Has the idea of using an electric bike, called an e-bike, piqued your interest? If so, and you are looking to extend your range of bicycle travel, you are in luck. Coming to Minneapolis, the E-bike Challenge is March 23–24, 2019. Mark your calendar and page through the e-Guide to prepare your questions when looking at the latest e-bike models. Then, get a feel for the bike or bikes you like the best on the shows indoor test track.
So what is a pedal-assist electric bike
A “pedal-assist” e-bike allows the battery and motor to kick in when you pedal to allow a bicyclist an opportunity to ride farther, with greater ease. Some cyclists, using an e-bike, can reach distances of 50 to 70 miles on a charge. See page-11 of the E-bike/Hike Guide, on what is the range, to prepare the questions you may want to ask at the show or a bike shop.
Find more than 30 bicycle brands exhibiting at the E-bike Challenge. Each brand will have several models to choose from, for your style of e-bike riding. Making it easy to find an electric bike for commuting, recreational riding or hauling cargo, Plus options for shuttling the family, e-trikes, e-fat-bikes, and many e-bike accessories.
A fun test track, many workshop presentations and more
Just imagine, after narrowing down your e-bike selection, taking the bike out for a spin on the indoor track set up around the perimeter of the E-bike Challenge. The event also features breakout sessions, a kids’ bike test track, an e-bike theater, fun family activities, and more.
Breakout sessions at the event include, “Easy commuting by e-bike” and “The secret of ice fishing with a fat tire e-bike.” Another keynote presentation will feature, “How to build the future bicycling friendly city.”
Tickets for the E-bike Challenge are six dollars at the door. When purchased online, they are four dollars; and children up to 12-years with a parent or guardian are free.
For more information about the E-bike Challenge, including vendor information, visit www.ebikechallenge.com.