Save the hard work for when you’re in the office.
The biggest trend in cycling now isn’t Rapha or fixies: it’s e-bikes. That might seem counterintuitive—the point of cycling is exercise, not to be battery-assisted up a hill—but for many, arriving sweaty at your destination isn’t ideal. Your shower-less office being one. “We’re not really that cut out for cycle commuting, especially in the UK,” says Richard Dobney, from Raleigh, owners of electric bike brand Haibike. “Perhaps, a combination of weather and infrastructure is to blame. But we love leisure time, and if an e-bike buys you three times more miles, then that’s pretty cool.” Sales in Europe are booming: Germans bought 500,000 e-bikes last year. The Haibike XDURO Urban RC, below, is an electric road bike with low-profile tyres, an aggressive low handlebar position and a 500Wh Bosch PowerPack that’ll give you a boost of up to 15mph. “For commuters, the e-bike is a revelation,” says Dobney. “Get to work in your normal clothes, without sweating.”