By John Brandon
Seeing the World at 20 Miles Per Hour: The Pros and Cons of Electric Bikes
What does the world look like at a top speed of 20 miles per hour?
As you can imagine, it’s a little more vivid.
Cars whiz along at 70 or 80, barely giving you time to stop and look at a
farmer plowing his field. You can’t smell the zucchini plants (or the
manure). It’s a blur of motion, a transportation method for people who
can’t wait to arrive at Caribou and check our phones.
On an electric bike, the goal is quite different. You are not working as
hard to propel the bike, you don’t care about Caribou. Your focus is on the
terrain, the skyline, or the electric cyclist at your side. You stay
engaged with your surroundings, sipping on the geography rather than
gulping it down.
I tested an Elby Bike recently on the same trail I wrote about last year
near Lanesboro, Minnesota. My goal was to “bike” even further, but I’m
putting quotes around that word for a reason..
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