Nubo wrote:I've cycled most of my life. I fear that an electric bike would be the beginning of the end. Personally I need the bike as a means to measure myself against the world. That is the best thing about riding and I don't want to give that up, ever. If I begin dottering, sit me on a trike or quadricycle with super-low gears and let me grind away at a snail's pace if that's what it takes to get me outside moving under my own, and only my own, power.
Same here, and I feel the same way about hiking/mountaineering/X-C skiing. Personally, I hope someday to be able to emulate these guys:
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wir ... HCbhFI8qcw
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/wor ... %28male%29
That being said, if I had killer hills to ride every day on my commute, and it was a choice of giving up a bike and switching to a car or going with an e-bike, I'd opt for the bike. I'm still outside and doing at least some of the work.