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Cycling EBike strategies

Okay, now for some safety. How much does the average car weigh? Around 3,400 Pounds give or take. Smaller cars less, bigger vehicles more and what happens when a car hits a cyclist?

I have in recent times found myself nearly hit, not my fault while ebiking, but rather the drivers so lets review a few things first.

1.) Make sure you have side mirrors on your bicycle.

2.) Make sure to glance those mirrors every few seconds while watching for what is ahead of you.

3.) Leave 3 to 4 feet from parked cars, otherwise you will meet “FLIPPER” and I ain’t talking about dolphins either.

4.) Never challenge a Motorist in a vehicle, remember the weight of a vehicle?

There are assholes, but car drivers will lead to the below. (Be aware next video contains profanity)

One strategy you might consider is when at a stop light and cars are coming up behind you and stopping waiting to go.

5.) Make sure to use your bike mirror and watch the traffic about to start behind you at the light. When the traffic starts, take a few seconds pause and let the vehicles go first. Then start across the intersection, this way what is behind you should be clear.

6.) If a double lane is available, in California bikes and cars share the outside lane. But if traffic is light, stay in the middle of the road. What this typically does is force the driver of the vehicle to change lanes, almost 100% of the time. Cause if you stay to the far right or outside of the lane, the driver is encouraged to slip by you closer so force them into the other lane by just taking up the outside lane. Be aware though, if the driver does not seem to change lanes to scoot to the side as quickly as possible. This type of car driver that is unyielding I find on average about 1 in 100. In California, the law is a car or vehicle must give a cyclist of any type, at least 3 feet space.

I cannot stress enough to be aware at all times and again, use your mirror to constantly monitor what is behind you as well as of course ahead of you. Riding can be simple, fun, decent exercise and mind cleansing, but it can also be very dangerous, so vigilance is key and one very last piece of advice.

7.) Make sure to wear bright color tops and that your riding lights are all charged up. Visibility to drivers will mean they see you and avoid a mishap or worse.

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Senator Hertzberg’s office to EBikers in California.

Today after talking to the Democratic councilman aide Marco, said they are not interested in Green Transportation or electric bicycles.

Jerry Brown to EBikers in California…

Governor Jerry Brown has spent billions of the state’s funds on green energy/transportation, a bullet train to nowhere. He practically screams for the news media he wants to cut greenhouse gases at least by 40%. Well, guess what, electric bicycles on throttle (not pedal assist) cut greenhouse emissions though I must also admit, refilling the electrical charge to their batteries requires a power plant. But when actually riding one on throttle it is zero-polluting, let me be clear on that fact.

Democrats to EBikers Green Transportation…

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Governor Jerry Brown and all of the Democrats in California and all of the Republicans in California signed AB1096 outlawing zero polluting throttle ebikes for the most part, fixing a free marketplace for a company whose CEO wrote the bill and his company financed the bill, and essentially took away consumer market free choice for very over-priced, under performing mainly (pedal assist) only products.

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and here is what future EBikers may think of these corrupted totalitarian communists ruining California…

Elections coming for you thugs.

Hetzie as L.A. Councilwoman Nury Martinez, another useless phony liberal scumbag likes to call him “Oh Hertzie loves EBikes!” Nope, he doesn’t, not important. Instead he is busy stripping citizens rights away from them as fast as possible. Seems that Hertzie is just another corrupt liberal commie politician. As for his stance on EBikes. Go “F” yourselves.

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They call him flipper, faster than lightening…

Here, watch this first video.

I am an EBiker aka. motorized/non motorized cyclist thanks to morons like Governor Jerry Brown of California aka. known as Governor Medfly.

So in California, Flipper is alive and well and here are a few shining examples of what happens when Flipper is free, especially for cyclists…

Think that was funny, huh? Let’s look at this to real people instead of a crash test dummy or governor, another type of dummy.

and lets take a look at a few more for drivers of automobiles to consider before they decide to imitate a dolphin or moron governor with no brains who keeps unsafe Bicycle Lanes…

and while I am at it going to bat for fellow cyclists, how about all of those assholes who have decided to use bicycle lanes to park in? A few examples of these shining motorists…I even encountered some today in Chatsworth on my ebike.

