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Ebikes aren't just fun, though. They're the future.Say goodbye to the crowded bus. In a Low carbon where cities are less car-centric, e-bikes will be the personal vehicle of choice for the short trips that most city dwellers take to work, dinner out, or the grocery store.Every moment of your life gives you freedom and joy.
As we think about the future of cities post-coronavirus,electric bike are a great type of freedom that can help us achieve low-carbon or carbon-free mobility and help everyone get around in a really fun way.
What do you think is the real appeal of e-bike?
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Have you ever ridden an ebike? Do they handle/ride differently than a none ebike? Especially when you aren’t using the e function. I’m considering getting one but I don’t want to lose any of the feel of my hybrid. Are they heavier? Etc.
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Of course I've ridden an e-bike. Electric bicycle and non-electric bicycle riding way is somewhat different, electric bicycle has a motor, controller, battery, instrument, handle, brake handle and other devices. Power mode, speed will be different. Compared with the non-electric bicycle will be more convenient. In my opinion, its weight is within the acceptable range.
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FWIW, Mrs. Newleaf has an e-bike which we converted from a standard bike with a kit. I rode it before and after the conversion. The bike is a 2012 Novara Fusion. It came with disc brakes, a 7-speed IGH, and a dynamo hub in front. Hybrid with a steel frame and 700c wheels.

To ride, it felt like a steel bike. Stable, upright. Kinda layed back. A little lacking in terms of gearing, but not bad.

For the conversion, we went with a local to us company, Electric Bike Outfitters for a conversion kit which was installed by the LBS. Because of the IGH, we couldn't use a motor in the rear wheel. We didn't want to undertake the added modifications involved in mid drive, so we ended up with the motor in the front wheel.

On or off pavement, the bike is more fun with the motor than it was without it I particularly enjoy being able to power through soft, sandy trail sections which would usually take substantially more effort to cross. The front wheel drive combines with the human powered rear wheel to create genuine 2 wheel drive for as long as the human component can keep up. Powering over rough ground, the bike feels planted and controllable.

The bike's controller has 5 power assist settings plus 'off'. I generally ride it with the power at 1 or 2, with higher levels used for negotiating sand, climbing hills, or just enjoying the motor. With the power completely off, it's back to being a steel bike. Heavier now, though not hugely so. If you are willing to commit to riding without power, most of the weight can be dropped by simply removing the battery.

With the battery in place but not powering the motor, the bike feels 'heavy normal'. With the power assist on, it goes from a gentle assist which barely registers on the '1' setting to acceleration I imagine I couldn't quite match on my unpowered bike on the '5' setting. Though I have ridden it unpowered, I generally ride it rarely and if I do find my way into its saddle, I usually play with the motor. All that said, I doubt I've hit 100mi on it. I hope that helps.
Thank you very much for your reply. I'm glad you can share your story with me here.
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