Monday, April 28, 2008

The Ebike Rides Again

I have a guest post over at Floating Down Denial on my Ebike experiences so far.

Thanks to Isis for posting this article!

22 comments:

Dave said...

Good idea. Every little bit helps. and I am sure the exercise will be good for you. I get mine by walking the pooch every day.

Hypatia said...

Yay! I know how excited you were about it, and can't wait until your commute is a "daily" reality!

Pandabonium said...

Cool. I sure like my electric bike. I've put over 1000 km (621 miles) on it 3 months. You'll be riding that far every month.

Don Snabulus said...

Dave,

Thanks man. Give the dog a scruffle for me.

Hyp,

Yup, I was. And am.

PB,

It sure is a different experience from riding a regular bike. I rode in for my first commute: 6.29 miles, average speed 13.1 mph, top speed 23.9 mph. That included a 5 minute search looking for something after I felt something hit my hit and fall.

Don Snabulus said...

hit my LEG and fall. sorry.

Dean Wormer said...

Congrats on the article!

So cool that you use that bike but it's a kind of sad that they don't seem to be commercially available, or am I wrong?

Don Snabulus said...

DW,

The EV Global Bike, at least in the form I am riding it is dead.

Here are some newer and often fancier rides offered in Portland & Seattle that allow the same or better experience:

Electric Vehicles NW

Scoot On This e-Bikes

Eco Speed

DewKid said...

Don't forget the Meat Powered Bicycle. mmmmmmmMMMMMMEAAT!!!!

DewKid said...

...and yes, that IS a veggie site - but ironically it was the only hit I found for "MEAT BIKE" with Google (!)

Don Snabulus said...

DK,

I was a meat motor today. Yum!

DewKid said...

Make sure you are wearing your Meat Hat when riding your meat bike!

Arkonbey said...

The Denial site doesn't like my posts, but I wanted to refute Moody Minstrel's assertion that there are no good shops. I've worked for a good shop.

Bring your bike to the shop for the mechanics to look at. If they gather round and chat with you about what an interesting machine it is, that's the shop for you.

Immediately leave any shop where the mechanics look down their noses.

I mean, Stumptown must have a place like this cool shop

Also, they make bike shorts that look like real shorts; all of the padding goodness, none of the lycra. I'd make those 13.5 mile rides a helluva lot less... chafing.

Isis said...

Don - Thank YOU for a great post. It's an entertaining read (loved the "that doesn't exist" line) and "nuts and bolts" informative. Excellent.

Don Snabulus said...

DK,

I remember the meat hat. I wonder if that is available thru Hats for Clowns (la la lala la la la).

Ark,

I suppose MM can speak for himself, but I didn't interpret from his post that there were NO good shops. I thought he was saying that bad service was common enough to not be surprising. I know from his blog that he has gotten some excellent service from music/computer shops in the Japan as well as bad.

I love that Old Spokes Home. Our shops our neat but in a different way. Haven't seen the old-timey motif yet in Portland, but it would be a good one.

Isis,

Thanks for creating the opportunity to share this info! This has been fun and educational.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Arkonbey said: I wanted to refute Moody Minstrel's assertion that there are no good shops.

Snabulus said: I didn't interpret from his post that there were NO good shops. I thought he was saying that bad service was common enough to not be surprising.

Snabbie got it right, and I'm sorry if you misunderstood, Arkonbey. This is the line from my comment on Isis' site that is apparently the source of the problem:

With any kind of specialty shop you'll find a lot of "service" personnel that prop their entire, artificially-inflated ego on one basic set of knowledge they have total confidence in. (bold type added here)

"A lot of" is very different from "all". I might also point out that the opening "with any kind of...you'll find" indicates by default a vague, general reference rather than a specific one. I'd thought that to be a given, but I guess I was careless. Again, I'm sorry if there was a misunderstanding, and I hope no offense was taken.

Now, on a different topic, was Dewkid talking about meatheads?

Arkonbey said...

Moody: It's cool.

The problem is: you're absolutely correct. And I've experienced it first hand. When I first moved to my town eight years ago, I went to every shop in the area. All but three gave me that attitude (and at the time, I was a 12 year veteran mountain biker who'd just come off of a wrench-turning job at a shop).

I guess that having worked at a good bike store, full of competent, caring, friendly people and mechanics I get a bit prickly.

I'll shoot a 'no offense meant' back at you and we can call it good.

DewKid said...

MEAT HATS!!! MEAT HATS!!! MEAT HATS!!!

{poof}

cabbage.

Corn Cob Bob said...

Seriously Dewkid, you need to lay off the red meat, and settle down with a nice cool glass of sparkling sweet lemonade.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Arkonbey
Cheers!

And I'm glad you had an opportunity to work at a shop like that. If more people got "prickly", arrogant non-service would become a non-issue!

Dewkid

Is that you, Yoda?

Corn Cob Bob

I'll say, and it's not too tart, not too sweet, either!

(Points to anyone who can name the reference!)

Hypatia said...

Moody-

"Country Time, Country Time!...

Tastes like that good old fashioned Lemonade!"


Did I nail it or WHAT!

Unless you're referring to some obscure male bonding ritual from Pig's Rectum....

Swinebread said...

that's cool

The Moody Minstrel said...

Kudos, Hypatia!