E-gads! What’s With The E-bikes?

I’ve often joked around with my buddies who have motorcycles about how “A real man’s bike runs on muscle, not gas…” If I said that to Sensei he’d probably break both my legs but as an avid cyclists who covers a thousand kilometres or more per summer season, I’m partial to an actual bike instead of motorcycles. Although I can understand the speed and feeling of freedom one no doubt feels from using such a vehicle, the dangers and overall accident rate just aren’t worth it to me, just to relive the opening scene of the original Top Gun movie (if you know, you know!).

But a growing trend seems to be these fuckin’ e-bikes. For those who may not be aware or haven’t been exposed to these abominations, an e-bike is what in Canada, is known as an “assisted bicycle” and usually equipped with some sort of battery pack that powers a small electric motor that provides propulsion to the bicycle. unlike a motorcycle, moped or scooter, it doesn’t have a combustion engine and doesn’t run on gas. In Canada, an e-bike is required to have peddles on it, otherwise it’s classified as a motorcycle and subject to all the same rules and regulations. They also can only be powered to a certain extent before becoming illegal to use on public streets and roadways. They’re also utterly and ridiculously useless…

E-bikes were “invented sometime in the early 1990’s with the first ones sold in store towards the latter part of that decade. It isn’t until recent years that that there seems to have been an uptake and increase in interest in these bikes and people everywhere are jumping on (see what I did there?). I have to confess that I don’t really see the use behind these suckers. Although I understand that so long as they’re compliant with local laws, you don’t need a driver’s license to operate one, they don’t hold anywhere near the speed of a motorcycle, with most legally-permitted ones going no much faster than a seasoned cyclist would go on a traditional bike. If it’s because you NEED the assistance because you don’t want to keep peddling, that raises the question as to WHY you’re using a bike in the first place.

I recently had a friend from back home, who shall remain nameless but if they take the time to read my blog, they’ll know themselves, who excitedly contacted me to tell me they had purchased a mountain bike version of one of these bad boys. His claim was that it would allow him to bike through some of the more difficult areas that he couldn’t make it through on his own. When I challenged that claim on the basis that the bike was doing the work instead of him, he didn’t particularly like that. But that’s the reality; if you can’t make it through an are on your bike, that’s likely because YOU SHOULDN’T BE BIKING THERE!

I don’t know, maybe I’m being too harsh against these things. y’all can let me know in the comments section. Maybe it’s just Monday morning and I need to get more coffee into my system. I just don’t see the POINT. It feels more like an added step towards the inevitable slip towards a passive, lazy society that’s already stepping off the edge of the slope. this will just get them there faster. I guess I can kind of see SOME appeal to having one of these as an alternative means of getting to your work in the morning, providing that you don’t live a significant distance away.

It looks like e-bikes as well as their counterparts (e-scooters, etc) are here to stay, with most major retail locations in Canada carrying some version or model of them. For myself, I had toyed with the idea of getting an electric scooter to get myself to the office in the mornings so I could leave the car for my wife. I don’t know, a scooter seems less stupid to me, since the intention isn’t to peddle on one of those. Again, maybe it’s simply because I’m partial to my bike. Or maybe I juts need to stop being so whiny. It’s just the start of the week, after all. ☯️

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

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