The e-Bike Revolution
Early e-Bikes were heavy, clunky and expensive. An affordable
commuter option would likely mean something with an unwieldy
battery, jerky transmission, and often an unpleasant and glitchy
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Since the big cycling brands have adopted e-Bikes as an integral
part of their lineup we've seen big advances in technology,
usability and practicality.
Now an e-Bike isn't simply a mobility aid, it's a useful tool
for any cyclist - and particularly the commuter.
There's no need to arrive at work hot and sweaty or out of
breath, but you can still get the health and practical benefits of
cycling. With panniers to safely carry your luggage and integrated
lights powered from the central battery it's a convenient mode of
transport that you can simply hop on and off without the need for
A more upright riding position, combined with chunky
pothole-absorbing tyres, makes for a relaxed and comfortable ride
with good visibility.
With a typical range of 80 miles, and a charging time of just
over 2.5 hours, the likes of the new
Turbo Vado SL will always be ready to go, and can quickly and
easily be topped up either at home or during the working day if
If you prefer to treat your commute as part of your training
regimen you might be more tempted by the likes of the Specialized
Turbo Creo SL. A traditional drop-bar road race bike weighing
in at just 12.2kg, it can do duty as a long-distance commuter, but
then allow your trip home to evolve into an epic exploration or