What is an eBike?
An E Bike. An Electric Bike. Ebikes, e bikes...there are many names but they all mean the same thing. An eBike is a bicycle that combines human and electrical propulsion. It keeps a bicycle's look and feel but removes as much (or as little) of the hard work and effort that hills, distance & headwinds often entail.
It has a battery you plug in, just like your phone.
You pedal it, just like a bike.
You can adjust the built-in electric motor at the flick of a switch to give you enough silent power to feel like you have a small tailwind, a big tailwind, or as if you're cycling downhill.
It does not go super fast, it is not a motorbike, it requires no special license or storage or knowledge.
It is still you on a bike...but more so.
Why would I want an eBike?
Most of us could use a little extra exercise. Gym, walking, biking.
New York State can get pretty hot and humid. We have plenty of hills and plenty of distance.
A bicycle? It's fun if you're fit; but a problem if you don't want to get sweaty, or have serious hills, or need to go more than a couple of miles.
An eBike solves that & more:
Hill? No problem, turn up the power and cruise up it. Long way? Turn the power to medium and it feels like having a strong tailwind.
Want a serious workout? Turn off the power. Now it's an ordinary bike.
Got an injury? Doctor told you to do some gentle cycling? Perfect way to do it and hills be damned.
Or perhaps the gym is just too boring and you'd love some fresh air...
Perhaps you and your better half would love to explore some trails together, but one of you can't keep up. Now you can.
Perhaps you'd rather get a little exercise on your commute but not arrive sweaty & out of breath.
Commuting to and from the station
Westchester county, and particularly the Rivertowns, have steep hills. Take the car, sure, but parking is expensive and the traffic's a drag. Walking is slowwwww....be nice to see the kids more. Maybe.
Plus it get's hot! Sweaty.
Well there's more than one way to get up a steep hill or quickly from a to b...you can tell where I'm going here...
Get an electric bike! Roll down to the station, lock it to the bike racks or street furniture. Get back to the station - hot cross and tired - now you've got the hill to walk up! Yayyyy... or you could be wafted up the hill in a cool, battery-powered haze to the warm embrace of your scowling partner and stroppy brats. Bliss! You'll get a little workout, still have to pedal, but you can adjust the power to put in as little or as much effort as you like.
Plug in over night, rinse, repeat.
If your journey's a bore at the far end get a folding ebike. Ride to the station, ride from Grand Central to work...