No sweat

Save the hard work for when you’re in the of­fice.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Man At His Best -

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.”

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