Folks, make no bones about it. I have been in a world of pain lately. Actually there is a bone involved. I cracked a rib the other day whilst dumpster surfing for a valuable item I had mistakenly tossed away and couldn’t afford to lose. Thankfully I did not have to dive; it was resting on the surface of six feet of dumpster detritus. I heard and felt the familiar crack as I reached the final inch for my treasure. But ribs heal, this part is irreplaceable.
But this blog is ultimately about my experiences with the Civia North Loop e-bike, not my pains, although are intertwined. Much of my current misery is self inflicted. Trying stupid bike tricks I used to be able to pull off and kissing the pave instead.
And finally to the Civia. Despite my misery, I have been making the 5.5 mile commute to and from work on the Civia. Running in Turbo mode allows me to conquer inclines and headwinds with minimal stress on my back and rib cage. I would not be able to make this ride on a non e-assisted bike. In fact, while I am riding, I enjoy almost total relief from the pain as long as I don’t stress. My rides are more like 35 minutes than 25 minutes right now, but hey: I’m riding, and that beats driving any day.
So, the next time you see someone riding an e-bike who looks like they have no business riding one, don’t dismiss them as lazy. Appearances can be deceiving. I come to appreciate the Civia more each day. Not that it will every replace my flock of beloved road bikes. But half a ride, so to speak, is better than none.
Regular exercise is increasingly important as you age. E-bikes may provide the edge you need to stay as active as you need to be. They work for me. Will they work for you?