Sitting in a café last week, mid-ride, the owner asked how far we were cycling today. I replied nonchalantly: “60 miles”. She smiled and said she could never cycle that far. When I told her she would be surprised how far she could actually cycle if she built up to it to, she replied that she had thought about getting an electric bike (e-bike), but hadn’t pursued this as she thought it was cheating.
Now, in a race, motorised assistance on a bicycle would indeed be cheating, but for everyday use? Anything that encourages people to get out on their bikes by making it easier or more comfortable is to be applauded. Surely the e-bike is just a progression in bicycle design as the geared bike was to single-speed bikes.
Reports from the bike industry are that sales of e-bikes are rising faster than any other type of bike; it’s easy to see why…
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