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Old 11-21-2018, 08:31 AM   #1
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Electric Bike or not?

I want to get a bike to ride around camp sites and towns as I travel. Any recommendation on using a Bicycle? I am leaning on getting an electric assist type since my legs are not what they use to be.

Any restrictions on using one. Can you ride them on trails at parks and stuff.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:37 AM   #2
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Ride wherever a regular bicycle can go as ear as I have expirianced.
I bought mine so I an keep up with my wife.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:42 AM   #3
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There are places that technically do not allow them. Like here in Chula Vista there is a bike path that goes to Coronado. There are signs posted that say “no motorized bicycles”. I see electric bikes on it all the time. i don’t think you will have any problems.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:50 AM   #4
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I just got an email with the latest post from "Rv Life" Google it. Read the article about ebike, and decide for yourself.
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It is a very appealing thought. I have considered an E-bike but so far haven't pulled the trigger for two reasons:

1. I want the exercise that a regular bike provides. Knowing myself, I tend to take the easy way out and I'd likely not exercise as much on an E-bike.

2. Since I have had a lifetime of back problems, I am afraid that the extra weight would create new back problems for me. Loading or unloading E-bike on the back of my rig would require lifting twice the weight.

I looked around for a bike rack that has a ramp that I could roll the bike onto the rack, but haven't found one that would fit on the back of my coach and still allow towing a car. (Don't want to carry bikes on the back of the toad.)
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Electric Bike or not?

We have ebikes and love them. No problem riding anywhere yet. There are some trails marked specifically not allowed but mostly we just use them like bikes. We have foldable versions and store them in back of Jeep while traveling. And packed two of them in a storage compartment for the winter.
Ours have 9 levels of assist, from no help to just a little. This helps level out about any hill.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:13 AM   #7
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Last year at Death Valley we talked with someone who was riding an electric bike extensively. He had toured many National and state parks on it. I think he had a 70 mile range and used the electric power for those long grades. We were all impressed with its capabilities.
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I am leaning on getting an electric assist type since my legs are not what they use to be.
What brands are you considering?
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You won't have any hassles using an electric bike that is equal or less than the US Government definition below. These are considered a bicycle in all states and don't require any licensing or registration.

They can use bike paths that say "no motorized vehicles" without any issues.

Electric bicycles are exempt from classification as motor vehicles providing they have fully operable pedals, an electric motor of less than 750W (1 hp), and a top motor-powered speed of less than 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) when operated by a rider weighing 170 pounds.

One thing about electric bikes is the weight, typically well above 50 pounds, even with the battery removed. If you are alone you may find it is too heavy to handle by yourself.
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My wife and i have been using them for past several years in state parks and other places have never had a problem
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Get one, they are a blast, wife and I love ours, enjoy!
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I saw that GM is introducing a e-bike. I am surprised that Tesla has not.
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You may find this rather long thread about electric bicycles interesting:
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You won't have any hassles using an electric bike that is equal or less than the US Government definition below. These are considered a bicycle in all states and don't require any licensing or registration.

They can use bike paths that say "no motorized vehicles" without any issues.

Electric bicycles are exempt from classification as motor vehicles providing they have fully operable pedals, an electric motor of less than 750W (1 hp), and a top motor-powered speed of less than 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) when operated by a rider weighing 170 pounds.

One thing about electric bikes is the weight, typically well above 50 pounds, even with the battery removed. If you are alone you may find it is too heavy to handle by yourself.
Do you have an official source for your information? I'd like to print it out and carry it with me. I've been hassled before because I was riding an electric bike on some bike trails.
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