- Mar 31, 2020
...pedal assist ebikes shouldn't be ridden on highways just like regular bikes shouldn't be on highways...
It fun rolling fast with traffic and being able to lip off onto a trail or path and just slowly roll on leaving the noise behind. I don't like riding in traffic. The more the traffic the more I "don't like it"... but I do it every day. Kinda hard for me to ride 30, 40, 50 miles and not be in traffic for some (or all) of it. But I specifically wanted an ebike that can negotiate traffic as well as single-track. Ya get good at taking local routes that keep you out of the worst of it but it's a fact of riding. You should also remember that on the right bike a BBSHD would let you ride at a sustained 50 mph if you are dumb enough to want that. It's wouldn't be a Low-Speed Electric Bike (LSEB) or Class-1 ebike to be sure, but you could easily hang in traffic moving at 35-40 mph. The only thing holding ebikes back is the frame and bike components that aren't designed for those conditions. They are "assisted" bicycles after all. The newest electric motorcycles are pretty f&*king nice if that's what you want. Riding my ebike in traffic, at times I do everything I can to stay "out of the way", other times I take the lane regardless of people feeling upset for a 30-second delay. Lots of people in this area are cool, understand, and actually help,... probably ride themselves, others are moronic f&*kheads. The magic of bicycles in America is that they have all the rights of a licensed vehicle. The magic of a LSEB (Class-1 ebike) is that they have all the rights of a bicycle. But... none of those rights changes physics, as always, might-is-right and traffic sucks.
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