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  • 1.  How many of you are enjoying the electric bikes

    Posted 06-08-2021 14:31
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    Hi there, 

    Just a curious question, do any of you have an electric bike?? I purchased an electric bike last year and love love love it. In the Northern California town I live in there are a lot of hills, so this bike is perfect.

    Stacy Graham

  • 2.  RE: How many of you are enjoying the electric bikes

    Posted 06-09-2021 09:41
    Edited by Quinn Drew 06-09-2021 09:45
    Hi, @Stacy Graham! I haven't tried an electric bike, though I've seen a fair amount of them cruising through my neighborhood. Looks like you have a great setup! (and a VERY cute doggo!) Is that a trail there behind the bike, and do you ride that bike on trails/gravel?

    I much prefer road riding, and though my partner does both road and gravel, she much prefers gravel. (She's into doing things like Mid South and ​I think she's nuts.) We have found a happy medium in our love of bike camping though, and plan to head up to Grand Island, MI in a couple of weeks for some quality biking and hiking!

    Here's a photo from our trip last year to upper MI (her bike is the blue on the right, mine is the black on the left). 

    Stay awesome,

  • 3.  RE: How many of you are enjoying the electric bikes

    Posted 06-09-2021 10:10
    Edited by Arnie Grahl 06-09-2021 11:54
    Hi @Stacy Graham !!

    I own a Trek Verve + ebike. And I love it!! I bought it two years ago to commute 9 miles to the train and back for work. That lasted a year then the pandemic hit. So I began using it to bike 6 miles in the morning to get my morning coffee from Panera.
    I also rent an e-bike now when we go to Door County, Wisconsin, as it is perfect for the hills.

    The thing I love about the Trek and other pedal assist e-bikes, is that it is not at all like a motorcycle. There is no throttle and you don't get boost unless you are also pedaling. Assist maxes out at 20 mph at the top of four assist setting, which are roughly 50 percent, 100 percent, 150 percent and 200 percent. It is perfect for helping with wind and hills, which used to suck the steam out of me, as I am approaching 60. (years not mph. ha)

    I am seeing more and more e-bikes. I saw a bunch in Door County last week. Occasionally, I get a snide comment from someone on the path like "Hey, I can chase down that battery" to which my reply was "Good for you. I'm not in a race." Another comment I got was from a guy asking  me how fast it can go (it's not designed for speed, as I told him repeatedly. It's a 45 pound bike for gosh sakes) when I told him it helps with wind and hills, he said  "Well, I think that's cheating." I did not answer, but wanted to, with "Cheating who? Cheating How?" Besides, I didn't ask him his opinion. :)

    Anyway. E-bikes are great. Ignore any comments you receive from the biking elite. And enjoy!!!

    Arnold Grahl