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ziq wrote

Or just use your legs and stop burning oil for no reason.

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Spdrpg wrote

Not everyone can use their legs for cycling. Think about elder people, who loved cycling for their whole life, but simply because of physical conditions it's not the same anymore. e-Bikes can help them to have the same feeling with less effort.

It's just one example

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ziq wrote (edited )

It's unlikely an elderly person with mobility issues or a disabled person would use a folding bike, they'd use a mobility scooter or a wheelchair. Folding bikes have a very specific target audience and it's not the people you're talking about.

Also, https://www.brompton.com/ is the only folder worth a damn.

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mofongo wrote

Yep, lifting my leg to get in or out of the shower is very painful, I certainly think twice before riding a bike only for how high I need to lift my leg to get on the seat.

Also, the cheapest of those bikes you linked costs a year salary, so I don't think I would get one unless I'd find it on the trash.

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ziq wrote (edited )

So do the bikes in OP's link (decent electric bikes are much more expensive than regular bikes).

And you still pedal an electric bike, so they wouldn't be suitable for you either if you have a bad leg.

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mofongo wrote

Only that? I thought an electric bike could be used as a motorbike if you got tired or something. I guess I'll stay with my BMdouble feet.

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ziq wrote (edited )

The batteries are pretty tiny, especially in a folding model, and in anything that costs less than $3000. They're also much heavier (and louder) than a regular bike, so when the battery runs out, you have to pedal harder. I live in the mountains where the roads are steep as fuck, so none of the ebikes in the link would work there.

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Spdrpg wrote

What you are saying is true. However, he was simply referring to bikes with electric assistance.

Brompton bikes are good, that's not a question. On the other hand, you also have to pay more. I have tried all those bikes on the list they were all quite impressive for the price tag.

You can always buy better, but if you have limited budget, these are good choices.

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ziq wrote (edited )

Also always buy used. There's no way to frame a new bike as 'green' with all the fossil fuels and mining involved to make it.

they're well out of my price range even used:

https://www.ebay.ie/itm/BROMPTON-BIKE-M3L-IN-RED-WORLDWIDE-POSTAGE-C/253741898592

but the yuppies who buy these things could afford that for sure. And they will actually use it because the folding mechanism works so well, while other brands are cumbersome. Idk what used electric bromptons cost, but I imagine it's something close to the new ebikes reviewed in the link.

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ziq wrote (edited )

And if you really want to be green, use a skateboard. They're much more portable anyway. Dragging a bike around with you everywhere is a pain.

I have a Flexdex Grenade 23 Mini that I used everyday before I moved to a rural area without paved roads.