I took my Stretch bicycle out for a spin today, I'd hoped to do some shopping but had no luck finding anything that I was looking for. The stretch bicycle is a normal mountain bike, with an XtraCycle rear end, and a Wilderness Energy motor up front. The xtracycle rear end makes the bike look very abnormal .. and it always draws interest.
Today the first was a uber-biker with garish stretch-to-fit biking clothes asking "Hey, how do you like that xtracycle.. I have one too and I use it for grocery shopping" .. I agreed, it's a good thing and that's what I use it for, grocery shopping. Then he noticed this extra large hub up front and asked what that was. After explaining that's the motor, and pointing to where the battery pack is, he said "eewww... that's cheating" and rode away before I could say anything.
If he had stayed around I'd have explained how it's much less cheating than driving my car. And having the motor makes it more likely I'll ride the bike rather than drive the car.
The second guy came up asking what this whole getup was for. He didn't quite understand so I explained .. the xtracycle is an addon frame that bolts on to the rear end in place of the rear wheel. He asked "why" and I explained about the great cargo capacity. He thought, oh that's for the batteries? We hadn't yet talked about the motor but somehow he thought it was supposed to have batteries. No, I said, the batteries are up here, and the motor is in the front wheel. He was very impressed and positive.