no club of a suitable kind for me.

We also decided, as part of the move, to have a change of lifestyle, to a more leisured way of doing exercise, as part of a wider enjoyment of the beautiful new area (in West Wales) we've moved to. It's made for cycling (if you're fit or want to be). Very light traffic; considerate drivers; a zillion miles of yellow roads going through the most beautiful places.

The ladywife is fit but not nearly as much as I am at cycling. It's new to her and I've been superfit for cycling for decades. Although I can (and do) avoid going out with her to have a mock race, it is more pleasant for me (and her) if we can both make an effort (for the fitness bit) yet ride together. An electric bike for her was the answer as it brings "her" power up to mine.

After much research and trying-out, she bought a racey-style model: A Focus Paralane2 with a Fazua Evation motor system. This looks and rides like a non-electric bike but allows her to go just as fast as me up the hills, which is what West Wales is made of. We have some excellent rides, side-by-side or otherwise together rather than me up the road waiting for her to catch up (which is what inevitably happens if she goes out with me on an ordinary bike).

The Paralane2 is of the e-bike type that demands the rider put in effort before it awards e-help. The harder you pedal, the more it will add to your own power, detected via strain gauges in it's BB gearbox. The less you thrust, the less help you get. For riders wanting to use an e-bike for fitness as well as just going about, this is ideal. She's already much fitter au-naturale on a bike than when she began regular cycling some 6 months ago. Perhaps I'll persuade her to leave the Paralane2's motor and battery behind, at some point in the future, to see how she goes without the help. Perhaps she'll drop me? :)
 

Andy52

Just Joined
Jul 28, 2019
2
9
Nice to see all these happy posts. I am 67 and disabled by COPD and ME/CFS and can't walk very far due to weakness in my back muscles and a total lack of stamina. As a rugby playing lumberjack in my working days, this is very frustrating. Getting a bike meant I could exercise in a sitting position. An ebike seemed to be the solution.
I ordered a Carrera Vulcan rear hub drive from Custom eBikes Online with a lot of watts as there are hundreds of miles of forestry roads around here. First trip, hopped on, pushed the pedal to go and shot forward 20 yards into a wall. The bike missed it but I didn't. There was a lot more assistance than I thought. Back in to stem the bleeding and straight back on to the bike. Possibly a bit too ambitious but my target was a cafe about 7 miles away at Benmore Gardens on a dead flat coastal road. The problem soon arose. While I was loving the ride and the help from the motor, my bum was in agony. No muscles or padding there meant my bum bones were getting pretty sore. After 3 miles, I decided to head back home but wanted to test the motor on a very steep hill on a different route back. A touch on the throttle and the bike shot up the hill no problem.
A new, wider "big bum" saddle is on order and I can't wait to get back out. This will be a game changer for me and if I get a breathing attack while I'm out, a touch of the throttle will get me home without any effort. So far, loving it!
 

SteveB1262

Pedelecer
Nov 28, 2018
58
35
71
Strangely I get more than just physical exercise out of ebiking. I find a quiet contentment not found walking or driving. It's the one thing that a disabled person, provided you can physically ride, can do and seem no different to anyone else. I went away on holiday for only a week recently and I found myself actually missing that damned bike every day. My wife really understands as she says I'm a different person when I come back from a decent ride. I'm happy to the point of being hyper and it shows. I just wish I'd bought one years ago but it's never too late.
 

Crossroads

Pedelecer
Apr 22, 2017
88
48
The feeling of euphoria on the release of endorphins during exercise is well documented.
There is a non harmful tendency to addiction and the effect may be more intense at the start of an exercise regime or after a lay off.
You may have to exercise more ,eventually, to feel the same euphoria.
 

