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Industry expert: Cycling influencer Mark Ernsting's five best bike trends in Vancouver
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Aside from being named one of the 14 most influential people in cycling by Canadian Cycling magazine, ex–pro rider Mark Ernsting has plenty to brag about.
First getting into the sport after “cycling from North Van to watch the Gastown Grand Prix every year”, as he tells the Straight, Ernsting started racing competitively in his freshman year at UBC. Loving the speed, the technical difficulties, and the mental tactics, he very quickly rose through the ranks and was offered a cycling and academic scholarship in the U.S.
Best bike for use by people of a certain age
“Electric bikes are something that’s already a big thing in Europe, and their presence is growing in North America. In Vancouver, the terrain means that it’s in demand. A lot of people choose an electric bike because although they want to commute by cycling, they feel that, psychologically, they’re unable to get up the city’s big hills because they’re not fit enough—even though they probably are. The electric bike does that work for them. The bike also allows older people to stay active and be able to go out on outings with their family without having to work as strenuously.”
Hehe... I've seen press reports from Europe that it was folks "of a certain age" that started using assist first... then younger folks figured out that they maybe didn't need to arrive for work, etc needing a shower and a change of clothes, and a snack. And a nap. Etc. and Etc. and Etc.
Best future adaptation of automotive Smart technology
“All kinds of smart technology is beginning to be integrated into bikes. Different computers have been designed to show metrics from the ride, including a GPS, your power, your aerodynamics, lights flashing when you want to turn left and right, and brake lights that come on for city riding. There are also tracking systems for bike theft. Automotive companies are starting to put microchips into paint, and they can scan the frame and find out all kinds of information about it. In the future, modifications like these will happen to everything from city bikes to high-performance bikes. Some Vancouver riders are already using them.”
So. These "automotive Smart technologies". Wouldn't happen to need a battery by any chance?