Shifting gears: St. Louis cyclists join trend toward electric bikes

Shifting gears: St. Louis cyclists join trend toward electric bikes

Cyclists late for work aren’t necessarily out of breath these days. Whether commuting downtown, climbing hills to wineries or traveling for hours on long trails, there’s help for that: Battery power can help keep bicycle wheels rolling when legs or lungs want to give out. Over the past few years, cyclists with creaky knees — or who just want to keep up with faster riders — are finding that power-assisted pedaling provides wind-in-the-hair excitement and cheap transport. Electric bikes are growing in popularity, especially among folks over 50. With an e-bike, battery-powered motors can give cyclists a little, or a lot, of help while pedaling. Or they can choose to pedal it without power. Charles Knapp said he often gets worn out when walking just 30 yards. At 69, he’s …
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