Electric bicycles that make pedaling easier on demand, mountain bikes with a growing playground and hybrid bicycles that make it possible for you to go on an adventure … These are three trends to live on two wheels!
An electrifying year
The popularity of the electric bike continues in 2019 and Alexandre Laporte, manager of the Echo Sports shop in Quebec City and Vélo Shop, plans “an electrifying year”.
By allowing riders to access assistance when needed, they can travel longer distances, so they can pedal longer. The seemingly insurmountable coastline and the moments of fatigue do not stop their rides, either in town or in the mountains.
“People can cycle more often, longer and further,” said Benjamin Philips, director of sales and marketing at Demers, recalling that an electric bicycle is for everyone. And it still offers the possibility of to surpass oneself, to push one’s limits.
Moreover, there are now offers for cargo-type models, utility e-bikes, which are designed to help carry children and luggage in the front or on the back.
Popularity of mountain bikes continues to grow
“The route network in Quebec is growing,” said Mr. Laporte, explaining the growing popularity of mountain biking. The number of trails is growing in the region, many of which are now closer to the cities.
“The trails are better organized, more accessible for everyone”, which means that more athletes get started, especially more girls than before, says Mr. Philips.
Many new enthusiasts did not hesitate to trade their road bike for a mountain model, even an electric mountain bike. Some buffs even head for Vermont, especially Burke, to practice their favorite sport as a family, says Laporte.
From the road to adventure
The traditional road bike is on a decline in popularity, particularly due to the sometimes difficult co-habitation with cars and the high risk of accidents.
There are multiple examples of cyclists turning to hybrid adventure bikes, including gravel bikes and cyclo-cross.
In addition to being able to ride on the asphalt, such bikes offer the opportunity to stitch through the fields, to engage on more rugged roads, such as on clay or gravel, offering more comfort and stability, more efficient brakes, more versatile tires, and often, electric assistance via
Cycling bikes, on the other hand, are suitable for traveling long distances, reducing the chances that breaks will occur along the way. Cycling bikes are still often made of steel, a durable material that can be welded even when a break occurs. Such bikes can accommodate heavier loads, they can even pull a trailer, says Philips.
Maximized comfort, luggage rack, lights that recharge automatically … Everything is thought through well, so that you can try out those exciting off-road adventures.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on Le Journal de Quebec. Photo credit – Le Journal de Quebec.