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I Replaced my Car with an Electric Bike for One Week… Here’s What I Learned

I Replaced my Car with an Electric Bike for One Week… Here’s What I Learned


[Jake:] Most people say, that living in Los Angeles Requires you to own a car in order to survive Today, I challenge that assumption With the rise in electric motor and battery tech utilizing alternative electric transpo Like electric bicycles, is more viable than it has ever been before But have we gotten to the point of being able to ditch our cars altogether? Let’s find out For the next week, I will remove all… automotive transportation from my life and replace it with only an electric bike [Electric bike whirring] [Background music] [Niko:] Gangster style [Jake:] I only live about eight miles from the studio, which means that using an electric bicycle for that is totally possible Also, I gotta make up for some of the gas guzzling this truck does [Knocking on the door] [Background chatter] [Jake:] Good to see ya [Nick:] Hey Steven. Nick Good to meet ya man [Store person:] The most common thing people, you know, you’re gonna think about what you’re saving on is gas, right? but you’ve got like, a wear and tear on the vehicles. You’re not doing as many oil changes… tire changes – all that stuff The miles are so low now that his insurance is almost cut in half, ‘coz he’s under seventy five, hundred miles a year so its considered a luxury vehicle Of course you get the exercise, he said the biggest thing he got though from commuting was his zen time [Niko:] Changing the Sam and Niko name is a big deal Sam and I have called it the Sam and Niko channel ever since it was just me and him We’re changing the name from “Sam and Niko” to “Corridor Crew” But we can’t half-ass it. We need to do it right. It’s not just a name change It’s a full-on branding change If somebody hasn’t come to the channel in a little while and they see that it says Corridor Crew they need to know that it’s the same channel and it’s the same people we need to enhance it for art Both Sam and I have been pretty strict, saying we need to have everything set to go at the same time the little intro to the video, the channel name change the icon change and most importantly the banner The banner needs to be good. It needs to be photos of the crew It needs to speak to the team that we are So Sam has told me he’s going to dedicate his passion and his artistry to getting a really solid banner photograph for us Sounds like he was a pretty cool vision for it and I’m looking forward to it So… I’ll wait for him to call me in for a picture [Sam:]Oh God, why is this picture day so stressful? I’m taking pictures… but I don’t really have a direction. So I’m just gonna wing it See that pink line? [Off camera Nick:] Yes [Sam:] Feet on that, yeah Generally toes at Look like a cool guy Take a baby step backwards Baby step forward again. Like, what will I shoot next? [Camera clicks] [Wren:] That’s such a great photo. That’s– that’s profile photo worthy [Off screen Nick:] Hey Gabe [Camera clicks] [Sam:] Pretty natural Just take a baby step toward me. Yeah there we go Straight on. Go straight again Uh, relax your arms just a little bit …about what to write next Lighting setup… I chose the first light that was plugged in. It’s an LED blanket. We played around with those last year You get this nice soft diffusion. Here, you’ll realize they’re gangster style Yeah… [Off screen Jake:] The bike I’ll be using is the Blix Comfort Prima from the Blix electric bike company It comes equipped with the Shimano Steps, mid drive electric motor Which is an assisted power system that lets you bike as you pedal There is no throttle and no special knowledge required All you do is get on the bike and the steps motor assists you along The aluminum alloy frame is built specifically for this motor and when combined with the 700 centimeter, double-wall alloy wheels and padded leather saddle and leather grips it delivers a comfortable smooth ride It’s a commuter bike… and commuting is exactly what I’ll be doing It’s 13 miles [Sam:] 13 miles? Okay, 13 miles So you’re gonna be getting here- It’s gonna take you like, yeah, 35, 40 minutes I mean that’s a lot of minutes I mean, I would be interested to see them as possible, because from my experience in LA is like, there’s not even sidewalks. And everyone here drives like a maniac So it’s like, literally the whole world is fighting against you [Jake:] Yeah, kinda I am now officially on my first electric bike commute I’m gonna be mostly taking two rivers Meaning I’m gonna go about, an extra mile in a direction that I don’t want to go However, there is a shortcut if… I take a set of abandoned train tracks I’ll save about a mile on my trip Do not take the train tracks These are active train tracks, all right? and currently I’m stuck, somewhere over the 710 freeway Alright. This is the river path The thing I really like about this assisted power system, is that you can still get a workout in Given the time it takes to work out at home, drive to the studio and the