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

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

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