E-bike tours power ahead
E-BIKES ARE ON A ROLL. WITH sales growing around the globe, they are being used not just for grocery shopping but for adventure tourism too. Thailand-based bike tour operator Spiceroads Cycling has incorporated electric bikes in their Vietnam and Sri Lanka tours starting this summer. Grasshopper Adventures, another Asia-based operator, launched e-bike options of existing pedal-powered trips earlier this year. “The e-bike movement is well underway,” said Spiceroads Managing Director Daniel Moylan. “[They] allow us to be more inclusive of who is able to join our tours and see the world with us.” E-bikes weigh anything from 17-32kg, depending on the size – typically at least a few kilograms heavier than an average mountain bike. The extra weight comes mostly from the battery, power from which provides a pedal-assist function or pure electric power for less fit riders. Battery packs vary too, lasting from 20km to well over 100km on a full charge. B o t h S p i c e R o a d s a n d Gr a s s h o p p e r Adventures say feedback has been positive. “E-bikes are opening two-wheeled travel and more adventurous travel to more and more people who aren’t dedicated cyclists. The trend started in Europe where e-bikes are mainstream now,” said Jaz Mojica Whitney, a travel experience planner at Grasshopper Adventure.
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Papua New Guinea is one of the last frontiers, its jungles and precipitous mountains effectively cutting off its myriad tribes from the outside world. Save for from the air, that is. For decades, bush pilots have risked their lives to fly missionaries, mercenaries and gold-diggers into the country’s tiny airstrips. Kiwi Matt Mclaughlin, now flying for Cathay Pacific pilot in Hong Kong, was a bush pilot. Last year he published Flying the Knife Edge, an action-packed account of his experiences and we have a signed copy to give away. All you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Flying the Knife Edge’ and tell us why you should be the winner. The funniest or smartest answer bags the book.