"The next fella down could be a 5'6" 125lb fella riding with no cargo" ...
I am a "sub 10-stoner" (~139 lbs wet) and 174 cm (5'8"+).
I also happen to be in the reasonably e-bike friendly city of Ottawa.
http://archives.ncc-ccn.ca/places-to-vi ... es-e-bikes
(Every NCC pathway except Gatineau Park)
https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/transpor ... ing-safety
("E-bikes are allowed to travel anywhere bicycles are permitted to travel")
I am planning on building an E-MTB (through my LBS) for horsing around with little to no cargo. Having said that, I am toying with the idea of hauling my 6-yo on a trailercycle from time to time. Motor is mainly a range extender for me and a hauler at the odd times.
To tell the truth my first idea is to build a MTB with the components I want ... then I thought: why not throw on a motor in this day and age?
I did go into a larger ebike store here in town. Staff were quite friendly. But the gaudy color scheme of the e-mtb offerings turned me a bit off. And I am not ready for a hybrid. Well a MTB ridden on a bike path IS a hybrid ... For those of us who have the misfortunate (or the great fortune?) of not living on Vancouver island (where cheerful Justin and sunny Grin are apparently located), a commuter e-bike is just not feasible 7 months of the year ...