I was originally hoping that my wife and I would take our new electric bikes on their inaugural ride on Monday, but Murphy’s Law took hold and it’s probably not going to happen until tomorrow.
Here was the plan:
- Order online and receive delivery of the two ebikes from the manufacture and drop them off (still boxed up) at a bike shop for assembly.
- Order online and receive deliver of a trailer hitch for my car.
- Order online and receive delivery of a bike rack specifically designed to accommodate two ebikes (which are significantly heavier than traditional bicycles). Our bikes with battery weigh 63 pounds each.
- Have the trailer hitch that I ordered online installed on my car.
- Receive and assemble the bike rack.
- Mount the bike rack on my car’s hitch and pick up the fully assembled bikes from the bike shop.
- Ride the new ebikes.
Here’s what happened:
The bikes arrived on time and I made an appointment with the bike shop to drop them off. That was last Monday.
The hitch arrived on Tuesday and I took it to the guy I’d arranged to have install it on Thursday. I told you here about the fiasco about installing the hitch on my car, which was supposed to take an hour but ended up taking almost six.
The bike rack I ordered, which was supposed to delivered on Friday so that I could mount it to my car’s newly installed hitch and pick up the assembled ebikes on Saturday, didn’t arrive. It was rescheduled for delivery on Monday.
The bike rack was delivered on Monday, but after 6:00 in the evening.
On Tuesday morning, I started putting that damn bike rack together, attempting to follow the rather cryptic directions (few words, mostly pictures) that would require a mechanical engineer to decipher.
It took me about five hours to put it together and mount it onto my car’s hitch. It wasn’t raining, so I drove to the bike shop, picked up my assembled ebikes and put them on the rack. My plan was to get home in the early afternoon and for my wife and me to take them out for a short ride.
Unfortunately, when I got home and removed the bikes from the rack, I discovered that the bikes’ batteries needed charging and it takes 6-8 hours to fully charge them.
Now, today, we got a text from our son and daughter-in-law first thing this morning asking if we could go over to their place for a few hours to help out with our very young grandkids. So we did, and now we’re back home. But it just started to rain and it’s supposed to rain non-stop until 5:00 tomorrow night.
Maybe we’ll get to finally ride our ebikes on Friday. Maybe.