E-bikes for E-asier Bike Tours

Electric vehicles are hot these days and e-bikes may be the hottest.

By FaceMePLS from The Hague, The Netherlands (Sondors eBike) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: FaceMePLS from The Hague, The Netherlands
At last week’s huge Interbike convention in Las Vegas, there was an entire section devoted to e-bikes along with a test track.  Improvements in battery technology and aging demographics are leading the increased popularity of these bikes which easily reach 20 MPH with little effort.

They certainly make sense for bike tours.  Our directory of bike tours currently lists over 400 tours, with about 5% using e-bikes.  There are quite a few advantages:

  • Less pedaling and effort for those who may not feel comfortable riding for two or three hours (although, most bike tours ride at modest paces)
  • Faster bikes means covering more ground
  • Some of our cities are pretty hilly, an e-bike flattens those hills (think Athens which has three different e-bike companies)
  • More accessible for those who might never even consider riding a regular bike
  • Riding an e-bike is FUN

One downside, an e-bike is generally more expensive for tour operators to buy and maintain.  You might notice that e-bike tours cost a bit more.

Feeling lazy?  Wanna go uphill fast?  Give an e-bike tour a try!

**UPDATE** Check out this article from an e-bike tourer defeating hills, heat, and hours in Rome.