AD­VEN­TURE SCHOOL: EBIKES EX­POSED

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emoun­tain Bikes in par­tic­u­lar are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar among ad­ven­ture seek­ers. Here are some of the best rea­sons we think you need to con­sider buy­ing an elec­tric bike – whether it’s for use on the roads or a moun­tain bike:

1. If you love cycling and you love ad­mir­ing amaz­ing views, but hate the thought of hav­ing to get to the top of the moun­tain to en­joy them – an elec­tric bike is ideal. You can cy­cle as much as you like on the flflflflflat roads: and then when you it the moun­tain- side, click the on switch and away you go with min­i­mal ef­fort!

2. Its’ un­for­tu­nate that in­jury or health rea­sons might pre­vent you from rid­ing a bike. If you don’t want to have to give up cycling be­cause your health is not the best, an e- bike is the per­fect op­tion. If you have a knee in­jury or suf­fer from blood pres­sure prob­lems that might af­fect your heart rate, you can take it easy with the cycling while still en­joy­ing the health bene­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fits of a ride.

3. There’s noth­ing worse than head­ing off to work of amorn­ing, or home in the af­ter­noon, and you’re stuck in peak hour traf­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fific. You can waste min­utes – some­times even hours – in traf­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fific jams. But if you have an elec­tric bi­cy­cle, you can avoid all of that and still get to work on time! They are faster than rid­ing there your­self, you can go off- road when needed to avoid any traf­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fific is­sues, and you will still ar­rive at work feel­ing and look­ing amaz­ing ( no sweat drip­ping ev­ery­where!).

4. If you want to cy­cle to work but the threat of rain hangs over­head, you can ride know­ing that with the help of the electrics, you are less likely to get wet! En­joy the slow pace of a cy­cle un­til the weather takes a turn for the worse, then hit your ON switch and off you go.

5. You’re help­ing to save the en­vi­ron­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, the mo­tor on an ebike emits 40 times LESS CO2 emis­sions than a car.

6. They help save­money. Al­though you might have to pay a fair whack up front ( though its noth­ing com­pared to the price of a new car!), you’ll eas­ily earn that money back by sav­ing on petrol.

7. Con­trary to what some peo­ple be­lieve, ebikes are still great ex­er­cise. You still have to use the ped­als, it just makes the trip a bit eas­ier for you. You can cy­cle long dis­tances, much fur­ther than you would on a reg­u­lar bike, and you can turn off the mo­tor at any time.

The only prob­lem with ebikes is that peo­ple in Aus­tralia aren’t re­ally sure of what the laws are around the coun­try. In 2012, the stan­dards set by the Aus­tralian De­sign Rules was changed to bring ebikes in line with Europe, in­creas­ing the out­put to up to 250 watts, but keep­ing the max­i­mum speed at 25 kilo­me­tres per hour.

So that we could help you make a more in­formed de­ci­sion, we spoke with ebike ex­perts from around the coun­try to get an up­date on the dif­fer­ent laws for each Aus­tralian state, and where ebikes and their pop­u­lar­ity seems to be headed ( into the fu­ture) for that re­gion.

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