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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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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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E-Bicycle Crap

So there is this firm in Chatsworth California and they make what Lauren Sanchez loves, her izip custom bike. They also make the cheaper ezip. Now from my dealings going out there, I have found them somewhat hostile. The girl on the phone was nice, mind you to me, but this big black woman put her hands on her sides and was just plain vicious.

The problem with the Currie system is numerous, too numerous to discuss, but here is my adventure with the Men’s Ezip Trailz.

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Ezip Men’s Diamond Frame Trailz by Currie.

First off, the quality of what is built won’t last more than a few years. The lead acid battery weighs in at over 18 pounds and two are 36 pounds. That is a tremendous amount of weight plus the rider on the back tire which is why the back tire wears out faster with two batts instead of one. The batteries being heavy bob up and down with every little road bump or worse on trails off-road. This can break the electrical connector in the battery mount rendering the system broken. The more bumps on the road, sidewalk or off-trail you get, the faster the condition can happen.

The battery life span is also about 6 months to a year and then you are looking at per battery pack about 140 dollars with shipping and tax give or take a few bucks. The system seems to be designed on the lead acid batteries to make sales for Currie, longer on their lithium batteries.

Then there are the front suspension forks. Mine started leaking oil after about two months of limited road usage. They still soak up bumps but not like they used to.
The 24volt motor on this machine also is not only very noisy, but uses older technology (as of this writing) brushes. These wear out after a year or two and the motor must be replaced, again almost a hundred bucks for new parts.

I have read elsewhere on the net that the wheels have a want to rust out early because of their quality. It has evidently happened more than once to folks. This bike is entry level to Ebikes and costs about 400 dollars though prices can be had lower elsewhere if you are at the right place at the right time. While new bikes are nice and feel good from the start in the long run you may regret having spent your hard earned cash unless you are as wealthy as Misses Sanchez is 😉 and then you can buy a rocket bike for God Sakes!!

My suggestion is if you are starting out, it would cost over a grand but last the longest. Get a decent quality Mountain Bike and then install a Papamotors kit on it. They sell complete kits and the install is quite straight forward. Considering you are half the price to a kit and there are many strong MTN. Bikes out there already, this would be the best route. It bypasses you buying something that gives less performance and over time makes up for much of the difference I just recommended. Here are some links to help you get started.

Papamotors recommends the Giant ATX bike but there are many others and oh, you can install their kits on many varying bikes like a beach cruiser for example, so you are not entirely limited, something to remember.

http://www.electric-bikekit.com/ <—Papa Motors

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/

How easy is the Papamotors kit to install?

In the end, this is the best advice you will get from experience and the most honest as well. Telling it as it always is.

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So lets talk Green!

Okay so you probably didn’t know besides my big white Lincoln I also like green things like for example E-Bikes and E-Bike technology. This weekend I mentioned my Ezip on twitter and someone asked what is that.

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Stock Ezip Trailz Men’s Ebike

That black thing on the back side is a 24 volt SLA (Single Lead Acid – Battery) and it can move at a throttle twist at exactly 18mph give or take with a new battery range of around 12 to 14 miles which decreases over time. Of course my own version has been customized with Stingray handlebars a softer gel seat, strobbing lights and yes, a music player so I can listen to endless tunes while riding.


So riding excursions for me are a true pleasure. Pedaling and when I get tired, just twist the throttle and go. It makes the local bike paths fun and to a certain degree gives me some much needed exercise when I am not writing books and publishing them per se.

Nice hobby you say and I am doing my part for the environment. While both are true it takes place in the greenest state anywhere, California of all places. Now in California they are trying to push green technology everywhere right? I mean we hear this almost daily about the environment this and the environment that so you would think they would embrace the latest green technology and take the quick path to reducing, say an automobile on the road, right? Wrong!

There are newer variants of that EBike above such as the Australian built Stealth Bikes. Now why isn’t California endorsing the Stealth Bikes? Another great question, because California will confiscate your stealth bike, fine you and ticket you and possibly throw you in jail for riding one. Not what you would expect from a state that bills itself as the green capitol of the world aye. And what is a stealth bike and who else can ride one? Also great questions.

If you are a Mexican citizen in Mexico you can own and operate this green technology on all roads without any policing issues. As mentioned, if you are an American citizen in California, the law comes after you big time and makes you a criminal which begs another question. Why does a Mexican citizen in Mexico have more freedoms than an American citizen in America especially when embracing green technology? Because California is a communist police state, that’s why and this proves it. So now, let us explore what is at the heart or crux of the issue here.

This Darth Vaderish appearing bike is an Australian Stealth Bike. Recharge time is approximately 2 hours. It has an 80 mile average level range between charges. Yes you heard me right, 80 miles average. It has a 10,000 watt system and get this, can hit speeds  at the top of 55 to 60 mph. That means it could conceivably ride the slow lanes of most freeways with cars.

Silent, lightweight and super fast acceleration it can pace most motorcycles and oh, if you ride one on an American street. Expect to see it confiscated by the authorities and you in jail or at the very least paying a fine. Not the Mexican citizen seen below in the film. So we now know the technology is here, real green technology. Are there “Fast Bike Laws” on the books yet? No! Because the very state of California that prides itself as a green leader also is one of the most hostile and vicious places to own and operate such technology. Watch this Mexican citizen below and then ask yourself why California doesn’t let you own and operate one as transportation.

Okay forgo speed lets shoot for distance. Say you need to go a long drive at 36mph view this below.
Again folks the technology is here for real Green travel, but the government in California and most states in the USA has become so repressive towards their citizens that they punish you instead of embracing laws to allow this technology for actual use as is occurring most elsewhere in the world.

In Colombia, they have more freedom than in California. Why’s that?
Check out the Colombian below riding his Stealth Bike.

If you could ride one in America, here is what it might be like.

Arrested below for riding an Ebike in America…never argue with a cop! They always win 😉

 

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