The E-Bike Revolution

| By Larry Olmsted | From Cuba After The Embargo, July/August 2022
The E-Bike Revolution
Electric cars get a lot of press, but the world’s best-selling e-vehicles are bikes. And even as conventional bicycle sales exploded during the pandemic’s recreation boom, U.S. e-bikes outpaced them at more than twice the rate. Technology has quickly gotten smaller, lighter and more efficient, and there is an e-bike for every type of owner. “Pedal assist” e-bikes are more bicycle than motorcycle, with pedaling made easier, not optional. They are basically traditional bikes with an adjustable motorized boost—a manmade tailwind that reduces effort needed to go faster or uphill. Those new to cycling can get started with much less exertion. Regular, but less avid, …
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