wturber wrote:I may just put my controller on a 20 mph limit and use leg power if I need extra punch
Keep in mind that the wording of the ARS defines an assisted bicycle as "operated at less than 20MPH". So technically, if it has an assist on it at all, even if it is not being used, it cannot be ridden (at or) over 20MPH even under pedal power alone, with no assistance. It's a terrible way to word it, but that's how they did word it. :/
It's unlikely anyone would bother you about it if you're riding safely and within the law otherwise, but since there's no way to tell if the assist is doing any or all of the work, or what portion, then exceeding 19.99999999MPH
could be ticketed, and it'd probably be upheld in court if the ticketing officer bothers to show up. (unless the judge determines that "assisted" means the assist must be actually in operation at the time, and requires the LEO have proof of that--an unlikely ruling even if it would be much fairer).
- and look seriously into regen.
Going downhill I doubt they'd bother you, realistically, but it's because of the above that I limit my speed regardless of situation.
I wish I had "proportional" regen, which means you have control over how much regen there is, so you can use it to finely control a speed on a downhill, or apply just enough braking to slow down instead of slamming it on, etc.
But all I have for now is just regular regen, so it puts it on as hard as it can vs the voltage the battery happens to be at. (the lower the battery voltage, the higher the regen current can be, and the harder the braking can be, depending on how the controller is designed/programmed/etc).
But it's still better than riding my mechanical brakes all the way down a long hill, even if I don't deal with those very often.