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Old 04-13-2018, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rental Electric Bicycles coming here.

Amazing how far ahead of the crowd we have been on EM! San Francisco/Silicon Valley have these rental bikes already(and e-scooters - I think) We will soon have JUMP electric bikes (owned by Uber who just bought from Progressive Bicycles). Many people are not happy about this and want to ban these from some areas. I am glad that I went from a scrub motor on the tire, to a bolt-on "can" motor, to a hub motor in the rim before anyone complained!

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Have you seen the pics of the MOUNTAIN of thousands of Chinese bike share bikes being piled up when one or two companies went bust? Whatever region that was, the market was swamped.

Not directly equating to the Uber thing.... just thought of it.
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Why do they want to ban them? I can think of lots of little reasons, but nothing specific stands out.

Our nut-job mayor brought in a bunch of free-to-use pedal bicycles. You can find the randomly sitting around town everywhere, only rarely moving. Some have been stripped for parts...
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They ban them because the pedal only gang likes their space and their special lanes and paths they have gotten everyone else to pay for. If suddenly you had 10 times as many using bikes because they were no longer the stuff of sweaty chests and bicycle shorts what then? Every community has it's snobs but the bicycle community is one of the higher offenders. Same thing with mountain bikers big push to keep ebikes completely off forest service land. They are very short sighted IMO, you want as much multiple use as many places as possible. Otherwise the powers that want nobody at all in the forest will keep picking off user groups one by one. Hikers will say, I didn't complain when they closed the road because I didn't have a car. I didn't complain when they banned bikes because I didn't have a bike. I didn't complain when they banned horses because I didn't have a horse. When they banned hiking nobody was left to stand up for me... most probably thought Good! You didn't stand up for me when they kicked me out either!
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I would feel frustrated if I exhausted myself climbing a rock face without gear and then Mr. Spock came and annoyed me in his rocket boots.
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Only two weeks into the experiment, broken and dead scooters seem to litter the city’s walking paths and sidewalks.
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We made a plan to ride into the Mission district to get the best burritos in the city at La Taqueria. [...] It was a great plan, and it would have worked if the scooters had worked. The problems started from the very first block, as Rick’s Bird did not have strong enough brakes to stop the thing down one of the city’s numerous hills. He managed to Flintstone-brake the scooter a few blocks until we got to Mikey’s apartment, where he quickly traded out for another Bird.
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Over the course of the next hour we encountered the following:

1. A Bird that the app said was there but was not.

2. A Bird that we could unlock, but would not accelerate.

3. Two more Spin units that needed service

4. A Bird that could not communicate with the network.

5. A Lime-S that could go no faster than walking pace.
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In the end, we decided to abandon the endeavor and take a Lyft instead.
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I would feel frustrated if I exhausted myself climbing a rock face without gear and then Mr. Spock came and annoyed me in his rocket boots.
In the city of course that wouldn't apply and the opposition is just as bad there as well. In the forest just learn to move on. Are you going to be equally upset when you break a femur and they come in with ATVs and a helicopter? People need to learn not to worry so much about what other people are doing, live and let live.

The rocket shoe thing in star trek land was silly even on its face. You could just beam to any spot you wanted on the planet barefoot if you wanted.

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