Aussie Boomers Discovering E-Bikes
Spurred on by technology, a new generation of cyclists is taking over Canberra's streets, and it's not the Lycra brigade leading the charge. Baby boomers are the driving force behind skyrocketing sales of electric bicycles.
Running on lithium-ion batteries with a small electric motor designed to assist rather than replace pedalling, e-bikes have sold in their millions in Asia and are starting to take off in Australia, the United States and Europe.
Five years ago Fyshwick bike store Pushys did not sell any battery-operated bikes. Now co-owner of the warehouse Shane Wolki says electric bikes make up 10 per cent of all sales.
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