While my first reaction is to scoff at the very idea of power assistance on a bike, Margaret Wente, the author of the travel article describes her experience "As the weaker cyclists struggled gamely up the hills, we sailed effortlessly by. By the second day, they were casting envious looks at our e-bikes."
|The second article|
In the second article, Wallace Immen leads off by describing the bike:" My ride was a rather ordinary - looking black bicycle, notable mostly for an electric motor barely bigger than a hamster cage in a box behind the seat. He goes on: "While riding, I could choose either "pedal assistance" for a little help as I pumped, or I could twist the throttle for fully powered riding. I eventually gave up any pretense of pedaling to enjoy the ease and speed of a bike that seemed to have plenty of stored power for a day of sightseeing."
My thoughts about the idea of a power- assisted bike are mixed. Wanting to be a cycling purist, I'm against the idea of help to pedal. On the other hand, when I'm 90 and still riding, the idea might have some merit. I'd be lying if I didn't admit to you that the notion of power - assist struck me as a rather good idea when, on the second day of the MS Bike Tour, we had to ride all day into the energy sapping wind.