That inevitable and enviable move to e-bikes

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Two women and their electric bicycles

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Pairing up the e-bikes foe an outing

“We both bought electric bikes and they’re both made in Belgium. I tried to get her to buy and Ahooga but she wanted the step-through frame. But both the bikes are made in Belgium.”


©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Woman w her Bizo e-bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – “Why are you giving me so much teasing about having an electric bike? She has one, as well, but you are not teasing her!” Notes: I really was giving her grief about the electric. We hit it off, right away, with the good natured mocking. There was something about the ambience and how everybody was on bikes and everyone was having a good time.

Notes: I stumbled across this pair and their electric bikes and instantly started teasing them. About how old you have to be to have an electric bike, what they bought and why… E-bikes are brilliant as it gets a little trickier to get speed from legs alone. And a little e-assistance means a bit of speed.

But I gave them a pile of abuse about going electric, anyway. I have to. It just comes out of my mouth. I have slowly developed an appreciation for electric bikes. Enough cyclists who have injuries and the e-aid has helped them keep miles.

Or distance. Long rides for a regular commuter is just easier with the battery chugging away. And then, reality hits and there is age.

But en e-bike can start a second life on a bike. So, slowly I have come to love e-bikes.

 

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Woman w her Ahooga e-bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – “I love the bike. It is so light!”

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