Bikes have become an hard to get commodity these days.
See https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/nyregion/bike-shortage-coronavirus.html .
A few companies are betting on people’s willingness to buy fancy e-bikes.
Post-COVID, cities are opening more bike lanes.
More bike lanes means more bikes, means safer biking.
Another issue with fancy e-bikes is theft. All these companies provide anti-theft features with their bikes, including “find my bike” and “automatic lock”. They also bundle their offering with anti-theft insurance.
Surprisingly, countries with not-so-great weather (e.g. ) are the #1 customer for such e-bikes.
- bike vs e-bike?
- bike ownership, e.g. when you have CitiBike or Vélib?
- bike vs scooter vs public transit?
- city infrastructure to make bikes and e-bikes more attractive, e.g. protected bike lanes, parking for bikes, etc. ?
- would you buy such a bike without test-riding it first?