The weird electric bike “cheater” debate


A big argument stirring up controversy between riders is the electric bike vs. standard cycling debate.

Both sides seem to be pretty passionate about it too.

All said, I don’t really care about this argument.

Although, since it’s gotten to a point where people are calling each other names, I thought I’d share my opinion on it.

So here it is:

First off, trying to compare standard cycling and electric bike riding is like comparing coffee and fish.

There is really no comparison.

In most cases, cyclists love to push their body to the max.

Electric bike riders generally don’t.

Cyclists don’t have a motor.

Electric bike riders do.

Cyclists can’t zoom up hills with ease.

Electric bike riders can.

And this is where the argument can get pretty heated.

Some (not all) cyclists think having a motor is completely cheating. They act as if we're in a race with them or something. It’s almost like when we zoom past them, it's meant to offend them. 

It gets some of them so annoyed at times, they feel the need to say something.

Like this popular line.

“Look at that cheater”


“A motor is just cheating”

When I hear that, it doesn’t make any sense.

Because really, who are we cheating? We aren’t in a race with you. And we most certainly have different goals from one another.

If you’re a traditional cyclist, you might be trying to compete in the Tour De France.

But me, with my electric bike?

I’m just trying to get outside after a long stressful day at work, and let go of my worries ‒‒‒ even if just for a few minutes. Plus, I love feeling the fresh breeze on my skin, but I don’t love wearing my body out so much, I can barely move and perform the next day.

My electric bike is daily therapy for me.

And I’m not going to ride a standard bike just to prove something.


At the end of the day, it all comes down to this:

Electric bikes adapt with you, no matter where you are in life.

Standard bikes don’t.

If a cyclist somehow becomes ill or injured, there’s a slight chance they’ll be back on their multi-thousand dollar bike anytime soon. But with an electric bike ‒‒‒ if you're recovering from an injury or a health issue ‒‒‒ you could be back out there within a matter of days.

Now, what do I say when they call me “cheater”?

I just wave, and zoom past them on a hill with a nice big grin on my face. (I have to admit, that does feel really great)


If you own an electric bike, and you’ve been called a cheater, good.

Because when it’s all said and done, if you ride an electric bike, you’ll end every ride with an exhilarating smile on your face, instead of feeling exhausted and depleted.


If you’d like to join a fine community of more than 40,000 “cheaters” who are changing their lives and loving it, then invest in a SONDORS.

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