‘I can sail up the hill, often overtaking young cyclists peddling furiously, much to their surprise,’ writes 93-year-old William Banning
As one of those “less fit and able individuals” and living in a hilly area, I can heartily confirm the advantages of e-bikes (Editorial, 8 September). I bought mine six years ago at the age of 87. I still use it almost daily. I live on a hill which makes it very difficult to get to the nearest bus stop and therefore the local shops. On my bike I can sail up the hill, often overtaking young cyclists peddling furiously, much to their surprise – that’s a great feeling – and can ride easily to any of the local supermarkets where I can fill my panniers. When I got it I hadn’t ridden a bike for over 40 years and people thought I was crazy, but it has given me great pleasure and considerably extended my active life. It cost me just under £500, does 18 miles to a charge, 15mph and all I have had to do to keep it on the road is to fit a new set of brake blocks – and it helps to keep me fit.
So, you are right, British cycling does need a boost but e-bikes in particular, as offering a happier, healthier, and a longer active life for older people.
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