I had my reservations about the electric bikes at Cycology. First, I am a bit of a purist – I like my bikes traditional, with a basket and a leather seat and powered by the sheer force of the human spirit and attendant limbs. But goddamn, the Cycology Hybrid/24 had me at the first hill. It has an ingenious little trick whereby you continue to pedal as normal but the hill that would have previously given you a small flush of exertion upon your brow is suddenly a cakewalk. There are even gears – but I think that’s just for effect because you really don’t need them. Believe me. For a girl who lives in Johannesburg – a city of many hills – I immediately see the advantage. This is the only practical way to make the commute to the office per bike. You will arrive refreshed by your brush with the morning air and your hipster pretensions but still fresh, if you get my meaning.
ROBOT-FLIRTATION QUOTIENT: 10/10 People will definitely pay attention. You look so carefree and French and charming as you ride about town. Oh let me just say it plainly, it also helps that you are sweat free, which is no bad thing for your average flirtatious traffic-light encounter.
SHOPPING-BAG CAPACITY: 1/10 This is admittedly a shortcoming – you are going to have to learn to carry things on your back or balanced on your head. You can get a basket, but really you should only fill it with a bunch of peonies, a baguette and your iPad so you can snap a lot of selfies as you tootle along, and then everyone will see how achingly cool you really are.
PETROL-PUMP SENSITIVITY: 10/10 You are now entirely freed from this deeply stressinducing experience. No need ever again to watch your hard-earned rands go glug-glug-glug into the bowels of your gas guzzler.
Take to the electric bike, I say. It’s a winner. Cycology runs small tours in Jo’burg and Cape Town to lovely urban spots (visit Cycology.biz). Vincent sets off from 44 Stanley at 10am of a Saturday from the Cycology pop-up window, which is currently boasting a Tonic design studio installation. That is how cool this bike is.