|Trace The Mitten|
When I was at the Adventure Bike Club meeting last month two bikes next to me caught my attention. With the initial glance I notice a headlamp mounted above the fork with wires leading into the frame. At that point I realized that I was looking at an e assist bike. This was the first time that I had seen one in a situation that allowed we a chance to look closely. Two years ago I was on a group ride and noticed one. This gave me a chance to talk to the rider about how it worked.
She had ordered off the web. I cannot remember the site, but I know from recent searching that you will not have a problem finding information.
E assist bikes is a good descriptive name. First off, they look like a bike at a quick glance. There are handlebars, seat, tires and maybe a front basket and rear rack. The batteries come in various sizes. Some could fit in a cereal box and may mount under the rear rack. Others can be more streamlined and fit on the diagonal tube going from the handlebar to the pedals. The battery can plug into on electrical outlet. You pedal as you normally would and the electric power gives you a speed or energy boost.
I am sure that we will see more around soon. Not only were they in a local bike shop but a February AARP Bulletin had a one page article written by Erik Hedegaard. A few quick bits of information from his article.