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Old 20th May 2020, 09:59
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
I'd look at electric bikes the same way - any vehicle with mechanical propulsion. Once you start drawing artificial lines between different amounts of power there will always be problems, particularly as technology develops.
This is why electric bikes are power and speed limited, to a level that is comparable with the power output from normal bike rider. In practice, all legal electric bikes perform in pretty much the same way as a non-electric bike, if anything they are probably slower, as the mandatory power assist shut off at 15.5mph, plus the additional weight of the battery and motor, they tend to be hard work at anything over their maximum assist speed.

It's speed, rather than power, that poses the main safety concern, anyway, just from E = 1/2.m.vē, so limiting the speed is far more effective than limiting power.
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