Thoughts of a Reluctant E-Biker

Cycling towards Bicheno on the East Coast | Brad Atwal
Cycling towards Bicheno on the East Coast | Brad Atwal

Thoughts of a Reluctant E-Biker

(Turned into enthusiastic promoter of e-bikes!)

Have you ever questioned whether it is acceptable to ride an e-bike? Linda did, believing she was cheating in some way. However, spoiler alert: Linda is now a proud owner of an e-bike and simply adores cycling around her home in northern New South Wales. Read on to discover her change of heart. Linda is our guest author from the blog A Girl and her E-Bike
 
 

I'm too young, I'm too fit, I don't need the assistance ...

I've been riding pedal powered alongside Phil, my partner, on his eBike for 4 years. Whilst I loved the idea of an eBike, I'd resisted on the basis of "I'm too young", "I'm too fit", "I don't need the assistance". I had ridden eBikes on our travels before, in the Bavarian Alps, on bike trails around New Zealand, and have loved the experience, but at home? Come on, I'm tougher than that - or so I thought !!

The beautiful Tweed Valley | A Girl and her E-Bike

In mid April 2020, exercise was one of the permissible reasons to leave home after our 14 day quarantine was completed, and during Stage 3 lockdown. With no work for the foreseeable future, exercise became my day release so off we ventured on a bike ride towards Clarrie Hall Dam, south of Uki - a comfortable round trip ride of around 30 kilometres from home.

Now Phil, who freely admits his spirit animal is a sloth and has the t-shirt to prove it, bounded up the hills on his eBike, then watched and waited at the top of each hill for me as I pushed my trusty treadly up each incline for the next hour or so - the loose gravel along the Clarrie Hall Dam track combined with the inclines that day had me beat - and that's not something I admit lightly.

Cycling fun! | A Girl and her E-Bike

The countryside around the Tweed Valley is stunning, especially when viewed at bike pace, however it's not nicknamed "The Tweed Alps" by bike riders for no reason. There are some serious climbs in our Valley, and I'd hit the wall this day. All the way home I pondered - had the time finally arrived? It took only one question on the way home, "would I be able to retrofit my bike for a motor", for Phil to research, develop a comparison spreadsheet, and provide me with what he considered the best eBike option for me - the joys of being married to an engineer who loves research.

Phil's research determined the Giant Liv Amiti E+ was the eBike for me - specifically designed for women with a small frame, impressive Yamaha motor, the best torque for the hills in our region, a fully integrated battery, relatively affordable, and of course pretty. We soon discovered after a few phone calls to Giant dealers in our region that we weren't alone in looking, but thankfully Sunrise Cycles in Ballina had the goods. One test ride around Ballina, and I was the proud owner of "Sparky".

Linda with Sparky | A Girl and her E-Bike

Follow Linda and Sparky's adventures on her website, A Girl and Her E-Bike. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.
 

Are you keen for a self guided cycling tour with an e-bike? Check out the comprehensive range of e-bike trips with Australian Cycle Tours. It's a great way to experience an electric bike.

 

 

Comments (2)

P. Riley

Thanks Linda,
Your article was a great motivator. I too can relate to your husbands “ Spirit animal” 😁 “. But , with your informative and energetic words all this may change now. What great photos and certainly a real draw card to cycle in the Tweed Valley.
Thanks , Pen

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WilliamC

It sounds like you've been inspired Pen! We think you'll love exploring Australia by bike. And yes, Linda certainly paints a pretty picture of the Tweed Valley. Perhaps we will organise an itinerary there at some point...!

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