Who is it cheating? Really, who is it cheating?
You know I really am getting sick & tired with the whole 'eBikes are for cheaters, they aren't real cyclists' BS! Instead of fueling this BS, stop using that word! No one is CHEATING on a frigging ebike when cycling, eBikes frigging assist those who need it for whatever reason. https://t.co/r2wOvwZLP6— Wolf Simpson (@2_Wheeled_Wolf) 15 January 2018
Is riding a bike now a competition no matter where you go? See who can get to the shops the fastest & can carry the heaviest load? If this is so, why isn't it in the cycling events or part of the Tour De France? Hell, if it was I might understand the idiot drivers going on about being the latest Wiggins wannabe.
If riding an ebike is cheating then those who use their cars are too but never hear anyone bleat about their neighbours cheating coz the drove 1/2 mile to the shop for the Sunday papers or a bottle of milk.
Should we also say using a walking stick, wheelchair or mobility scooter is cheating too? No one would dare to would they & why is that?
So I ask again, why is using an ebike cheating? Would you rather those who feel they need to use an ebike for whatever reason whether a disability, parenthood or just make it easier to cycle to work every day not bother & give up cycling & use a car instead? Thus add yet more cars to the congested roads.
Come on! Lets stop this bullshit about ebikes are cheating, if you don't want to ride one then don't but quite simply just coz you don't want to doesn't mean everyone shouldn't have to. And saying they're bad for doing so deserves a bloody smack for that, you should be encouraging people to cycle & if it means using an ebike then so be it. Good on them!
I for one love the idea of ebikes, I use one when I need to when my disability isn't as good to ride my Cruiser bike. Would you rather I stayed at home or used a car when my legs are bad when cycling is just what I need to help keep my legs going & try stay free?
Who do you think you are hurting when you go on about "ebikes are for cheating"? Would you say this 80yr old is a cheater coz he chooses to ride an ebike?
Read below the responses I had to my anger at that tweet & see who they are. NONE of them are cheaters, just people using the best mode of transport to get about & stay fit & healthy or like others to. And I like to thank them for their replies.
I used to until @RaleighBikes_UK pointed out those less able to cycle benefit greatly from ebikes, completely changed my perception— Arry O'Rourke (@arryorourke) 11 January 2018
It's only cheating when you jump in your car, if e bikes are cheating so is having gears.— ☮️ Matt Hill 🚴 (@Matt_Hill_UK) 15 January 2018
I don't have an e bike btw just a great advocate of their use.
Agree totally. Friend who is 73 and has had 2 hip replacements got an ebike last year. Cycled 84 miles last summer using the bike. Last 20 with a flat battery. Wouldn’t have managed that many miles otherwise. Hero to me.— ChrisPonty (@chrisponty) 15 January 2018
Maybe the name and whole marketing needs to change? Instead of ebike they should be assisted bikes (or something). No one is cheating if it gets them out cycling (assisted or not).— CaptainKirt™ (@captainkirt) 15 January 2018
My 84 year old Dad has ridden bikes for decades. He now uses an #ebike for practical stuff like shopping and for pleasure. His words “I can go twice as far for the same amount of effort”. Why wouldn’t you?!— Simon (@simonnotts) 15 January 2018
I tried one out & my conclusion is that I want one & I'd cycle a lot more if I had one!— Wednesday's Child (@wedzx2003) 16 January 2018
It's interesting* switching between ebike and pushbike. Pushbike really builds up my CV fitness & leg muscles. Fully-laden ebike weighs 1/2 what I do and increases my upper body strength.— Helen Blackman (@HelenBlackman) 16 January 2018
*I'd quite like a less interesting life and a fully-functioning ebike, but shit happens
Ebikes are a great way to get people using two wheels. Those who dismiss them are essentially opposing modal shift and playing into the "lycra lout" stereotype.— Bryn K Buck (@ShowMeASignBlog) 16 January 2018
Might be cheating if you did the TdF with one though.
If I'm going to keep cycling on these knees, there's an ebike in my future. I'll probably also need a hearing aid. That's not cheating...its living to your condition(s).— Sharon Boddy (@DasBod) 16 January 2018
These are just a handful over 24hrs & all feel the same that ebikes enables people to cycle when it's likely they wouldn't have. As I have often point to with my disability, #cyclingeasierthanwalking & it goes #beyondthebicycle.