Has Your Health Improved Since Riding A Motorized Bike?

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  1. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Skeptics, old fat people and normal bike riders question me about the health aspects of riding an MB instead of a "normal" bicycle. :rolleyes7:

    "You're not gonna get any exercise riding that bike".

    Instead of arguing the point, I merely state that this motorized bike is strictly for transportation.

    HOWEVER, I've been noticing the positively healthy benefits of riding a pedal ASSISTED bicycle...especially if you put great effort in pedalling.

    I pedal and ride about 75 miles weekly. Mostly riding, maybe 80%/20%.

    I've been assisting my engine in reaching its optimum rpm range. Using a 1.5" friction roller takes a LOT of effort to get the bike to top speed.

    At age 62, my joints are more limber with less aches and pain. My back doesn't hurt while I'm trying to sleep.

    Anyone else feeling healthier since riding their MB?

  2. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    MAJOR difference for me. I ride to live and I live to ride.

    I suffer daily from severe & chronic problems in my spine (neck and back and head) along with other health issues, and also I got some knees that are bad from hours of working hard jobs standing up all the time. Despite my supposed age, these problems make me feel very OLD.

    When I ride the bicycle, my knees feel much better, and my spine loosens up and allows me to move around better. I get better exercise when riding a motor assisted bicycle because I get the perfect combination of exercise and rest, so I don't get over-exerted. My youth is restored when I ride my bicycle.

    Also my mental health is much better as well, as I get out to see the world and experience it out in the open, and there is much less stress compared to driving an automobile.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes I must say -- my MB helps me to stay just a little more fit
    I think that at times though I should start turning my motor off and peddle some
    have noticed my sweet little engine causes me to be just a bit lazy

    I seem to be at an age where it's hard not to put on weight (58 yrs) 201 lbs up from 190 lbs
    my doctor told me to loose 20 lbs the other day -- that will not be happening

    yes my MB is at least helping me to almost hold my own regarding -- being in shape
    but have noticd that the gym works much better -- if we get there ???

    ride the motor bike
  4. bikeman6969

    bikeman6969 Member

    Oh I have gotten lot of exercise walking home while i pushed my Powerking up all the hills that motor sucked it broke down more that it ran.
  5. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Not at all

    My mental health yes. My body, nope. I was in "way" better shape before motor assist.
    Plus the time spent here whacking on the keyboard and reading, I used to spend this time more physically. Wow! I didn't realize this place is kill'in me. :7:
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  6. mike A

    mike A New Member

    my heath has not improved at all

    i dont have a car so i would ride my bike every where and no with my bike i hardly even pedal 30 miles like i used to so its fun but every once in a while i go the stone age way and ride a regual old bike
  7. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    My wife and some co-workers have commented that my arms feel hard.

    That's from carrying my 91lb motorized bike, ANND from holding on for dear life when riding the highway.:devilish:

    I'm beginning to develop more stamina. I'd have more exercise if "The Dragon Lady" had multi-speeds.
  8. Shadeslay

    Shadeslay Member

    That would be a no for me, but my main transportation was a bicycle "no motor" before. I will say even if you didn't pedal it's still better exercise then driving a car.
  9. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Yup, it's still healthier than driving a car. Better for mind and body.

    But I'll tell you what I do; I keep a regular old pedal bike on hand and I ride it. In fact, this time of year I only use the MB to go up to the gas station for a coke about once a week or so. I'll use it for everyday transport (when I can get away from the car) when it's 90 deg out.

    I don't say it much because I don't want to be a preacher. But as great as these MBs are, everyone should still pedal a bike as much as possible. Nothing will keep you young like riding a bike. I'll be 50 yrs old when my next birthday comes. But I've still got a flat belly and I can work like a horse. And I can sleep at night, too. You folks can't see me, but I promise I'm in better shape than anyone I know who's my age and even better than many, many who are younger.

