2689Re: on e-assist
- Jan 1, 2008I'd be interested.
--- In email@example.com, Juergen Weichert <juergen@...>
> I have been using (and selling) e-assist systems for several years now.
> There is no question about it - e-assist gets more folks out on bikes
> and certainly extends the utility of any bike but especially cargo
> I feel that electric assist should supplement, not replace human power
> as the primary motive force on the bike. As others have noted there is
> no "need" for electric on a bike given sufficient health and bicycle
> gearing, and time. You can get up any grade with just about any load,
> albeit at a crawl in some cases. Electric levels the playing field
> allowing those with heavy loads (personal or cargo!) to make it up
> grades in decent time at decent (regular cruising) speeds. Electric
> should not be seen as a way to go faster, but rather easier and more
> frequently. Most laws concerning electric bikes limit top (assisted)
> speeds to 20mph or 32km/h here in Canada. (reasonable - this is a quick
> cruising speed for most cyclists).
> There are many systems out there and it is vitally important to work
> with someone who understands them and can guide you to the best system
> for your needs. I would be happy to comment further about the ones I
> have used if folks are interested.
> Juergen Weichert
> Acclivity Solutions
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