For Bernard Hinault, five-time winner of the Tour de France and ambassador of the Look brand, the electric-assisted bicycle is a good choice. It allows those who had abandoned the two-wheelers to come back to this habit.
The French bicycle brand Look is based in Nevers (Nièvre). It has made Bernard Hinault, 64, its ambassador for the range of electric bicycles. And the five-time winner of the Tour de France does not look at these machines with disbelief. On the contrary, he thinks that “it is a revolution that is developing and it is good for cycling”.
Do you use an e-bike yourself?
BERNARD HINAULT. Not at the moment. For the moment, I am still comfortable with my traditional bike. But maybe tomorrow I’ll need one. My son, who runs a bicycle shop, is constantly being asked by people who want to buy electric bikes or try them out. The demand exists and it will only increase.
Who do you think electric bikes are for?
We must think of all those who can no longer ride a bike. I think of the elderly, those who are no longer able to climb steep hills (can e-bikes climb steep hills? read in this post) and run out of breath. As a result, they leave their bikes in the garage and do not use them anymore.
The electric bike helps extend the pleasure of biking. With assistance, long valleys and bumps on the road do not pose problems any longer. More families will be able to get together on their e-biking family outings.
And this is not a temporary hype?
It’s more than a fashion. It’s really awesome! It allows people to get back to their active lifestyle and do things together again. One of the advantages of an e-bike is that it helps to keep a very sporty appearance. It is bound to seduce those who used to ride traditional bikes.
An e-bike is not just a traditional bike with a huge battery on top. In modern models, all elements are integrated and the weight remains reasonable. Around 13 kg for some of the lighter models (are e-bikes heavy? read in my other post).
This revolution is good for cycling. It allows you to take pleasure and get in shape (does e-bike help to get fit? here is my post that could help). There is no opposition to the conventional bike, so anyone can find own pleasure as one sees fit.
This post was translated from French and adapted. The original version was published on Le Parisien. Photo credit – Le Parisien.