E Bikes are a newcomer to the two wheeler market but are steadily growing in popularity. As an example a few years ago, riding around Auckland I found it was extremely rare to see even one EBike on a four hour ride. Nowadays I see E-Bikes everywhere, especially in metropolitan areas such as the CBD. The main advantage to these electronically assisted bikes is that it makes cycling as a form of transport a lot more accessible to those who aren’t as fit as Tour De France cyclists. I love E-Bikes especially for quick lunch runs, you can go twice the speed of a normal bike with half the effort making it a very speedy mode of transport. When looking at buying an EBike I suggest you find the lightest one you can as if the battery runs out you do not want to be riding a 30kg deadweight uphill, trust me it’s not enjoyable. The range of typical E-Bikes are from about 50-120km so the chance of a battery running out is low, but the motor and battery add a lot of weight so take this into consideration when purchasing an E-Bike.
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Most cyclists just want to ride there bike and don’t want to have to keep them clean and maintained, myself included. Doing a few simple things can go a long way towards keeping your bike running smoothly and keeping your bike’s parts from wearing out. Below you’ll find my top five tips for keeping your bike running hassle free!
As an employee at a bike shop in Auckland, NZ I am often in a privileged position in which I have access and knowledge of the newest innovations and technology to come out of the weird and wonderful cycling industry. I am going to talk about some of my favourite innovations.
When buying a bicycle, cycle clothing, groupset, cycle shoes and the most of other bike products, you generally know what model and size you should buy but rarely does anyone give much thought to bike pedals or there width. There are a heap of different brands in the bike pedals industry with the likes of Speedplay, Shimano, look, Time, Crank Bro's and Keywin trying to get your money. The sponsoring of Professional Athletes and teams is the method brands get noticed by the general public which leads to a many sales. From my perspective as a person in the bike industry I’m not worried about what Professional riders use but more the actual fit of the bike pedal to rider. Hopefully without boring you with too much detail I’ll show you what pedal system is optimal for you.