Linked by David Adams on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I had the chance to attend the bike industry’s annual DealerCamp in my hometown of Park City, Utah last week. It’s an event where dealers and manufacturers can meet up, and everyone can try the latest bicycle technology on the roads and trails. While there, I took a particular interest in electric bicycles, which were represented by several vendors. Electric bicycle tech has made some major strides in the past few years, but still has a long way to go, in particular on the software side.
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impractical
by unclefester on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 08:17 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

A 50cc 2 stroke scooter is cheaper, much faster (50-70km/h), has a 200+km range, has a much better carrying capacity and is far more comfortable.

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RE: impractical
by Nth_Man on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 08:29 in reply to "impractical "
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2010-05-16

Maybe they are trying to reduce pollution, get in a better shape, improve their health, etc. while they go to work, for example.

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RE[2]: impractical
by unclefester on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 09:02 in reply to "RE: impractical "
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

You get no health benefit unless you pedal the bike yourself.

Batteries have a short effective lifespan (~1000 charges). Processing rare earths to make electric motor magnets is extremely hazardous and highly polluting.

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RE: impractical
by Splinter on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 09:17 in reply to "impractical "
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2005-07-13

You do know he was using a mountain bike in forest trails. I don't think the cheap scooter would do that.

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