time it takes to drive back at night, I actually think I saved myself a half hour a day [Sam:] LA is one of the most sprawled out cities in the entire United States Honestly, like, I love biking. I’ve loved biking my whole life and it’s great And then once I moved to LA, I stopped. The city was just fighting me It’s kind of scary to bike ‘coz cars are like… [Jake:] Could this go horribly wrong? Yes, and if it does then we all know that LA is the most non pedestrian friendly city on the history of On this history of the planet. Which it probably is [Multiple car horns] [Car horn] [Multiple car horns] [Car horn] [Bike brakes squeaking] [Jake:] It’s so fucking sketch around here This is clearly an area that’s not set up for bicycle transportation, whatsoever Definitely 45 minutes Hey, look, there’s Wren [Wren:] Oh hey. Dude you made it! Nice! [Off screen Jake:] I made it dude Day three commute home And there’s two things I’ve noticed so far Number one – Zen You get a lot of time for… thought and reflection when you are out here effectively alone after a day’s work you get a lot of time to think about it and on your way in you get a lot of time to think about your way in and what you’re gonna do that day So that’s really really nice. I really really like that Number two however – Know your gear know what you might need, uh, along the way and the only way you really get to know your gear is by using the gear that you have I’ve already had to cancel an appointment I’ve been trying to go to the eye doctor for about a month now and today I finally had an opportunity to go but there’s no possible way that I could take my bike to the eye doctor and Get over to downtown LA for another meeting that we have in time If I had a car, probably would have been able to make both of those things. but it’s just too far and not enough time This isn’t a fun day because I’m carrying a lot of weight in this backpack right here I’m carrying airsoft rifles. They’re heavy. They have batteries. They have magazines with bb’s in them I gotta take these all the way to work, I don’t have a car There’s only one way to do that. Grind it out Between the filming and the traffic today, it’s taking me It’s gonna take me over an hour. Look at this. So every time I have to cross the road I need to wait a super long time for traffic because you have to roll with traffic across intersections This is– To do this everyday and to replace it with your car is not Not enjoyable [Christian:] Uh… So I know we’ve been planning to change the branding and I know the name for the new Corridor Crew But honestly Sam’s been tucked away in the cave during this whole process. So I have no idea what the new assets look like at all [Wren:] Is it official is it flipped? [Niko:] We’re changing the channel name right now How you doing it Jake [Jake:] like, I’m doing it right now [Wren:] Question are we gonna have Crew shirts now? [Collective comments] [Jake:] Heck yeah [Wren:] Once we get the fancy new store– [Niko:] Once Jake has the merch store back up [Jake:] Just send them the new designs man. [Wren:] Black on black. [Jake:] You guys just wait trust me The wait on the merch store is gonna be worth it I promise you [Drumming] [Wren:] Dude…yeah… [Cheering] [Niko:] So pro! [Jake:] Time to announce our 1 million subscribers street meet barbecue [Wren:] Maybe not call it street meet barbecue though [Jake:] Street meat barbecue dude. It’s a meet-up. Barbecue, in a park, in LA when we hit 1 million subs [Niko:] So hit that sub button That’s what Jake forgot to end a sentence with [Jake:] We’ll announce it. We’ll probably announce it…not here [Niko:] Hit that subscribe button if you want to get us to this park meet [Wren:] Don’t that mean that like, our viewers are part of the crew? [Jake:] Yes [Niko:] Yes [Wren:] So hit that subscribe button if you want to be part of the Corridor Crew Thank you [Jake:] Thanks Wren [Background music] [Off screen Jake:] Putting over 200 miles in on this electric bike I’ve come to the conclusion, that you can actually live in this city without owning a car But that said, you’re not going to be able to get away with not using cars at all you’re still gonna need to rent cars, do things like ride-shares from time to time just to get around this city Why? It’s 500 square miles and it’s been built pretty much from the ground up for cars. But… if you can find the efficiency in your life to get by on an electric bike You can actually do it and you’re gonna save a ton of money that way too For me however, I’m not ready to give up cars just yet Huge thanks to the Blix bicycle company for hooking us up with the electric bike if you guys are interested in trying this on your own Go to blixbike.com, and use the offer code to get $100 off your first bike You’re welcome [Background music]

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I'd be more prone to take an electric bike if I didn't live in Florida, where in the summer all you have to do is THINK about going outside and you start sweating……….AFTER the sun has set. Also you should've gotten a sur-ron electric bike.

