The Rise of the Commuter & E-Bike Specialist Shop Part 1 | Commute by Bike

Recently my bicycling feed from YouTube has been ebike news. The league instructor list just spent a week trying to decide wether ebike riders should be allowed in league classes. 


The ebike is the latest move to encourage more people to ride bikes or at least to get out of their cars. A cruiser, comfort, or town bike, is one thing. It may have bigger tires, fewer gears, and be pretty heavy but at least it is pedal p;owered. The ebike, however, begins to fudge the line betweeen bike and moped. Yes, many of them are assist only bikes where the battery power only kicks in if you are turning the crank.

I’m inlined to be a purist here but I know Lewiston presents serious hill obstacles for the beginning commuter. Carol has one of these battery-assist bikes and seems to like it.

Still not sure how I feel about it, though. Better, I suppose, that the single speeds the hot-shots are riding.



Pete Prebus is the guy at Electric Bike Report, a website dedicated to getting the word out about electric bikes through e-bike news, reviews, guides, and general e-bike advocacy. Pete wants to encourage more people to ride bikes by providing good info about e-bikes and all the benefits all the time they have over driving a car. Pete has been a long time cyclist racer, mountain, road, cyclo-cross, commuter, bike polo, etc. and sees the e-bike as a great way to get the non-cyclist into bike commuting as well as just having fun on a bicycle.

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