Pedal assist bikes, or e-bikes, are weird. By weird, I mean that I'm absolutely not used to the extra torque that comes from apparently nowhere when you start pedaling.

(As far as I can tell, in the Divvy e-bikes, there's a DC motor attached to the rear wheel. Both rear- and front-wheel drive seem to be possible according to schematics I've seen on the interwebs.)

Anyway, my friends and I decided that the best thing we could do with this gift of torque was to use the bike as launch assist for skaters, and it works astonishingly well for that

Of course, this is when I learn that e-bikes have been a thing in China since the 1990s

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