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Setting off for my first e-bike commute. Around 7km, takes 25 minutes usually. Let’s see how I get on...
First impressions? I like the upright riding position & the step over frame - that, plus suspension makes for a comfy ride. It feels pretty much effortless - only a couple of hills on way to work but both flattened out by the e bike. Image
I also found it a bit boring to be honest, as it was SO easy. But I’m a bit odd like that. The fact that a bit of electric assistance can take so much of the effort out of a bike commute is an enormous selling point - and why I think they’ll go mainstream.
Also interesting that lack of effort meant I was a bit cold - on a cold morning like this I’ve usually warmed up by the time I arrive at work. But that can be sorted with an extra layer. Obviously the benefit of less exertion in warmer weather will be great - for work commutes.
Time wise - it was marginally quicker but nothing major - it’ll be interesting to see the difference on my ride home which has a lot more uphill.
Just arrived home after my first e-bike commute home. 8km, fair bit of hill - enough to put a fair few people off. Always takes me around 35 minutes. Here’s a typical commute on my bike: Image
And here, drumroll please 🥁... is tonight’s electric bike commute - about 8 minutes quicker than usual. Image
The time saving matters - but on its own it's not such a big deal for a commute of that length. More importantly I've arrived home not needing a change of clothes or a shower - riding home uphill was genuinely pretty much effortless. That is a game changer.
I was interested too in whether I'd feel safer. Somehow I thought the extra speed, the bit of extra oomph might make me feel safer. It didn't. If anything I felt slightly more vulnerable as I was going at a higher speed. That may or not be logical, but that's how it felt.
It did make me take a different route - uphill on a busier road that I mostly avoid (Chapeltown Rd for those of you who know Leeds). The extra assistance did make me feel more confident uphill, but I didn't feel any safer. Still as vulnerable to poor, inconsiderate driving.
But it really is quite something to ride a bike home uphill & not feel like you've exerted yourself. Like I've said before, cycling for me is exercise as well as transport. But there are many times I could do with turning up places without that - particularly in warmer weather.
And it's confirmed what I've thought for a while - invest in a comprehensive network of protected cycle routes and you will undoubtedly see, alongside lots more people on normal bikes, a massive increase in people switching from cars to e-bikes. #LeedsTransport
I doubt anyone thought this of me today in the rain, but it did feel like fun riding home uphill without much effort. But here's the goal - people in their everyday clothes, getting around on a bike. E-bikes can open this up for many more people.
Here’s the e-bike I’m testing: edinburghbicycle.com/kalkhoff-endea…
Day 2 trying out an e-bike. Main other thing I use a bike for alongside commuting is shopping. 🛒 So let’s see how different #quaxing is with a bit of assistance...
Two full panniers - £35 of shopping (yes supermarkets, people who ride bikes spend money too) - let’s see the difference up the hill home, compared to my normal bike. ImageImage
As expected, no problem up the hill back home. Fair bit of weight in the panniers so felt a little bit unstable when braking & indicating to turn right, but other than that very good. No need for change of clothes or a shower! Image
Again, as always, the only problem was other drivers. Two close passes riding through Chapel Allerton - my close pass hotspot. We need a comprehensive network of protected cycle routes if we’re going to make the most of the opportunities bikes & e-bikes offer. #LeedsTransport
It’s worth also mentioning journeys I’ve chosen not to make on the e-bike. Meetings in city centre - no secure parking & didn’t feel comfortable locking outside (it’d cost me £1k deposit!). My normal bike is far less valuable - this costs £1800. So I’m on the bus. Image
Final day on the trial e-bike. Here’s how you operate the pedal assist - four settings. Easy to switch - on your handlebars (although that very nicely engineered German bell is in the way a bit.)
Worth remembering it’s only pedal *assist* - so being in the right gear is still important. No amount of assistance will get what is a heavy bike up a steep hill in a high gear. 9 gears - hard to see display from riding position but fine other than that. Image
This is why I think e-bikes will be a game changer. Here’s the alternative. I haven’t broken a sweat in 3 days of riding - it’s close to effortless. Add a network of protected cycle lanes & you’ll see people switch from cars to e-bikes for so many more journeys. Trust me on this. Image
Handed the trial e-bike back. Loved it - full review soon. Back to being powered by flapjacks again... 🚲 Image
I’m sticking with unassisted pedal power for now. For me my bike is 1st & foremost transport, but exercise is a close 2nd - only way I’ve found to get an hour of fairly challenging activity into my day nearly every day. But I 100% see why people love their e-bikes.
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