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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Will e-bikes be the new 'commuter cool'? - CNN


By Steve Almasy
CNN
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(CNN) -- Keith Felch is admittedly a big guy, but more than a few super-fit cyclists in Southern California have been left wondering how that dude just went flying by.
Keith Felch calls his electric bike a "hill eraser" because he can ride it to work without breaking a sweat.
Keith Felch calls his electric bike a "hill eraser" because he can ride it to work without breaking a sweat.
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And then his wife, Mary, comes motoring past.
"They stare, like how can a girl go past me," she says, laughing. It takes the other riders a few seconds but then they figure it out.
They have electric motors.
The Felches, who live in Aliso Viejo, California, used to drive everywhere, except when they used their bikes for recreation.
That changed when they got their new e-bikes, made by a company called Optibike. Now, they ride to go shopping and to go to breakfast -- but mostly they ride to work.

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