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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan von Buckingham View Post
    I'm done. If that's a bicycle it's only because it has pedals. And in that case I'm gonna crazy-glue some cranks and pedals to the hood of my Tesla and use the MVT express lane to drive to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baiskeli View Post
    Well, one can't just look at a cyclist and know they aren't physically challenged.
    Agreed. Making judgments about this is serious pet peeve of mine. Many physical disabilities are invisible. Just because someone looks young-ish and healthy doesn't mean they don't have a disability that might make riding a normal bike significantly more difficult than most other people find it, if they can even ride a normal bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baiskeli View Post
    Well, one can't just look at a cyclist and know they aren't physically challenged.
    That's true, appearances can be deceiving. But in the following sentence Hozn wrote, "Most were running at 25-30mph down the W&OD." I struggle to think of a disability status, obvious or not, that justifies going that fast down the W&OD.

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    That is fair. I have talked to most of them and they just explained that they liked having e-assist to make the commute easier or wanted to go faster. You're right that I can't know for sure that someone doesn't have a physical disability if I didn't ask them. But yeah, flying down the trail suggests that the reason for the e-bike is something else.

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    Sign of the apocalypse?

    An e-bike recumbent: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/ter...nt-bike/021771

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjclaeys View Post
    Sign of the apocalypse?

    An e-bike recumbent: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/ter...nt-bike/021771
    Yep.

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    There a few recumbent e-bikes listed on this review website. I’ve wondered how recumbent tandems ride/brake/corner with >1 riders, a motor wheel at the front would help such a bike train get up hills, I guess you’d have to coordinate braking going downhill.

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    A long time #bikedc rider recently had a normal-bike-riding ending injury. She's now on an e-recumbant trike and loving that she gets to continue riding, when she would not be able to without this technology.

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    I love my trike with the e-assist, I cannot ride my upright because of my shoulder and my 15 mile commute each way was too much without the e-assist. I do not speed and try to always stay below 15 mph. With my health issues I am forever grateful I have this option I cannot imagine what I would do if they ever said e-bikes were not allowed on the trail. I try often to keep the e-assist at the minimum level and use my leg power but it is wicked nice to know that when I am having a bad day with a lot of pain I can have the e-assist help me. There are morning when I know without e-assist I wouldn't have been able to ride in but with it I am brave enough to start out even on a bad morning and most morning once I get started I am thrilled that I got on the trike. Some mornings not so much but always it is better than a car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    flying down the trail suggests that the reason for the e-bike is something else.
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