2nd ebike, not a cheater :)

JackBurton

New Member
Region
USA
I've loved biking my whole life, since a kid. Used to ride to work.

In middle age I was riding this just for fun. Always leaned casual/recreational vs hardcore with biking.
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But in my 40s, my CMT (hereditary neuropathy) started to get the best of me and I started to get some serious range anxiety.

So about 7 years ago I got my first ebike, on a whim. It was a major investment and I wasn't sure how much I'd use it but I wanted it for recreation and needed it to stay active. I shopped for bikes. Several local shops carried them but the scorn and hatred that the traditional biking community has for ebikes and ebikers is a major turn off. Everyone calls ebikes 'cheating'.

But Im lucky there's an ebike-focused shop nearby and I got this Bintelli:

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Took my toddler for many, many awesome rides with this. Got to know this bike. Im a big guy and it was always a bit underpowered but I discovered how amazing ebikes are. I took a bunch of late-evening summer rides on our paved-trails here and had some near-religious moments.

So this week I scrounged up the funds to upgrade. Got it at the local shop again. Loving it. This is what I originally needed.

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Preaching to the choir but I feel kind of frustrated and forced to proclaim: Ebikes aren't cheating. They are pure fun. I dont bother talking shop with regular spandex/bike dudes. They don't understand and they don't want to. They feel too much scorn to think clearly about it.
 
I've loved biking my whole life, since a kid. Used to ride to work.

In middle age I was riding this just for fun. Always leaned casual/recreational vs hardcore with biking. View attachment 83232
But in my 40s, my CMT (hereditary neuropathy) started to get the best of me and I started to get some serious range anxiety.

So about 7 years ago I got my first ebike, on a whim. It was a major investment and I wasn't sure how much I'd use it but I wanted it for recreation and needed it to stay active. I shopped for bikes. Several local shops carried them but the scorn and hatred that the traditional biking community has for ebikes and ebikers is a major turn off. Everyone calls ebikes 'cheating'.

But Im lucky there's an ebike-focused shop nearby and I got this Bintelli:

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Took my toddler for many, many awesome rides with this. Got to know this bike. Im a big guy and it was always a bit underpowered but I discovered how amazing ebikes are. I took a bunch of late-evening summer rides on our paved-trails here and had some near-religious moments.

So this week I scrounged up the funds to upgrade. Got it at the local shop again. Loving it. This is what I originally needed.

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Preaching to the choir but I feel kind of frustrated and forced to proclaim: Ebikes aren't cheating. They are pure fun. I dont bother talking shop with regular spandex/bike dudes. They don't understand and they don't want to. They feel too much scorn to think clearly about it.
You should ask: "who am I cheating?"
 

Newby

New Member
Region
USA
City
Stevens Point
I hear the same thing, but have road 300 miles farther then last year and I have had lots of crap weather up here so far. Took my beach cruiser for a ride yesterday and it goes way faster then it used to, so I know I'm getting back into biking shape. I may end up with a analog road bike again just to shut them up. To each their own!
 

Bigal1463

Well-Known Member
Welcome to you Newby, don’t let them get to you. They’re probably jealous and trying to control you. You do what’s right for you. In time they’ll all be getting e-bikes. That’s what happens when we get older and not able to bike like we remember, or injuries that we may have that restricts us. Good luck to you and ride safe and responsibly.