Okay, so corrupt Democratic State ASSemblyman David Chiu (God Bless Me) from the San Fransisco area and to a lesser extent Republican State ASSemblyman Matthew Harper, someone who (wink wink nod nod) supports real free markets and technology sold out California, the environment and free markets. With the Dems screaming green energy and the republicans claiming free markets and neither party really supporting what they scream for anymore, is this really surprise me? No! And it should not surprise you either that the great bulk majority of those in office are corrupted pigs at best (sorry pigs if I offended you animals, you are better than these phony scumbags)
Okay, so what is it like to ride an electric bicycle as real transportation? Great question. Is it a motorcycle, a scooter or moped? Well, I have had as guests friends and neighbors ride my ebikes as an opinion. The three in question, two of them own and ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles and one rides a Cafe style motorcycle and also owns a moped-go figure!
Opinions after testing the ebikes out are these are definitely motorized but they are still lightweight bicycles. That was the opinion of the three motorcycle riders. Honest folks, I am not making this up. They actually at differing times as they rode with me on separate occasions and neither of them had talked to the other in my question. Consensus was these are bicycles.
So we essentially have a new class of transportation and zero polluting transportation at that and how are those who invest in this form of transportation treated? Well, first we must realize that the electric bicycle industry is in a civil war in this country and elsewhere around the globe. Yes, you heard that right, ebike civil war and between who?
The ebike civil war is between those who sell a slow pedal assist ebike where the rider must pedal. These bikes are slow the pedaling is made easy so there is no real workout. Average cost over $1,000.00 in fact many are in the $2,500.00 range and up. The batteries have to replaced about every two to three years and some every year depending on how many recharges are performed.
Then there are the ebikes known as Throttle Bikes. Twist or thumb throttle and oh, by the way, they also include a pedal assist mode too. Kit bikes can be built for around a grand on up to well over ten grand for turn key bikes. Motors can move bikes up to and depending on how large and the battery voltage well beyond 20mph.
The problem the pedal assist manufacturers have is they are at the bottom rung of sales. They have such an expensive product that is so very limited in almost every aspect as are for that matter all ebikes throttle or pedal-assist that it is a slowly dying niche industry, but for pedal assist, within the ebike community, most ebikers go throttle. What that is, is the marketplace at work in a fair market, so to get the market to favor the pedal-assist manufacturers, they formed coalitions for their specific niche ebike type and are going around the country (USA) state-by-state and shopping assembly and municipal bills to outlaw the large but not organized throttle bike products so that pedal only ebikes are accepted. Since their products are for the most part dying, they essentially kill not only their own industry, but true green transportation. So for example like California about to criminalize throttle bikes and oh, off road dirt trails as well, that kills what is really selling in the ebike marketplace for the short term benefits if any for the pedal-assist manufacturers. But there is a much grander overall market outside the ebike community that comes into play and for all the expenditures the pedal-assist manufacturers spend their resources on killing their own in their ebike civil war, what they cannot compete against is simply, newer light weight bikes with a 21 speed Shimano shifter and an aluminum frame. While they limit their own pedal bikes to no more than 20mph, a 21 speed bike can readily hit 35mph and does it cost thousands? Nope, try a few hundred bucks. Don’t believe me check out these links.
Good ol Schwinn, and light weight too. No batteries to replace, solid and you have an endless range. No 4 hours recharging things. Here, check out the price, this beats any Currie electric any day or any other pedal assist ebike, at a fraction of the cost and guess what. While you are getting a healthy workout, you will defeating the green energy screamers by cranking out increased exhaled carbon into the atmosphere which might stop the coming ice age.
Then there is the throttle up wind in your face fun. Why be stuck with a $4,000.00 5,000 watt ebike when you can buy this used, have endless range, ride any road or even freeways and while it is used, you can pop that special chick or dude on the back seat with you. Here, think I am kidding how about this? Used oldie but goodie.
And then there are these for a cost of a 8,000 watt ebike at $9,000.00 what about one of these below as used transportation? You can go anywhere, carry groceries and multiple people too.
And this is my point. While the great state of North Carolina is to ban throttle ebikes in fact all motorized bicycles, while Pennsylvania limits pedal only ebikes to no more than 20 mph, and California the greenest state of them all, their politicians sell out the entire struggling ebike industry to pedal only manufacturers and criminalize everything else. In Arizona a desert state, just try riding an ebike. You’re treated like a felon. The problem is that while real green transportation, perhaps one of the best to come along in some time is here now, instead of embracing it, politicians are killing it.
Worse off, the pedal only manufacturers are committing suicide for the long term. They cannot compete against lightweight pedal bikes with lightweight frames and high gears and an endless range. They also cannot compete against real transportation either. What they produce and sell is a very expensive to purchase, expensive to maintain “good two shoes” chin-in-the-air fantasy for a few delusional buyers who arrogantly proclaim they are saving the world while the rest of the world bypasses them and mocks and laughs at them on their way out of existence as an industry and pedal-assist ebike user. With all ebikes there was a chance, but the future is clear. Go green for the environment and you will be criminalized by the United States governments top to bottom and that is about the most honest blog post on the state of the DYING EBIKE INDUSTRY American politicians are killing.