Radio New Zealand News
By Katie Scotcher
The number of New Zealanders using electric bicycles is on the rise with bike shops across the country reporting sales of one or two a day. Katie Scotcher took an E-Bike out for a spin.
Statistics New Zealand figures show that within the last year, there’s been a 37 percent increase in imports of two-wheeled powered vehicles, which includes electric bikes, mopeds and motorcycles.
When asked to select an E-bike to test, I quickly approached the least intimidating looking model.
It looks like any flash bicycle – a glossy silver frame and brown leather seat adorned with gold hardware – the only noticeable differences when comparing to a standard bike is it’s slightly bulkier, and a lot heavier.
Jordan Roy from Avanti Plus adjusted the seat to suit my height.
“For you it’s a great bike, it’s the right size – it’s a medium large frame.
“So in the step-through stuff, they often go medium large or small medium – two sizes of step through – one fitting taller than average people and one fitting shorter than average people…
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