You really have to watch out guys when cycling. A car weighs over 3,000 pounds on average. You and you bicycle under 300, that is a major reason to consider distance from cars and many, many, many stupid morons driving them. They don’t give a rats ass about you and some even delight in crashing you for their own enjoyment.

Flipper…faster than lightening!

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The First Step for CalBike Org Should Be

“The Bike Path/Lane Safety Act” that’s right, let us make bike paths/lanes safer for all. I’ll site you examples of why we should make Bike Paths/Lanes safer.

Let us start with the fat woman who made a run for the border about 7 years ago. Her name is Elena Garcia and what did Elena do? She banged the first cabalerro she could find and got a first son, now he is 5 years old. She banged another guy and had another son and he is two years old. Then she banged this macho man and had triplets ding-ding-ding she hit the lottery and she gets welfare benefits for all her AmeriKan kids. So what does this have to do with bicycle paths and lanes? Great question.

A Bike path or lane is only two lanes wide, one coming and one going, that’s it. Elena Garcia has her family out for the weekend jaunt at a park where bicycle paths exist. Oh, the guys split from her long ago, but not to worry. She got additional aid from the moron politicians, now has a big home, a Lincoln Navigator, a Pitbull and a Rottweiler and oh, she is on the bike path.

Elena is pushing a triple baby stroller right down the middle of the bike path. Her two year old has a pitbull on a leash, the kid is on one side the pitbull on the other side of the bike path taking up the whole width and the five year old is chasing the family Rottweiler off leash while Elena is all smiles. Oh and what about the cyclists? The hell with those two-wheeled bastards!

That was example number one. Let us talk about example number two: Mr. and Misses Johnson, they are a very old couple, love to hold hands when they walk side by side, they are always with a pleasant smile and oh, they walk on the bicycle path each one taking an entire lane hand-in-hand. Unfortunately they are too old to get out of the way, so you have to go around them on the dirt or if you are lucky, grass. If the dirt had a recent rain you might go sliding in the mud. Can’t happen, guess again, I seen it with my own eyes and here’s the kicker. The Johnson’s gave the cyclist a dirty look and kept going.

Now let us talk about Roger. Another bikehole on the bike path and he uses a polycarbon while riding in tights, yeah it is faster than a person walking but this little bikehole likes to play a game international marathon and what does he do? He rides at high pedal speeds in excess of twenty-five mph and he likes to come within inches of other cyclists and especially pedestrians and he just shakes his head with a smile. Imagine if he accidentally hit Mr and Misses Johnson, wouldn’t that be a real shame..

But worst of all is Luscious Linda. Cute tall blonde and with a headset and mp3 player on. She’s jogging to that music. She has it cranked up so loud, she can’t hear a damned thing at all, and where is she jogging? Right smack dab down the middle of the bike path. Go to her left or right you might startle her. She cannot hear your bike horn or bell dinging away, she might step to the side just as you are about to pass and then it gets messy. I can guarantee you it will be worse than a Victoria’s Secret model falling off-stage during a show.

Okay CalBike do you understand now? Okay so how do we fix things.

The Bicycle Path/Lane Safety Act‘ and here is what’s in it.

A. NO PEDESTRIANS ON ANY Bike Paths/Lanes except to safely cross them.

B. Require all cyclists with a wheel size of 16 inches or larger to have a working calibrated bicycle speedometer. Costs start at $15.00 on up.

C. Post a Maximum Speed Limit on the bike path or lane.

D. Open the bike path to all forms of bicycling. Pedal, Gas or Electric. Forget about top speed, forget about motor size or weight. If someone goes past the speed limit, ticket them. Use the revenues to hire bike police and make it a ticket they’ll never forget.

That is it, done, finished and over. No need to require special manufacturers stickers, no need for what motor size, what weight of a bike what top speeds. Ride safely at a posted speed limit with a speedometer and it’s all fine. Move pedestrians back onto a sidewalk. No more multi path usage. It is either a bike path or it is not.

