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PHOTO CAPTION: Pedego electric-assist cruiser bicycle

Confessions of a Kiwi E-Bike Doubter

A New Zealander takes an extended ride on a Pedego electric-assist Comfort Cruiser and finds his opinion about ebikes changed.

Published: 05-Dec-2012

I never quite ‘got’ the e-bike thing, why would you want a motor on a bicycle? For someone traveling long distances or hauling heavy cargo maybe, but bikes are so easy to ride anyway, even on Auckland’s hills. As an old-skool cyclist I thought using a motor was just plain cheating. It is, isn’t it?

It took one ride on the orange cruiser above for me to ‘get it’, in fact by the time I had climbed that first hill out of Browns Bay (where I picked-up the bike) I was ‘getting it’ big-time. The next couple of hours were a bit of a revelation to me, not just the appeal of electric-assistance but also the charms of a ‘sit-up-and-beg’ riding position.

Mmmmmmm, electricity.

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