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 bikerjohn member offline
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posted 11/25/2018
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An ebike is a fantastic way to commute with less effort. Alternately, its capabilities can be utilized as added assistance to reach a destination faster! Ebikes afford a versatility that accommodates flexibility of choice for the cyclist. A virtual tailwind awaits you every ride!

A fact about an ebike I feel needs to be elucidated and emphasized:
Average "per-minute" physical effort is a rider's choice and pedaling an ebike can equal or exceed the physical effort for riding ANY bike. The difference pedaling an ebike is that one can travel faster and reach a destination in less time.
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posted 11/25/2018
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After 4.5 years and 8400 commuter miles my ebike developed cracks where the down-tube and seat-tube are welded to the bottom bracket. I discovered the issue when getting ready to upgrade to an 8 speed Nexus hub. At least there was no catastrophe! blog review here

Not having the EG Zurich for my work commutes has opened my eyes to just how much I miss ebiking. Having discovered the damaged frame, my first thought was to repair the frame or modify another bike to utilize the EG Zurich's electrical components. After some further consideration, I have gone and purchased a new ebike. I'm psyched about getting an ebike with updated components. Here is a link to the new commuter bike I've purchased:CrossCurrentX
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posted 11/25/2018
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So the weld failed and they didn't warranty it?

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posted 11/26/2018
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Well, your NEW bike looks like it will serve you well - and for a long time, hopefully.

Get the suspension seatpost for it - either the one on their site or a "Thudbuster". Your bumm will love you for it.

The Thudbuster I have on my Touring Bike makes it the most comfortable riding "upright" I've ever ridden.

 bikerjohn member offline
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posted 11/26/2018
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So the weld failed and they didn't warranty it?

-- posted by BostonBullDog
Truthfully, the thought of seeking warranty work seemed to be overly troublesome. The logistics arranging the warranty work would have been time consuming and tedious. Not to mention I was ready for an upgrade. The Zurich's components will be utilized on another bike I have in mind for conversion.

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posted 11/26/2018
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Well, your NEW bike looks like it will serve you well - and for a long time, hopefully.

Get the suspension seatpost for it - either the one on their site or a "Thudbuster". Your bumm will love you for it.

The Thudbuster I have on my Touring Bike makes it the most comfortable riding "upright" I've ever ridden.
-- posted by Grateful_G
Not sure I'll need or want a Thudbuster with my B17...

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posted 11/26/2018
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When I was bike touring in Germany for 3 months during the summer, I was surprised at the large number and percentage of e-bike tourists and e-bike riders in general. The e-bike boom there opened up bike touring to a lot of people my age (mid-60s) and older who otherwise would not ride very far with panniers.

I prefer the simplicity of my pedal power bike, but maybe there will be a day when I consider the e-bike. I would hate to have a technical problem out on the road, far from home. I build all of my bikes aside from buying the bare frame, and do all of my own repairs. An e-bike would put my out of my comfort zone. Some of them are very complex beasts to repair. I was talking to a 20 something guy at a bike shop in Germany who was working on a multi-year technical apprenticeship specializing in e-bikes. He told me that there are lots of job openings in his field in almost any city in Germany. The cost to have an e-bike repaired could be eye-opening, especially if a major component needs replacement.

The other thing about e-bikes is they are heavy, especially when you add on the weight of touring panniers. When I used the trains in Germany to hop from one city to another, I sometimes had to use stairs to get to a train platform. With my regular bike, I can go up or down stairs without much trouble, especially if I carry the panniers separate from the bike. Many e-bike riders cannot get up or down stairs without help from someone else. I was an e-bike stair helper more than a couple of times.

Most of the new higher end e-bikes I see have the design with the electric motor built into the frame just above the bottom bracket. The hub driven e-bikes seem to be mainly in the home-made or conversion kits, is that true?

Good luck to all of you e-bikers, all bikes are good bikes in my book.

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posted 11/27/2018
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Biker John: Good for you. These interactive, hub mounted bikes seem to be exactly what the bike commuter needs to make the ride sensible and enjoyable. I have been riding a bike for about 70 years, and the interactive e-bike technology is what is keeping me riding even in my high70ís.

Some people donít understand that this design is not a motor bike. It is simply an assisted ride. You have to peddle.

Good luck. Keep us posted, please.

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posted 11/29/2018
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So, BikerJohn : Do you have your CCX up and running yet? Was it hard to assemble? Are you happy with it?

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posted 11/29/2018
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So, BikerJohn : Do you have your CCX up and running yet? Was it hard to assemble? Are you happy with it?

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posted 11/29/2018
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I was recovering from injuries and seriously was looking at an e-bike to use in a beercycling tour in the Ardennes region of Belgium. The potential problem at the time was that with so much climbing every day it might run out of battery power before the end of the day or so I was told. I did ok on a Dutch touring bike and was in better shape than I thought.

I do like the idea of an assist when ya need it.
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