Posted by: peterk
hypothetical question: I'm sure rebates for e-bikes are not too far away. Sure, they should be intended for commuting to take cars off the roads, but I bet that can be stretched to that 160mm eMTB. Say you get $1000 back for buying an e-bike, bringing them closer in line with a similar spec mtb, but with a motor! Would you? Will tempt a lot of even the hard line riders.
I have to disagree, as some of the older peeps on here as well.
Sidenote: I do not live on or near the Shore so please keep that in mind.
Right now I have a 21km commute one way, give and take a few when I go by bike. I live on top of a pretty steep hill, road has at times a 18% gradient which is pretty much in my parts of the world and I (still) hate climbing, kind of.
Right now I have two choices:
1. Get an ebike.
2. Use my car and simply drive a bit, at present about 2 km. Advantage: I still save a shitload of gas and do not kill myself on that climb and commute by bike everyday - and get fitter until I can ride all of it.
Point is....I think if healthy there are two types of riders, purely seen in black and white (which is not how life is working but...).
One who embraces ebikes for comfort, the other loves the challenge without any assistance.