Re: [rootsradicals] Re: on e-assist
- I second the motion.Love,Dave----- Original Message -----From: tda0818Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 4:19 PMSubject: [rootsradicals] Re: on e-assist
I'd be interested.
--- In rootsradicals@ yahoogroups. com, Juergen Weichert <juergen@... >
> I have been using (and selling) e-assist systems for several years now.
> There is no question about it - e-assist gets more folks out on bikes
> and certainly extends the utility of any bike but especially cargo
> I feel that electric assist should supplement, not replace human power
> as the primary motive force on the bike. As others have noted there is
> no "need" for electric on a bike given sufficient health and bicycle
> gearing, and time. You can get up any grade with just about any load,
> albeit at a crawl in some cases. Electric levels the playing field
> allowing those with heavy loads (personal or cargo!) to make it up
> grades in decent time at decent (regular cruising) speeds. Electric
> should not be seen as a way to go faster, but rather easier and more
> frequently. Most laws concerning electric bikes limit top (assisted)
> speeds to 20mph or 32km/h here in Canada. (reasonable - this is a quick
> cruising speed for most cyclists).
> There are many systems out there and it is vitally important to work
> with someone who understands them and can guide you to the best system
> for your needs. I would be happy to comment further about the ones I
> have used if folks are interested.
> Juergen Weichert
> Acclivity Solutions
> www.acclivity. ca
- On Dec 31, 2007 11:12 PM, Cara Lin Bridgman <caralinb@...> wrote:
> > A fascinating book that delves into this is "Bicycling and the Law" byRead the Minonski book to learn the details, but specifically the
> > Bob Minonski.
> > Bicycle travel is a Constitutional protected right,
> > motor vehicle travel is not.
> If this about bicycle travel as a protected constitutional right is
> true, then it ought to be broadcast widely. Too many cars think they
> own the road.
Constitution protects the right of interstate travel. And, court
cases have ruled that this is meaningless without also there being a
right of intrastate travel. And, considering that the right to drive
an automobile is revocable, (for instance, due to being underage, or
due to a conviction for drunk driving) then therefore the right to the
road for bicycles is constitutionally protected. This is legal
theory, Constitutional, that the lawyers use to contest (and win)
nearly every attempt by cities and states to pass laws to prohibit
bicycles on roads. To successfully prohibit bicycles from roads
requires a very compelling reason in the courts, and has largely
Also, most state law is based on the 'pre-automobile' origin of the US
Vehicle codes, designed primarily to regulate horse carriages, and
bicycles sharing the road. Essentially every state has a variation on
the law "bicycles have all the rights and duties" of the road as
Again, read the Minonski book, it is fascinating.
- Mionske is the author's name, for anybody who's looking for the book.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bruce Hallman" <bruce@...> wrote:
> Again, read the Minonski book, it is fascinating.
- Hi Juergen. Something I added to my list is a - chopper for sculptured
beauty. I've been looking at chopper cruisers for several years and
just last week I picked up a Christmas Special, a PhatCycles.com
Modified Stretch for half price at my local bike shop. Its a single
speed. I suppose that falls into the simplicity category. I went in
for a XtraCycle and couldn't pass up the deal. I plan on getting my X
cargo bike sometime when its warmer out. To satisfy my interest I've
been collecting some online photos for my home slide showing of the X at
work. I hope to put the X into overtime duty this summer doing some
trail building. -Mark
Juergen Weichert wrote:
> I think bikes are like shoes - many great ones for all kinds of
> applications and not many that suit all. Imagine having only one pair of
> shoes? Tennis shoes, running, dress, hiking, golf shoes, soccer cleats,
> walking shoes, regular winter boots, deep-show boots, ice crampons,
> snowshoes, sandals, flip-flops...endless.
> One bike is not enough and a dozen might be pushing the other end of the
> envelope. I think around 7 is close to the right number - one for each
> day of the week and choose for the day as you might choose your shoes.
> In my suggested list:
> - single speed for simplicity
> - MTB or hybrid or cruiser for general all-around use.
> - Xtracycle for cargo
> - recumbent for comfort
> - velomobile for speed
> - folding bike for convenience
> - tandem for company
> (- loaner bike for visitors?)
> Your choices will vary. Any further suggestions?