Faith is like electricity. You can’t see it, but you can see the light. – Anon.
As an American living in Europe, I carry this mental checklist of things to keep, and things to leave behind when I return home. In the keep column would be the latest crop of electric bikes (Ebikes) that are sprouting here.
Ebikes are not scooters: They are mopeds, and only assist the pedals. The rider must provide some input. Nor are they as heavy as scooters or mopeds. Typical Ebikes weigh between 35 and 50 lb. They are clean and quiet. Though something of a novelty in the USA, Ebikes are gaining market share exponentially here in Europe. From what I’ve seen, it’s mostly elderly, affluent riders who constituted the majority of first-generation Ebike owners, and rightfully so. These are people who may not be up for hills or riding for more than five miles, and have $2000 + to spend on an Ebike.
The second wave of newer designs are a little more hip, targeting commuters and those looking for something a little faster than traditional bikes. We’re not talking you’re mama’s 250W commuter. No, these are max. legal 1.2kW pavement-rippling tire shredders. Oh, and if you talk to the right guys, you can get get hi-po chips to SIGNIFICANTLY increase output beyond the legal limit.
How do I get one, you ask! Well, go to the Great Cathedral in Cologne, then head towards the river. Along the way, you will find Eco Mobility. They have been in business for a few months and specialize in custom frames and Ebikes.
Markward Kayser, the owner of Eco-Mobility.de is catching the next wave. What we have here folks, are visions of the future. Some of his bikes are his own custom frames, others represent the cutting edge of Ebike development. Mark loves to take a customer’s vision and bring it to life in real steel. He also has a penchant for eye-bulgingly fast machines in search of a new kind of tire, somewhere between bicycle and motorcycle.
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