I replaced my car with a bike two years ago, to get to and from work. I live in San Jose, CA and I work in Santa Clara. I use public transportation (VTA bus and Light Rail) to cut the distance of biking. I use a laundry and grocery delivery service. A month ago, I now use an electric scooter (Ninebot Segway SE4) to replace my bike for now. So, anything is possible.

I think one of the reasons a bike won't replace our cars is…. we bought/rent our homes with a car journey in mind. I made a point of living in certain area's before I got a car. After I got a car my options opened up… but I gotta say…. I'd really rather use a bike more.

I asked myself "Where is the Sam and Niko Channel? I dont remember them having another channel.".
This explains it

To anyone trying to assemble ebike battery i would reccomend lghg2 but most are fake especially littokala there 2700mah and the can only do 15a max. most ebay sellers buy them but heres where i got mine they just restocked lol https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/382894811723 wayy better than laptop batteries as they can do like 30a const

I love the idea of an electric bike but I live too far away from where I study for it to be practical. And my work doesn't like it when I ride because I can't figure out how to keep my uniform from creasing

Will never understand why cities won’t massively invest in building bike lanes. Solves soo many issues at once.

I recently got a Super 73 SG1 which I customized so now it looks like a small electric Bonneville. I treat it more as a motorbike than a bicycle as I use the throttle pretty much 100% of the time, as it can go 20mph with about 53 miles range and the throttle is just too much fun to not use. I love it so much.
Definitely turns a lot of heads.

so i just got back into corridor after a dark time addicted to fortnite lmao. and i find this channel and start binging. and i wonder, where the sam and niko channel? this is the sam and niko channel, rebranded. this is cool lmao

Jesus. The cheapest blix bike i found is $1,300.oo, and that's on sale. Some bikes are over $2,500.oo. so $100 off isn't even a 5% discount.

If you re an adult man you need something way stronger than what he has. Something with a throttle. Especially if you live somewhere that has hills.

Your primary goal is not to exercise , your primary goal is to get where you want to go (for example work) and some times you need to arrive in a decent condition and not sweating like a pig, so you need to have the option of an easy ride if necessary. Ie you need POWER – the motor engine needs to be NOT LESS THAN 750 W, preferably 1.000 W .And even more would be good.

I ve had several electric bikes for 10 years now, I wouldn't change my bike for anything.

Roughly speaking in my opinion an electric bike is the perfect commuting solution for cities under 500 k population. 500 to 1 mil, its a stretch. In cities over 1 million, if you re cycling you re just risking your life and being a dick to others.

I wouldn't use it for a commute over 10 miles. For a bike battery to last more than 10 miles either the bike has no power, or if it does you ll run out of it.

Man. What a lame ebike tho. Try out a bafang bbshd! Thats what i have built into my bike. I can go 35mph without pedaling if i want. Has all the same features plus extra ones and more power.
But wear a helmet damnit!!
I was hit in april head on. If i wasnt wearing my helmet i probably would have died or be a vegetable

Dude my commute is shorter than this. And I live in suburban connecticut. I could do this yo I should do this

So are you lazy or do you just wanna ensure that you still burn some fossils fuels to get the bike charged. I was just curious.

I ride my bike all the time in LA, I'm a food courier for Caviar. I ride a single speed, I got used to the struggle.

i've spent the last year of my life cycling everywhere – its a tiny foldable bike, with 20" wheels and no electricity ..i have just about killed myself over how far i've pushed myself on this thing to make it work between; university, two jobs and my relationship
all in the effort to save up for a car

well, i bought her last week 😏
Fiat 500, white, red seats, sunroof and blue&me
it is perfect; my dream car
now all i need to do is past my test at the start of next month
and put away the bicycle

oh and BTWs.. i live in england – not often is it a nice, warm, sunny day to cycle .. often it is grey, dull, cold and possibly rainy; still gotta cycle 😕

This is something that could only really be done in Florida and the western part of the us other way your gonna be freezing to death in the winter

This is a year late, but if it weren't for bike helmets my dad wouldn't have survived long enough to create me, so yeah. Def wear a helmet. Falling is more about when, not if.

