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Hi guys,

So I have been thinking about this for a while, what are the benefits of having an EUC over a bicycle in a city ?

I have been riding a bicycle for about 15 years, it was my main mean of transportation, in my city there are numerous bike lanes so it's not a continuous danger by having to ride on the road. The EUC does almost everything a bicycle does, but it's more expensive, but here a few things I considered.

First, an EUC is fun to ride, you get something you don't get when riding a bicycle, this is an obvious point. I had several E-bikes before getting an EUC, E-bikes are fun but they had a major flaw : they are attractive. I wasn't taking it out for anything else than a short meeting, or a trip where it will always be with me, and even by leaving it a few dozen of minutes, it got scratched by others...I also had a few "normal" bicycles that got stolen, one even got broken on purpose in the basement of my building.

As for the cost of a normal bicycle, if I want something usable and practical I have to spend about 300-400$ on it, with the risk of it getting stoled, I would say I had 1 bicycle sotlen every 2 years, plus the maintenance that cost about 50-100$ per year.

With an EUC, I bring it everywhere, in a store, at the cinema, while shopping..while the bicycles has to stay outside, even when at home, there is a risk of getting a bicycle stolen while it's not going to happen with your EUC, and if I decide to bring my bicycle in my appartment, then it's taking a lot of space, while the EUC takes a more reasonable space.

The other major advantage I see for EUC, is that it has a better range than most bicycles, I mean not that many people ride 50km. E-bikes do have this kind of range too though.

I think I also go out more often on my EUC just to ride, alone, with girflriend, with a friend...just for fun ! I have also done it on a regular bicycle but not that often, and I was always limited in range.

I see three disadvantages with an EUC however, I think they cost more than a regular bicycle, and they don't like the rain, I know riding under heavy rain with a bicycle isn't fun, but there is no risk of a shortcut, and finally you don't do any physical exercice but that's not the point on a bicycle in general.

What do you think ? Some of you guys decided to abandon your bicycle for an EUC ?

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Smaller (take it with you/on train/etc).

Faster.

No effort! As a result, more usage (exploration etc).

My old bike was stolen but I plan to use the EUC for joy rides where I might have used a bike instead (or not done them at all). For "serious" rides (aka city) I'd like the legal situation to catch up first.

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51 minutes ago, Pingouin said:

Hi guys,

So I have been thinking about this for a while, what are the benefits of having an EUC over a bicycle in a city ?

I have been riding a bicycle for about 15 years, it was my main mean of transportation, in my city there are numerous bike lanes so it's not a continuous danger by having to ride on the road. The EUC does almost everything a bicycle does, but it's more expensive, but here a few things I considered.

It's all relative... Being a cheapskate, I could never spend that much on a bicycle, but I know a person who bought a road bike that cost something like upwards of 4000€... :P 

 

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First, an EUC is fun to ride, you get something you don't get when riding a bicycle, this is an obvious point. I had several E-bikes before getting an EUC, E-bikes are fun but they had a major flaw : they are attractive. I wasn't taking it out for anything else than a short meeting, or a trip where it will always be with me, and even by leaving it a few dozen of minutes, it got scratched by others...I also had a few "normal" bicycles that got stolen, one even got broken on purpose in the basement of my building.

As for the cost of a normal bicycle, if I want something usable and practical I have to spend about 300-400$ on it, with the risk of it getting stoled, I would say I had 1 bicycle sotlen every 2 years, plus the maintenance that cost about 50-100$ per year.

I've never had any of my bikes stolen, but I see the point. Still, an EUC could be as easily stolen were you to leave it locked on a bike-rack (typical bike-locks are relatively easy to break). For maintenance costs, that also can vary a lot. I've had bikes unmaintained for years that worked just fine ("foot" brakes, no gears or shaft drive), others needed tweaking of the gear-system at least yearly (sprocket gears, hand brakes).

 

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With an EUC, I bring it everywhere, in a store, at the cinema, while shopping..while the bicycles has to stay outside, even when at home, there is a risk of getting a bicycle stolen while it's not going to happen with your EUC, and if I decide to bring my bicycle in my appartment, then it's taking a lot of space, while the EUC takes a more reasonable space.

