Video: Who e-bikes are for

A compelling case for ebike use?


“When I’m disabled or eighty years old.” is a common sentiment among bikers about e-bike use. And that is definitely a good application of the e-bike as we firmly believe that the mountain bike extends one’s life by many years by improving health and giving one enthusiasm for life and the outdoors.

Paul The Punter from Squamish, BC though explores another vein of e-biking, allowing riders of different levels to ride together. Often, our riding buddies are limited to those who can ride at our pace. And more specifically, climb at our pace since time is at a premium.

Brig lives in Squamish. He’s a stellar descender but an average climber/walker.

He makes a case study of his buddy, Brig who “with no warning will just jump straight off his bike and start walking.”

What say you? Does this apply to you or any of your riding buddies? Friends or family?

Ride responsibly and ride on legal trails, especially on e-bikes!

Brig takes the first step into understanding the e-bike.

From Paul The Punter:
E-bikes, or pedal assist mountain bikes, are a hot topic right now with both sides having arguable points. But if you aren’t racing or being competitive on your MTB, then shouldn’t the focus be more fun? I took my roommate Brig out for his first ever ride on one to see if…maybe he can have a bit more fun?

Cheers to Republic Bikes for supporting me:

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  • Joe Brennan says:

    I go to the gym and can’t hang out with my dedicated weight lifting buddies. So I now use a hydrolic lift that lets me pump as much weight as my buddies, so now I can hang with the big boys…… I can now brag because I can do more weight…

    life is great when your better than your buddies

    • Dick Johnson says:

      lol but you are missing the point. An e-bike is not for the bros that all ride at the same level and slash through the downhill trails and back to the trailhead, like they are in a road biking group. It’s for a solo rider or a small group that is just looking to have fun. The gym buddies analogy doesn’t really apply here because they are just looking for attention and admiration.

    • Scotch Hennesy says:

      What a troll. You’re probably one of those guys that doesn’t say “hello” when being passed on the climbs from guys like me. Haha!

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Ebike = a slow electric motorcycle that you pretend to pedal!!! Might as well skip the pedals. I would love to own an ebike that didn’t have pedals. An ebike without pedals would be a great way to run errands and commute to work. It would also be easier on the enviroment than driving a car every where.

  • Chief says:

    Son when I was a young man I rode an E Bike.Never!

  • scotch hennesy says:

    I’m assuming the people above me commenting have never tried an E-bike, and if they have, had a pre-conceived notion of negativity. Just as in Social Media, the only one’s to comment with bravado on issues are the POS keyboard trolls. Keep waving your flag idiots.

  • Smashe says:

    Ride and get better.then repeat.Mountain bikers use to be tough.Not sure about these millennial whiners though.

  • billy bob says:

    for Slakers………………….

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