And is it a dodo in waiting?
Carlton Reid9 hours ago
The term for an electric bike is now firmly “e-bike”. But what about bicycles powered by cornflakes alone, what should they be called? Some in the industry favour “acoustic cycle” – this is a nod to the difference between an acoustic and an electric guitar.
Or should it be m-bike, for mechanical or manual bicycle? Either way, will they go the way of the manual typewriter? Museum pieces, ridden by re-enactors but far from the mainstream?
Those were two of the subjects tackled on the latest Spokesmen industry podcast. I’m currently in Ketchum, Idaho, waiting for the Impact Media Summit to start on Tuesday. The Summit uses the term “acoustic bicycle” for a ride on non e-bikes, but in the podcast discussion with industry veteran Scott Montgomery the conclusion was that “m-bike” was the better, shorter, more descriptive term.