We have always enjoyed riding bikes. As we get older, hills seem to get higher. So, we decided to rent e-bikes. Our first e-bike ride was about 20 miles. We went up some steep hills. With long open stretches of bike path, we tested the speed and handling of the bikes. The rental so much fun that we decided to buy e-bikes. After a lot of research, we decided on the Lectric E bike 2. The step-thru model seemed best for us. This would be the first of our senior e bike adventures.
Lectric Ebike 1st Ride
This bike was compact, affordable and foldable. We thought it would be perfect to transport in our car or small motorhome. We took some time to get used to the Lectric Ebike learning how to use the peddle assist, cruise control and throttle. For example, the normal, 7 speed bike gears worked differently with the 5 ranges of pedal assist.
Despite having ridden motorcycles most of our lives, we were a bit shaky as we began the first ride. After a few minutes, we both figured out the relationship between the pedal assist and the gear shift. We adjusted to the pedal assist kicking in after one full pedal rotation. We got to a pleasant grassy park and enjoy turkey sandwiches, chips and soda.
As we enjoyed the day and the lunch, we talk about all the places we could ride our new Lectric Ebikes. We anticipated that we could fold them to store them in our motor home while we travelled. The question was would they fit into our SUV when folded.
We needed to test and adjust several settings for the bikes. We set the maximum speed, the rotations to start peddle assist and also the fork stiffness. We didn’t go too far. The ride to the park was enough to test the settings and see how we liked the bikes. To get in a longer road test, we went to a Starbuck’s for a hot caramel machiato. Both of us rode motorcycles for most of our adult lives. We felt a little dorky on the ebikes, but enjoyed the ride. Just so you know, we used #2 pedal assist in 5th gear most of the time. In town, there was no chance to try the higher pedal assist settings.
Some Things were Needed
We found that there were some things we needed to make our riding safer and easier. For example, yelling back and forth as we road got tiring. Consequently, we decided to trade in our tradition bike helmets for Sena Blue Tooth Helmets. These helmets connect for an intercom type of communication. They also connect with bluetooth to cell phones and pick up FM and AM radio stations. They have sturdy acrylic paint finishes. As well, there is an easy to use size adjustment on the back strap. These helmets help us to talk normally up to 250 yards apart.
The more we road the bikes, the more we realized that we need to have some kind of a phone holder. Because it is difficult to dig the phone out of a pocket while riding a bike, we got rubber mounted holders to cut down on the shock to the phone as we road. With the push of a button on a Sena helmet, we can answer a phone call. If Siri is activated, a call can be made through the helmet. Otherwise, the number must be entered making the phone mount really important.
As evening fell, we turn on the little headlight and tail light provide with our bikes. The headlight was not bright enough so shine very far ahead of the bike although oncoming cars could see it. We decided that we needed to order stronger, battery operated headlights. We settled on an Ascher headlight that had 3 brightness settings. It could easily be removed from the bike and used as a flashlight. It came with a bright tail which was wider than the stock tail light.
We had a fun first ride and a wonderful picnic. Both of us agreed that the Lectric Ebike purchase was going to add a lot to our lives. Depending on hills and speed, the bikes have a maximum distance of 45 miles. For sure, we are going to test that on a ride very soon.
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