Bikes have been around for over a hundred years, with their popularity gradually increasing as an affordable and clean form of transportation. But cycling has recently reached new heights amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, producing what is now called the 2020 bike boom, which is characterized by increased usage of bikes due to restrictions and fear of infection. The demand for bicycles was so high that it even led to a worldwide shortage of cycling equipment. And Europeans have already spent over €1 billion on improving their cycling infrastructure and paving 2300km of new bike lanes since the pandemic began.
But is it really just the pandemic? Like we said, bikes have been on the rise for a while, meaning that in 2016 over 12% of Americans used bikes daily, with numbers further jumping from around 43 million in 2014 to 47.5 million in 2017. Bike popularity has been gradually increasing all over the world even before the pandemic started.
Statistics also show that e-bikes should become more popular in the future, with sales forecasted to spike up to 40 million units in 2023. The shifting tendency towards e-bikes is normal, as for many people an electric bike is a compromise: it’s neither bicycle nor motorcycle, relatively slow yet fast enough to get around the city; fueled on clean renewable energy and easy to park. No need for a driving license. The perks are many, except for the price tag. Quality e-bikes cost thousands of dollars, which is a bit of a stretch for your typical commuter. The alternative? You could finally get a motorcycle license, but that kind of beats the purpose of cycling in the first place. Luckily, now there’s a way to electrify your bike within seconds without breaking the bank.
Our partners at Rubbee have always focused on simplicity and solutions that make daily life less of a hassle. That’s why they’ve opted for creating the Rubbee conversion kit, which is a battery-run portable that can turn any conventional two-wheeler into a full-fledged electric bike. Why? Well, first of all, it’s half the price of an expensive off-the-rack e-bike; and a Rubbee conversion kit allows you more freedom in customization, as it can be mounted on a bike of your own preference.
The device works through a friction drive mechanism based on a rotating drive roller that touches the rear wheel of the bike and moves you forward, providing additional power to the back tire when most needed. Install, charge, plug in, and you’re ready to go. The conversion kit is lightweight, easy to mount on and take off; it’s kind of like carrying a small gym bag. Feel like there’s not enough power? Unplug, recharge just like any other smart device, and lock it back on. Now you’re ready for another 40 km trip at up to 25km/h.
The way we see it, the Rubbee conversion kit is the best option on the market for those seeking convenience and eco-friendly transportation. The reason Mobile Center chose to form a distributing partnership with Rubbee is their general predisposition towards offering consumer-friendly goods that are both useful and sustainable towards the environment. And since electric bikes are still pricey, we suggest giving Rubbee a go, as it’s a more flexible and affordable solution for bike enthusiasts!
By the way, if you’re still not sure if Rubbee is your cup of tea, we suggest contacting us for more information. We also have some sample kits that we can send you to try out.