|anyone want an electric/pedal power machine||ishmael|
May 24, 2001 3:00 PM
|so do i...anyone have one or some other power assisted pedal machine...discover mag does an artice on the twike which does 50 miles on a 2 hour household charge, it doesnt say how much pedaling you need to do for that...the same company hopes to utilize the fuel cell technology soon also, so it will run on hydrogen and oxygen and only emit purified water(steam)....the twike as it is now with the electric engine is an expensive 19 thousand, supposedly thats why no one buys them in the US but in europe where gas is so expensive there are 600..|
|I hope it catches on here !! nm||Matrix|
May 24, 2001 3:08 PM
|Lee Iacoca tried to sell me one ...||Humma Hah|
May 24, 2001 3:11 PM
|... at the Tour de Palm Springs a couple of months ago. He got up on the podium in front of about 4000 of us as we waited to start our various lengths of ride. Lee was to lead the 10-mile ride on an E-bike. He said he's often asked why we need electric bikes, and his answer was "the baby boomers are getting too old to ride regular bikes."
I snorted, tossed my baby-boomer right leg over the frame of my 30-year-old singlspeed, and started out on the century.
A couple of months later I passed a strange-looking bike with a huge rear hub as I rode up a hill in La Jolla. At first, I thought it might be a Nexus 7-speed, but it was too big and not equipped right, plus there were a couple of big boxes on the bike. I asked the rider, and he said it was an electric bike.
This I had to test. I stomped on my pedals and took off, leaving him behind. I felt pretty cocky for about a minute, until I heard a quiet whine, looked in the third eye, and saw the thing catching up.
I must admit, they're efficient, and a good idea compared to a car, or even a motorcycle. Overall, I think we'd be better off if everyone rode regular bicycles, but that ain't gonna happen, so if E-bikes get people out of their 4-wheeled coffins, great.