E Bike - speeding?

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Cugel
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Re: E Bike - speeding?

Postby Cugel » 14 Aug 2019, 5:54pm

reohn2 wrote:
Phil Fouracre wrote:I do love these ebike threads, I just can’t get my head around how, otherwise, hopefully, intelligent people, can talk so much utter rubbish about ebikes!! but, please carry on :-)

I'm afraid it's all due to prejudice,such people simply see e-bikes as "cheating",that's at the bottom of all of it.
They'll wrap it up in rape of the planet,that they're dangerous,that they cause accidents,etc,etc,or any number of other unfounded and plainly ridiculous excuses to hide that prejudice either from peoples they're spouting off to or even themselves,in some instances it's just downright jealousy.


Jealousy? More likely just a regurgitation of the shock-horror stories of The Daily Frightener.

Perhaps we should set up a group willing to lend our e-bike to the sceptics so that they can at least speak from experience - assuming they have the breath left after realising they have to pedal quite hard to get the e-bike to work. And that they can't go 'round the circuit of 25 miles in ten minutes; or even two hours for those more feeble i' the quad&glute.

Why do folk feel they have to have an opinion about everything, especially things they know nowt about?

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Re: E Bike - speeding?

Postby Oldjohnw » 14 Aug 2019, 5:55pm

Phil Fouracre wrote:I do love these ebike threads, I just can’t get my head around how, otherwise, hopefully, intelligent people, can talk so much utter rubbish about ebikes!! but, please carry on :-)

:D With you there!
John

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Re: E Bike - speeding?

Postby hemo » 14 Aug 2019, 11:19pm

e bikes are the future and my well be the saving grace for some independent bike shops if they are willing to accept them.
A part from a few niche areas like roadies or mtb, we are not a nation of cyclists. Pre the 60's mid 70's it was utility use, then ICE took over and =utility riding declined heavily which also had a knock on with leisure cycling.


I myself for 25 years barely road a cycle until 7 years ago when I converted my cycle with a kit, now I cycle as much as I can and only about 10 -15% of my annual road use is in my car.

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Re: E Bike - speeding?

Postby Cugel » 15 Aug 2019, 9:10am

hemo wrote:e bikes are the future and my well be the saving grace for some independent bike shops if they are willing to accept them.
A part from a few niche areas like roadies or mtb, we are not a nation of cyclists. Pre the 60's mid 70's it was utility use, then ICE took over and =utility riding declined heavily which also had a knock on with leisure cycling.


I myself for 25 years barely road a cycle until 7 years ago when I converted my cycle with a kit, now I cycle as much as I can and only about 10 -15% of my annual road use is in my car.


This is a fundamental aspect of e-bikes: they appeal more to car users who would like an alternative than they do to traditional cyclists. Not to say that traditional cyclists won't find a use for them too but the vast majority seem to be bought by those previously put-off by the sweaty effort needed to be made by the relatively unfit if they want to go to shop or work or pub or .... anywhere on a bike.

If the e-bike is largely a replacement for the car (electric or otherwise) in a significant number of households then that is surely a great improvement in terms of reduction in resource-use and pollution. Thy're also very much safer than cars, with a much smaller tyre-print and road-damaging aspect. Even if the car is retained but used much less, that's an improvement.

Traditional cyclists (like me and most here) will continue to use their human-powered bikes because we like the sweaty effort required. Some of us will eventually continue to make sweaty efforts with an e-bike, when we might otherwise have given up because of the degradations of age or illness.

What's not to like about all this? We could ask Ivor Tingting but he will only emit an inchoate rant. :-)

Cugel