Speaking personally I find the overall attitude to those ride electrically assisted road bikes here is the UK to be somewhat reflective of how our "society" has corroded over the past 4 decades or so. We have seen some true advances which have allowed more people to enjoy their sport - maybe as once they did or to socialise with fellow riders on a Sunday morning and have a bit of a laugh. What is it that makes the subject so passe? Why do so many not ask how, say, the Canyon corners with its centre of gravity. It is as if there is some desire to shame these individuals as opposed to encouraging them.