It all began with my brother’s Schwinn Fastback. The green monster had a banana seat and raised handlebars. It was a beauty that was eventually handed down to me. Then came the Women’s Schwinn Varsity that Santa brought me one year.
While in college I jumped on the Mountain Biking scene with multiple Specialized bikes. I continued to ride mt trails while starting a career and family. Little by little my time for biking shorter and shorter..I thought about getting one of those super light road bikes but soon realized the danger of biking on the road with todays drivers. It was too risky for me. I settled on a Specialized CrossOver that allowed me to use it as more utilitarian mode of local transport as I had recently moved to closer to the city. This worked out well, however it limited my distance and how much I could carry in my basket and panniers (including my small dog).
I was fortunate to stay in touch with one of my old college riding buddy and was excited to learn he was starting an E-Bike business. eBike Central……My first thought was….”who would want an e-bike? There are things called scooters and mopeds that fill that role”….little did I know….Soon I realized you have to ride one to understand what they are all about. As I learned more from Joe at E-Bike Central I became convinced a “Pedal Assist Bike” made sense for me.
12 months and 2k miles later I am happy as ever with my decision. The German made bike is an engineering marvel. Partnering with Bosch eBike Systems for batteries and motor I have been able to literally pedal farther and faster than ever before. Bike riding has become fun again because of my E-Bike!
I love riding with my kids on the greenways of Charlotte NC. Great family bonding. E-Bikes help create family fun.
In closing….I likened an e-bike like a smartphone…..sure the smartphone makes phone calls but IT does so much more than just makes calls. Similarly and e-bike is a bike but IT does so much more…I urge you to consider one…I promise if you test ride one you will….. “Get It”