Readers' letters - March 15

Fellow cyclists, why the insults to e-bike riders?

Friday, 16th March 2018, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 16th March 2018, 3:10 pm
Do you ride an e-bike?

I ride an e-bike, which I purchased last September in 2017. I only ride for approximately five to eight miles a day as a way of exercise when the weather is okay.On two or three occasions, I have met other cyclists who ride a ‘normal’ bike and have been called a cheat (on two occasions or more) and also a ‘free rider’. You still have to pedal the bike and the electric is called for as ‘pedal assist’. It’s not completely electric.It’s not very nice, riding at your own pleasure and pace, and a cyclist you meet shouts across to you, “cheat”. I was very disappointed for them.I cannot understand why cyclists want to insult each other and why a small minority have so much dislike for an e-bike rider, but I have found this out on various internet bike forums.I don’t wear all the normal cycling gear, Lycra etc because I have the e-bike for my own pleasure. I wear what I wish.By the way, my age is 78 and I have not rode a bike for around 60 years – so some of the ‘younger’ cyclists just despise an e-bike as far as I can make out.I have tried a normal bike but found it did not suit me at my age, but, saying that, there are a lot of elderly people cycling. However, I decided on the e-bike for some exercise and it helps me to get out in the fresh air when I want.e-bike ridervia email

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