Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
What's with this big electric assist bike craze. I just saw three people all with em. I then checked the price and decided I would rather have a bike like they used in the Olympics for the same cost!
I don't get it either. As "real" bicycles they are absolutely awful to pedal and as "scooters" they are also terrible. For the price you could buy a genuinely nice bicycle or a reliable el-cheapo used gas powered scooter that is street legal.
Several people I know have them and none of them have ever been ridden more than a few hundred miles. They just aren't as fun after a few hundred miles as they seem for the first twenty. Especially when you inevitably hit a hill which the motor can't handle; yet the bicycle weight, gearing, and posture makes pedallng up hills a nightmare.
In cities that have their ideal topography, such as Amsterdam, it's so easy to just pedal at a very leisurely pace (and in fact sort of rude to go fast) that they have no benefits over a real bicycle.