I live in flat land Ohio no hills. I did see an e-bike on Craigslist and I wonderd about them. That may be my next bike. For now I had to get something that would handle my weight.
I saw a guy on one today. Had pedals and everything but he wasn't using them. It took off awfully slow though.
While I like anything self powered...I have some issues with them...MAINLY from the past!!
Not really any different than a moped..an electric battery moped.
Now in my youth...I had a gas moped and it had pedals...BUT you could not pedal one even a block down the road. My cousin had a Honda with kick start. SAme 50cc..(really 49cc) engine but the MEAN state of Ohio and many others decided that IT HAD to have pedals to be a moped. Her little honda was motorcycle and that license required!
You ARE FORBIDDEN to ride a moped on a sidewalk...Now I know some palces (ones I don't like even though I don't know where they are) frown on or forbid bikes on sidewalks...BUT for most of US ...THAT's where we rode bikes and that's where they belong most of the time.
Sure we ride in neighborhood side streets, but the people on the main roads on a bike are HATED by most all motorists around here and a lot of places.
Then the manual scooters got popular and no problems there..same as bikes.
Then the battery scooters and smaller gas ones!!!! They LOST THEIR MINDS!
The govt...with it's affliction to regulate and control everything had to get in on this.
They forbid them from sidewalks BECAUSE NO MOTOR driven vehicles allowed on sidewalks....and then banned them from the streets....They called them motorcycles or motor scooters since no pedals for a moped...
A little 159.00 28cc weedeater engine scooter was harder to use than a Moped with up to 5 hp!! LOGIC ANYONE??
Not in govt!!!!!
SO..... My issue. I'm jealous for all the years of my past..for all the kids over the years.
This guy was just rolling along not a leg pedal movement in sight on th sidewalk on really main road! I will give him credit...he stopped for the light and waited until it turned green to go...MORE than most all human pedaled bikes I see!!!
NOW I think the sidewalk is much better than him being in the 45 mph street going maybe 6-8 mph from what I saw.
I just think that technically they are probably illegal in the sidewalks.
I've always hated the rule as I hate that dirtbikes cant ride on streets for even short distances....THERE is a stipulation in OH though...and I used it once for a [email protected]
cop that decided he didn't like me as much as I didn't like him.
It allows for you to ride along the side of the road a certain distance IIRC to the place you are going to ride the dirtbike or ATV.
He pulled us over one time coming back but only got my friend as I was way far in front and "didn't hear" him.
I carries the Ohio code on the bike with me.
Yeah, I really had go arounds with this guy. All came out extremely for the better though.
They say things happen for a reason.
It another long story but if he and a few other things would not have been an issue I would still be living in that house..thinking I was happy and had it made. I have done so much more and owned so many more things in the past 16 years that would have NEVER occurred had it not been for jerks like him making me say SEE YA.
So they should change the laws. I think a speed limit on sidewalks is all that is needed.
A bike that is pedaled (man that word looks misspelled) can go 30+ mph and kill a pedestrian. A battery powered of gas bike rolling at 25-30 is less of a threat in many ways.
They also need to stop this engine or hp size crap. Anything can be designed or geared to do whatever you want....or what they think they are trying to prevent.
Don't think there will ever be a resurgence of gas bikes though...I think battery is the future and one of these days battery tech will catch up to 1990 and we might have good batteries.