That's mainly a question of whether or not you leave your bike outside. Again, EUC could be stolen pretty much as easily if left outside, but it does save space.

 

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The other major advantage I see for EUC, is that it has a better range than most bicycles, I mean not that many people ride 50km. E-bikes do have this kind of range too though.

I've ridden laps up to 75km in one go and used to ride at least one 50km in-one-go -lap per week (not in the recent years though, I'm actually quite out of shape right now :P), but yeah, I could see it being an issue.  EDIT: With a bike, not EUC, in case it wasn't obvious ;) 

 

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I think I also go out more often on my EUC just to ride, alone, with girflriend, with a friend...just for fun ! I have also done it on a regular bicycle but not that often, and I was always limited in range.

I've had friends riding bikes, but never anyone with an EUC. Last summer when there was the chance, I didn't have a working wheel though, so... :P 

 

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I see three disadvantages with an EUC however, I think they cost more than a regular bicycle, and they don't like the rain, I know riding under heavy rain with a bicycle isn't fun, but there is no risk of a shortcut, and finally you don't do any physical exercice but that's not the point on a bicycle in general.

Bikes have the advantage that they're muscle powered (never had one, but I think you can pedal an e-bike just fine if it's out of power? probably weighs a lot more than normal though), and even if you suffer a flat tire, it's relatively easy to push it back home. With an EUC, I can't see myself dragging the damn thing for, say, 10km back home, as it can't be carried or pushed easily without power, probably not even with a trolley handle.

 

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What do you think ? Some of you guys decided to abandon your bicycle for an EUC ?

Well, I think I'm a bit incapable of answering this, as I no more have really the need of traveling on a bicycle (or EUC for that matter) unless I simply want to. I'd prefer EUC, of course, but bikes do have their advantages too (see above ;)).

The above is not meant to argue that bikes are better than EUCs (or the other way around), just give some "opposite" arguments, food for thought or something :P

EDIT: One clear advantage bikes have: you can ride it relatively safely intoxicated (well, up to a point), unlike an EUC :D

 

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17 hours ago, esaj said:

One clear advantage bikes have: you can ride it relatively safely intoxicated (well, up to a point), unlike an EUC :D

 

That's interesting, because I feel quite the opposite! Bikes are harder to keep "straight and level" when inebriated, whereas EUC:s become even more of an extension of oneself than normal. Maybe that's just me, though. :P

Edit: It just came to me that maybe people have different ideas of what a "bike" is. The bike I've been riding the most for the last few years is a road bike with a pretty short trail (meaning the head angle is closer to 90° than it normally is for, say, a mountin bike).

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For commute to work, the EUC is easier to take on/off the bus.  A bicycle has to be loaded onto a special frame on the front of the bus which seems pretty awkward.

I don't arrive at work sweaty.

Once at the office, I take it straight to my desk.  Bikes are parked in a bike cage in the parking garage.

Coming home, I go up a long hill - which isn't easy for the EUC, but is a real workout on a bike.

And let's face it... EUCs are way cooler.  When was the last time someone stopped you and asked about your bike?

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Bikes require constant human effort, wheels... do not.

Yes, bikes can be pushed home if you get a flat, but EUC's fit quite nicely into taxis, should the same happen to them :)

For me the only area where a bike is truly winning is in its legality, and its use for exercise.  

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1 minute ago, Cerbera said:

For me the only area where a bike is truly winning is in its legality, and its use for exercise.

Well, to be fair to the bike...

  • An EUC turns into a brick when the battery goes dead.  (I forgot to charge mine one night, and it couldn't make it up the hill on day 2.)
  • I think that the risk of accident and injury are much lower on a bike.  I know someone who seriously face-planted on a bike, but that's a bizarre rarity.
  • It's easier to carry things on a bike with saddle bags, basket, or rack.  So grocery shopping is more practical.

But all in all, for short in-town sprints, the EUC is awesome.

