Electric mountain bikes: cool or not cool?

first_imgMany cyclists have feared the development of electric mountain bikes, arguing that they will take the sport out of mountain biking. They could also destroy trails and give e-bikers an unfair advantage. And they could add motorized noise to an otherwise peaceful forest experience. After all, what’s the difference between an e-bike and a motorbike?One difference is amount of power: a KTM 250cc four-stroke motorcycle produces about 32,000 watts, while the Specialized Levo eMTB produces 530 watts.Another difference is that you must be pedaling in order for the motor to be engaged on e-bikes, unlike motorcycles that require a throttle. E-bikes give each rider about 6.5 watts per kilo of bodyweight, so an average rider could be on par with a professional cyclist.In the past couple years big name bike companies, such as Specialized, Trek, Giant, Scott, and other have been developing their own off terrain e-bikes. When electric mountain bikes first came out, they were described and bulky and clumsy on the trail, but reviews of the newly released e-bikes have been more positive.E-bikes can also serve as great haulers, so for any bikepacking, camping, or hunting trips these e-bikes will be the difference. Electric mountain bikes could also open the door to people who might not otherwise be able to enjoy this great sport for physical reasons.What are your opinions of e-bikes? Share your thoughts below.last_img read more

Revamped cottage in Wynnum going under the hammer

first_imgThere is a rumpus room and kitchenette downstairs.Mr Goffey said the best part of the home was the inside-outside living created by the bi-fold opening the living area to the deck.“Familywise, I like the different living areas upstairs and downstairs so kids have their own space,” he said.“There’s also good space for a boat with tools close by — it will be hard to get the same set up.”The property is being marketed by David Lazarus from Belle Property Manly and will go to auction on April 8 at 2pm. Timber floorboards feature in the kitchen.The home now has two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area upstairs, along with the new deck and balcony.Downstairs, the laundry sits between two bedrooms and off the big rumpus room and kitchenette.Outside, there are two carports and a covered entertaining area.Mrs Goffey said the character of the original home remained in the decorative timber and fittings.“The house is positioned facing the water and … we get breezes straight from Moreton Bay,” she said. The living area opens to the deck.The couple have since finished off the house, creating a home for their children, Audry and Henry.“We built in downstairs and put in two bedrooms, a second kitchen, a laundry and a bathroom,” Mrs Goffey said.“We also built a 10m deck alongside the house and we took out a wall and put in bi-fold doors.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We added a small balcony at the front, put in a driveway and a concreted undercover area at the side.”center_img The home at 73 Louis St, Wynnum is going under the hammer. THIS two-storey house in Wynnum has been transformed from a humble cottage into a lovely family home.Kristie and Lauchland Goffey bought the house at 73 Louis St in April 2009.“It was basically a half-finished project,” Mrs Goffey said.“It had been raised and the external walls had been completed downstairs but nothing else had been done.”last_img read more