@Stan Galat posted:
You guys talking about the fancy e-bikes live in a different world than I do.
... around here, there are no shortage of road riders pedaling zillion-dollar bikes (I used to be one of them). There may be a burgeoning e-bike scene, but I'm not seeing them. In Europe, however, I saw dozens of them-- often being used as basic transportation in lieu of a car or scooter.
Around here, what we have (by the truck-load) are "DUI bikes". Generally a $100 Huffy with a $150 "China Doll" 2-stroke drive kit on it hauling a 45 y/o dude with a mullet under a CAT hat (worn backwards), truck-stop shades, a t-shirt, some Rustler jeans, and "Ozark Trail" hikers from WalMart. It's almost a uniform. They bikes are generally leaned against the ice freezer at a Circle K, with the owner inside clogging up the register for 5 minutes while buying generic cigarettes and lottery tickets at 2:00 PM.
I actually think the bikes are kinda' cool.
We call them methmobiles because all the meth addicts ride them around.