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Pedal power just became faster and easier

THINK you live too far from work, the shops or school to get there by bicycle?

Think again, because electric bicycles allow you to ride longer distances, knock over steep hills and get to your destination quicker than a normal bicycle.

Bicycle Network Tasmania is giving locals the chance to discover more about electric bicycles at its Expo on Sunday 18 November at the Regatta Grounds.

Running 10am until 2pm, the free Expo offers the chance to talk directly to Hobart’s major e-bike retailers and ride a variety of e-bikes.

The grassed surface means riders can feel comfortable about having a go on a bike if it’s been a while since they’ve been on two wheels.

There’ll be a wide variety of bikes to try, from entry-level commuter style bikes up to high-tech mountain bikes.

Experienced e-bike riders will also be on hand with their bikes as part of a ‘show-n-tell’ where they’ll be available to answer questions.

E-bikes are a viable choice for people who want to ride for transport, as riders sweat less and can easily get up hills with turbo power boosts.

They still get exercise because they have to pedal to make the motor work, but they put less effort in.

While purchase prices have been high in the past, they have started coming down as more models become available and increasing numbers are being sold.

E-bikes are also very cheap to run with most batteries lasting 40 to 80 kilometers on a single charge costing about 10 to 15 cents.

That’s no competition when compared to the cost of running a second car.

Caption: The Bicycle Network Tasmania Expo will be held on Sunday 18 November at the Regatta Grounds. Photo credit: Robert Gavin.