I ride to work from Doncaster to Collingwood, which is a distance of 13.5km with a lot of hills. I was very surprised by the electric bike effect. When I started pedalling, the bike just took off, producing a harmonious partnership between man and machine. My normal cycle to work is sometimes a chore as I live in a hilly area and I want to get to my work place as quickly as I can. I love cycling, having completed nine “Around the bay” rides in a day (210KM). But commuting with hills and quite often head winds can be off putting. However, my experience so far with the electric assistance is nothing but enjoyable. I still have to pedal to maintain speed up the hills but this is a different type of exercise. Not the slogging type but a far more enjoyable type.
Now I must emphasise; the power assistance is not a wank. I have had comments such that I am cheating, reducing my riding fitness, using geriatric transport. This is not true in my case. I have learnt to pedal with a high cadence feeling the pull of the electric motor. It’s comparable to riding in a peloton that is really moving. The peloton is comparable to having electric assistance as one is caught in a draft but to stay in that position one must keep up the pedalling or get left behind. Am I cheating? No, because I am still pedalling hard but travelling faster and feeling more comfortable. For those individuals who have not cycled much and live in a flat area this is the ideal transport. Leave the car at home and get on the bike. For those who live in hilly areas and would like to cycle but are worried about the hills then try the electrical assistance, it certainly flattens out the hills, albeit with enjoyable pedalling. For me, I own many bicycles and even though I am 66 years old I will continue cycling without electrical assistance. However, for some of my commuting and at times as a substitute for the car/motorbike I will use the electrical assist bicycle.
My thanks to Matthew for his assistance in setting up the bike. I phoned him on several occasions and he was always ready to assist me with my queries. I have no hesitation in recommending Matthew for the further supply of this product.