Why I ride an electric bicycle...
Many people would say that the complexity and weight of adding electric power assist to a bicycle defeats itís elegant simplicity. They may remind you how electricity is still a natural resource.
Well, I enjoy thinking that Iím not starting my car every time I want to go get a video or something from the corner store, but thatís not why I ride my electric bicycle. I ride it because for the sheer joy and exhilaration it provides.
I can remember being 17 years old and feeling like I could fly on my bike. Now, almost 35 years later, I canít ďflyĒ very far before I am too tired to enjoy the ride.
Sure, on level ground I can pedal for quite a while and maintain a decent speed. But the terrain in my town isnít like that. Itís hilly and varied, which is one of the things that keeps me here.
When I set out on my electric bicycle, I am Superman. I can zoom across level ground at almost 19MPH unaided. I can power up steep hills in high gear. I can pedal as hard as I want, or take a break and still keep moving along. In 30 minutes, I can travel seven miles, see a variety of people and places, and still get an excellent workout.
Itís my electric freedom machine
S. Duncan 12/2007