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Old 11-17-22, 05:44 PM
Clark W. Griswold
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Originally Posted by Lombard
Your point is taken here. I just think these people shouldn't be flying along the MUT's at 20+mph endangering everybody else.
Agreed nobody should be going that fast on any multi use path especially with other people around.

Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
While that well may be your (and a reasonable) definition of a "bicycle," that is unfortunately not how e-bikes are classed:

Three-Class eBike System - Bosch eBike Systems (bosch-ebike.com)

Two-Wheel Vehicle Operation - California DMV

Class 2 e-bikes are throttle-assisted up to 20 mph. Anecdotally, this limit is relatively easy to defeat. Some manufacturers (e.g., Aventon) requires a ride "to start pedaling" before the throttle engages:

Electric Bike Classes 1, 2, 3 | E-Bikes | Aventon

But that is hardly a universal requirement. Even if it was, I have seen so many riders barely push a pedal a quarter turn, then throttle to take off. To me, this is not really "pedaling." Pedaling requires a rider to continually apply force to the crank to cause the crank to rotate in order to propel the bike. In these e-bikes, the pedals function merely as the mechanism to unlock the throttle.

Lastly, my reference above to Mad Max props alludes to the fact that many of these so-called e-bikes (in Class 2) do not even have adjustable saddle height. Pedaling comfort and efficiency are clearly low priorities. Yes, these are functionally electric mopeds.
Correct that is not pedaling using a throttle is not a pedal bike. I know that they have classed throttled vehicles as class two and it is generally the most grey area to outright banned class of bikes even if they aren't actually really bikes because again throttle.

Also correct yeah a lot of stuff doesn't have much adjustment or you wouldn't want to pedal it anyway those less than Super 73s are a perfect example. If I wanted electric with a throttle I would get a Cake or something similar and I would have an actual real motorcycle I can have fun on. They even have some work truck ones that can haul a bunch of stuff but they are neat.
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