Pedal power now so much easier in Hamilton

Pedal power now so much easier in Hamilton

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/87470315/pedal-power-now-so-much-easier-in-hamilton


With an electric bike you'll never have to eat someone's dust again.

Instead you can reach speeds of 30kmh without putting in any extra effort. You can become a kid again and it won't cost you an arm and a leg.

This type of bike exists, just not many people know about it, Ron Minkhorst says.

Minkhorst is Electrify.nz Hamilton's distribution centre manager, a company that aims to provide people with environmentally-friendly transport.

The business has officially opened the centre at 910 Victoria St.

People are able to test ride the bikes at the centre and take one home for 24 hours to see how it works.

Allen Bryce did just that, and bought one of the bikes mostly for his wife Lorraine, who broke her leg after an accident on a push bike.

The "e-bike" allows her to do the hard yards without straining herself when they cycle.

"That's what we've always done for the last couple years, we'd go for a bike ride," Bryce said.

Bryce went to Electrify after finding that other bike shops didn't have what they were after, or weren't proficient in electric bikes.

He said it makes life functional and helps balance out fitness levels.

His model takes six hours to charge, has an expected lifespan of at least 800 cycles and cost $2499.

Minkhorst said Allen and Lorraine's situation was one of the many benefits of an e-bike.

"If it's used for commuting you can turn up to work and you're not sweaty, plus you can go so much further.

"Some people say its cheating, but those people that typically say it's cheating have a bike in their shed that's covered in dust."For Rana Hay, she hardly leaves the house without her electric wheels.

When she was teaching at Waikato University she found she needed to leave very early to catch two buses.

"I worked out that in the first year, with the money I spent on buses, I could buy a bike."

Hay purchased her e-bike seven years ago for $1700 and spends about 50c a week in electricity.

A positive is that you don't need a drivers license, warrant of fitness or registration to own a bike.

It also solves a huge amount of parking problems, Hay said.

"There hasn't been enough room in the car for all of us, so the family go (in the car) and I'm there before them.

"I've parked up by the restaurant and they're still trying to find parking."