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USA: Ariz. fans, sellers seeing more electric bikes


Fermin Cruz sells electric bikes at farmers markets, including La Posada’s Monday market, June 18, 2012. Photo: Green Valley News, Andrew Saenz / AP

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Hal Mansfield bought his electric bike about two months ago and already is seeing savings.

When knee problems threatened to keep Hal Mansfield from riding his bike, he started looking for a solution that would keep him on the road but wouldn’t be quite as rigorous.

“I had knee problems so I had to give up my other (traditional) bike,” said Mansfield, 80, a Green Valley resident since 2005. “I still wanted to use a bike.”

He found what he was looking for in an electric bike, called an e-bike.

He purchased a Chinese-made six-speed e-bike two months ago for about $850 from a local dealer and is using it almost daily.

An electric bike begins with a traditional pedal bicycle that has an electric motor, a battery, and a controller for the electric components. E-bikes can come in different speeds and styles, there is even a three-wheel model and a recumbent model.

“It will typically go 15 to 20 (mph),” Mansfield said. “The farthest I have gone is about 15 miles (on a charge).”
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