I just returned from my first ebike ride. I admit that I felt a little shaky riding a bike — any kind of bike — for the first time in years. I will definitely need to get in some more riding practice time before I’m ready to share the road with cars on heavily trafficked roads. So for now, my neighborhood streets and a few local bike trails will have to suffice.
That said, it was a lot of fun. My bike has eight gears (speeds), five levels of pedal assist on the Pedal Assist System, and a throttle to keep the bike moving without peddling. I primarily used the higher gears and kept the bike at PAS level 3 most of the time. At one point on a straight stretch of level road in our neighborhood, I hit around 25 MPH without breaking a sweat. I was also able to ride up the rather steep hill leading to our house using pedal assist with relative ease, something I couldn’t manage to do on my regular, non-electric bike.
It was fun, but riding an ebike is definitely gonna take some getting used to. My wife didn’t go with me because she’s feeling a bit under the weather. Hopefully, once she’s feeling up to it, she’ll join me cruisin’ on our ebikes.
By the way, in case you were wondering, that’s not me on the bike in the photo above, but the guy is riding a bike just like mine. Photo credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times.