Sea Otter 2016 was awash in E-bikes. The things could be seen everywhere, zooming to and fro. There was even an E-bike race in which the peloton pedaled slow, lazy circles while barreling up the hills at something just below the speed of light. Countless cross-country racers, the kind of gaunt, ropy types who have clearly suffered through years of shitty interval training in an effort to become genuinely fast, wept bitter tears and shook angry fists at the motorized bicycles whilst raging about the end of the world. E-bikes have a way of eliciting that kind of reaction.
Unless, of course, you love E-bikes. After all, some people really are enraptured with the things. Me? I haven't formed an opinion. I haven’t ridden an E-bike yet…but I am intrigued by the shit storm they’ve created.
Hoping to get some clarity on the matter, we decided to ask Sea Otter attendees what they think of E-bikes.
Where do you stand on the subject? I say “E-bike”, you say….