DC bike ride (May 16, 2020)

WilliamT

Active Member

According to their FAQ

"Pedal-assist bicycles are allowed. E-bikes with a throttle or that can be POWERED BY MOTOR ONLY ARE NOT ALLOWED. "

So if you disconnect your throttle, is your bike allowed? Then it would only run in pedal assist mode.
 

J.R.

Well-Known Member

According to their FAQ

"Pedal-assist bicycles are allowed. E-bikes with a throttle or that can be POWERED BY MOTOR ONLY ARE NOT ALLOWED. "

So if you disconnect your throttle, is your bike allowed? Then it would only run in pedal assist mode.
It's a social group ride. I seriously doubt anyone will scrutinize your bike, as long as you're riding the same as the group. I've ridden in mixed group rides, both acoustic and electric. Lots of curious questions. The closest question that may relate to throttles is: 'so it's like a moped?' Answer: 'no, you have to pedal to make it go. Just like your bike'. You could always remove the throttle if you're disconnecting it anyway. I doubt anyone will notice though.
 

WilliamT

Active Member
That's what I meant. I would remove the throttle entirely from the handlebars. Then the only way to start the motor is through pedal assist only.
 

Readytoride

Well-Known Member

According to their FAQ

"Pedal-assist bicycles are allowed. E-bikes with a throttle or that can be POWERED BY MOTOR ONLY ARE NOT ALLOWED. "

So if you disconnect your throttle, is your bike allowed? Then it would only run in pedal assist mode.
I did that ride 2 years ago with a converted 1998 Giant using a Hilltopper 250w front wheel hub and throttle. Absolutely no one said a word to me, and I doubt anyone even knew I was on an ebike. It helped me keep up with the group I was with, and I know even going 20mph I was a lot slower than some of the road bikes around me.

I did see the "No ebikes" rule at last minute, but I'd already paid so I went. Nobody cared. Nobody even looked. The next year it rained and I didn't go. I'll go this year, but with my Giant LaFree. But trust me - if I need the converted throttle only bike, I'd take it again with no qualms.

There are thousands of bikes there. I didn't see anyone checking any bikes. Everyone working the ride was too busy getting the bikes in the paddocks and moving each paddock forward so that the bikes could go off in ordered, timed groups . Nobody noticed, nobody will notice, or even care what your ebike has ....unless you look and act and dress like Evel Knievel and your bike looks like a crap homemade 3000 watt job. Even then you'll probably only get the side eye from the folks around you. No body else will care.
 
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john peck

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I've ridden in mixed group rides, both acoustic and electric. Lots of curious questions?

Ya mean like: Whar kin i git me one of them acoustic bicycles?🤔
There's a video somewhere with a guy who put a diesel train horn on a bike.
 
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