Test-Riding Big Cat Electric Bikes on the Beach & Boardwalk | Mashable

I ride a bike almost everyday. And I’ve always been a little curious about electric bikes, but also skeptical. There’s a company out of Long Island called Big Cat that makes electric bikes and they gave me a couple to play with. So let’s go check them out. All three of the bikes I tried were made for off-roading. As soon as you hop on, you can hit the throttle and use zero energy to get moving. Like here, I’m using the throttle to superman across the boardwalk. All three of the Big Cat bikes I tested had
pedal assist, meaning when you pedal the motor goes. Pedal assist is good for fooling someone that you’re not riding a bike with a motor because it looks like you’re just pedaling. Big Cat says the battery will last for 20
miles, that’s probably true if you don’t ride them over hills or purposely burn out in the sand. A motor on a fat bike tire makes a lot of sense for the beach, but I found riding a hard surface was a little bit awkward. Also the motor and the battery weigh down the back of the bike a lot making it hard to maneuver sometimes. Like jumping the stick or trying to get up this hill. I wouldn’t ride one of these bikes everyday, but that’s
not what they’re meant for. They’re meant to be taken off the boardwalk into the sand or the woods, somewhere they can get dirty.