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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

Gas/elec powered scooters are pretty efficient and easy to store. I've seen them used in several venues and they can really get going. Some models seem to come with much wider tires, which would be a good idea for unknown road conditions. I wonder if they fall within some State's motorized vehicle laws. At the least, helmets must be required.

With that said, with the stuff I've done in my lifetime, its hard to say I'm risk adverse. However, those scooters seem like Russian roulette to me.
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

Well besides that electric scooters are illegal around here on streets, I saw some yesterday while going biking on a trail home, felt really sad for the owners, since their batteries had run out and so they were being devoured by swarms of mosquitoes.
Fortunately for me, I was riding the bike far too fast for the suckers to hold on, though had to make use of my hat to prevent too many getting in my eyes.

Also that kinda range for escooters and ebikes 15-20miles or up to 30km, is quite negligible, I often exceed that when going to a store and back.
If I want to go berry picking on a farm it's 40km one way.

For a diesel assist need a licence, and regulations may be different in different areas, but manual bikes are pretty much okay everywhere.


Since I'm interested in really long-distances comfortably on the bike, I'm thinking of a recumbent bicycle, possibly a python since it has very few parts, i.e. handle-bars optional
here is a video of a foldabing python, should be pretty easy to lower into a dinghy also by the seat back. note how he has his hands in his pockets while riding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itKxrl2Syk0
there is also a mod with rear wheel steering for extra control
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ0KiW1t0m8
only thing would be figuring out how to mount a rack on it.

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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

folding bicycle is the best!!! consider the Dahon Boardwalk. set-up time 30 seconds and ergonomically more comfortable to ride than any crouched over mountain bike. Perfect geometry and balance, Plus you can haul it on the dighy without pissing of your mates. keep a can of wd40, store bike below decks when making crossings. has a nice rack on back for milk crate fruit and veg market shopping. just keep a chain and padlock, lace chain around a tree or light pole through frame and both wheels, especially in Belize, Granada, Panama, and isla mujeres.
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

I have a folding Crescent with 20 inch wheels. Much easier to get ashore in a dingy without getting it wet, than a full sized bike. When one of the ball bearing pedals froze up, I found that all bikes have the wrong way thread on the pedals, so they unscrew if the bearings freeze up, rather than the opposite, intelligent thread direction. So I got rid of the ball bearing pedals and welded a 7/16th stainless bolt on, and drilled a hole in solid poly plastic pedals. No sign of wear after a year, and no chance of them suddenly freezing up in the middle of nowhere, leaving me walking for many miles. I dont think they will wear out in my lifetime.
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

most bikes have opposite threads on the left pedal so that the movement of the pedal on it's spindle keeps everything tight. The right side pedal should have nornal threads
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

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Well besides that electric scooters are illegal around here on streets....................
Keep in mind that on this forum we likely don't know where "around here" is located.

We've had heavy folding stainless steel Dahons; 26" wheel bikes with quick disconnects; and now back to light aluminum folding Dahons. We've always been fortunate enough to have space to store our bikes below and the light folding Dahons do well in the dinghy,- though I do need two trips if laundry or groceries are added to the transit.
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat


electric Brompton, the smallest and lightest electric folding bike


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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

As posted with the wheels removed bikes can be stored into some fairly compact spaces. Find a bike with quick release levers on the wheel hubs makes this go much faster. Most Kmart level bikes do not have this feature. One downside is that the wheels are easier to steal if the bike is left unattended for long periods of time in a public place. For example, hitched to a parking meter for days on end in a big city.

The better choice, IMO, for a boat is a folding bike. On the cheap end is Dahon for a couple hundred bucks. Though inexpensive for a folder they are good bikes. Moving up to about a $1300 (buy price) dollars gets you a Bike Friday Tikit. it can fold/unfold in less than 30 seconds. Which greatly enhances usability. It has its own bag so it can be stored or even carried into office buildings and restaurants. Going up another price step gets you the Brompton. $1500 to over $2000 Like the Bike Friday, quickly folds/unfolds without tools and is a bike that will last you a long time. Folders do cost some money but relative to how long you will own the bike and the utility of these bikes makes them worth a look.

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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

I keep two folding bikes on my 28' Pearson: a Bike Friday Tikit and a Brompton. The Tikit fits into the laz and the Brompton lives either in the vee berth or on a shelf that is over the engine in the aft cabin.

Folding bikes are a compromise in ride quality compared to full size ones, but fit into a lot less space. I carry both in protective cases and keep them well lubricated.

The Brompton has a nice luggage system for carrying groceries that doesn't take any space when the bike is folded. It also folds smaller than just about any other option.
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