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WHY AB1096 is so bad!

At first glance, California Assembly Bill AB1096 appears a great and grand thing. It legally opens the bicycle paths to ebikes. Where it goes wrong is in many ways. Now before I start, let me state for the record that there was zero opposition to this bill from government. Every Republican and Democrat alike in California voted YES on this to my knowledge in the end and the governor of the state of California signed this bill with eager glee. That stated, let us really look at what happened.

First of all, the governor of California who appears fanatical about everything to do with the environment and green energy and global warming is nothing more than an old fart who is full of crap! The guy even looks like a criminal who fell out of jail, and oh, please don’t get me started on this crook. Like I say, if it looks like a thug, robs you like a thug, babbles like a thug – it’s a crooked politician and Jerry Brown is one of the biggest there is. Now why would someone say that about such a nice guy, try prick instead! That sums this dirtbag up in a better context.

As for AB1096, let us dissect this. It creates essentially 3 categories of electric bikes that are legal and it was written mostly with the help of a CEO of an ebike company whose company FINANCED this state bill. I think that says a lot but let us delve into this further.

Class 1 EBike pedal assist only, can only go max speed of 20 MPH

Class 2 EBike throttle bike can only go max speed of 20 MPH.

Now here is the big klinker on these pedals of mine and I take issue with it. Almost all throttle ebikes have a pedal assist option of some sort so why 2 categories? I mean why not just ebike, then there is class 3. Ready for this take?

Class 3 Pedal Assist but can go 29 MPH. Why? I mean why not just have one category so far called EBike and let them ride at a speed limit? You don’t punish Tesla Owners and you don’t classify electric car types this way, so why punish those on the least polluting ebike types which are throttle based? Why can a performance pedal assist ebike be the only one to legally 28MPH but your throttle ebike can go no more than 20 MPH? I’ll tell you why, because this bill, financed by a company, whose CEO was involved tailored an assembly bill to its product line and what it envisions. Forget the free market.

What AB1096 did was for several companies whose product type was dying off or ill selling in the free market as compared to kit bikes which were cheaper, faster, better performing with longer range and less maintenance, these greedy companies bought an entire state legislature and what did the corrupt legislature do for the greedy companies?

Killed a Free Market.

Killed Consumer Choice.

Forced an entire market to be defined by companies who sell a specific ill selling product line.

Stiffled innovation for without a free and competitive marketplace where the buyers can buy from many differing products this has been killed.

Killed of the competition of these manufacturers who mainly sell Pedal Assist EBike products that for the most part don’t sell well.

In essence the manufacturers bought an entire state free market to close it to what they want the public to buy. No free choice, no innovation, no competition, just the expensive low performance crap they deem appropriate and does this remind you of the Obamacare health insurance market no longer free choice for many consumers? Well, guess what. AB1096 with a corporate twist was based along Obama’s national EBike guidelines and this is another way you have just lost your free choice. The entire senate and assembly voted YES to all of these points I have above in this article. Remember that when it comes voting time and oh, speaking of voting.

Now a final note of my own: They should have just based bike path riding on a posted simple maximum speed limit. A normal speed limit and a slower one when pedestrians were present and that is it. Nothing else was required here. Making classes out of a company’s ebike product line which benefits the company at the expense of everything else was just plain wrong. As for the 750WATT motor size, even if you pair a 24volt batter with a 750 watt motor it will exceed 20MPH on throttle. It would top out at around 26MPH, add a 36 volt batter and the 750 WATT motor goes 29MPH add a 48 volt battery and it passes 30MPH so what about a 500 watt motor? Great question. Lets see here.

A 500Watt motor with a 24 volt batter gets to about 17MPH, with a 36 volt battery gets to 21MPH, with a 48 volt battery gets to 29MPH, with a 60 volt battery gets to 38MPH, with a 72volt battery gets to 46MPH and that is a legal motor size here. Will easily get a Class 2 sticker. I just wanted to show all of you that motor size is not the main factor here, there are many other variables, battery voltage, and the controller amp output determine just how fast an ebike can go. In theory a 350 watt geared motor and 36 volt battery can with the proper control easily hit over 20MPH so why is motor size a factor? Because the company and its CEO who were behind AB1096 say so, Sig Heil!

