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The revolution of the electric bicycle

Increasingly, cyclists are choosing to use an electric bicycle. This vehicle is revolutionizing the way we conceive mobility and it is beginning to spread widely, thanks to the greater attention to the environment and the growing interest for smart movement solutions in urban, natural and touristic contexts.
Long gone are the times when electric bicycles were clumsy, cumbersome and objectively goofy. Today, high-tech, battery-powered models are available on the market and meeting the needs of the wider public. Ranging from professionals who want to move quickly in the city for work (without arriving at the office sweaty and tired) to cycling enthusiasts.

The transport of the future

The impact that the electric bicycle industry is having on the market is reinforced by figures posted in New York Times; in 2017 more than 35 million e-bikes were bought worldwide, a figure that exceeded the total number of cars sold in the same period. In 2018, this figure is set to increase further.
Some factors can explain this sharp increase in the sales of e-bikes. The first is certainly their ease of use. Their batteries in-fact, recharge quickly (usually in about three hours) and are cheap to make, thereby allowing electric bicycles to be relatively cheap – the price for a good quality electric bicycle range around 1000 euros.

The supporting technological equipment of electric bikes has subsequently evolved. A state of the art electric bicycle usually incorporates one or more USB ports, GPS, burglar alarm, LED display, even solar panels to recharge the bike on the move, together with many other technological supporting accessories of great use, which are an advantage over the traditional bicycle.

However, the real plus is the speed that an electric bicycle can achieve. With an e-bike, you can easily reach 30 km/h, which means that you can cover a further distance in less time whilst reducing the effort exerted. All this without giving up the benefits of the bicycle: that is because the electric bicycle does not force you to give up pedalling, but reduces fatigue, thanks to the motor that "helps" the cyclist. The cadence sensor provides support based on the speed and the chosen level of assistance.

An electric bicycle for every need

Thanks to technological evolution and the research on new materials, the electric bicycle is now a perfect solution to forget traffic jams and bypass restricted traffic areas, such as historic city centres or pedestrian areas. They are also the ideal means of transport to use in combination with the public transport network - especially the small folding models that make practicality their strong point - and can be brought into metro stations and trains.
For those who search for more technical and performance-oriented requirements, the world of e-bikes offers a range of high-end models that also includes electric mountain bikes and racing bikes. Up to now, e-bikes often have been neglected by the most devoted of the cycling community, who tend to abhorrer the use of solutions that did not require exclusive use of muscle pedalling.

With the passage of time and the launch of more and more advanced vehicles able to offer fun at all levels, even the most experienced cyclists have begun to conceive the use of "extreme" e-bikes. E-bikes are now widely used for off-track routes, as well as for racing, meeting the demands of an advanced audience that is increasingly relevant in terms of numbers.

The advent of cycling tourism

Alongside city and sports use, the cycling tourism sector is also flourishing. While in the past cycling holidays were reserved for those who already had a good athletic training and a level of experience, today e-bikes appeal even to those who are new to cycling, to approach the idea of a holiday on the road.
Moreover, it should be considered that in a group of two or more cyclists, e-bikes would make waiting for the last row or sweating it out to chase the group wannabe champion no longer necessary: the electric bicycle lets you modulate speed and pedalling, allowing you to enjoy the landscape and socialize with fellow travellers.
At the same time, a growing area of the tourism sector is being attended to with the birth of new "bike hotels", able to provide hospitality and technical assistance to customers, and with the development of a network of cycling infrastructure. A complex web of bike paths continues to grow in Europe, offering beautiful routes in natural environments or in cities of art and culture. A type of tourism that can also benefit all those people that have seen their physical performance decline due to age, but who thanks to electric bikes can still enjoy the pleasure of a trip on two wheels.

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