With his children Landon and Noemi riding in the back, John Picard test drives an augmented bicycle at the Electric Bike Expo, Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the San Mateo Events Center in San Mateo, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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E-bikes.
Kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Which is good marketing news for the electric-bike industry which is currently riding a wave of popularity, especially here in sunny, athletically minded California, and enjoying buzz like it got at this weekend’s Electric Bike Expo in San Mateo.
“I think people would be surprised to see how much fun they are to ride,’’ said Louisa Gillett of Hillsborough who, along with her husband and 3-year-old daughter Helena, did exactly that on Sunday morning, test-driving some of the premier and emerging electric bike brands that were available for a spin around the enclosed 25,000-square-foot loop. “The last time I rode one was about five years ago and they’ve changed so much. They’re much more stylish; the older ones felt clunky and heavier.”
Her daughter agreed: “Good,’’ Helena said of her ride. “It was fast.’’
E-bikes are on a roll, says …
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