Most US cities were designed by the automobile industry to be completely impossible to traverse without cars and then they destroyed the public transportation.

ITS HILARIOUS!! watching you complain about the bike!!! its ITS ELECTRIC!!! so its ASSISTING YOU!!!! I have NEVER owned my own car!! EVER!… All I know is biking! and walking!! I'm in my 30's now, and I've done SO much walking and biking! to the point of THOUSANDS! of miles! travelled, that some people do in their vehicles!. And I have done that with my 2 legs!! There's MORE mileage on my legs than some peoples cars! LoL

You can add a bike rack to the back and mount either a scooter trunk or I use Big rubber maid storage containers as a trunk. Perfect for hauling things, but on a bike, those rare times it does train here, can be a wet experience, especially on a 30 minute ride.

I'm thinking of building an E bike. I have a walmart bike, and I was thinking of using those lithium batteries from Alibaba or Amazon that are typically used for solar.

I figure those batteries are so big you could probably go for a crazy long time.

I think the main thing is speed. Because going 10 mph vs 20+mph is a huge deal cutting your time in half.

Also just having the back up for hills and to reduce sweat would be nice.

I would want a bike though that had a throttle and not just assist, that way I could basically use it like an electric motorcycle. Also having bins and racks would be necessary.

would be nice to not put wear and tear on a car, and to save money.

If you don't/can't give up on a car just at least get something sensible for the city. Of course it's hard to find parking in a huge SUV/truck. Just get a small car maybe even an electric or a hybrid for example the Renault Zoe is perfect for city commuting. Or get an electric scooter. So many options you don't have to get back into an unnecessarily huge and heavy steel cage.

August 2019. Did you change the name back to Sam and Niko? Because that's how all your "Corridor crew" videos appear

Whenever I think or hear about the e-bikes being amazing I always compare them to my motorcycle. They lose. : Buy a lightweight motorcycle or hell, an electric motorcycle and use the roads. Go anywhere and even get on the highway. Get there FASTER then your car even when it's dozens of miles away. And do so cheap. Edit: Might wanna note that using an e-bike in my country requires a moped license and a helmet because reasons.

you should try using something like a daymak em3 or an emmo zone e bike. they have a motorcycle vibe to them but they only go 32 kph so they classify as an ebike.

I fucking detest driving my bike after one and a half years.
Bicyclists are the biggest twats in the world. Most of the time endangering themselves. You feel every little bump on the road. You get wet during rain no matter what you do, driving through snow or against the wind is also a pain in the ass.

Blah blah blah, holy shit get on the bike. Why is there so much focus on the entire cast of characters like some reality show? I give zero shits about a cult of Corridor Crew personality, I want information about your experience ebiking. Like, hard data, not a bunch of fluff. Personality naturally shines through, no need to overdo it and make the videos drag on for no reason. Screw the algorithm

Does anyone know the name of the song starting at 7:55? I checked all the song listen in the description but I still couldn't find it.

I often wonder why some cyclists carry so much weight on their backs. Don’t they know about paniers and bike racks over the back wheel? THAT is where the weight should go.

…Took a week to learn a 10 second Mistake …Stay tuned for more exciting ideas from the guys who gave you The Abandon Train Tracks Solution! …PS: Another Name Change Coming Soon!!
…and the excitement builds!

Every time I see one of those static shots where you guys bike or walk or one wheel down a path away from a camera, I can't help but picture you guys running back for it

wow you guys don’t cycle on a bike in la we in the netherlands our transport is 80% cycling 🚴‍♀️ but now america can try

dude, there are people that bike all year more than enough to circle around the globe several times, ok you don't to do that but you also don't need an ebike, you need training and a road bike. I think the ebike is ok if you have some health issue. And lazyness is not a health issue is a source of health issues.

700 centimeter alloy wheels! Daaauumn that is big wheels. Hehe you americans and your non existing knowledge of the metric system 😉

If you ever have an accident at electric bike speeds, you will retrospectively appreciate a helmet and gloves. It's too easy to hit sharp, hard objects with your head, and also to take skin off your palms, and neither are much fun. The usual arguments against wearing helmets assume it encourages slower, more social, and thus safer travel, which I expect it does. But on an electric (like on a racing bike) you'll probably be going fast enough to do some damage.

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