Did you and your partner use to ride bikes together but don’t anymore, and wish you could? The answer may be an electric bike.
I have had many people come into the shop looking for a way to allow them and their partners to ride together again. Our lives get busy and things change. Sometimes we just don’t stay in the type of shape we wish. Not to worry, electric bikes are here!
Whether due to an injury, not having the time, or just getting out of shape, as we go through life there are so many factors that can cause our levels of fitness to differ.
Thankfully, now there is a solution to that feeling of not wanting to be left behind when riding with someone you love. Electric Bikes!
Ebikes are here and they can allow couples to ride together again in many different ways, such as:
- Ebikes level the playing field
- Ebikes are motivational to ride
- Ebikes are easier on our bodies
- Ebikes inspire confidence
- Ebikes eliminate the excuses not to ride
So here is what I mean by that.
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1. Ebikes level the Playing Field
Issue – My partner is in a lot better shape than me.
It is nearly impossible to find someone to ride with that is at the exact same level of fitness and skill as you are.
There will always be one of you that is working harder than the other.
Now, this can be great if you are trying to gain skills, increase your fitness, or push yourself with a coach.
Most of us, though, just want to be able to spend some time with one another, doing something that we enjoy, and not have the other person feel frustrated.
When riding an ebike you have the ability to control how much power you want to give and how much power you want the motor to give. This allows you to still get exercise and enjoy the trip without over-exerting yourself while still being able to keep up with one another when you ride.
This makes it so that any rider, of any level of skill or fitness, can ride with anyone else and both of you can have the time of your life.
2. Ebikes Are Motivational to Ride
Issue – Riding a bike is not how I remember it
A lot of us stop riding bikes because it feels like work.
Riding an ebike is fun!
If you have never had the chance to ride an ebike then I highly recommend that you find a local bicycle shop or bike rental company and just take one out for a ride.
At my shop I often have people come in because they are interested in ebikes but have never ridden one.
Those that do decide to try one always come back with a huge smile on their face, a look as if they just let in on a big secret and now have an insight that others do not.
Riding an ebike makes you feel like a kid again and becomes an experience that you look forward to. You find time in the day to go out and ride.
It is like having a lifetime pass to an amusement park without the lines.
3. Ebikes Are Easier on Our Bodies
Issues – My husband has had knee surgery. My wife had a hip replaced.
Riding a bicycle can be physically demanding.
Whether it’s the riding position, climbing steep hills, riding a certain distance, or trying to swing a leg over the bike, there is some physicality to bike riding.
With an ebike you can –
- Have most comfortable riding position
- Have the most comfortable contact points (i.e. saddle, grips, pedals)
- Use the motor to help with hills and distance
There are many models of ebikes with very low step-through designs, so you don’t have to swing your leg over anything.
The electric motor on an ebike is an amazing thing that will allow you to overcome most of the physical obstacles that stop you from being able to ride again.
Most bikes put you in a riding position that is meant for more power at the sacrifice of comfort. Having an electric motor makes it so that you can be in the most comfortable riding position possible and not lose any power.
4. Ebikes Inspire Confidence
Issue – I haven’t ridden a bike in a while (months?, years?) and worry about whether I can again.
As we get older it can be difficult to start up riding again.
Maybe we were avid cyclists once or just liked to ride a bike.
I have had many people come into the shop that had not ridden a bike in years, even decades, and decided to get an ebike and try it.
Lots of them come back later and tell me how many miles they have now and how ebiking has changed their lives.
You have control over how much power the motor puts out. You don’t just zip around at high speeds all over the place. You can ride an ebike just like a regular bike but without having to strain yourself.
It’s always best to start out slow. You will be amazed at how you are able to ride on an ebike.
An ebike can help you with some of the insecurities of trying to ride a bike again.
Hopefully, there is a bike shop near you that sells or rents ebikes. If so, you can just go and just chat with them.
Most shops will let you test ride an ebike for free. Just so you can get the feeling of what they do.
You don’t have to jump on the first ebike you find.
5. Ebikes Eliminate the Excuses Not to Ride
Issue – It’s just not a good day for me.
I know firsthand how easy it is for me to talk myself out of going for a bike ride. Some of the excuses I’ve used in the past are:
It’s too windy –
Just increase the assist of your ebike motor when the wind picks up and you can keep on riding like it’s just a light breeze.
I’m too tired –
I have had many times where I just need to get out of the house for a bit, but I’m just feeling lazy.
I’ll often jump on my ebike in the highest assist setting, just planning to go out for a few minutes, but usually end up riding much longer once I get going.
I’m too sore –
If you’ve ever felt sore due to working out at the gym, maybe gardening all day, working on a project at home, or just being on your feet all day, it’s justifiable to not want to go out riding.
Ebikes make it easy to ride even if you’re a bit sore, often afterward my soreness has gone away much quicker than if I had just laid down.
I’m not in the mood –
Once you’ve tried an ebike for a little bit, you’ll realize just how much fun they are. It becomes easy to want to go out riding. You will even find time in the day just for your ebike ride.
At the End of the Day
If you have someone in your life that you wish you could go on a bike ride with or have someone that you wish could ride with you, then an electric bike could be the answer.
I have had many customers come to my shop and buy an ebike so that they can go on bike rides together again.
Oftentimes what ends up happening is that one person will get the electric bike to keep up with the other, but eventually, they find that the one on the ebike is having a lot more fun. Then they’re back to get a second ebike.
I have also had couples come in that haven’t ridden a bike in years and after getting electric bikes are now riding together regularly again. Most are amazed at how many miles they end up putting on their ebikes in a short time.
There are many reasons to get an ebike and one of the best ones is seeing people riding bikes together when they were sure it was no longer a possibility!