Friday, August 12, 2011

Casual Friday

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We've had some Trek Ride+ electric assist bikes at the shop for awhile now and while I've done a few test rides around the block I've not taken it for an actual ride, until now.

This isn't a moped, there is no throttle. You have to be pedaling for the assist to be active: stop pedaling, no assistance. Even still, I didn't break a sweat on my 5 mile commute this morning. I was a bit let down with the 16-17mph top speed but the thing is that the speed was consistent. Where you really felt the drive kick in was at lights. Taking off you have a quick burst of help that gets you up to speed and from there all you have to do is make sure the pedals are moving.

So check my outfit: pants, undershirt, tucked-in polo shirt. This was the "Casual Friday" dress when I worked at a law firm so I know plenty of people dress like this or similar every work day. With a bike like this, "sweaty and smelly" is no longer an excuse for not riding to work.

1 comment:

Kermit said...

The wheel I had (same company; Bionx) had a code you could put in to the controller on the bars (3773? if I remember correctly) and it would change the top speed which the max is closer to the mid 20's. It may be worth looking into.