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Old 10-29-2018, 10:35 AM   #57
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Not that I’m saying s person should break the law , but go to jail for not having proper license?
Good grief
True.

I'm taking an informal poll.

1. Has anyone been stopped and cited for riding an e-bike?

2. Has anyone actually read the long posts by G.T.?

Me thinks it's zero, nada, zip in both cases.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:34 AM   #58
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True.

I'm taking an informal poll.

1. Has anyone been stopped and cited for riding an e-bike?

2. Has anyone actually read the long posts by G.T.?

Me thinks it's zero, nada, zip in both cases.
I've see people turned around at the trail head before. They were not happy.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:26 PM   #59
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I've see people turned around at the trail head before. They were not happy.
That would definitely be a bummer. Especially if the offender bought a e-bike that was a mountain bike just to ride with their better half. I guess that just falls under it's easier to make one blanket rule than try and go case by case. I think many riders are all for whatever gets people out of their cages and riding bikes more.
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Old 10-29-2018, 05:25 PM   #60
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That would definitely be a bummer. Especially if the offender bought a e-bike that was a mountain bike just to ride with their better half. I guess that just falls under it's easier to make one blanket rule than try and go case by case. I think many riders are all for whatever gets people out of their cages and riding bikes more.
The problem is that riders share the trails with hikers. Many MTB riders are bad as it is but at least they go slow up hills. Around here, the E-Bikes are flying up the hills!
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I have a older Cannondale Super V 800. I took the wide mountain bike tires off and replaced them with narrow road bike tires and wheels this makes a huge difference riding on black top.
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The paranoia on ebikes here is amazing. First off, most ride bikes with electric assist, which is different from ebikes. It is a silly difference, but if it has a throttle in some areas it is a problem. If it assists only when pedaling and is less than 500 watts there should be no problem. And most of these with a controller cut out above a certain speed, either 20 or 25. Frankly if you have more than a 500 watt(and there is no such thing as 501 watt motors) you do have a motorcycle. We have a recumbent trike with 250 and it is more than enough power TO ASSIST up any hill.

There are ebikes with off road suspensions and 1000 watt motors. They are a different vehicle and should be licensed as they are basically motorcycles.

The national park limit is no longer.

So ebikes that assist are a real thing and are becoming very popular. We have ridden in several states on bike paths and NEVER had a problem. Local cops have checked out our rides and NEVER gave us a ticket, warning or anything else.

One more thing, the department store bikes are not all bad. Bought two schwinn brand bikes at target years ago for 100 each. Put a set of high end slick tread tires on, pumped them up to 70 PSI and they ride quite well. I would put them up against a 500 dollar bike from the local shop any time.
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Ditto to @TIME2CAMP post...

We have an assisted Catrike Villager (750Watts), assisted EZ-Classic-SX recumbent (750watts), and a Rad Powerbike (750Watts) assisted bike...we ride 1000's of miles all over the country...never had a second look by a trail officer/ranger or anyone else. Then again, I'm not flying down the trail at warp 9 either.

I see no imminent catastrophe riding an assisted or e-bike around for fun, there is more danger in charging the battery than riding.

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Using your logic, this would also mean that cars are illegal to use in many states, since they require a license to operate as well.

I looked the link you provided and would like some clarification. Here’s your quote from before:
“Electric "bicycles" are illegal to use on public roads in many states.”
I would appreciate it if you would list all these “many states” that do not allow any use of e-bikes on their roads? __________________
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I didn't read all 5 pages but:

If you ride an E-bike or a motorcycle you are a BIKER
If you must pedal as the sole means of propulsion ( excepting gravity) you are a CYCLIST
Please do not confuse one with the other as the they are not interchangeable.
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So it looks like this thread has turned into a debate about electric bikes and whether they are legal in various states. My two cents: Given the HUGE
technical advancements and popularity of electric bikes, they will be legal everywhere in every state. I do not have one presently, but Im sure one is in my future.

On a more interesting note (to me anyway) I just bought a new bike. Its the most weird bike style bike I have ever owned. But we REALLY like this thing. I wanted to show it to you because there may be some here interested in something different. (No, it's not electric, although there is an option to purchase it with a electric motor)

My wife and I consider ourselves casual riders, but we do bicycle a bunch, averaging about 300 miles a month. We enjoy doing century group rides and exploring the outdoors in state and federal parks on a bike. Bicycling and hiking are what we like to do and this lifestyle keeps both of us in pretty good shape physically and mentally.

Lately my wife has been having issues with a traditional bike seat (medical issue that cant be fixed) and she hasn't wanted to ride as much. I bought a recumbent style bike to see if this would work for her. And BINGO, she loves it and I have my riding partner back. Its called a Hase Pino Allaround. German built and very high quality. Yes, it's expensive, but very much worth it to me AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, my riding partner!

This interesting tandem bicycle configuration has the rear captain position sitting traditional and the front stoker position sitting recumbent. We recently did a 4000 mile trip in the motorhome out west. We put about 500 miles on the bike over a two week period and had a blast. Here's a few photos........
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I didn't read all 5 pages but:

If you ride an E-bike or a motorcycle you are a BIKER
If you must pedal as the sole means of propulsion ( excepting gravity) you are a CYCLIST
Please do not confuse one with the other as the they are not interchangeable.
So E-bikes that are only pedal assist have a cyclist in the saddle or a biker? Not that it really matters.
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So it looks like this thread has turned into a debate about electric bikes and whether they are legal in various states. My two cents: Given the HUGE
technical advancements and popularity of electric bikes, they will be legal everywhere in every state. I do not have one presently, but Im sure one is in my future.

On a more interesting note (to me anyway) I just bought a new bike. Its the most weird bike style bike I have ever owned. But we REALLY like this thing. I wanted to show it to you because there may be some here interested in something different. (No, it's not electric, although there is an option to purchase it with a electric motor)

My wife and I consider ourselves casual riders, but we do bicycle a bunch, averaging about 300 miles a month. We enjoy doing century group rides and exploring the outdoors in state and federal parks on a bike. Bicycling and hiking are what we like to do and this lifestyle keeps both of us in pretty good shape physically and mentally.

Lately my wife has been having issues with a traditional bike seat (medical issue that cant be fixed) and she hasn't wanted to ride as much. I bought a recumbent style bike to see if this would work for her. And BINGO, she loves it and I have my riding partner back. Its called a Hase Pino Allaround. German built and very high quality. Yes, it's expensive, but very much worth it to me AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, my riding partner!

This interesting tandem bicycle configuration has the rear captain position sitting traditional and the front stoker position sitting recumbent. We recently did a 4000 mile trip in the motorhome out west. We put about 500 miles on the bike over a two week period and had a blast. Here's a few photos........
We really enjoyed peddling aroung the Grand Canyon on their many paved trails. Does she not mind not having handle bars?
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I didn't read all 5 pages but:

If you ride an E-bike or a motorcycle you are a BIKER
If you must pedal as the sole means of propulsion ( excepting gravity) you are a CYCLIST
Please do not confuse one with the other as the they are not interchangeable.
This doesn't work for me. Wife has assist, she uses it on longer rides or on steep hills only. The rest of the time she pedals, and then has the additional weight and (minor) resistance of the drive wheel.

And this situation is more common than you think. The word "sole" should be "primary" in my opinion.

Yes this thread seems to be all about ebikes and in my opinion it should be a new thread, as many more members might benefit from it.
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