cool ebike video
Was new to me, some may have seen this already
The trail is cool , not the bike .
Looks like it died in the middle of the woods
and he's huffn it out . LOL
All of the fun with none of the fitness! What else could anyone want? At least it will be quieter and less destructive than motocross. I am old, so new things are all strange and scary. I am afraid to be run down by gangs of fat kids on these things. I don't like where this is going
New super quiet opportunities to have conflicts with hikers and horses.
Unless they were being used by people with mobility or disability issues to allow them to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and they were limited in speeds to match pedal powered bikes on uphills, this just seems to be a Wall-E future in the works.
I'd have to agree owners of this type of bike will have to find or make their own offroad niche, such bikes don't have any obvious place on most/all of the sort of singletrack trails we have today. I think IMBA came out with their position very early and very clearly.
Still, I think there is an engineering achievement here. I'm going to suggest with tongue-in-cheek that considering the state of the roads in Toronto, along with the current balance of power between motorized and non-motorized users, that a bike like this could make a legitimate M-F commuter that offers both style points and safety in the cut and thrust of traffic. It's cool in every way that the current crop of ebikes is goofy, and yet it offers the snappy acceleration that motorists know and respect.
All I can think is that it would take years of developing skills to be able to handle singletrack trail at the kinds of speeds that thing can do. It would also probably take a while to build up the fitness to go that fast. I can see some novice bombing the trail and getting seriously hurt. Much like I have seen with kids (and not so smart adults) under estimating downhilling.
at 4500 watts it is well out of the e-bike category so they shouldn't show up on sidewalks and should be required to be licensed and operated by a licenced driver
I think these are the requirements for e-bike
1. What is a power-assisted bicycle (“e-bike”)?
For use in the Province of Ontario, a power-assisted bicycle, or e-bike, is a bicycle that:
•Has a maximum weight of 120 kg (includes the weight of bike and battery);
•Has wheels with a diameter of at least 350 mm and width of at least 35 mm; and
•Meets the federal definition of a power-assisted bicycle: ◦has steering handlebars and is equipped with pedals,
◦is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground,
◦is capable of being propelled by muscular power,
◦has one or more electric motors that have, singly or in combination, the following characteristics:
■it has a total continuous power output rating, measured at the shaft of each motor, of 500 W or less,
■if it is engaged by the use of muscular power, power assistance immediately ceases when the muscular power ceases,
■if it is engaged by the use of an accelerator controller, power assistance immediately ceases when the brakes are applied, and
■it is incapable of providing further assistance when the bicycle attains a speed of 32 km/h on level ground,
◦bears a label that is permanently affixed by the manufacturer and appears in a conspicuous location stating, in both official languages, that the vehicle is a power-assisted bicycle as defined federally, and
◦has one of the following safety features, ■an enabling mechanism to turn the electric motor on and off that is separate from the accelerator controller and fitted in such a manner that it is operable by the driver, or
■a mechanism that prevents the motor from being engaged before the bicycle attains 3 km/hr.
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