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Let’s talk E-Bikes

by Jessie Beyer - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Considering Touring With An E-Bike?

Things to know before you go

“In 2015 the e-bike market in the USA saw a 34% increase and it’s expected to continue to grow 16% annually for the next 6 years. In Europe it’s even bigger than that.” -Igor Baccini, ExperiencePlus! Fleet and Equipment Manger

Electric bikes, or e-bikes,  have been captivating the attention of urban cyclist for a number of years and, increasingly, ExperiencePlus! has noticed an uptick in e-bike inquiries. So, we’ve compiled a brief summary about e-bikes and how they are incorporated into ExperiencePlus! tours in Europe and South America.

What exactly is an e-bike?

E-bikes are bicycles with integrated electric motors that increase a cyclist’s pedal power. Our hybrid and u-frame style pedalecs (pedals assisted bikes) feature state of the art technology that provide a nice boost when your pedal stroke increases. In the simplest of terms, the more you’re pedaling the more assistance the bike is providing (think uphill climbs!).

Before you request an e-bike for your cycling tour, here are a few things you should know:

E-bikes handle much like a regular bike and can be a great alternative for cyclist needing an extra boost. E-bikes provide greater access to bicycle touring for cyclists that are recovering from injuries (and have not fully regained previous fitness levels), less-experienced riders, and those desiring the opportunity to conquer more challenging tours.

There are additional considerations to be made when requesting one for your next cycling adventure.

  • These bikes are much heavier (53 pounds) than a regular bike. As a result, they can be difficult to load and store on our vans. Ideally, you ride the e-bike from start to finish each day.
  • In general the average range of our battery packs is 110 km (68 miles). The operating range depends on many factors such as the assistance level, gear switching behavior, route profile, head wind, and temperatures.
  • The e-bike drive automatically switches off if speeds exceed 25 km per hour (15 mph).
  • Though the bikes are very quiet the electric engine does produce a light but constant noise.
  • Riding an e-bike is easy and we will offer you instructions at the bike fitting. It might take a day or so to reach maximum efficiency using the pedal assist. We encourage you try an e-bike for a full day over a variety of terrain. Many bike shops have e-bikes available for rent. Because these bikes are heavier (50+ pounds) they require both strength and balance particularly when mounting and dismounting and traveling at slow speeds. If you have trouble with stability, handling or balance these bikes are not recommended for you.
  • E-bike rentals are not included in tour prices. Refer to this page for current fees.

Interested?

If an e-bike sounds like a good option for you, contact tours@ExperiencePlus.com for details and availability.

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Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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