How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

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How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:51 pm

I've suffered injury's in a cycling accident and while I heal I have been lent an Ebike.

I'm wondering considering my injurys how difficult will it be to get the Ebike down the stairs and up the stairs?
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby thomashouseman » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:17 pm

Practice carrying it up a few flights of stairs?
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby Joeblake » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:42 pm

Ouch. Hope the injuries aren't "cycling threatening" too much. I guess it depends on the design of the e-bike. Assuming it has only got one motor (in the wheel?) that'll be "heavy" end, probably with the batteries in the centre for balance, so perhaps just lift the "light" end and wheel the bike on the heavy wheel. My "big" trike weighs in at about 38 kg, with the motor in the rear hub and the batteries low down under the seat. I CAN pick it up totally, but it's awkward (probably more so than a bicycle), so I usually wheel on the heavy wheel, and carry the front by the frame/wheel boom, when going through the door on the patio.

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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:50 am

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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby toolonglegs » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:11 am

Dude!...with those forx I would fully launch it!... I reckon you would hit the last ramp just perfect!.
Going up...full power!.
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby Ozkaban » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:15 am

toolonglegs wrote:Dude!...with those forx I would fully launch it!... I reckon you would hit the last ramp just perfect!.
Going up...full power!.


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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby trailgumby » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:21 am

Can't see the px from work, but I'd think the electric motor would give you some assistane going up, and the brakes would help going down. While not in the same league weight-wise, I've negotiated the stairs with a fully-laden set of panniers inclcuding laptop and chager, so would think you'd be OK - subject of course to your injuries.

Sorry to hear about the bingle, Mike. :( Hope you recover real soon.
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby sogood » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:29 am

mikesbytes wrote:Image

Noooo... I want a photo of you in full skin suit and other speed gears on that bike!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby gururug » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:18 pm

Down, no problem, feather the brake and walk it down.

Up the three flights from the north :shock: .......wait for a kind commuter???
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:19 pm

gururug, that was a strategy that crossed my mind, as I could carry the guys bike up with my left hand while they push the ebike up.

I took it for a test ride today and it kept cutting out, I'm going to have to admit defeat on taking it as far from home as the SHB
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby sogood » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:57 pm

Shame. Batteries die...
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby wombatK » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:11 pm

I've passed middle-aged women riding e-bikes across the Bridge. That doesn't spell
difficult to me, at least if we were talking about fit and healthy people. If you've
not moved too far off the super-fit and healthy end of the spectrum, it should
be a challenge you can relish.
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:53 pm

My legs are fine, its the upper body that's screwed, hence the concern about getting it up and down the stairs. I'm not suppose to use my right arm.
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby cachexian » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:58 am

As it's got throttle control, you should be just able to use that. I don't think you'll have any issues. My Ebike weighs around 30kg with the pannier full of work stuff attached to it and I've no troubles pushing it up the stairs. Front wheel spins a bit sometimes if I push the throttle too hard. You certainly won't need to lift it at all.

I've not yet tried riding up the ramp... :twisted:

I'd be more worried about the cutting out issue...

Make sure you've recently tried charging the battery. If it's drained, it'll cut out with the low voltage protection.

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How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:11 pm

I'm going to get the cutout issue looked at.

The throttle is on the right hand and it's my right collarbone that's broken, hence the complexity
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Re: How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby cachexian » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:00 am

What about this...
Stand on the right of the bike (I know it's all wrong isn't it:-)
Control the throttle and steer with your right hand
Hold the bike on the seat with your left hand doing all the work

In any case, I expect you'll find it easy enough - if you can't push the bike, I'm sure that one of your fellow SHB cyclists will help you.

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How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby sogood » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:56 am

Being the devil's advocate here. Is it wise to ride in traffic whilst recovering from a collarbone fracture with compromise hand/arm function?
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How difficult is Sydney Harbour Bridge

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:06 am

Fully intend to restrict usage to safe options. Have ridden it along cooks river. This morning I caught a taxi to Moore park
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