A few days ago in my Facebook feed there was a post about a E-bike demo day that had just taken place on a local trail system. That post started up the hold debate about E-bikes.
The opinions on this subject are everything from, they are motorized vehicles and should not be on the trail. To they are not because you still have to pedal the bike.
I guess a year or so ago when I was at the beach, was the first time I heard about an E-Bike. I belive my first comment was why would you want a E-Bike? I was told because your non-riding friend or family member will be able to ride and keep up with you (people who ride all the time). Well at the time that made some since.
After reading the post about the E-Bike demo day I have more of an opinion on this debate. First off I want to say I do think the E-Bike has its place but it's not on the trail. I am under the opinion that if it has a motor then it's motorized and is a motorized vehicle. Now I know that can be debated and I am okay with that.
I think we have to think back years ago to the first motorcycle. The first motorcycle was built when someone put a motor on a bicycle and overtime the motors got more horsepower and the bicycle with a motor became a motorcycle. I see that the E-Bike of today is just the first generation and that we will see the E-Bike motor either get smaller and lighter or stronger/faster or both.
So my E-Bike opinion is not based on where we are at today but where we will be at years from now.
Okay, I did state that the E-Bike has it's place. I believe that place is with the cargo bike. This is the perfect application for a pedal assisted bicycles. If you do the cargo bike lifestyle thing, and use your cargo bike inplace of a car. I can see needing a motor to assist you on that type of bike.
Well for the three people who might read this I would like for you to leave your comments on this subject/debate. I am interested in your point of view on this.