Strangely, most US politicians are doing little to encourage their use, and some are actively discouraging it. Although President George W. Bush signed a 2002 federal law that exempts electric bikes with speeds under 20 mph and less than 750 watts of power from state motor vehicle licensing requirements, individual states have introduced at least 47 different ways of clamping down on their use. The confusion has spawned websites to address questions like “Is my e-bike legal?, and helped to keep sales low.
China dominates e-bike sales and manufacturing—an estimated 90% of the world’s e-bikes are sold in China and the majority of them are made there, like this Goeby cycle that comes in pink, black or blue:
a lot of attention on e-bikes very recently.. (or maybe it’s because i went to a talk @PSU on e-bikes last week that made me notice them more)
the new FlyKly Smart Wheel on kickstarter that can turn any normal bike into an e-bike
it would be cool to get my mom a smart wheel. a very small incline she’ll even feel as a big hill. and then she could keep up with me and we can ride to more places together!
but for young, fit me.. i’d rather buy another normal bike or two for same cost of an e-bike.