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Urban Cycling / Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« on: November 04, 2016, 12:21:51 pm »
Guess I am not too up to date on E bikes.  I assumed their top speed was 20-25 mph.  High but normal pedal bike speeds.  They were not mopeds.  But the E bikes you see are essentially mopeds going 30+ mph?  Mopeds and bikes should not be sharing a bike lane.  I don't like to share the bike trails with walkers and dog walkers when I am on my bike.

Many are indeed what I think of as a moped, but electric. 

Urban Cycling / Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« on: November 04, 2016, 12:20:21 pm »
In Europe, where e-bikes are much more common, they are allowed on bike paths/routes as far as I have seen.

Yes, my cousin in Holland now has one, but there the riding skills are higher.  In my dense urban habitat there is possibly more competition for space.

General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« on: November 03, 2016, 01:30:11 pm »
The one earphone is the law I believe here in NYC.  I've noticed a trend toward bluetooth speakers inside bike bags or packpacks.  Personally, I like the one ear but I also never turn it up too loud.  I always want to hear the tires approaching from behind, to say the least. 

Urban Cycling / E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« on: November 02, 2016, 05:28:00 pm »
Here in NYC, bike lanes are often multi-purpose, including speedways for E-bike delivery folk or just lazy riders.  I love the uphill bridge crossers pedaling at 5 rpm, but going 25 mph!  Anyway, my feeling is that if it has a throttle, it should not be in a bike lane.  What's the view from the "real world?"

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: November 02, 2016, 05:23:35 pm »
Yes, bike commuting is the antidote to coffee.  I am currently on a 4/week run here in NYC.  I logged about 200 miles in October for the commute rides, about 13 miles/day from Brooklyn.  Start by 7:30 AM to avoid congestion; look out for evening road ragers; obey signs and get the blinky lights!  Also, thank you/watch out for CitiBikes!

Gear Talk / Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: November 02, 2016, 05:19:13 pm »
I'm very happy with the integrated shifters on my bike (a 2007 REI Randonee).  Lately, though, I've felt lustful about the Surly Long Haul Trucker, but there are those bar-end shifters.

What are experiences good/bad with the bar-end type out there? 

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