Friday I went on what was supposed to be an "easy" ride, so I took my heavy bike and rode up my usual hill. At one time another cyclist was "suddenly" behind me and followed me closely instead of overtaking. Hmm, what would I do if he overtakes me? Let him go or throw my intentions of "easy riding" overboard?
Several minutes later he was still following me when a guy on what looked first like a foldable bike overtook us? Oops, seems I'm really taking it easy... but then the guy said something like "... this isn't fair" and I noticed that his bike had an electric engine; ok, so I wasn't that slow.
The guy behind me grabbed the e-bike's wheel and I followed them (so much for "easy"). Then the climb gets a bit steeper (still nothing serious) and after a short while the guy in front of me starts struggling... That's when I decided to see whether I can stay with the "not fair" rider. Surprisingly I did, and when it got a bit less steep again I pulled next to the e-bike and asked the rider (who was pedaling all the time) how much power the engine produces: "350 Watts".
Hmm, how was I able to keep up? If I could produce 350W for any significant amount of time I would be king of the mountain... So either that e-bike is really heavy or the engine didn't actually generate the full output during that "race" (yes, the guy said he liked to race cyclists on that climb).
Does anyone use e-bikes (or stronger electrically powered bikes) for pacing? Seems a better choice than a bike with a combustion engine (the exhausts can be pretty bad).
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