Are electrically assisted bikes cheating (poll)

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by jonny jeez, 14 Aug 2016.

  1. yes

    45 vote(s)
  2. no

    187 vote(s)
  1. I'm interested to see how we as a group perceive assisted ebikes.

    I'm asking about assisted ebikes...the type that add power to each pedal stroke (not the type where you don't pedal and just press an accelerator button)
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  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    No, unless they are being used in a race
  3. CanucksTraveller

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    If you ain't competin, it can't be cheatin!
  4. CanucksTraveller

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    Johnny has posted this poll as a response to another thread; @Phil Fouracre wrote an OP defending them against those who claim riding an e bike is cheating.
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  5. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Cheating at what?
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  6. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    True, but I would love to have a bike with a hidden motor so I could cruise past all the sportive MAMILs who think they are competing.
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  7. OP
    jonny jeez

    jonny jeez Guru

    That's for contributors to decide
  8. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Loch side.
    It is only cheating if you get caught.
  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    They're not for me, doesn't mean they're not right for someone else.
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  10. crazyjoe101

    crazyjoe101 New Member

    It depends :smile:
  11. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Posted before..

    My wife is disabled and her Bionx powered Gekko gives a new lease that allows her to cycle. The assisted input also allows regulation of the input, with a high input for the last stretch home, but allowing an unassisted mode at the start

    We then found that when we got somewhere we were restricted, so bought a Christiania trike to lug a mobility scooter to allow mobility when we arrived somewhere. However a very heavy trike carrying a 70kg mobility scooter needed a litte assistance on hills, hence the power assist

    MY MiL also extended her cycling into her 80's by using an electrical assist system

    They have a genuine place in the diversity of cycling
  12. If it gets people out of cars and onto 2 wheels that's a good thing.
  13. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    As an ebiker, I'm bound to like this post.

    It is also what I ask the occasional pushbiker who calls me a cheat on the road.

    At the risk of taking such remarks too seriously, calling someone a cheat is a nasty allegation, it's akin to calling someone dishonest - not something I would do unless I was very sure of my ground.

    The last time I was called a cheat was on a recent forum ride with @ColinJ.

    It was on a long climb and I was trying to catch @Sea of vapours.

    This involved edging alongside a roadie, who was climbing strongly.

    After I'd dealt with the cheat remark, we had an agreeable conversation about ebikes and our cycling plans for the day.

    To answer the OP's question about the view of CycleChat members, I've received nothing other than positive remarks from members on forum rides.

    Ebikers have their uses - on a couple of forum rides I've provided some shelter for the others into a headwind, and some pacing up a long climb.
  14. Buck

    Buck Veteran


    I'm interested to see why the 2 people who said yes, think so...
  15. EnPassant

    EnPassant Remember Remember some date in November Member

    No. It's not a race, so by definition you cannot be cheating.
    Anyone on any form of two wheels is far far preferable to another ton of metal on the road.

    ETA: However that doesn't seem to stop the tiny evil part of me pushing hard to get ahead of one on occasion:evil:. I fight the compulsion, it's not big, it's not clever and it impresses nobody.
    Last edited: 14 Aug 2016
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