By Joel Zanatta
Its undeniable, the ebike is here to stay. The question that many cyclists have is whether to embrace or shun the technology.
On the one hand, ebikes are fast, efficient, quiet and certainly more environmental than automobiles. On the other hand, they require electricity, are hazardous on bike routes and are a little bit soul destroying for traditional cyclists.
How many times have I been grinding my way up a hill to be effortlessly left in the dust by the whirring engine of power assisted bike. At first it bothered me, but in recent months I have accepted that ebiking is not only here to stay, but that ebikes are an integral part to the growth of cycling culture in North America.
The power assist offered by an ebike makes bicycle travel accessible to almost anyone. Furthermore, the bikes are getting more and more impressive offering sleeker design and greater range. Distances that used to require a car can now be crossed almost effortlessly on a near silent and low emission machine.
Though I highly doubt that the ebike will ever be my first choice of steed, I am willing to embrace the technology. It is a growing trend that is here to stay. Every bike on the road, whether it be an ebike or a traditional bike is one more convert and one less car. And that is a good thing.
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