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Electric Bikes - surely not

posted 22 Oct 2017, 05:28 by Mark Burgin   [ updated 4 Nov 2017, 00:24 ]
I was stopped over at South Warnborough a month or so ago and a bunch of MTBers came in.  We got chatting as you do and it turns out that one of them was in his early eighties and able to keep up because he had an electric motor on his bike.

This weekend I asked Roger how electric bikes worked in his club in Perth Australia, this is what he said:

"Maybe ten or so riders in my club in Perth ride high quality road bikes with electric motors. They are all older guys, some even older than me, who are experienced bike riders. The motors have enabled them to enjoy the many social and physical benefits of cycling once again - the quality of their lives has been greatly enhanced.  In WA there is a legal power limit of 300 watts for electric bikes but this is more than enough to enable these guys to drop even strong riders, particularly in terms of acceleration and performance on climbs. I never thought this would be the case, but given my experience in Perth, I am now strongly in favour of electric bikes and would urge that their use should be allowed by VCGH."

When we came up with the club rules ten or so years ago we specifically excluded electric bikes and for that matter any power assisted bikes, I'm starting to think this is a subject we should re visit at the AGM.  Maybe there's a trial we could run for a year perhaps limiting the wattage etc, food for thought.

Do let me have your thoughts.


Mark Burgin
VCGH Chairman & Youth Officer

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