Livefyre Profile

Activity Stream

@HowGreenIsMyClay You are right about everything other than the number of ebikes currently "out there."  You are off by roughly an order of magnitude.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 million electric bicycles have been sold in China.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

@NickJohnston @DonaldHiteActually, according to US Federal law and most state laws as well, ebikes are considered to be bicycles.  You may not consider them to be bicycles, but many people and most legislative bodies do.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

@NickJohnston @ForbesBlackMy point is that focusing on ebikes vs regular bikes is entirely invalid.  They are very different tools designed for very different purposes.  It is comparing apples to oranges.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

I note with some interest that, in his bio, the author lists his main job to be working as a reporter in Abu Dhabi.  It may be a stretch to link his work in a country that owes all its wealth to oil production to an article that unfairly criticizes electric vehicles, but the possibility is worth considering.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

@NickJohnston BTW, Nick, I do appreciate your rational approach to questions brought up in the article and in my response.  Apologies if I came off as overly combative in my initial response to you.


6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

@NickJohnston @ForbesBlackSee my response to your identical post, above.  Why wouldn't you compare an ebike to an SUV?  They are both used primarily as commuter vehicles in the USA.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

@NickJohnston @ForbesBlackWhy wouldn't you compare ebikes to SUVs?  They both serve the same purpose, basic transportation, and ebikes do so in a radically more efficient way.  Ebikes also allow commuters to get some exercise and to enjoy a closer connection to the world around them.


Bikes, on the other hand, are not generally used for this purpose in the USA.  Most bicycles used in the USA are used for recreational purposes.  Comparing a transportation tool like and ebike to a piece of recreational equipment like a bicycle makes far less sense than does comparing an ebike to an SUV.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

@NickJohnston"Its trying to reinvent the motorcycle."  Yes.  That is the point.  The ebike is a re-invention of the motorcycle, which was originally a design that put an engine on a bicycle.  In the case of the ebike, it is re-inventing this basic design to give people a healthy, low-power, environmentally-friendly option for commuting and other transportation needs.  Commuters on ebikes are less lazy than commuters in SUVs.  Why do people lose sight of that?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply

Gosh, you are right!  Let's keep spewing global warming gasses and other pollutants out of the tailpipes of our SUVs, destroying the planet in the process, rather than commuting on vehicles that can be powered solely by a small solar panel on the roof of a house.  In fact, let's convince the hundreds of millions of Chinese people who have bought ebikes that they should trade them in for cars so we make sure the planet has no chance to survive.

To say the author missed all the major points of why commuters should switch from cars and SUVs to ebikes would be a drastic understatement.  "Outside" should be embarrassed to be associated with drivel such as this.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Why-E-Bikes-Are-Terrible-For-You.html

Reply