Diane Swann raves about the electric bike she and her husband bought in 2008, on which they have logged more than 11,000 miles. The Swanns use the e-bike for errands, commuting and recreation. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo
In 2008, my husband, John, and I bought an electric bicycle, a BionX-equipped pedal-assist bike. Before I go further, let me disclose that we are now e-bike dealers. After riding it, we thought, “This is something people should know about!”
An e-bike is to our transportation what a cell phone is to most people’s communication system. Together we have logged more than 11,000 miles on this bike alone.
We use our e-bike for errands, commuting and recreation. Thanks to our e-bike, we are consistently logging more bicycle miles each month than automobile miles. Our auto insurance company recently sent us a check for reduced mileage.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the social implications of riding the e-bike. Instead of constantly bringing up the rear when riding with others, my bike catapulted me to the front of the group. I can now chat with people who previously would have blown by me. I have no fear of getting dropped or slowing people down. Instead of “Wait for me!”; it’s “Go ahead; I’ll catch up.”
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By Matt Biers-Ariel and Mont Hubbard
This week we asked for people to send in their bicycling New Year’s resolutions. So here they are. The first one is a resolution that we hope many of you strive for because whether you are an 8-year-old who is riding to school for the first time or the octogenarian who has ridden two-dozen Foxy’s Fall Centuries, Davis Bicycles! wants your story in The Enterprise.
Here’s to a safe and awesome year of biking!
I resolve to write a Davis Bicycles! column. — Leo Rainer
As a household, log more bicycle miles every month than car miles. — John Swann
I resolve to explore Yolo County more by bike. — Christal Waters
I resolve to ride my bike more for errands (offsetting car use), in addition to recreation. — Steve Macaulay
In 2012, I resolve to wear my bicycle helmet while commuting. — Mike Hill Continue reading ‘New Year’s Bicycle Resolutions’