With electric assistance, cargo, tech or even inclusive… the bike is popular


Are you more of a VAE, VTTAE, VCAE or speedelec? If you hesitate on the meaning of the question (no, it’s not about Parcoursup), you don’t speak the newspeak of cyclists. VAE for electrically assisted bicycle, TT for all-terrain, C for cargo, and speedelec for a VAE whose assistance can go up to 50 km/h – against 25 for a classic VAE – (1), the electricity fairy has revolutionized the bicycle offer.

Jean-Christos Troger, itinerant veterinary surgeon, for twenty-eight years in the Paris region, knows something about it. Tired of traffic jams and the headache of parking, he invested last year in a VCAE (electrically assisted cargo bike, therefore) – a Riese & Muller », he wishes to clarify. In his box? “Up to a hundred kilos of equipment: a box for orthopedics, one for heart monitoring, in short everything I need to operate. » He performs an average of five procedures a day in different clinics in the region: “And I can go up, by bike, to Bobigny and St-Germain-en-Laye! » Like field vets scurrying from farm to farm, he goes where the beasts need him – but without a drop of gas.

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660,000 VAE sold last year

If in his profession Dr. Troger is an exception, he joined the 12,000 French people who bought a cargo bike in 2021, according to the Observatoire du Cycle. It is still too little (in Al

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