California law proposes 3 e-bike classifications

An electric bicycle with pedal assist, but capable of 28 miles per hours, would be banned from bike trails under the proposed law.

An electric bicycle with pedal assist, but capable of 28 miles per hour, would be banned from bike trails under the proposed law. Bikes capable of only 20 miles per hour could use most bike trails.

Bicycle Retailer reports today the California legislature will start hearings Monday on a bill to classify all e-bikes. A similar move is underway in New York State. The Retailer reported:

“AB-1096, sponsored by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would create three classifications of e-bikes: Class 1 for pedal-assist bikes, or pedelecs; Class 2 for bikes with throttles; and Class 3 for “speed??? pedelecs. Class 1 and 2 e-bikes would be limited to an assisted speed of 20 miles an hour, while a Class 3 bike could reach an assisted speed of 28 miles an hour.

“The bill also defines where each type of e-bike could be ridden.

“Class 1 bikes could go wherever traditional bikes are allowed, while Class 2 bikes would be limited to paved surfaces. Class 3 bikes would be restricted to roads or bikeways that are adjacent to a road.

“In a nod to concerns from cities and counties, the measure allows local governments to opt out of allowing e-bikes on bike paths or trails.”

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CO I-25, CA I-40 share the road

Out of seven Southwestern states, only two were observed this week by the Veggiebiker to share the road on remote stretches of interstate and divided highways.

California I-40 had share-the-road signs for bicyclists between Barstow and Needles. Colorado posted bicycle icons with “on the shoulder” notifications on I-25 near Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and even the divided highway to Denver’s  

 Stapleton Airport. None have been seen on interstates or divided highways in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Electric bicycles are not cheating health!

pedal-assist bike

Commuting on a pedal-assist iZip Peak gives the same exercise as a standard bike for the veggie biker, but in half the travel time and very little sweat.

“Riding an electric bicycle is like cheating. You can’t possibly get the same level of exercise as you would on a regular, manually-pedaled bicycle. It just makes sense intuitively, but new research just now being published by the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Exercise Physiology Department torpedoes that notion once and for all.”

QUIKBYKE reports, “After collecting, tabulating and analyzing the data, Master’s Candidate Taylor La Salle reached three key conclusions:

“(1) The actual amount of energy expended by the riders was nearly identical for both modes: electric-assist and manual.

“(2) The biggest difference was in the time it took to complete the circuit; on average riding the eBike took around 1 minute less than in the non-electric mode.

“(3) Significantly, all the riders rated their perceived exertion (RPE) using the ACSM’s scale as being easier using electric mode made. If riding the bike in manual mode was rated 15, riding it in pedal-assist mode was a 10. That’s a huge difference in rider perception between the two modes.”

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Dutch build freeways for e-bikes

Intercity bicycle motorways dedicated to 30 mph e-bikes could soon get the green light in Holland, reads a press release from the Environmental Transportation Association, a British non-profit insurance company. 

Bikes with the speed of a 50cc moped are popular in Holland and the e-bike freeway would allow commuters to move without frequent stops between four cities.

Germany and Switzerland have established a separate class for higher power electric bicycles. These bikes can travel at speeds of 30mph and face less stringent requirements than mopeds.

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Hebb Electric bicycle for sale

Hebb 500 watt motor 14 amp battery

2009 Hebb Electroglide 500 Diamond frameIMG_0075.JPG. 500 watt motor, 14 amp battery. Use throttle control while pedaling at 20 mph for over 20 miles. Use as dependable, clean 8-cent-a-day commuter bike or as RV transportation. Always under dealer’s care. Crank assembly and rear cogs and gears completely replaced in January. Battery replaced two years ago and should last a recreational rider a life time. Motor replaced three years ago under warranty. 

Veggie Biking’s back, & Ruskis are gone

IMG_0099.JPGVeggiebiking got hacked by the Russians. It took a while to evict them. And I have a new iPhone 6 that allows spontaneous posts as I find stories. Things are better.

I learned one big lesson–Use Secure Passwords. Don’t use a password you can find in the dictionary. I learned of this problem reading “The Cookoo’s Egg,” the story of how they caught the first known Russian hacker spy in1986. Even then, someone had digitized the alphabet through an encryption software so hackers can bypass your password and read the encryption word. There’s a reason your IT guru concocts those unrememorable strings of letters & numbers & punctuation.

You can save them to an email draft like Gen. Petreaus did his love letters.

Fullerton’s Fox Theater takes VW fans inside

foxcirclethewagen Finally, Fullerton is getting to use its theater, again. Veggie bikers and VW fans get a chance to go inside the Fox Theater June 5 to view a movie. After years of gutting out and sweeping and sawing and sweeping and Spackling (™) and sweeping and by volunteers and contractors, the citizens of Fullerton are seeing more of the inside of the former Vaudeville Theater.

The Fox Theater was an important stop on the Vaudeville circuit that actors--and talking dogs--followed around the nation prior to 1929.

The Fox Theater was an important stop on the Vaudeville circuit that actors–and talking dogs–followed around the nation prior to 1929.

That’s right, it is not a movie theater. It was built so actors like W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen  and others could get off the train and entertain folks for a few days, then move on around the country following the Vaudeville circuit. Only when Vaudeville crashed did these stars move to cinema and reappear in Fullerton, without their trunks, on the silver screen.

fox theater ceiling hole

The holes in the Fox’s ceiling have long been fixed and the theater inches closer to its old glory.

This is a chance to see the theater half-completed and dream of what it will be again. Volunteers long ago fixed the roof and dusted the bird droppings off the velvet seats. The lights work. The stage is safe. The theater once again has a tenant, a coffee shop, in the retail area.

Have the family take the bicycles and ride over to see the Volkswagens outside; come inside to see the Vaudeville dream being restored.

However, if one wants to be more than a fan, Pat Shepard, volunteer coordinator for the Fox, needs  volunteers to set up this evening. He posted this message:

Calling all ushers and usherettes!

We’re getting ready for a “Movie IN the Fox” on Thursday, June 5th, and we can use your help.  This will be the first one we’ve done in a while, and it will be inside the Fox!  If you can help at all please let me know.

The movie will be “Circle the Wagen” (2013, 86 min), co-written by and co-starring “local boy” Charlie Pecoraro.  Charlie practically grew up at the Fox and has been a long-time supporter.  This will be the first Fullerton screening of Charlie’s film, and what better place than the Fox?  Also included in the event will be a vintage VW car show in the parking lot.

The event will run from about 5:00 to about 9:30 PM, and there are different activities involved.  Volunteers in each area are asked to be there 30 minutes prior to the times listed below.

The time line and volunteer needs are roughly as follows:
4:00 – set up and preparation inside the theater; about four people are needed here.
5:00 – a reserved area of the parking lot will be opened for arrival of the vintage VWs.  Two to four people will be needed for access control.
7:00 – the theater will open for the public to enter and select their seats.  Eight or more ushers will be needed to stand by and assist.
8:00 – the movie will begin; most volunteers will be free to watch.
9:30 – post-film Q&A
9:45 (or so) – after the movie, cleanup as needed, and secure the theater.  As many people as possible are needed here to make it go faster.

Obviously, this kind of thing can’t be done without volunteers.  Thanks for your help.
Pat Shepard
FHTF Volunteer Coordinator