That’s Jerry Brown On Stage talking about AB1096 criminalizing zero polluting EBike owners in California.

Jerry Brown just gave millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS the right to vote now through the Department of Mexican Voters the DMV. AB1096 and its corrupt fixed tyranny is just the start, expect worst bills from these people to further strip you of your freedoms and rights, because California’s communist totalitarian, freedom of choice and free market hatting thugs in power

no longer represent free choice and free markets as witnessed by their current bill.

Hasta La Vista Freedom to choose, buy and ride EBikes…baby!

Note in California, green zero polluting ebikes for transportation are now ILLEGAL!!!

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How To Kill California’s Ebike Industry!

From a disenfranchised former EBike supporter criminalized by a communist legislator and thug governor of this once great state.

Since the bald headed governor thug Jerry Brown (poop) decided to sign AB1096 so the CEO of a company whose company financed the bill can fix the entire state marketplace for their products only, it is time to fight back and there are ways to do this.

First off, the entire EBike industry was more or less on life support anyhow. Very high costs to buy and maintain an electric bicycle, competition from outside fields, limited usage already were working on it. So what happened? PEDELEC and what is that?

Pedal Electric. Idiots decided to try and reinvent the bicycle. On this illusion they can make the common pedal bicycle somehow better they made it much more expensive and still very limited. They decided to have an electric motor assist you when pedaling. Hence Pedelec an acronym for Pedal Electric. They call it an electric bicycle and in some form it actually is, but it is not a true EBike or electric bicycle, because it requires you to still pedal and that comes to where the crux of the problem is. The market decided they liked overall EBikes on the throttle. You twist or push a thumb throttle and the bicycle takes off. Pedelecs could not compete against many foreign kit based and even domestic throttle based ebikes so they turned and formed a coalition to protect their interests and kill off the bulk of throttle ebikes. The free capital marketplace did not want Pedelecs, consumers mainly purchased throttle ebikes instead. So in steps the CEO of a company gets himself on a state bicycle board and then has his mainly Pedelec building company finance a state bill. Since California’s legislature is both overall uninformed and corrupted, they pass this bill.

AB1096 is so bad, it even criminalizes a new class of felons and outlaws existing legal ebikes on the throttle. It sets up a brand new statewide black-market place. So are you getting all of this now. Are you understanding what is going on? Instead of offering what consumers wanted, the Pedelec companies decided to kill a free market along the lines of what Obamacare did to freedom of choice in the healthcare industry. In fact Obama’s national ebike policies influenced heavily on AB1096. This means that instead of serious ebikes as transportation, they will now be a slow, high maintenance hobby for sport and nothing more.

So it is time to point the consumers in the right direction and there are two here that kill the Pedelec company’s profits while still rendering freedom of choice for consumers. By not supporting companies like Pedego or Currie Tech among a whole host of others, you will be sending a strong message that you want a free market. They have for all intents and purposes killed zero polluting throttle ebikes for practicality so here is what to decide and do.

Their big main selling points are pedaling up a hill easily and into the wind. Ready?

If you must pedal, save your money, honestly. If you want a decent workout, goto Walmart or Target or Amazon.com online and buy a Schwinn or Huffy 21 speed hybrid or road racer. I priced the Schwinn at $327.00 on sale at Walmart. You get an endless range, low maintenance and you can pedal as fast as you want. No 20MPH or even 28MPH restrictions here. Get a higher speed pedal bicycle and you can get to 35MPH or even 40MPH and guess what. You can go 50MPH legally on the bicycle paths on your pedal bike…never needs new batteries. How’s that for pedaling? Now lets look at the steep hills, high winds and the air in your face experience that throttle ebikes would have provided you.

Moped, Scooter or better yet, used Motorcycle. I recently priced out a used Harley Sportster at $2800.00 low miles too. Endless range, makes enough noise to let drivers know when you are nearby. Gets you through any high winds or up any road hills with ease. Doesn’t require hours of recharge time, just 5 minutes or less to tank up at a nearest filling station and you get hundreds of miles of riding. Yes does require a license M1 on your Driver’s license is best. About $150.00 a year for insurance. After that, you will never worry about electric bicycles again.

