Ever thought about cruising around our beautiful city on a bicycle but baulked at the thought of what all that pedal power would do to your calf muscles?
Well, an electric or e-bike could be just the answer. Just imagine it. Drinking in the beauty of our picturesque foreshore as you coast along letting a maximum 250-watt electric motor do all the work. Ahh, the serenity.
If you’re thinking about dipping your toe into these waters, you’d do well to have a chat to Steve Brown at Newcastle Electric Bikes, who have been putting Novocastrians on e-bikes for 16 years.
“The great thing about e-bikes is that you can go for longer,” Steve said.
“You can go out for a day and come home in good condition. You won’t run out of battery but, if you do, it’s also a regular bike so you can get it home again.
“The minimum battery range is from 60km up to 100km, but that is with you doing some of the work”
Steve added that there are three types of e-bike – the front hub motor, rear hub motor and mid-drive motor – with the front-hub generally at the more ‘entry-level’ with prices at Newcastle Electric Bikes starting at around $1650.
Currently in Australia, aside from all the standard road and safety rules, e-bikes cannot exceed a maximum of 250 watts of continuous power, activated by pedalling, at a maximum speed of 25km/h.
And Steve said this is precisely why it was so important to do your due diligence or just head to Newcastle Electric Bikes where you know anything you buy will be completely legal.
“Since COVID hit interest in e-bikes has just gone silly,” Steve said. “But what’s also gone silly is people are buying bikes that are not legal here.
“You can buy bikes online with a top speed of 35km/h or 21mph with a 500-watt motor or 1000-watt motor but you just can’t ride them here.”
Newcastle Electric Bikes stocks five brands – Smart Motion, Earth, Ordica, Ryder, NCM and Tebco – and even stocks electric trikes which they have sold through the NDIS.
Given what is happening in the world right now, there’s definitely no better time to be a tourist in your own city and what better way to experience it than on an electric bike?
“We’re probably not going to be going overseas for a few years and people are looking for things to do,” Steve said.
“To get on an e-bike and travel around Newcastle or hit the Fernleigh Track, for example, is a great day out and you can get there and back in absolute comfort.”
Newcastle Electric Bikes is located at 22 Maitland Road, Islington. Head here for more information or phone 0413 193 334.
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 8am – 3pm
Sunday: Closed but available by appointment