Are electrically assisted bikes cheating (poll)

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

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  1. yes

    43 vote(s)
    18.9%
  2. no

    184 vote(s)
    81.1%
  1. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Location:
    Scotchland
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  2. Foghat

    Foghat Veteran

    Quite. But then assertions that e-bikes in non-race situations constitute 'cheating' are a similar level of wilful idiocy to that exhibited by flat earth believers.

    Curious that 42 poll respondents out of 219 (as things currently stand) appear to be professing to be that idiotic...….
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
  4. FishFright

    FishFright More wheels than sense

    Such people love to join in
     
  5. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
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  6. rivers

    rivers Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    My wife is a 35 year old fitness instructor, and teaches 22 (i think) classes a week. And she rides an e-bike, and uses it to commute to a majority of her classes. Something she wouldn't be able to do on a normal bike. Her body just can't take it without a little bit of assist (or a lot on the hills). And it allows us to go out for all day rides together when the weather is nice. Depending on the amount of assist she's using, she gets anywhere from 50-60 miles per charge.
     
  7. frankiemann93

    frankiemann93 Member

    Each to their own, everyone has a different opinion! Expense is an issue for me, not sure what the ride to work scheme would be like with it,maybe make it more worth while? Even still, better to stick to a basic cycle,with no electronic assist's in my opinion.
     
  8. frankiemann93

    frankiemann93 Member

    Affordability is surely an issue to others as well as myself? If you own the bike for a year plus, haven't got a warranty after the first 12 months and the battery brakes, chances are you will need to buy a new one? So more expense. I find regular cycles are pretty good on breakdowns . The electric motor makes it easier and the cyclist should be going at a faster pace, so you have to scale up,do more miles, improve averages.
     
  9. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    How much someone chooses to spend on their chosen mode of transport is nobody's business but theirs.

    It's up to each individual to work out their own cost/benefit analysis within the context of their own budget. It certainly has nothing to do with "cheating" as you put it earlier.
     
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  10. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    @frankiemann93 , you say

    The electric motor makes it easier and the cyclist should be going at a faster pace, so you have to scale up,do more miles, improve averages.

    can you explain why "YOU HAVE TO " why cant an ebiker do whatever mileage they please
     
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  11. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    That's a red herring you've introduced to deflect from your original cheating comment.
     
  12. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Location:
    Ultima Thule
  13. Mike_P

    Mike_P Veteran

    Agree - having ebiked a hybrid that is largely for use in and around town so I can clamber up the hills for work / shopping , while any longer cycling rides will be by traditional pedal power. It has had a instant effect in that some shopping trips previously done by car have now been done by ebike so overall cycling mileage will increase as a result and the cost of the ebike conversion set against the savings in petrol etc.
     
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  14. burntoutbanger

    burntoutbanger Senior Member

    Location:
    Devon
    The only way you can cheat with an e-bike is if you're using it in an event where they are strictly prohibited.
    Commuting, utility rides, leisure, fitness are all fair game in my opinion.
    As has been said above it is a form of transportation, far better an e-bike than a car.
     
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