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View Poll Results: What are you most likely to do if you get passed by an e-bike?
Curse the rider out for being a reckless cheater 4 3.57%
Pick up the pace leaving them in my dust. 12 10.71%
Get angry and start a thread on BF about it. 6 5.36%
Tell the rider their shoe is untied and see if they look. 6 5.36%
Nothing. Maybe not even notice. (yawn) 48 42.86%
Say hi and talk with the rider, maybe ask questions about the bike. 22 19.64%
Other (see post) 14 12.50%
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Old 03-02-17, 09:32 PM   #26
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I'd be amazed I saw an e-bike. Otherwise, wouldn't be any different than everyone else who passes me. They've got a better engine.
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Old 03-02-17, 09:42 PM   #27
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I'm not the "A" type, competitive kind of person that so many BF members seem to be. Sometimes I pass people, sometimes people pass me, mostly I go with the flow. Not something I really care about.

It amazes me how many grumpy cyclists there are on BF, riding a bike is supposed to be fun.

If you're riding angry, you're doing it wrong.
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Old 03-03-17, 03:51 AM   #28
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I was riding up a bit of a grade one night, and out from a side street comes a bike ahead of me. I see them peddling a bit, but moving way to fast for their pedaling output. It must have been an e-assist. Seems like a great way to zip around town.
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Old 03-03-17, 04:35 AM   #29
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I've never seen a fast ebike around but if I did get passed by one of the 40kph assisted bikes I'd jump on the back in a heartbeat for an easier ride to work. I sometimes draft off of large trucks when they're starting off from a light. It doesn't last long as they still get to highway speeds pretty quickly but it's fun and decent training.
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Old 03-03-17, 07:07 AM   #30
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Low gear one-handed wheelie with the bar turned to the side.

p.s. I can't wheelie.

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Old 03-03-17, 10:43 AM   #31
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Dude, I'm drafting that sucker!

Then I'll probably ask him/her about his bike at the next intersection...
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I've never seen a fast ebike around but if I did get passed by one of the 40kph assisted bikes I'd jump on the back in a heartbeat for an easier ride to work. I sometimes draft off of large trucks when they're starting off from a light. It doesn't last long as they still get to highway speeds pretty quickly but it's fun and decent training.
Oh, I do love drafting off of SUV's or larger trucks!!!

Free pull on the way to work.

Chrysler had been testing some electric minivans, and they were a great pull - no diesel exhaust on those puppies!
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Old 03-03-17, 10:46 AM   #33
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With an E-bike, you have all the disadvantages of a bicycle and none of the advantages.
Ha ha, I have ALL of the ADVANTAGES!!!

(and a heck of a lot more fun if on an ebike. Try it someday when you are in a better mood...)

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Old 03-03-17, 10:50 AM   #34
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A couple weeks ago I was climbing a long 5% grade, into a 15-20mph headwind and got passed by a...skateboard.
He was probably exceeding my speed by 10mph.
I neither saw nor heard anything out of the ordinary, other than apparent defiance of the laws of physics.
He was wearing a backpack, so I'm sure there were batteries in it.
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Old 03-03-17, 10:57 AM   #35
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My local MUP is too twisty/hilly/blind to safely pass at my pace so if I see an e-bike approaching in my rear view mirror, I take the lane, or rather whole MUP, to keep him back there. If he rings his bell at me, I just wave like I know him.
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Old 03-03-17, 06:33 PM   #36
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I'm not the "A" type, competitive kind of person that so many BF members seem to be. Sometimes I pass people, sometimes people pass me, mostly I go with the flow. Not something I really care about.

It amazes me how many grumpy cyclists there are on BF, riding a bike is supposed to be fun.

If you're riding angry, you're doing it wrong.
This.

