|Trace The Mitten|
Soon after I wrote my last entry I did some serious looking into what electric assist bikes might be available. You know the routine: you Google, and You Tube. There is plenty of information and advice out there.
Economics of this significant purchase if foremost in my mind. I would like something that I can afford now and something durable to be able to last so at the end I say, "I got my money's worth." The bikes for my tours are the most expensive that I own. I plan to be away from home. I want dependable and durable. These bikes have severed me well, but when I started to want to add other bikes, I decided on a notch down. I set my price limit for my electric version to be $1100-1200.
Function and use were primary considerations. I currently live in a flat area, but as I bike to the west I quickly ride through rolling hills with some steep inclines and long gradual roads. During the winter I found that due to my health I needed to walk up hills and stop to catch my breath. This regular stopping was making an hour ride take 25% more time. Most rides last 2-3 hours. I want to do some commuting . I believed that my current physical condition and terrain would not require me to use the electric assist constantly. I also saw this new bike helping me on some group rides. I would see groups pass me along the trail and I would say , "I do not have the capacity to keep that pace."
I want to mention the EBR channel on You Tube provides many reviews of a variety of electric assist bike options. These videos were a great resource besides the others done by individual bike users about their model. My purpose is not to do a detailed review because there are many effective reviews out there. I just want to share this information to help guide you in your analysis.
Let me tell you a little about the bike I selected, Freway VR-01. www.ifreway.com
I was ready to get right at putting the pieces together.
The box looked in the good shape and the box was easily emptied. All items and tools were included.
The bike stand helped to complete the assembly. The rear wheel was already attached. The handle bars need rotation. I installed the seat. The biggest struggle was with the front wheel into the fork. This bike has disc brakes. I struggled and struggled, but I could not get the wheel in place. I could not find the obstruction. I looked at my other bike with disc brakes and felt that it should go right in. Part of my problem was the progressive lens that made it hard to focus clearly on the area. I was getting frustrated. I reread the directions and I got no clues.
I took my glasses off and moved very close to the brake mechanism. I saw a loop and pulled. The plastic piece in my hand was wedged between the brake pads. Bingo! The wheel went right in the slot. The bike was ready to ride. I had to wait for the next day because I had an appointment to make.