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  • I don't think I have ever ridden 45kmh in London, outside of a velodrome, race track or Regents Park chain gang.

    I have in loads of places. For example when getting green lights going doing Archway Road from Highgate tube. Yet to get flashed by the speed camera, not sure I've got a big enough radar reflection or if I need to be going faster.

  • Going downhills I have done the same.

  • I’m not sure that holds up though. It is designed by a company with a track record for building useable bikes.

  • I don't see why a 45km/h bike shouldn't be allowed to use a cycle lane, that's not any faster than a lot of people ride anyway. Yes the brakes need to be maintained well (I heard in the UK it is mandatory for L1e-B vehicle to have a MOT lol) and I agree that riders should have some kind of mandatory training.

    I think key matter when it comes to safety is your speed vis-a-vis that of other traffic. At 45kmh, your speed is much closer to that of motorised traffic rather than other pedal users (which potentially include children in cycle lanes).

    Whilst it may take a fair bit of effort currently to get up to 45kmh on an ebike, if thats where you set the regulatory ceiling, youll find that manufacturers aim for that in due course (tech is moving fast in this sector)

  • I know I am looking at this through a fairly narrow London lens, but most of the time traffic isn't moving at 30mph either.

  • I guess I have mixed feelings about cycle lanes from a personal level but see them as important for those people who are less confident (eg children) and less able (eg parents with two children in child seats).

    Majority of people on this forum are fit and able but my view is that I want cycle infrastructure aimed more at people who cycle rather than cyclists. This way I'm more likely to have friends who don't cycle come out with me on two wheeled adventures.

    I know there is the case to be made for the less confident and less able using ebikes but the cost of these bikes puts them out of reach of the less wealthy.

  • Come out to zone 5. Plenty of driverists going faster than 30 all over the place :(

  • Majority of people on this forum are fit and able but my view is that I want cycle infrastructure aimed more at people who cycle rather than cyclists. This way I'm more likely to have friends who don't cycle come out with me on two wheeled adventures.

    Why not do a 100 miler at 17mph with the boys then chill on eCargo in normal clothes on the same day?

    Thats what I do but instead of 100 miles its 30 these days.

    Point is; people can be both, I actually kinda hate cyclists.

  • I guess I have mixed feelings about cycle lanes from a personal level but see them as important for those people who are less confident (eg children) and less able (eg parents with two children in child seats).

    This 100%. Anyone doing anything near 45kmh shouldn't be anywhere near cycle lanes - motor or not.

  • Why not do a 100 miler at 17mph with the boys then chill on eCargo in normal clothes on the same day?

    Not sure which thread to quote this in, but feel like it needs quoting somewhere.

  • As for deliveroo riders, yeah bound to happen. Many are riding legit e bikes (and then be hacked), others just put together some far east express parts and use a hand throttle. That part of it isn't the worst. Its the absolute POS bikes they fit them to that don't have brakes capable of stopping very well even when new (£89.99 of argo's finest with a £600 500w kit attached with zip ties). Regularly get them in the shop with punctures, but unless they commit to £££ brake upgrades

    I used to see those when I worked in a shop, and aside from proper maintenance, all those bikes really needed was a Shimano hydraulic front brake, $30.

    Oh, and a motherfucking plug so the rear wheel can be removed from the bike without busting out a fucking soldering iron.

    They're total shit, but the cable discs and hardwired motor are just utterly beyond the pale.

  • No I mean the ones that have Canti bosses, and then the worlds lowest £ plastic bodied v brake with plastic brake pads and steel cables that are corroded to death when you get them out of the box. 100% guaranteed to cause harm and injure pedestrians and anyone else who gets near one, and that was before they had a cheap motor kit zip tied onto them.

    Mate's building burned down a few year ago due to one of these things being charged up in a neighbouring flat. Lost everything and insurance took 2 years to even vaguely settle some of his lifes collection of things. The flat with the fire wasn't properly insured, the individual not a proper resident or on any contract, and the bike/ekit that caused it not approved for use anywhere, so ended up his own insurance company taking the full hit (and the landlords, and the other flat owners/tenants) due to one crappy e bike kit.

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