E-bike tours power ahead

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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 aa@blu­cinc­me­dia.com 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.

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