True to my own quote: a woman pulled up behind me at a red light tonight on my way home. Obviously an accomplished road biker; she was muscular, tan and riding good hardware. She was friendly enough and didn't comment on my e-bike but just my helmet (positive comment it was). I left her easily when the light turned green thanks to the CX but she caught me and passed me easily as I topped out at 19.5 mph in the sprint to a residential cutoff. We cut through a residential area that connects two major blvds - the stretch is about 1.5 miles and there are about 5 consecutive 4-way stops. As we turned into the residential she had about a 1/2 block lead and I naively thought "I can probably hang with her in the start/stop riding whereas she's obviously gonna kill me on the stretches". Well she proceeded to blow right through all the stop signs not even slowing and as I caught the red light at the next major blvd she was a mere speck way off in the distance. As I sat at the red light choking down her dust I thought "hey, that was cheating"...Who's cheating? Every time I'm gaining on those roadies or other bike commuters, they are
blowing through stop signs while I'm stopping. It ain't fair!
Now that is irony at its finest! On the 22 mi bike ride I took the other day (that's a long ride for me), I actually used my ebike unpowered for about a mile. Total weight of bike including all the stuff I carry is 60 to 62 lbs.The irony, however---my pedal assist was 100% dead--my whole ride that day had been 100% human powered... on a 50lb bike... who was the cheater, then?
I've never been brand sensitive. I tend not to push any brand, not even the ebikes I own and love. I'll suggest where to look, but not necessarily what to look at. I don't want the responsibility of someone getting the wrong bike.I admit that as a BMW owner I love poking fun at Harley riders
Sounds like a personal problem.I do believe in some manner we all have our biases. I live on a popular bike trail and see a couple of (the same) people nearly every day using throttle only and no peddling. While I realize it isn’t illegal, I personally find it a bit annoying on a bike trail.