Positive discussion on ebikes and pedal assist bicycles
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I have been working on this for a long time and together with David Halfpenny who led the E-Bike Round Table, we are now publishing on BNA starting with Part 1.
The background of this is to provide quality information to help prospective buyers make a better purchase decision. There have been some dodgy operaters that have left some people out of pocket and their bikes have had serious quality issues, not been properly supported and the businesses disappear. As Australia is also behind Europe and e-bikes are relatively young, many people are not aware of the value of e-bikes. As most readers will be aware, the average e-bike is not intended for serious road cyclists or mtbers - rather is a transport option for a person who often doesn't see themself as a cyclist.
Five e-bike importers / retailers were selected to give a broad cross-section and there are some different answers and even opposing views to some of the topics. The end-result is that each reader will be better informed.
The E-Bike Round Table participants:
• Paul van Bellen from Gazelle Bicycles Australia
• Maurice Wells from Glow Worm Bicycles
• Martin Turner from MR Ebikes
• Luke Ebert from E-Bike Central
• George Kazacos from Reef Bikes
Author: David Halfpenny
Publiser/Editor: Christopher Jones
Part 1 of 3 is now online on BNA: Expert Round Table – Buying an E-Bike Part 1
For BNA the big news is that the entire E-Bike Buyers Guide has been created an an iPad App that can be downloaded in Apple iTunes AppStore. This means you have the complete content before it is published on BNA - plus we hope that you will enjoy the format: ebike buyers guide
I would love you to share this with family a friends, and certainly welcome feedback and reviews both on iTunes (Rating and Reviews) and here in the forum.
Plus, feedback and questions for the panel can also be asked here.
There have been varied and interesting responses.
Some ebike brands and retailers have contacted me disappointed that they were not included. The Panel was selected to give a broad spread however it wasn't possible to include each and every brand and retailer. Some feel they have missed out on a promotional opportunity however the ebook version was not originally planned. Many weeks of work have gone into creating it and most agree that the iPad APP looks great though the aim from Bicycles Network Australia was to gather a range of views and consolidate these to help customers make a better buying decision.. so should benefit all reputible e-bike brands and retailers. It was also fair to favour brands / retailers that have a long running e-bike history or are dedicated e-bike brands / retailers. In the broader market there are many brands and some retailers that do have e-bikes, though the e-bike tend to not to be their primary segment.
A question was raised; why not each and every brand was included and presented and it is because it isn't intended as a directory - rather a broad information guide. In the grand scheme it is not brand specific and the information is general and including each brand that has e-bikes would run into the thousands.
Another question was why weren't e-bike laws dealt with in detail. Fair question, it is only lightly touched upon as the ebike roundtable was intended for an audience who are generally less familiar with bikes and e-bikes so detailed topics such as motor capacity and laws were not the focus - these are topics better suited to a specialist discussion or feature.
As a free and useful information resource that was created without funding, we are really pleased about all of the positive feedback which is great confirmation.
Part Two of the E-Bike Buyers Guide looks at servicing your e-bike as well as telling a good brand and retailer from a dodgy or shoddy e-bike brand. The cost of e-bike ownership is interest, each of the panels provided calculations plus what do they recommend if everything goes pear-shaped, and you really get stuck on your e-bike?
In the Third and Final Part of the E-Bike Buyers Guide, five industry experts discuss who ride e-bikes and which audience will benefit as well and looking into the Australian e-bike and cycling culture compared with overseas and the opportunities for growth and improvement.
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