Dom T

Esteemed Pedelecer
May 17, 2017
346
275
Shropshire
Still riding, still loving so much so here's my bikes.....yes bikes, lucky to have 2 of them now.
Haibike was my original mountain bike (as was hubby's) and now we have the Canyon's....
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Jon Matthews

Pedelecer
Aug 22, 2018
76
23
I've had my ebike for just over a year now and hadn't ridden a push bike since I was 15 years old, I'm now 58. I absolutely love it and ride at every opportunity, I've lost 10Kg in weight and my knee's that were very painful are much better now. My joint pain overall is much better and my blood pressure is lower than it's been for years. The health benefits are just a bonus to the whole cycling experience. I'd love to join a club but need to pay my new wife some attention and she doesn't want to cycle. I keep off the road as much as possible but we have a brilliant off road cycling network in South Yorkshire that I use all the time. I can ride in to the city centre if I want to, quicker than my car or on the bus. I even go out when it's wet as I have loads of cheap cycling clothing from places like Sports Direct and Amazon. I got started by our local council lending me an ebike when they came to our offices. After that I bought my Cube Cross Pro with the cycle to work scheme tax free and then went on to buy an unassisted mountain bike. I've got it all going on and even compete with my mates doing segments on Strava.
 

Phil Dryden

Pedelecer
Jun 20, 2018
122
53
65
Leicester
Nice to see all these happy posts. I am 67 and disabled by COPD and ME/CFS and can't walk very far due to weakness in my back muscles and a total lack of stamina. As a rugby playing lumberjack in my working days, this is very frustrating. Getting a bike meant I could exercise in a sitting position. An ebike seemed to be the solution.
I ordered a Carrera Vulcan rear hub drive from Custom eBikes Online with a lot of watts as there are hundreds of miles of forestry roads around here. First trip, hopped on, pushed the pedal to go and shot forward 20 yards into a wall. The bike missed it but I didn't. There was a lot more assistance than I thought. Back in to stem the bleeding and straight back on to the bike. Possibly a bit too ambitious but my target was a cafe about 7 miles away at Benmore Gardens on a dead flat coastal road. The problem soon arose. While I was loving the ride and the help from the motor, my bum was in agony. No muscles or padding there meant my bum bones were getting pretty sore. After 3 miles, I decided to head back home but wanted to test the motor on a very steep hill on a different route back. A touch on the throttle and the bike shot up the hill no problem.
A new, wider "big bum" saddle is on order and I can't wait to get back out. This will be a game changer for me and if I get a breathing attack while I'm out, a touch of the throttle will get me home without any effort. So far, loving it!
Well done, Andy. Its addictive and enjoyable. Notice you were speaking about a wide saddle. I have a back problem and found a wider saddle helped greatly. The one I went for was the Giant Connect City, cost around £20 and it has been fantastic. Its wide without looking grossly disproportionate. Best saddle I've had in years.
 
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Andy52

Just Joined
Jul 28, 2019
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Well done, Andy. Its addictive and enjoyable. Notice you were speaking about a wide saddle. I have a back problem and found a wider saddle helped greatly. The one I went for was the Giant Connect City, cost around £20 and it has been fantastic. Its wide without looking grossly disproportionate. Best saddle I've had in years.
I wasn't too worried about looks so just got a cheap one on Ebay (a wonderful place) to see if it solves the problem. Feels good just sitting on it but not been out yet.
 

Adamski

Pedelecer
Nov 27, 2018
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I wasn't too worried about looks so just got a cheap one on Ebay (a wonderful place) to see if it solves the problem. Feels good just sitting on it but not been out yet.
You may be surprised at the level of support you have/haven’t from the same saddle in slightly different positions
Spend time getting it positioned really well, and you will Be rewarded with pain free rides!

I too have a very bony ass, so went through the same process, it was a road biker that spent an hour with me, setting the bike to suit my (odd) body, and the difference was astounding!
 
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KirstinS

Esteemed Pedelecer
Apr 5, 2011
2,768
710
Brighton
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With e bikes you still get the exercise and I will turn it off on the journey home from work.
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Now where've I heard that before?... :)
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I do actually do this !

...well almost

I power in on pas 9 and head home on pas 2*

*Unless its windy**

**Or raining***

***Or the day ends in a y
 

bbckate

Just Joined
Aug 5, 2019
1
0
Hi all.

I hope you don't mind me posting on here but I'm a reporter from the BBC and I'm writing a feature on this very topic. I've interviewed a couple of members already but I'm looking for another case study for my piece. I'm ideally looking for someone in their 20s or 30s whose life has been improved by an e-bike. I've already spoken to people aged 40+ and I'd really like a broad range in my article.

Can anyone help?!

Thanks
Kate
 

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