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Old December 9th, 2017, 09:05   #3808
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Originally Posted by Oilerlord View Post
For me, it started with buying a couple of electric bikes for my wife & I. Not only are they totally fun, I found I could ride it up to ~50 miles on a charge. A lot of guys call them "cheater" bikes but they are the great equalizer when going out on a ride with my wife. She simply uses more electric assist to keep up to me. We both end up great exercise and ride longer distances.
My first though is that I agree about the cheater bike comment but it all depends on your current health and distance you’re trying to cover. We typically ride about 30 miles a day on a weekend ride and anywhere from 10 to 30 miles during the week. For Ragbrai, the average day is about 60 miles a day. I did see one ebike out there this year but have to wonder how long they will be allowed to use them. My wife can keep up with me unless I really want to push for speed. Hitting 35-40 under your own power is a high that no drug can duplicate.
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