Electric Bikes Could Get People Out of Their Cars

Your regular cyclist would be better off spending their £600-1,500 on a conventional bike than on an electric bike, concludes On Yer Bike columnist.

Published: 06-Aug-2008

The other day I was overtaken on the steep bit of Divinity Road. This is not altogether a shock given that I ride a bike without gears and have to stand in the saddle from half way up. What really upset me though was that the woman who overtook me was riding one of those half-ton Dutch-style bikes.

They are super-slow on hills and it was only when I caught her up on the flat that I realised how she'd managed it. There was a discernable whirring sound coming from the rear hub, louder than a conventional dynamo. It was an electric bike.

I panicked. The very thought of an electric bike filled me with existential horror. The most efficient method of propulsion known to man - the beautiful, simple bicycle - sullied by electrification?


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