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by John Austin

If you want to e-bike your way to fitness but the family says you’re cheating, tell them this.

Distance cycling has been the preserve of the young, fit, and Lycra-clad. Hit your 60s and the fear of there being nothing between you and the hard road surface takes over from any hope of cycling as a means of keeping fit. 

So, it was with some joy and trepidation that my wife and I cycled from the alps to the ocean in New Zealand. Over six days we explored as we cycled up and down hills, through snow-capped scenery, and into quaint Kiwi towns.

We had the choice of conventional mountain bike or one of those “new fangled” electric bikes. We chose the latter, and were so glad we did! 

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