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New and electric – ebikes explained

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Ebikes are growing more sophisticated by the season, in the subtlety of their technology and in the chic of their appeal. Simon Vincett catches us up on the latest developments. It’s another Euro trend that’s taking hold in Australia: pedal-assist ebikes. In Europe ebike sales are booming, while conventional bike sales hold steady. Similarly in
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10 years, and still riding on

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With 10 years of Ride On realised, Simon Vincett—who’s been part of every Ride On since the first issue—looks back over the decade of publication and the genesis of the magazine from its plucky predecessors, Pedal Power and BV News. The history of Ride On is inextricably linked with the history of its publisher, Bicycle
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Breathe easy

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Warmer weather can be a trying time for asthma sufferers. Melissa Heagney finds out how to survive when the pollen count is high.  Associate Professor Ian Charlton is a keen rider. The General Practitioner, and National Asthma Council of Australia spokesman, will often do house calls near his home in the NSW Central Coast on two wheels. However,
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eZee Sprint on the road

E-bikes buying guide

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Thought the petrol motor was the unassailable king of the road? Think again: electric bikes have the advantage for the majority of urban transport trips.  Simon Vincett presents the best of what’s on offer in Australia.  The middle and outer suburbs of Australian cities need a transport solution and the e-bike is it. What other
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E-bikes charge ahead

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Sales of power-assist bikes are taking off throughout the world. Simon Vincett tested 18 Australian options. Everyone could use a bit of extra oomph in their pedalling sometimes and that is exactly what e-bikes provide. In fact, the 200 watt motor (the legal limit on Australian e-bikes) approximately doubles the power of your pedalling. The
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Power up

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Australian e-bike laws are out of step with the rest of the world, but that may soon change. Emma Clark investigates. E-bikes are classified legally as bikes if they have the ability to be pedalled (unlike a scooter) and have a maximum power output of 200 watts. The motor supplying the power doesn’t have to
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Electric bikes power up

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Electric bikes are continuing to evolve in impressive ways, finds Emma Clark. “It’s cheating!” “Don’t I need a licence?” “I may as well just drive!” Historically, bike riders have been quick to dismiss electric bikes as an annoying oddity ­– something big and ugly built in the back shed by bearded inventors dreaming of patents
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When is a bike not a bike?

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Is it a bike? Is it a segway you sit on? Would you use one? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X813eTuZJkc] We’re coordinating a review of electric bikes in collaboration with CHOICE and considering what to include. What part do you see electric bikes (in all their varieties) playing in the future of bike riding?