Do you like to ride bikes? Do you ride for fun or exercise? If you’re like Dan and I, you ride for both. Whenever we are in Pentwater, we bike ride on the Hart-Montaque trail. It is a 22.7 mile (one way) trail from Hart to Montaque.
Dan and I usually start in Mears, where a bike shop called “The Wood Shed” is located. Then, like the true fitness buffs we are, we ride to a restaurant. This year, we decided to ride ten miles to the Country Dairy for lunch. But, once we started, we both had “issues” with our bikes. Mine was rubbing on the back wheel (and the front, too, I think), and Dan’s gears weren’t working.
After just a bit, we turned around and rode back to The Wood Shed. The owner, Jake, (it’s a one man operation) was at lunch. So, we waited the 15 minutes for his return because we wanted to ask him to look at my bike. While waiting, I sat and looked at two e-bikes sitting there for sale. Those bikes looked like Dan and Betty to me. I put those thoughts in my heart and my mind for later processing.
Jake came back from lunch. He did some adjustments on my brakes and did some oiling somewhere. He also commented that he thought it might not make much of a difference as all the brake cables needed to be replaced. We didn’t want to wait for that, so we rode off to the Country Dairy restaurant.
After six miles, which felt like twenty, we stopped to rest at Shelby. From where I stood on the trail, I could see the back of a building which had “Deb’s Restaurant” painted on it. I mentioned this to Dan. In two seconds, we were off to meet Deb. Deb’s Restaurant was closed, but a few blocks down was “The Brown Bear.” We were familiar with “The Brown Bear” as there is a second location in Pentwater. Or it could be the main location is in Pentwater, and the second location is in Shelby. It didn’t matter. Either way, we were ecstatic to see it.
While we ate our lunch, we discussed our bikes as well as the Dan and Betty e-bikes I had been admiring. One thing we decided at lunch, our old bikes were done. My bike was twenty years old. Dan’s bike was bought used about ten years ago. We didn’t think it would be worth the cost to repair and upgrade everything on our bikes. After lunch, we rode back to “The Wood Shed” and asked Jake a number of questions about the e-bikes. Then we drove back to Pentwater.
Back in Pentwater, we continued to talk and think about the e-bikes. I did some research on the internet.
One concern I had was that our fitness level would decrease should we purchase e-bikes. Dan’s response was that we didn’t have to use the “pedal assist.” This is true, but it would be so tempting. Even with the pedal assist though, one still does get exercise. Now, I believe walking is the best exercise for us, and it is greatly beneficial in a number of ways. My daily goal is 7500 steps. But right now, if we bike ride, we walk fewer steps. My thinking is, with the e-bikes, we can do both. At least, that is my theory.
Another concern was the cost. It was a lot of money! Now, those of you who know me, even just through my blog, know I am frugal. I am frugal because I want to spend my money on things that matter more to me. I am happy to clean our travel trailer myself with Dollar Tree products – or eat at home – or whatever – because having money and no debt gives us options. Like the option to purchase two new e-bikes. Which we did. After thinking about it for an entire week.
We left our old bikes with Jake at The Wood Shed. Since we were in Michigan with our travel trailer, we didn’t have a way to bring them home. But, we didn’t want them anymore anyway. Last we saw, they were making friends with the other bikes there.
Another concern was how to get the e-bikes home and how to transport them when we are traveling in our travel trailer. Each bikes weighs about 60 pounds. My concern evaporated though when Dan simply said, “We’ll figure it out.” Dan’s confidence in us and his strength was enough for me to settle this concern.
Here’s how we brought them home:
Now, I’m not sure how we will transfer them in the future. I asked our travel trailer dealer about it, and he suggested we have a hitch welded onto the back of our travel trailer. Then, we would put an e-bike rack into the hitch. However, we are not sure this is a safe option as it puts 120 pounds plus on the back of the trailer, maybe causing sway. Please feel free to comment if you have any insight.
Now, as I mentioned, it took us (mostly me) a full week to decide to purchase the e-bikes. Dan was on board with it from the beginning. We could have just purchased new regular bikes at just a fraction of what we spent. But you know how I decided? When I thought about getting new regular bikes, it felt okay. But when I thought about getting new e-bikes – I felt excited! Real excited!
So now, the e-bikes are home. We’ve ridden 25 miles so far. I’m really happy we got them. And I’m still excited! I feel like a whole new world of exploring has opened up to us. Have you thought about e-bikes?