    Pedal a bike!
  10. grouchyolfart

    grouchyolfart Member

    I use an ebike to commute. Pedaling is not an option. :grin5: If I don't pedal, my batteries die that much quicker. :sweatdrop: The motor actually gave me more incentive to get out and ride the bike. I make it a point to pedal, knowing I can get some assist when I need it. No more huffing and puffing. Just a quick twist of the throttle and I'm pedaling up to speed. Since the weather has cleared and I've been using the ebike, I've dropped around 5 lbs. Before, I never felt like really riding a bike, dreading the couple of hills I had to climb. The motor changed all that. Can't wait to get out, now.

    I have a 2 stroke on order and want to build a bike I can use to ride down to the North Shore to check out the winter surf. It's about an 8 mile ride downhill so that motor is going to come in real handy for the return ride. :grin5: I could use the ebike, but then I'd have to build a small trailer to lug extra batteries. Doable, though.
  11. seanhan

    seanhan Member


    My Mental health....:dunce:
  12. Irish John

    Irish John Guest

    I find my bike's greatest health benefits in order of importance are:
    1. Greatly improved mood from getting out and about and being able to smell the countryside.
    2. Increased blood circulation from pedalling along with the motor and straining a bit on hills - greatly improved knee joints but no noticeable benefit to neck and shoulders.
    3. I get some Vitamin D on a sunny day.
    4. I can't smoke cigarettes when I'm riding my bike.
    5. I got to beat the daylights out of a yobbo who screamed insults at me and my lady told me I looked 10 years younger when I got home.
    The negative aspects are:
    1. I sustained bad injuries when I fell off.
    2. I got skin cancers on my arms from riding without protection from the sun and also sun spots on my head from the slots in the helmet.
    3. I get severe frights when yahoos come past from behind leaning out of car windows screaming at me.
    4. I get angry when inconsiderate drivers try to run me off the road or sit on my tail honking.
    5. I feel bad about the yobbo I beat up - especially when I see him again.
  13. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    No, but my sanity has.
  14. 247Jude

    247Jude Member

  15. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    About a month ago I realized I wasn't getting too much exercise commuting to work on "The Dragon Lady". I was only pedalling a few seconds off the start or on a steep hill when traffic forced me to slow down.

    I keep a 21-speed bike at work, which I was supposed to ride to McD's or BK.

    :idea:Then I got this brilliant idea of pedalling this nonmotorized bike every day for exercise during lunch hour!

    Because of the crazy drivers I ride on the sidewalk or bike lane at a reasonable speed. Heading west on the bike path is a safer bikepath, but nothing to see but cars and asphalt. Heading east towards Waikiki is a more beautiful ride past Honolulu Harbor and the beach parks.

    NOW I'm beginning to feel like I've exercised riding a bike.:sweatdrop:

    But I'd NEVER commute pedalling a bicycle. Too dangerous for the streets of Honolulu.:detective:
  16. no,but now i can get to the store and back without falling off my bike and passing out.
  17. Turtle Tedd

    Turtle Tedd Member

    Building, riding, and fine tuning your bike is alot better for you than sitting on your but watching TV.
  18. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Yep, I'm out the door soon to meet Hawaii Ed at McD's!

    I think it's a 20-mile trip of riding with the bulls(aka cars, trucks and buses, tractor trailers,etc.)

    Motorized, of course!:jester:

    UPDATE: It turned out to be a 30.5 mile roundtrip, according to mapquest.com.

    Gas mileage was about 93mpg, mostly at full throttle. Divide that figure by two engines, and I'm getting 46.5mpg.

    Here I am in the center of my lane, and this Toyota enters my lane to pass between me and the car in the left lane.

    When I caught up to him at the stoplight, I just had to rap on the passenger-side window and give him and his wife a piece of my mind. :jester:
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  19. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Surprisingly for me, it's not my health as such that has improved riding a motorised pushbike, but my overall level of fitness has improved quite substantially as i'm always pedalling with the motor.
    The relaxed rymthmic motion of helping out the motor, without the stress of busting your guts out has seen quite a rise in my fitness levels.

  20. cycledude

    cycledude Member


    YOu are not bicycling anymore, I call it power sporting.