Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by very-near, 16 Mar 2009.
As you can see above there are plenty of people who don't think that at all.
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
Actually....I ride an e-bike AND I wear lycra. The two are not mutually exclusive.
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.
Mine used to have a throttle and what great fun it was as well.
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!
9kw E-Bike looks good when its on a throttle Skip to 11.08 for the full 9kw money shot
Interesting study on Pedelecs http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/news/norwegian-study-quantifies-exercise-benefits-electric-bikes/
From today's Guardian
Don't call me a cheat
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)
[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.
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.
Anyone who accuses an e-bike rider as cheating should tell the accuser that a geared bike is also cheating.
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.
It equivalent to walking but going faster
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