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    Cool-blue Rhythm I finally saw an Ebike out on the trails !

    No really, number if ebike sighting ?

    I am curious ?
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    a guy rode with our group once over a year ago on one.

    I have seen one in the wild in my local riding area, he was going uphill a good 3-4 times as fast as I was.

    I saw an eBike Beachcruiser style riding up the hill I live on (pavement) going a good 3-4 times faster than I see the roadies do.

    I see a tone of the Beachcruiser style eBikes riding around down by the beach, they are very popular rental bikes on the coast.

    Not so much on the trails.
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    Finally got passed by one the other day on a climb. Saw him coming and pulled over as he passed. We exchanged polite greatings as he rode merrily on by, hardly struggling with smoother power delivery than I've ever seen and not an ounce of traction loss. Then I carried on my way sweating and panting never to see him again and my day was no worse for the experience.

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    I've seen two on the Jones trail in Los Gatos and one in Demo

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    I see them a lot on our mostly flat paved multi use trails(?)...have yet to see one off the pavement though. Also the e cruisers are coming out in summer...
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    The Hobo's ride them around here, those and mopeds. Don't know how they charge them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    The Hobo's ride them around here, those and mopeds. Don't know how they charge them.
    Hobo's--haven't heard that in a long time.

    I have seen a few at China Camp, where they are allowed and watched one lock it up coming into an uphill switchback. Seen a couple at Annadel(not allowed), said something to one guy about it, he said no one can tell. I have seen one on a fire road, it must have been a conversion because he was hauling ass and I could hear it, kind of a whirring sound, no pedal use whatsoever.
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    I've seen one only. A Focus on some popular local single-track. Older guy maybe late 50's. TBH he seemed moderately embarassed.

    I gave him a big friendly trail hello and he gave a tiny one back and kept buzzing along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    The Hobo's ride them around here, those and mopeds. Don't know how they charge them.
    Let me guess.....California?

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    PS: I've heard of roadie-tude, could there also be E-tude?
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    I've seen a couple. I've also now ridden one on a trail. Had a Kona Remote loaned to me to ride in to where the excavator I was running was parked (1.3 miles or so) after I busted my knee up last week. Even with 27+ tires, if you're starting out you can spin the back wheel pretty hard on loose dirt. However, ridden responsibly, I don't see them causing any more damage to the trails than regular bikes. And being able to soft-pedal in turbo mode up a good sized hill and ride around a berm about halfway up the berm, actually using it, going UP? I can see why some (even able bodied) folks would go for these things. There's still not one in my future, as far as owning one goes, but I might lighten my stance on them a little.

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    I see one on the trail every day..... Lol....

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    Saw a couple on E-bikes at Highland last weekend. Using E-bikes for lift assisted. Is that an oxymoron?

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    Seen em. Look fun af too.

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    Every time I ride. They're usually passing me on the uphills.

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    I've never seen one on the trails other than on demo days. however, I just got one myself recently. makes climbing enjoyable, however I can clean more stuff on my reg MTbikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCsaltchucker View Post
    however, I just got one myself recently. makes climbing enjoyable
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