As I was walking back to my cat-sitting apartment in Paris the other day I saw a kid of maybe 12 years old flying down the sidewalk on one of these contraptions.
I unconsciously called him a ‘little lazy git’ and tried to get on with my day. But since I was walking – and therefore full of thoughts – I ruminated a bit on what seems like an ‘e’ explosion in moving from a to b. Apart from those ridiculous unicycle things, I’ve been seeing more and more of these creatures in the city:
I have to admit, when I watched a guy cruise up the Boulevard St Michel hill on one of these, I briefly thought, ‘nifty’. I guess I shouldn’t have a problem with any of this anyway – I wouldn’t feel the same way if I saw someone on a motorbike, for example – I might get over it with time.
And then this came through the feed this morning:
This Pinarello is, yes, an e-bike. The new Nytro is a 13 kg road bike that is obviously not aimed at the traditional e-bike crowd, or maybe it is, I can’t figure it out to be honest. And I can’t help myself from asking ‘why’, but I suppose I’m being biased by something or other. I know one thing – I won’t like it very much when someone burns past me riding one of these next time I climb Mont Ventoux.
How will Strava deal with electric road bikes, I wonder? Will they have an ‘e-badge’, like they do for pro riders? Will there be two classes of segments?
I have many questions, but no answers. Help me out here.