Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2012 Trek DS 8.5 all weather hybrid, 2008 LeMond Poprad cyclocross, 1992 Cannondale R500 roadbike
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I sometimes ride with some guys with electric assist bikes... They use the electric assist on hills and on sections where it is necessary to go fast enough to keep up with traffic... The result is that they can ride longer and further than I can...
The other thing they use it for is to tease the hot-shot youngsters on their CF road bikes... They draft behind them going up a hill and maintain a casual conversation while the hot shot youngster is huffing, puffing, and sweating they're way up the hill.... (It's not obvious that their bikes have an electric assist). That may be a little cruel -- but they seem to enjoy it!
But I guess there is fine line between an electric assist and a fully powered electric motorcycle. When does it switch over from the motor aiding the pedaling and the pedaling aiding the electric motor?