I'm about to add e-assist to my utility bike for practical reasons. It's big, heavy, and I want to get to the grocery store and home again in something less than the hour of riding it takes now to go 8 total miles. Do I care that other people might pass me? Nope, though hardly anyone rides in my area. Do I care what people think if/when I pass them on my PAS e-bike? Not in the slightest. Just have fun doing what you're doing.
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Old 03-04-17, 12:08 AM   #37
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When they pass me, I try to tuck into their draft to hide from the headwind. The prevailing winds shift mid-day to commonly give me headwind in both commute directions, so I figure I'm owed a tow whenever passed!
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Old 03-04-17, 08:32 AM   #38
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I wouldn't realize that it was an e-bike that passed me, since I don't recall it ever happening. If it did happen and I knew, I'd probably chase him down and pester him with questions about it.
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Old 03-04-17, 08:51 AM   #39
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I am torn. I think I would dial it up to 500+W but still not be able catch up and get a chance to ask about the bike. So I end up just calling them a cheater.
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I wouldn't realize that it was an e-bike that passed me, since I don't recall it ever happening. If it did happen and I knew, I'd probably chase him down and pester him with questions about it.
Take it from my experience: The situations in which you know it's an e-bike are the ones where it passes you so quickly, (typically on a climb), that there is no way you are going to chase him down.
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Take it from my experience: The situations in which you know it's an e-bike are the ones where it passes you so quickly, (typically on a climb), that there is no way you are going to chase him down.
OK I would attempt to chase him down and pester him with questions

Since I rely on craftiness, shortcuts and traffic lights rather than raw power, I might have a chance though.
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Old 03-04-17, 11:24 AM   #42
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I am torn. I think I would dial it up to 500+W but still not be able catch up and get a chance to ask about the bike. So I end up just calling them a cheater.
A cheater? on a commute?
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OK I would attempt to chase him down and pester him with questions

Since I rely on craftiness, shortcuts and traffic lights rather than raw power, I might have a chance though.
And all this time I thought I was just riding my bike to work. I had no idea that I was competing with all the other bicycle commuters. My ebike cuts off power at 20mph. But, if I'm "competing" I may have to consider an upgrade to the 28mph model.
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OK I would attempt to chase him down and pester him with questions

Since I rely on craftiness, shortcuts and traffic lights rather than raw power, I might have a chance though.
The last time I spoke to an e-biker it was only because he had decided to stop at a rest area at the top of a long climb on which he had passed me. It turned out he had permanent leg damage from being hit by a mortar in the service, which was why he was riding an e-bike.
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The last time I spoke to an e-biker it was only because he had decided to stop at a rest area at the top of a long climb on which he had passed me. It turned out he had permanent leg damage from being hit by a mortar in the service, which was why he was riding an e-bike.
I do a lot of public speaking in my specialty area, and someone recently asked me how I define a disability. I believe a disability is what stops the person from doing what they want to do. This guy not only served our country and was injured doing it, he found a way to overcome what would stop many people, making the others disabled. This is another great example why we need to avoid judging others based upon biases, and in reality we should not judge others at all (but, that appears an impossible dream).

I have only ever seen one other ebiker on the road, and he is always going the other direction. And, yes, we wave
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The last time I spoke to an e-biker it was only because he had decided to stop at a rest area at the top of a long climb on which he had passed me. It turned out he had permanent leg damage from being hit by a mortar in the service, which was why he was riding an e-bike.
I don't believe injury or disability is a requirement to purchase or ride an ebike. I have both a regular road bike and an ebike. I enjoy both very much. Usually I ride whichever bike better serves the purpose for the task at hand. Sometimes I just jump on one or the other because that's what I feel like riding at the time. I have fun on either bicycle. I have completed a one-day, Seattle-to-Portland, 204 mile bicycle ride on my road bike... I'm fully capable of riding either bicycle.
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And all this time I thought I was just riding my bike to work. I had no idea that I was competing with all the other bicycle commuters. My ebike cuts off power at 20mph. But, if I'm "competing" I may have to consider an upgrade to the 28mph model.
I don't know about the competing aspect. No one has ever passed me on my road commute, e-bike or otherwise. But that's not because of competing, I haven't passed any of them on the road either. There just aren't enough of us.

The only people I've chased down on my commute, on the streets, were driving pickups or passenger cars. On the Greenway though it goes on all the time, but I take it easy there.
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Do you really have nothing better to do than insult others and attempt to start problems? Maybe you should move onto non-ebike threads if this is your norm (noting your previous behavior in an ebike thread). My guess is you love bikes like the rest of us, yet this is not the way to show it.

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toss a stick in his spokes... duh
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@alan s, you are showing us your small, petty side.
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