Saturday, February 2, 2013


It was less than 10 years ago that I was riding a Heritage Softail Clasic, my 4th Harley Davidson.  I loved that bike.
Now I'm riding an eletric bicycle. 
How things do change... and in my case it is due to aging and illness.
I'm sure I'll have loads of fun riding my little doggies around with this bike but taking it on its first run down my street today sure did bring back old memories of my biking days.  I had motorcycles for over 20 years and never thought I'd be without one.  That's life... I guess. 
I didn't realize how fast 15 mph can feel on a bicycle.  I don't think I'll need that much speed for what I'm wanting to do.  The seat will be the big problem.  I only rode for a short time up and down my street and my behind was feeling the pain of that awful seat.  I'll have to put some padding on it if I'm to ride for any distance at all.  At one point I was standing while riding because it hurt so bad.  I'll figure something out.
I tried riding in a field of grass and didn't have much power of movement and had to pedal hard to move forward.   Once on cement it was easy riding.  I'm hoping that when I ride it on the beach that it will move easy across the hard sand.  I'm pretty sure it will but can't wait to try and find out for sure.
Hoping to be at the beach sometime next week.

Thursday, January 31, 2013


The long awaited item within this large box arrived two days ago yet here it sits unopened in my office.  I'be been really sick with fever and sore throat and not able to be out of bed much of the day. 

However, today I did get the strength to open the box and within a few minutes the bike snapped together.  It's a beauty! 

I was really pleased with the packaging of this item.  It was double boxed and not a dent or a tear on the outside.  The bike itself was well wrapped at vulnerable spots and everything was perfect.

Not very much info or manual with the bike so it took some time to figure out all the new controls I was not familiar with.  I had seen a PDF online for this bike so I knew I could download it when needed.

I inflated the tires, checked the battery which was fully charged and rode it in the hallway.  What a hoot!  Can't wait to take it to the beach.  Tried to pedal it on the carpet while it was in 6th gear just to see how hard it would be without the battery assist and it was really hard.  It has 6 speeds which I know nothing about.  Never had a bike with gears before.  Always rode cruisers.  Looks like I will be using the peddle assist alot.

I dug out my old pet basket, which amazingly enough matches the bike perfectly, and tried to attach it to the back of the bike.  It won't go on the front.  If I attach a bungee cord as well as use the snap on straps I think it will work out fine.  I'll need to carry the charger with me and that is a perfect place.  It will also hold a water bottle and my small ice chest.  It has a stretch-on rain cover.

The seat is set to its lowest position and it is still a bit too high for my comfort but not enough to discourage me.  The seat is also very narrow so not sure how comfortable that will be for me.  Although the specs stated that it weighed only 50 pounds it feels a lot heavier than that.  I may need help getting it into the basement of the RV.

Tomorrow I will take it to the street and give it a good try out.  Can't wait to ride it.  If the weather holds out I'll be going to the Grand Isle State Park next week and really put it to the test.