I met my first legit e-biker

Discussion in 'Free Zone' started by BonsaiNut, Nov 20, 2020.



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  1. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Troutman, NC
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    So yesterday I was in the parking lot at Lake Norman State Park riding lazy circles waiting for my riding buddies to show up. I noticed an older guy loading up his nice Trek e-bike after he had just finished his ride. I rode over to him and started asking him about his bike, and if he liked it etc. I explained that my wife was going to be having knee replacement surgery and wondered if I got her an e-bike whether she would ride with me.

    His name is Ed, and he explained to me that as an 88 year old biker, he can no longer ride his regular bike all the time due to hip problems. And neck problems. Actually, he had one hip replaced, and was riding his regular bike and ran into a tree and broke his neck. So his doctor wasn't going to replace his other hip until his neck was healed, and had some questions about whether he should be riding a mtb at all. So Ed convinced him it would be ok if he bought an e-bike, and he cheats and rides his regular bike whenever he feels up to it :)

    This guy deserves an e-bike :)
     
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  2. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
    Damn straight
    Go Ed!
     
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  3. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    B
    A lot more legit than the ~14 year old riding Oaks the other day with one hand on his hip as he was climbing B’s. It was as if he thought it was cool that he didn’t have to put in any effort as he passed the older guys. :facepalm:
     
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  4. Faust29

    Faust29 Moderator

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    This may be my first thread lock... :eek:

    I understand Bonsai's point, and I've even met an Ed or two. The elderly gentleman in Wrightwood with the converted Santa Cruz springs to mind... But unfortunately, I've met far greater numbers of non-Eds. And I've seen too many threads on here degenerate into chaos, even with an innocuos and well-meaning beginning.
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    Ed is the reason for e-bikes. What a stud, still riding at 88 years old! :eek::thumbsup::cool:
     
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  6. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    I agree with the others here..this guys deserves an ebike pass!
     
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  7. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash, Transition Spur
    The legit ones are out there, sometimes not so obvious. A buddy of mine posted a new e-bike on Instagram several months back. He's a little older than me, but snowboards circles around me, skates pools, and is generally a very fit and active guy. My instinct was to bust his balls, but I hadn't been in touch with him in longer than usual, and the incongruousness of the e-bike alerted my spidey sense just enough to let it pass. A couple weeks later he reached out to me letting me know he was a year into a diagnosis of, and semi-secret fight with ALS. I was glad I let that one go.
     
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  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Unfortunately the 98% ruin it for the 2% that truly need it.
     
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  9. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail
    You have to have more faith in us!

    Now how about that election? :eek:
     
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  10. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
  11. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Look at me, I'm posting here still, whoo-hoo!!!!
     
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  12. Sasquatch9billion

    Sasquatch9billion Well-Known Member

    Name:
    trinidad j. mendez
    I've already let my wife know I'll be selling my bikes and joining a yacht club with my sabot when that time comes. My plan B is golf clubs and drunkenly harassing drink cart girls. Hopefully at Pelican Hills, more than likely at Pico Rivera or Costa Mesa (public,) courses. :gag:
     
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  13. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    Drink cart girls?! I'm in!
     
  14. TwoWheel Eric

    TwoWheel Eric Member

    Location:
    Orange County
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley V4
    We need that on the trails. They can ride ebikes with beers and chips in paniers ;-)
     
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  15. Ocpop

    Ocpop Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    Now that would be a legit e-biker.
     
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  16. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Troutman, NC
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
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  17. Faust29

    Faust29 Moderator

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    This thread is going in a much better direction. :p :thumbsup:
     
  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    I'd apply for that job myself, even if I had to wear a wig and lipstick. And if I got the job, portions of the beer would somehow, always be missing. :whistling:
     
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  19. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    my next bike is going to be an E bike! I have had enough struggling up things that I shoulda coulda climb. After seeing a bunch on high end vehicles I say enough is enough.
    Long live the electronic machine, now where is the closest wilderness area?
     
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  20. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    LOL, that's two strikes. What cha got for strike three?
     
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  21. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The road is where I call home
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I think about guys like Jon Blais who was diagnosed with ALS, told he had 2-5 years to live, and decided to do his first Ironman. Indeed, he did die just 2 years after learning of his diagnosis. Or I think of the multiple people I have seen racing triathlons missing limbs. Watched a guy crawl out of the ocean in La Jolla with nothing below his waist at the San Diego Triathlon Challenge.

    I just have a tough time with anyone saying they need an eBike.

    https://www.guinnessworldrecords.co...-who-cycled-over-1000-miles-in-17-days-572379
    http://waronals.org/about-us/about-jon/
     
  22. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash, Transition Spur
    I would have a tougher time saying what someone bearing the cross of an ALS diagnosis does or does not need.
     
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