Can you class using an Electric bike as cycling

Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by very-near, 16 Mar 2009.

  1. Yes

    93 vote(s)
  2. No

    32 vote(s)
  1. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    As you can see above there are plenty of people who don't think that at all.
    K4Trv, Pat "5mph", sight-pin and 4 others like this.
  2. Phil Fouracre

    Phil Fouracre Senior Member

    Not really having a moan Just get a bit fed up with constant regurgitation of unfair stereotypes - it shouldn't be allowed, it's cheating, it's for old/sick people etc etc
  3. kcflyer1957

    kcflyer1957 Regular

    Actually....I ride an e-bike AND I wear lycra. The two are not mutually exclusive.
    JhnBssll and User43827 like this.
  4. whiteturbo

    whiteturbo Regular

    Bristol UK
    Of course its cycling, especially if it doesn't have a throttle, I have a Montague Navigator, a normal bicycle, but with a DIY bafang 250 watt electric motor added, it can be ridden without the battery(hard work though) but at nearly 69 and a little bit overweight it gets me out in the fresh air and i can tell you it doesn't ride itself as it needs you to pedal, and yes i get knackered after a few hours but i am cycling up hills that i could never climb without help, its like having Chris Frome to help you when the going gets tough. I do admit i only ride my ebike in fine weather, but that is an age thing.
    K4Trv, Pat "5mph", Pale Rider and 3 others like this.
  5. Mine used to have a throttle and what great fun it was as well.^_^
  6. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    NE England
    It depends.

    Some friends have motorised their recumbent trikes, as they are well past 70 they felt the need for some aid up hills. They only use the electric power on hills and are certainly still cyclists.

    A guy used to regularly pass me on a folder style electric bike. He never pedalled, dressed like an old time motorcyclist and carried a guitar in a case over his bike. He's not a cyclist!
    raleighnut likes this.
  7. Jody

    Jody Gold member


    9kw E-Bike looks good when its on a throttle :laugh: Skip to 11.08 for the full 9kw money shot
  8. sight-pin

    sight-pin Über Member

    Floating about
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    From today's Guardian

    Don't call me a cheat
  10. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    Really? Free Electric Bikes? Pollution free electrickery? (not having a pop at you ian, obvs, just raising an eyebrow in the direction of the article)
  11. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    [QUOTE 5135609, member: 259"]Weird I got a notification you'd replied to me on this...[/QUOTE]
    Well, your avatar has blue in it. @ianrauk's is blue. An easy mistake for the Cyclechat Electronic Brane to make.
    User259 likes this.
  12. bikeman84

    bikeman84 New Member

    I don't class mine as a bike, I class it as a scooter because it has no pedals.
    I only bought it for messing about on locally down the promenade and its a lot of fun for only £200.

  13. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    London, UK
    Anyone who accuses an e-bike rider as cheating should tell the accuser that a geared bike is also cheating.
    snorri likes this.
  14. Rusty Nails

    Rusty Nails We remember

    Here and there
    It's closer to cycling than spin classes.

    I heard someone who does not own a bike but regularly goes to spin classes say that she loves cycling.
  15. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    It equivalent to walking but going faster
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