I’ve updated the sidebar for “L1 rides to work.” As another school year has begun in upstate/western NY, my lov-er-ly partner has begun a new bike commute odyssey.
Last year he had a goal of bike commuting 90 days. Sadly he was only able to accomplish 1/3 of that goal because of the way I scheduled my teaching, allowing us to avoid daycare costs for another year. This year things are different–I work while L4 is at her UPK program and so Mr. Crunchy is working on the 90 day bike-commute goal again. But there’s a big difference this year, starting today: he now rides and e-bike.
What the heck is that, you ask? It’s a bike that is assisted by an electric hub motor, powered by lifepo4 battery (lithium iron phosphate).
It has a thumb throttle, but is also still powered by L1’s svelt legs. (Yes, it’s true, they are. He actually looks good in spandex.)
He has been grinning since Saturday when he took it for its first test drive, and on Sunday when he rode it to run some errands, including picking up a 45lb bag of Jasper chow and other grocery items, towed in our handy trailer. He’s keeping track of how many miles he rides with his e-bike so that we can do a cost-analysis for it (how long will it take to pay for itself?) and so that we can also look at the carbon offset created by the amount he rides (on which we can’t put a price tag).
And, for the interested, here are a couple of videos of it in action. The first is his first ride–you can see the wheel going and he’s not peddling. The second is not for the easily motion sick as the camera was mounted on his handlebar. It’s very cool, though, because you see just what a difference the thumb throttle makes.