Eighteen years ago, I stopped cycling. Specifically, my nine-year-old self swerved, tipped and flew over the handlebars, crashed helmet-first into my neighbor’s Mazda truck, leaving a dent in the tailgate (and my pride). I quit cycling after that. So, last week, when Bosch invited me to try out its e-bikes on a quick jaunt through Central Park, I felt some trepidation, to put it lightly. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio only lifting the ban pedal-assist e-bikes two months ago, and I wasn’t certain my untested feet belonged on any motorized pedals except those in a car. Reading about a TechRadar colleague hitting 30 mph on an e-bike didn’t help, either. I needn’t have worried. Spurred on by the unfailingly patient guidance of the Bosch representatives, I slowly relearned how to ride, and navigated my $2,200 Trek Plus (about £1,660 / AU$3,000) around cars, other cyclists and throngs of tourists without mishap. Because of high price points, e-bikes aren’t necessarily meant for cycling rookies or dilettantes. But, they sure make it easy for rookies to find their balance and confidence. An e-boost to riders’ confidence I met with the Bosch group during my lunch break at Columbus Circle; they had ridden their bikes up from Battery Park, near the Brooklyn Bridge, but none of them looked out of breath or particularly sweaty. Two of the Bosch reps, Andy Ambrosius and Jonathan Weinert, rode in on some impressive bikes: Ambrosius on the Gazelle CitiZen T10 Speed, Weinert on the R&M… [Read full story]
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