Which Is Better Road-E Or E-Bike Conversion? | It’s A Game Change For Bike Commuters | Cycling VLOG

Which Is Better Road-E Or E-Bike Conversion? | It’s A Game Change For Bike Commuters | Cycling VLOG


So, good morning everyone today July 5
July 6 and Susan and I are in Madison Connecticut on our way down to state
park located in Madison which is hema Napa State Park this portion of the
video might be a little bumpy and jari and shaky but that’s because of the
roads in Madison but not always in the best of repair we’ll be getting on some smaller roses
eventually this part of the town as we get further south so those of you who have been following
my recent video know that susan is writing an e-bike now and I just
discovered that there’s a term for her kind of bike which happens to be a road
bike road bike slanty bike so now they are now called roadies full-season is a
roadie how about that let’s talk a little bit about something
I saw on a bike Raider which is another I’m sorry bike radar which is another
youtube channel similar to GCN and they were doing a an overview and a review of
the giant road II which is an electric tour an e-bike road bike and it comes as
a complete package battery motor and all that sort of thing by computer and one
of the interesting things that I found about their review of the bike is that
unlike food bike where if you want some ebike assistance she pushes a little
button and off she goes and it’s hard as an ax fast that you’re
willing to pedal you can get that bike up to well over 20 miles an hour well
not well over 20 miles now let me qualify that I’ve had the bike up to
about 22 miles an hour with the motor assistant I’m going to stop here and
let’s do kicked up to me but the a giant bike which I’m assuming is like many
road bike or a bike trailer has what is called pedal assist okay now this is
going to get smooth and it’s going to get a little quicker if you’re doing
alright good alright try to stay near me scan okay
okay off we go again yeah so e bikes typically have a a sensor that
determines whether or not you are pedaling and if you are pedaling then it
kicks in with a certain power level that you pre select so as an example if you
haven’t had a high setting and you start pedaling you’re going to get a lot of
power to push you forward very quickly and I think the max power output on
those bikes is 250 watt but those e bikes have the motor connected directly
to the crank so I’m sure the gearing gives you some sort of advantage with
the power there but anyway what I was saying is that when su Watts more power
she just pushes the button and when she doesn’t want power is use let’s go the
button so what I’m getting at is the bike radar review one of the aspects
that they talked about is that the bike cannot go more than 15
miles per hour and Europe so if you’re pedaling along with power assist and
you’ve got the bike set to maximum power and you’re an everyday Road biker and
you decide you want to push it to 17 18 miles an hour well that’s going to be
all of you it’s going to be all your power to do that and the problem now
becomes you’ve got to pull or push four pedal a 42-pound bike just a beautiful
piece of road here so I’m going to just let you guys enjoy it before I talk some
more beautiful beautiful beautiful Road I think I probably lost Susan back there a
little bit she’s not quite as fast as I am but she’ll catch up so getting back
to the giant roadie yeah so if you’re pedaling along 15 miles an hour decide
you want to go a little bit faster it’s going to be all on you you get no
power-assist so the commentator who was explaining his experience and review the
bike seemed to indicate that there was a lot of yo-yo experience to fighting the
bike and that is to say that as an example I’m going to slide up really
right now just doing around 16 miles an hour
if I had an e bike or roadie that sucker would be pushing me right now but I push
them a little bit harder to breach the 50 mile an hour limit I would lose the
motor and I’d be stuck trying to pull a 42-pound up this slight upgrade so I can see where that might be
something of a deterrent from people who are currently on a road bike thinking
about a roadie whether or not you want to deal with that sort of power surge or
and power dropout if you will but whose bike does not have that at all
and the other thing that I will mention is while the roadie seems like a very smart approach for those who aren’t up
to the fitness level of most people who are on a road bike and they want to get
into the old Viking a good solution but I tell you for $4,000 which is what I
think that thing cost you can easily buy a very nice aluminum bike at a price
point of about six or seven hundred dollars as an example
Susan’s specialized Dulce glad spent another of 750 for the ebike conversion
kit that I put on her bike and you’re still well under $2,000 in fact you’re
probably close to around $1,500 for our roadie that does everything and probably
more than a roadie that’s all packaged and ready
to go so anyway I just wanted to bring up that
issue that topic this morning and as much as sue is a is a roadie Phillip Street what’s going
on here but one of the really encouraging things
about the popularity of e-bikes role bike with ebike motors and things like
that is that so many people who have thought about and maybe even
experimented with commuting the world by bike finding out that first of all you
know we can get sweaty and hot in the bike in if you have no facilities at
work is change into a nice dry set of clothing or you can take a shower which
would be ideal you back away from the idea is taking a bike to work with Annie like you get all that power
system it really makes the ride a hell of a lot easier and you know a lot more
enjoyable and as I mentioned on Tuesday Oh seems like the kids that I bought for
her when you have roads like this and let’s say 50% of your time is yes you
fall pedaling the bike and by the way it’s a ten pound lighter bike than any
bike or roadie you get pretty damn good battery life a couple tests that we’ve
done so far kind of confirms the fact that citizens
got no problem doing 3035 miles without any trouble without ever even come close
to running off her battery and my guess is that he can easily get forty miles
out of the bike before the battery might run down to a point where it doesn’t
become effective anymore in other words she just runs out of power in the motor
but even so it’s still not that heavier bike and it’s still a bike that can be
pedaled as you normally would they get you where you want to go but the encouraging thing about ebikes
and roadies is that the more people who start to embrace the technology and
start to take advantage of it probably does lead to there being less cars on
the road less pollution less traffic nothing but benefits that’s you sure
plus the fact you are getting exercise on the bike like that when win-win all
the way around let’s stop here and take a drink and assess where we’re going
next how was that yeah I let you get away
from me down that hill a little bit I know exactly it’s extra fast yeah I
felt myself really going but I said I’ll tell at your kitchen I wasn’t
comfortable because I’ve not been down that hill before but nice nice right I
don’t think potholes are part of it though I know well but the rest of its
not yeah this is going to be a little bumpy here too it’s not quite as bad but
that stretch your Road is beautiful yeah you’re right the first time I came down
that sweeping downhill run yeah I got off I got off the pedals and braked a
little bit but oh don’t go out of control here I know I kind of like
that’s okay I’m gonna slow down