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Shimano reveals over 24% of European commuters would consider commuting by e-bike... but only 11% would in the UK

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Jack Sexty

Jack is the news editor here at eBikeTips, and also edits the live blog and writes tech news over on our sister site Jack first became fascinated with e-bikes when an elderly gentleman breezed past him without a care in the world up a big old hill in North Wales - thus realising e-bikes are the real deal! Although he genuinely enjoys time trials and lung-busting climbs without assistance, Jack likes nothing more than cruising round town on an e-bike during his days off.   


10 months 3 weeks ago

After 30 years of commuting by motorbike I've switched to a Gazelle Orange C8. The day that Storm Gareth hit was my second ride to work. It was different, shall we say but I was fine. My ride is just over 8 miles each way, return leg being an 800ft climb. Despite being perfectly capable of riding this on a road bike I just choose not to so that I can arrive at work in civvies and not need to take a shower. All very civilised.

I plan to ride this bike year round regardless now, it's just easier to get through traffic even than when riding a motorbike and my experience of that tells me that the days when you actually do get a soaking are really very few indeed. I think lack of infrastructure is the barrier to uptake, not the weather, riding shoulder to shoulder with large vehicles isn't the most fun even for an experienced motorcyclist.