A MyTechies eBike Update
A little over a year ago, we told you about our two-week trial run with an electric bike (eBike) from the Electric Bike Team. In December, MyTechies got some new wheels with the arrival of our very own eZee Primero. Apart from looking slick, the bike has a torque sensor and 17aH battery – and if that means nothing to you, read on for some helpful tips.
In nine months, Mike has clocked more than 2,000kms. Plug that into Enviro-Mark’s travel calculator and the eBike has avoided 418kg of C0₂ emissions (compared with equivalent travel by car). But it’s not all about the carbon footprint: these bikes are great fun to ride. They also level out hills to take the edge off your commute, meaning you can ride in your work clothes and be ready to go when you get there. Bonus: you’ll never be late, because it’s door-to-door.
Plus, we think an active commute is good for the soul and a real mood boost, especially as you breeze past rush-hour traffic. It’s also an easy shortcut to increasing your overall exercise levels since getting to and from work is something you have to do – no need to fit it into a busy schedule.
Thanks to the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme, there are 15 urban cycleways planned for New Zealand’s main centres. You can find out more about the projects being funded on NZTA’s website . We’re living in a great time for cyclists who want to get from A to B… and beyond.
If you don’t see yourself as a cyclist just yet, there are so many ways to upskill or get started for the first time. Check out Cycling New Zealand’s Rider Programmes, NZTA’s Cyclist Skills Training, Cycling Action Network’s Bikeability skills training, or confidence workshops with Share the Road. The Electric Bike Team work with ElectricMeg, who provides eBike coaching.
Back to the bike: what makes a good eBike for a business fleet? We got some tips from Emilio and Maurice at the Electric Bike Team:
Choose a bike that’s sturdy and easy to get on and off; look for a step-through frame, easily adjustable seat, a comfortable upright position, puncture-resistant tyres and a dual-legged kickstand.
A good entry-level bike will set you back around $2,800 but for the best value, consider spending around $3,400.
A powerful motor will get people door-to-door without breaking a sweat, and mudguards and chain guards will keep work clothes looking sharp.
Make sure the bike has a rear rack and panniers for storage.
The Electric Bike Team offer ongoing scheduled servicing, but it’s still good to choose a robust, low-maintenance eBike for your work fleet.
Even though we love the environmental credentials of our eBike, we can't overstate how much fun it is to ride and how much happier we are with our daily commute. It’s a totally worthwhile investment!