Pedelecs cannot keep up with these other competitive outlets and since the state of California has criminalized zero-polluting green energy bikes, why not go the other outlets potential cyclists. Pedal instead of pedelecs, save money, frustration and time, endless range too as fast as you can pedal. For the air in your face, twist throttle a bit more initially but once done, you won’t regret it. Let Pedelec companies have the bike paths at 20mph and yes there will be the green commie schmucks who think they are wonderful pedaling at 20mph on a bike path. Of course the cyclists doing 30mph will laugh at them for the Pedelec Putzes they really are and laugh at them for being stupid enough to buy a product by companies that just committed suicide on themselves because they had to use a state legislature to fix a marketplace that doesn’t want their products overall. That is how you kill the current EBike industry, don’t buy their products, save you monies and buy the other competing products regular bicycle, a gasoline powered bicycle kit or a motorcycle class ride. You won’t regret and by putting Pedelec companies out of business, you will as a customer restored your freedom of choice that these evil companies tried to steal from you.

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California Deflates Green Transportation

AB1096 a new bill in the California Assembly is about to kill the electric bicycle industry long term for the short term profits of niche ebike pedal assist manufacturers. Now before I go any further, let me explain who and what they are, their products and so forth.

Electric bicycles are an industry still in its infancy and there are several flavors to them. When we think of electric bikes we think of the twist throttle and off you go and that is actually the bulk industry for now. But on the small niche side with weak sales are the slow bikes mainly that require pedal assist. The niche market in this case accounts for about 5% of all ebike sales, as most ebike purchasers spend their dollars on a fast twist throttle bike with range and speed. This is what the market dictates. Unhappy with their sloping sales of niche bikes, the sparse manufacturers of these slow pedal only bikes wants to corner the market and own it for mainly their own products. They are doing this to mainly kill the bulk ebike marketplace for their own short term financial gains. Here, let me show you what types of products I am talking about.

$3500.00 for the average Pedal Assist bicycle. Maximum speed about 20mph, range with pedaling about 12 to 15 miles.

What you notice is that in the video above this is mainly sports equipment more than it is viable transportation. It won’t necessarily replace a car on the road, but there are bikes that can, some are not super fast and some are. These are essentially throttle bikes. Many have a pedal assist option as well, something to note here. Let us see one in action. A slower throttle bike.

The next bike is still a slower throttle ebike with pedal assist.

Now let us see something far more serious that is legal where it is being used as serious transportation. These bikes can travel with cars.

Notice that in other countries this is legal, in California which proclaims itself the greenest state in green America, you are a criminal for riding this. Just a point to note but it is gonna get much worse now, I’ll explain.

So Currie Technologies a niche ebike manufacturer with slumping sales had decided that since Sacramento is so corrupted, let us get a bill to an assemblyman who will pass it on our behalf. What will our bill AB1096 do?

Well for starters it will ban off-road hi-speed electric bicycles thus killing our competition for fast built American ebikes like Hipower Cycles for example. Here, take a look at just one innovative product HiPower Cycles has made for mainly off road usage.

That’s right off-road ebikes killed by its competitor thru a corrupted California State Assemblyman ‘David Chiu’ (God Bless Me) and it gets worse. Boy oh boy, if I ever needed a Kleenex to wipe the political snot, it sure was now. So here is what the bill does. It clutters up the ebike code creaters tiers of ebike types, allows Curries products exclusive usage of all bicycle paths like pedal bikes, bans all other typs from bike paths and for faster electric bicycles states they must use a small motor and ride in traffic on the street pavement with cars at no more than 20MPH. 20 miles per hour in front of car drivers on the street since they will be banned even from bike lanes, are you frigging kidding me?

This bill will create road rage with motorists and get ebikers killed. It doesn’t stop there folks, oh no.

