I hate your ebike...

flynbulldog

New Member
Well, the article was sort-of a sham, obviously written to make the objections to ebikes look silly and petty and to extoll the virtues of ebikes. So far my experiences (though I'm very early into this journey) from dino-cyclists has been very positive. I have a good friend who has been riding and racing bikes for most of his life and is a very accomplished and driven cyclist. When I told him about my ebike purchase he was nothing but happy for me and encouraging He wanted to learn more and is quite open to trying it out. I will share my ebike with anyone who wants to give it a try (for a few minutes ;))
 

Sage Oz

New Member
Sounds like the first arguments since the first horseless carriage hit the road. Give ebikes some time and they will as normal as everything else. I would be still driving to work if it wasn't for my ebike.

It always amazes me folks don't think these items are cheating:
- running is cheating compared to walking
- biking is cheating compared to jogging
- full suspension MTB is cheating compared to a hardtail MTB
- motorcycle is cheating compared to a bike
- elevator is cheating compared to stairs
- grocery store is cheating compared to being a hunter/gatherer living off the land
- going to a dentist for filling is cheating compared to a pair of pliers and a bottle of Jack Daniels

Only ebikes seem to get this bad rap? Don't know how to change the ebike image?
Riding anything but a penny farthing is cheating! :)
 

mrgold35

Well-Known Member
I would be curious on how that handles off road AND scared to ask how much it cost! I would think it would ride closer to an unicycle compared to a bicycle.
 

DouglasB

Active Member
Thanks for that! My wife and I ride both the carbon fiber, fast, road bikes (in clown suits) and Ebikes (no clown suit). Each bike has a purpose for us. The Ebike is more of a commuter or errand runner and the road bikes are for fun and exercise. They overlap of course. I was passed by three "club riders" doing 23 mph the other day. I had two more levels of assist left so I kicked it into "Turbo" and smoked them. They looked none too happy at being passed by two seniors, riding, what appeared to be MTB bikes. I thought my wife would be pissed but there she was, right behind me with a big smile on her face. Oh the joy!
 

JRA

Well-Known Member
Dogging cars and picking off roadies....I only do these things under the interest of maintaining the speed/momentum that I am trying to achieve at the time. It’s pretty obvious that I’m on an eBike wearing dickhider shorts and flip flops and I have no problem with that. If others do, I don’t have a problem with them.

When our pace is close enough I will offer to take a pull however and that has been fun a few times, as well as appreciated. Motor pacing after all is a training tool of long standing.
 

SirJonathan

Active Member
I actually ran into this situation just today on my CCX. I was cruising along at around 14mph on the bike path enjoying the sunshine down here in Southern California for the first time in a few days after some storms and a roadie road along me and said "must be nice cheating like that!". I told him "Hey buddy, I run seven miles every day on this same path and here you are sitting on your bike. How can you exercise if you're sitting down? YOU'RE cheating. Get off that bike and start running!" He looked at me like I was crazy and took off. I was thinking about just popping into Assist 3 and burying him but I didn't want to alter my ride for him.

I pretty much dislike any unsolicited "advice" or commentary when I'm minding my own business. I used to ride a couple hundred miles a week on my road bike and I'd take very slow recovery rides on my beach cruiser. We're talking 5mph stuff in flip-flops and shorts without a shirt. I had an older gentleman on a road bike pull up to me and lecture me about me having no helmet. I always ride with one when I ride on the road but I run faster than I ride this cruiser bike. I understood all his points about somebody crashing into me, having the wheels slip out on me, his friend that was on a cruiser bike and is still in the hospital from a fall without a helmet, etc. I asked him if anything I was doing was illegal. He said no. I said "thank you for your unsolicited advice" and he was on his way.
 
Great read. I just started riding an e-bike and was oblivious to the disdain that some had toward them. At nearly 67 years old a regular bike is out of my league. I wonder if the anti-e -bikers are really just concerned about sharing their turf with some old folks?
 

Ian Moone

Active Member
Great read. I just started riding an e-bike and was oblivious to the disdain that some had toward them. At nearly 67 years old a regular bike is out of my league. I wonder if the anti-e -bikers are really just concerned about sharing their turf with some old folks?
I'm 58 with a right knee replacement, So piss on 'em !! Hecklers can enjoy my Hell lol !! ??
 

ebikemom

Administrator
Staff member
Great read. I just started riding an e-bike and was oblivious to the disdain that some had toward them. At nearly 67 years old a regular bike is out of my league. I wonder if the anti-e -bikers are really just concerned about sharing their turf with some old folks?
I've been ebiking for a couple of weeks shy of a year now. I did get a few "cheater" comments from road bikers in those first months, but in the last six months .... almost nothing. About a month ago, a road biker who I was stopped alongside of told me I should have stopped to her left and not to her right (???? made no sense. I was going to be turning right), and she said "my friend was hit by an ebike and is in the hospital." Okay ... um, thanks for sharing? Anyway, her behavior toward me showed that she clearly held negative views of ebikes. But, I think more and more road bikers are, um, actually buying ebikes so they can cycle even more often. Things will only get better, I think!
 

Ian Moone

Active Member
I've been ebiking for a couple of weeks shy of a year now. I did get a few "cheater" comments from road bikers in those first months, but in the last six months .... almost nothing. About a month ago, a road biker who I was stopped alongside of told me I should have stopped to her left and not to her right (???? made no sense. I was going to be turning right), and she said "my friend was hit by an ebike and is in the hospital." Okay ... um, thanks for sharing? Anyway, her behavior toward me showed that she clearly held negative views of ebikes. But, I think more and more road bikers are, um, actually buying ebikes so they can cycle even more often. Things will only get better, I think!
Jealousy always seems to rear it's head, sooner or later. ?
 

Toomanycats

Active Member
I've been ebiking for a couple of weeks shy of a year now. I did get a few "cheater" comments from road bikers in those first months, but in the last six months .... almost nothing. About a month ago, a road biker who I was stopped alongside of told me I should have stopped to her left and not to her right (???? made no sense. I was going to be turning right), and she said "my friend was hit by an ebike and is in the hospital." Okay ... um, thanks for sharing? Anyway, her behavior toward me showed that she clearly held negative views of ebikes. But, I think more and more road bikers are, um, actually buying ebikes so they can cycle even more often. Things will only get better, I think!
Funny that- I’ve been riding my ebike for a couple of months now, and the male road bikers that I’ve run into (some are my neighbors) have been friendly and supportive, if slightly bossy. It’s other women bikers who haven’t been friendly. Not sure why.
 

com4n6

Member
That was great! I am new to the ebike world so I don't understand that people call them cheating? Isn't it nice that someone who wouldn't go biking for one reason or another can now go. I never thought that I might be riding and get negative comments about riding an ebike.
 

AZOldTech

Active Member
That was great! I am new to the ebike world so I don't understand that people call them cheating? Isn't it nice that someone who wouldn't go biking for one reason or another can now go. I never thought that I might be riding and get negative comments about riding an ebike.
I'm guessing that road bikers are just pissed that they have been working so hard to improve their time and show their competitive friends how good they are, and here you come along and pass them like they were standing still without breaking a sweat... lol :)