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Electric bikes used to have a specific market - people who needed assistance in order to ride. But the market is quickly changing to everyone. Photo Credit: Specialized Bicycles.

What is an electric bike?

As electric motor technology progresses, so does the diversity of how it can be applied in two-wheeled machines. The “electric bike” umbrella encompasses a vast array of battery-powered cycles, but they are certainly not all created equal.

The term e-bike in the cycling world refers to pedal-assist bikes. This type of bike requires you to at least do some of the work. As you pedal, the motor will engage and add power to the rear wheel. The bike can achieve this in a few different ways that I’ll discuss shortly, but more sophisticated systems will actually work in harmony with the rider, basing the amount of power the motor puts out on how hard the rider is pushing the pedals. The way I like to think about a pedal-assist electric bike is that it’s just like I’m riding a regular bicycle, but with the fantastic illusion that I’ve magically gained the superhuman fitness of a Tour De France rider overnight. This feeling can be shared by anyone.

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Marisa (back, pink) mountain bikes at Perry Hill in Waterbury, VT. Photo credit: Zach Walbridge.

The debate surrounding women’s specific bicycle frames has been ongoing for several years. Women’s specific bikes have been around since the early 2000s, but some of the major brands have started phasing out the practice of designing bikes specifically for men or women.

Specialized in particular is aiming to gender-neutralize their bikes. New for 2019 / 2020, we are seeing several women’s models being dropped and replaced by the more neutral frame design. Specifically, the Specialized Ruze (a 27.5 plus tire hardtail mountain bike) and the Specialized Ruby (an endurance road bike) will no longer be manufactured. This follows the gender-neutralization of the Specialized Diverge, Stumpjumper, Tarmac, and Sirrus in the past couple years. So why, after fighting so hard for women’s bikes, are these manufacturers deciding to do away with women’s specific frames?

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Jake from the Skirack Bike Department introduces the Specialized Tracer Pro Tire, available in two sizes: 700x33 and 700x38. Find out why you should check out this tire and the differences between the two.

Click here to shop online for Tracer Pro Tires today! 

Now until May 31, 2018: Buy a Specialized Bike Tire and Get the next one at 50% OFF!

Shop at Skirack or online for ALL Specialized Tires today!

*Offer applies to tires $40 and up. Second tire must be of equal or lesser value. Limit four tires per customer.

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Skirack is Now Offering a $200 Rebate on E-Bikes for Burlington Electric Customers

Through Burlington Electric, customers can obtain a $200 rebate on e-bikes directly from Skirack. We have outlined how you can take advantage of this sweet deal!

How do I receive an e-bike rebate?

To receive a $200 rebate on an e-bike, you must be a current Burlington Electric customer (in other words, you must be a current Burlington resident). The rebate may be redeemed at a participating retail shop in Burlington.

Simply bring your ID and proof of residency - like a Burlington Electric Department bill - or a letter addressed to your Burlington home with your name on it into the shop at the time of purchase. $200 will be taken off your purchase right there at the time of purchase!

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