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Sales of bikes have markedly increased recently due to people rediscovering the joy of cycling while on Covid-19 lockdown.
E-bikes haven’t been immune from this phenomenon, with the Dunedin store of New Zealand’s e-bike specialists electrify.nz reporting unprecedented sales.
This growing popularity has led to a shortage of bikes. But if you pre-order now from electrify.nz you’ll receive a store credit of $250 to spend on accessories - including locks, helmets, tubes, chain lube, pumps, etc. It’s a great deal that will get you out on the road or trails as soon as your pre-ordered e-bike arrives.
Available at electrify.nz in Dunedin are e-bikes featuring hub-drives, or mid-drives.
Hub-drives are simpler in both construction and operation, and tend to be either ‘on’ or ‘off’, so it’s harder to control the power output than with a mid-drive. Hub-drives power just the wheel, so there is less wear on the bike’s chain. A major benefit is that they can be faster than mid-drives, with top speeds of up to 40km/h, so they’re especially good for commuting. And most come with throttles, so are great for hill starts and for getting away from the lights quickly.
Hub-drives are better from a price perspective, while mid-drives are more intuitive and have a better response to your pedalling.
With the colder weather now upon us, all cyclists should be wary of the conditions. Ice is treacherous, and best avoided. Consider replacing your tyres to ones offering more tread, and get off and walk if the ice is particularly bad.
And dress appropriately for the conditions. Due to the faster movement and wind chill on an e-bike, it’s important to layer up. Wind-proof gloves are a must, and thin hats and ear warmers are ideal. And a wind-proof outer-layer is perfect for really cold mornings.
Talk to electrify.nz today about the great range of e-bikes they have on offer.
Open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm,
Sunday closed during winter.
249B Cumberland St, Dunedin.
Phone 021 035-9820,
see electrify.nz for more info.