The bill also criminalizes all current legal ebikes that have a 1kw motor and can be forced to a 20mph speed limit, yes you heard me right. Through a brand new manufacturers only sticker program if an ebike does not have that sticker it is ILLEGAL!!! So if you bought a kit and built your own or upgraded an older ebike to a 1kw setup it is effectively OUTLAWED and you are a CRIMINAL for riding a ZERO polluting electric bicycle. This is what Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu (God Bless Me) and to a lesser extent another assemblyman Republican Matthew Harper are behind and pushing and why? Because the zero polluting ebike industry which is struggling already and still in its infancy must have a company like Currie come in and buy legislation to protect their business interests short term against the environment, transportation and a free open competitive market place and this is what AB1096 does.

So okay, Currie is committing suicide on itself long term with this shopped around bill to soon become law. Actually Currie is also killing the entire ebike industry at least in the case of the greenest state of them all, ‘California.’ How? Great question.

Let us look at the bigger picture here. Why does anyone need to buy an electric bicycle versus other types of transportation? Electric bikes are expensive. On average expect to spend thousands for one pedal assist or throttle. They require average charge times of about 3 to 6 hours. They have on average a 10 to 20 mile range, they can go no faster than 20mph on the street with me so far? Now let us look at Gasoline powered bikes.

A gasoline powered bicycle can have up to a 48cc motor, is rewarded with up to 30MPH road speeds, takes less than 3 minutes to tank up half a gallon of gasoline at any service station, has a range of 125miles per half tank of gasoline. Cost, a Beach Cruiser $100.00 and a full engine kit about $260.00 for a grand total of $360.00 And it gets even worse for EBike owners or potential owners.

Carbon pedal bikes. Lightweight, they can get a cyclist pedaling with a Carbon full frame and about 30gear speeds up to nearly 50MPH and have an endless range as well, as long as you can pedal them. Cost between $350.00 for cheaper ones to $11,00.00 dollars and up.

Electric Motorcycles. Range 125 miles per charge, charging time about 2 hours, cost about $8,000 on up.

Traditional Motorcycle about $5000.00 for a basic cruiser model, Harley’s are more 😉

Small car, prices vary. You can find a small old clunker for as little as $500.00

So the basic question is why would many folks want to spend a grand or more for an electric bicycle and thus lies the bigger scheme of things. Instead of killing an industry on near life support for the benefit of a few niche market companies, what is seriously needed here is what I proposed to the State and also the City of Los Angeles. Open all bike paths and bike lanes regardless of ebike motor size or top speed. Regulate the riding places with a speed limit sign for all cyclists. Much like a Corvette is allowed to ride in a 35mph zone same deal for bikes. Allow ebikes for off road and trail usage, better than polluting gas powered bikes.

Unfortunately AB1096 if it has not, will pass and you can blame corruption for killing more of the environment creating more road congestion, causing more costs per road repair and especially blame Currie and David Chiu (God Bless Me) for any street deaths of electric bike cyclists who were forced onto the street to fall victim of car driver’s with road rage when they obeyed this corrupted and very dangerous and destructive self serving law paid for by a small niche manufacturer of ebike pedal assist bicycles.

There is no grandfather law in this to protect those who legally invested in and complied with the state laws before this bill passed which it has as of April 29th where it goes to the senate. The state of California will also issue special stickers to specified manufacturers of slow ebikes in California. Any ebike not having a sticker will be come criminalized contraband subject to confiscation. The great conflict of interest in killing a statewide free market, future technologies and limiting customers to choices is because of the CEO of Currie Technologies buying the state of California to do what his company and that of other struggling pedal-assist only and slow ebikes are finding in the free market so they got this assemblyman to regulate the marketplace in my estimation for their corporate profits including against green actual real transportation. This is raw naked government corruption at its finest where everyone suffers for the benefit of a very few.

In my estimation, any electric bike cyclist who is injured should immediately sue Currie Technologies, their CEO, his cycling committee and demand that corrupted State Assemblymen like Matthew Harper and David Chiu (God Bless Me) are swept from power on corruption charges and face jail time for murder charges of those cyclists…It’s best for the green environment!

David Chiu (God Bless Me)

 

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