E-Bikes Save European Bike Shops, But What's the Point?

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    Aug 19, 2014 2:07 AM GMT
    NYT: The United States has yet to significantly embrace e-bikes, and in New York State, they are still regulated like motorcycles, presenting challenges to mass adoption.

    With the market evolving quickly, a plethora of manufacturers — companies as varied as Europe’s Accell Group, Chinese exporters and even auto giants — are competing. Daimler’s Smart brand is offering zero percent financing on its $3,000 e-bike in Britain, while BMW introduced its own e-bike for about $3,600 this year.

    The higher profit margins have saved many a bike shop in recent years. A typical e-bike sells for about $2,700 in Europe, retailers said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/business/e-bike-sales-are-surging-in-europe.html
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    Aug 19, 2014 8:32 AM GMT
    The point is that sometimes you want to pedal for fitness, fun, etc.; and sometimes you want to get to your destination without profuse sweating. Why not have a bike that allows for both?
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    Aug 20, 2014 7:09 PM GMT
    its a great solution for many transport problems. here in israel its not regulated so you see a lot of them .

    the problem is that i see children and teenagers use them, and i never see them actualy pedal... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 20, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe point is that sometimes you want to pedal for fitness, fun, etc.; and sometimes you want to get to your destination without profuse sweating. Why not have a bike that allows for both?

    Exactly. if you're wearing your business attire to work you don't want to arrive all sweaty. Makes perfect sense.
  • thisguy023

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    Aug 21, 2014 10:06 AM GMT
    Try parking your car in Amsterdam. London or Paris. A bike is easier. And the ebike gives my mother in law (72) the chance to make long bike rides. Nice.
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    Aug 22, 2014 4:21 AM GMT
    This is totally gay.