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 Easy for me as is apples and oranges.

Riding rough trails on my mountain bike is by far my prefered cardio workout, which is simply not possible with an EUC as does not get ones heart to rate.

Also not the same to ride a road bike for an hour for excersize compared to an EUC.

That said still super fun to EUC for fun but not  heart work out.

With out exagerating to much I use each almost every day but I would say if I was to comute and had to choose it would depend on EXACTLY where and the route.

I am sure some would be just fine to EUC where others would be much better suited to bikes.

If I remember well I once read that a fit man on a good bike is one of the most if not the most effiecient machines known to man.

So that is just fun to consider IMHO.

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Thanks for all of your replies !

I was thinking of the advantages of EUC over bicycles to go to work, to have fun, not so much to get muscles, I have been riding bicycles all the time for years and even with exercice I was never able to get to work without sweating, unlike with EUC. I don't see EUC as a sport, but more of an object that gives you freedom of going effortlessly wherever you wanna go.

When comparing them to E-bikes, they are more fun, and they take so much less place, and are more practical, and they don't get stolen that easily, an E-bike can still go on with no battery but at least for mine, it's a huge pain in the a**, and most good E-bikes are a little more expensive than EUC.

I never let my EUC outside, it draws too much attention ^^

On 17/03/2017 at 10:56 PM, esaj said:

That's mainly a question of whether or not you leave your bike outside. Again, EUC could be stolen pretty much as easily if left outside, but it does save space.

I've had friends riding bikes, but never anyone with an EUC. Last summer when there was the chance, I didn't have a working wheel though, so... :P 

Bikes have the advantage that they're muscle powered (never had one, but I think you can pedal an e-bike just fine if it's out of power? probably weighs a lot more than normal though), and even if you suffer a flat tire, it's relatively easy to push it back home. With an EUC, I can't see myself dragging the damn thing for, say, 10km back home, as it can't be carried or pushed easily without power, probably not even with a trolley handle.

 

 

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On 19 March 2017 at 4:54 PM, Pingouin said:

I don't see EUC as a sport, but more of an object that gives you freedom of going effortlessly wherever you wanna go.

To me, EUC is also sport. But it's not right to compare it with biking (as a sport). It's something in the different category. Maybe in the motor sports. :) 

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On 17/3/2017 at 10:18 PM, Pingouin said:

What do you think ? Some of you guys decided to abandon your bicycle for an EUC ?

I abandon my ebike because I needed a replacement. After get the euc I also ready to replace my motorcycle. The advantage is the ability to ride wherever you walk, is not a vehicle is a extension of the body. No worries or time expend in parking, no need of special wearing, low maintenance, half chances of puncture, work nicely with wheel barrow, trolleys, and even can manage a motorcycle rescue. The possibilities are endless.

The bike is a well designed machine perfected along decades, ebike are the last evolution and they are really outplaying the euc in performance but keeping being a bike with his handicap

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I use my bike and my 14" EUC often. For most situations, I have a clear preference.

For trips under a mile, I use my EUC. This gives me the option of carrying my EUC with me, instead of locking up. I also get free reign of the sidewalk (no one seems to walk in my neighborhood), rather than having to deal with cars on the road.

If I'm carrying more than I can fit in a backpack, I use my EUC. It took a bit of practice, but any load I can walk with, I can now carry with me on my EUC.

If I'm taking public transport, I use my EUC. Even though buses have bike racks. It's just simpler.

If it's raining, I use my EUC. I find it easier to keep my feet dry on an EUC, though I haven't really shopped around for wet-weather biking gear. I can also use the wet-weather wear I already own (which would be too warm or too baggy for a bicycle). It's also frustrating to do 10-15 minute commutes in the cold on my bicycle, since I spend the first half being too cold, and the next half being too warm. On an EUC, I can dress warmly and not care. This can be alleviated if my bike is electric, though.

For any trip over 15 miles, I take my bike (quite a no-brainer). For routes where most of my trip has no sidewalk or dedicated bike path, I use my bike - I don't think cars quite know what to do with an EUC on the road.

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