Re: Is there bike snobbery?
Paul Murphy wrote:
> Well I cant comment on bike clubs having never belonged to one but certainly
> many bike shops and cyclists have biases against electric bikes. The sorts
> of views include that they're intended for elderly people or those not up to
> ordinary cycling ...
> also that they're an answer to a non-existent problem
I am generally of the opinion that electric bikes are for the elderly,
the infirm, and people who often have to carry heavy loads up hills.
OTOH I sometimes long for electric assist during winter commutes, and if
I get another motorbike when I'm older I'd really like to be able to buy
an electric bike with the power and styling of a proper motorbike, but
without the engine noise.
I have a, possibly slightly unusual, reason for disliking electric
bikes. My first encounter with one was on my way to work one morning.
There was a guy ahead of me riding an electric bike, entirely under
electric power, smoking a fag. Because he was riding at his maximum
speed of ~15 mph and I was riding at about 18 mph, I was stuck in his
noxious cloud for what seemed like ages. And I couldn't speed up to get
past quicker, because the air was too foul to start taking deeper breaths.
I have, however, seen how electric bikes can be useful in getting
someone onto a proper bike. About 6 or 7 years ago I noticed someone
regularly riding in the opposite direction on an electric bike when I
was riding to work. A few months later, he progressed to a cheap
mountain bike. A few months after that, he upgraded it. I still see
him most days.
Danny Colyer <URL:http://www.colyer.plus.com/danny/
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