Private and commercial - bicycles and e-bikes on the rise
The bicycle is on the rise, and Corona has played a not insignificant role in this. The latest figures from the German Bicycle Industry Association show the huge growth of the bicycle market. Last year, bicycles and e-bikes generated a turnover of more than six billion euros, which means an increase of more than 60 percent compared to the previous year. "Two-wheelers, with and without electric drive, were and are the means of transport of the moment and were able to benefit greatly from the unprecedented situation of the past year," a recent press release from the association states accordingly.
Infection-proof on the way
"Cycling is becoming increasingly attractive and can be a cost-effective alternative for transporting goods and people in everyday life," says Maik Walther, Purchasing Manager at VSC.Bike. "Especially with the background of the current pandemic, bikes are also an infection-proof - and of course environmentally friendly way of getting around," Walther continues.
Commercial bikes with special equipment
But finding the right bike is not that easy. The bicycle follows the purpose. There are big differences between privately and commercially used bikes. The second type is very popular as a means of transport for delivery services and sometimes transports heavy loads. Bikes used in this way must ensure stability and easy handling above all. They should be equipped with a separate parking brake so that the bike does not slip away when it is stopped. In addition, the braking value must be taken into account. The trike that VSC.Bike designed for Deutsche Post, for example, can carry 280 kilos total weight - loads plus rider weight. It is therefore still within the current limit of a maximum total load of 300 kilograms.
Privately used cargo bikes for shopping transport
The cargo bike is also becoming increasingly popular in the private sector - and is used primarily for transporting children or shopping. The currently available models can be loaded with a maximum total weight of 200 kilograms. Before buying, there are a few things to consider as well. "With private cargo bikes, functionality is the determining factor," says Purchasing Manager Maik Walther. In any case, buyers should pay attention to the features. Which motor do I want? Do I need a backup battery? - these are questions that need to be considered before purchasing. The private cargo bike should also have reinforced spokes at least 2.6 millimetres thick. Brake lights that react automatically and enlarged exterior mirrors also increase safety and riding comfort. Regular maintenance is also important for roadworthiness. "Private cargo cyclists should always wear a helmet, after all they are on the road at up to 25 kilometres per hour," Mike Walther reminds us.
Relief and opportunity
Whether used commercially or privately, cargo bikes can help solve traffic problems in cities: they do not emit any exhaust gases and - compared to a car - use significantly less space. In addition, drivers can ride on cycle paths or through green spaces, and in any case avoid traffic jams. Finally, cargo bikes are also an opportunity for local traders who want to deliver their products to customers quickly and personally. No wonder, that they are enjoying increasing demand.
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