Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by hanno » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:14 am

davegorman wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:31 pm
hanno wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:21 pm
Getting this next week:

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What is it?
Cannondale S6 Evo.
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by la8rat » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:34 am

beaker wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:53 pm
hanno wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:00 pm
la8rat wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:51 pm
hanno wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:21 pm
Getting this next week:

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Very nice.
Getting this in 2 months
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Sweet.
I hope you did all the necessary vetting to make sure it can be brought into the country. Many ebike suppliers think they can of don't even know if they can but tell you no problem when in fact they can not import the completed bike without it costing a pretty penny in customs and fees on top of the ridiculous price ($6000 to $12000) they are already asking for that bike. Also the batteries are very problematic to get shipped as they are considered hazardous material. I don't know which model you are buying but the one I could get specs on was only a 250w motor with a 36v battery that is on the weak side and they seem to be limited to 25kl/hr.
I don't see the battery on the bike if it is built in then it would be a specialized battery just for that model which limits the availability even more. Also the built in type are limited to only the stock configuration which limits your ability to go faster or farther than stock.
I tried to import a bike from china, Ali Express, first it was no problem but then the only way they could even get it into the country was in pieces and several separate shipments and they would not be able to send the battery.
I finally found a shipping company who were also in the ebike side business and I ordered a kit it arrived in 2 days the battery had to go by special shipment to Viet Nam then brought in (under the radar) by a carrier on a bus. That took 2 weeks. Then I bought a new bike locally and built my own.
Ye the batteries in the down tube. 500w/hrs. Way to high to take on a plane. People wanting to take their ebikes on holiday but not being able to fly with the battery could well give rise to new businesses solely into hiring out batteries in tourist spots.
As it stands the bike wont leave England. Im purely a tourist. I might bring an old mtb with me next time and leave it eather in Thailand or Cambodia. Probably Thailand as i travel there more and i know more people there.
I only ever take carry on luggage so my 30kg hold limit is a bit wasted.
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by explorer » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:45 am

la8rat wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:34 am
I might bring an old mtb with me next time
You should be able to buy one for a similar price as bringing one on the plane, unless you bring an expensive one.
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by la8rat » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:50 am

explorer wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:45 am
la8rat wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:34 am
I might bring an old mtb with me next time
You should be able to buy one for a similar price as bringing one on the plane, unless you bring an expensive one.
Will have to see whats in my garage at the time.
Next trip wont be for 11 months or so, but cheers :beer3:
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by phuketrichard » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:23 am

explorer wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:45 am
la8rat wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:34 am
I might bring an old mtb with me next time
You should be able to buy one for a similar price as bringing one on the plane, unless you bring an expensive one.
HUH:
bringing a bike, surfboard, ski's on planes is very inexpensive or even free if within ur free checked baggage allowance.
buying a cheap bike is worse than no bike at all
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by davegorman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:52 am

hanno wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:14 am
davegorman wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:31 pm
hanno wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:21 pm
Getting this next week:

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What is it?
Cannondale S6 Evo.
Chinese.


Just kidding!
Holy crapololy. $2500!
That’s defo made in the USA.

I saw a video (I think in Australia) some road race and his bike fucked up and he threw it in a tantrum. One of the spectators pulled his own bike out his car and gave it to him.
The rider won the race, after his team adjusted the saddle.

It cost $10000. That’s commitment.
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by andy_morris » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm

davegorman wrote:
hanno wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:14 am
davegorman wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:31 pm
hanno wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:21 pm
Getting this next week:

Image
What is it?
Cannondale S6 Evo.
Chinese.


Just kidding!
Holy crapololy. $2500!
That’s defo made in the USA.

I saw a video (I think in Australia) some road race and his bike fucked up and he threw it in a tantrum. One of the spectators pulled his own bike out his car and gave it to him.
The rider won the race, after his team adjusted the saddle.

It cost $10000. That’s commitment.
Most cannondale are made in Taiwan, along with the majority of bikes and carbon products. Nothing wrong with that.
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by davegorman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:06 pm

Keep up. Have you not even read this thread!
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by Roadie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:05 pm

I ride every day, any time of day that suits me. I rarely sweat much because I'm not trying to win any race, I'm just getting around doing what I need to do. Its good low stress exercise. I keep to back roads as much as possible which means plenty of dirt roads but thats fine if I'm getting peace and quiet. My saddlebags are always on the bike for picking up any shopping or dropping off laundry etc. I think its safer than cycling in Australia simply because traffic speeds are so much slower. Yes the drivers are crazy but Australian drivers have a bad attitude about the safety of cyclists so no worse than here.
The bottom line is safety is used as an excuse for people who are too lazy to try. Same the world over.
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Re: Why isn't cycling more popular in Cambodia?

Post by davegorman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:13 pm

“Australian Holden drivers”
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