E-Bike Cycling HolidaysPosted on January 14, 2014
As a regular cyclist I have never really considered hiring an electric bike or E-bike as they are more commonly called. However, after a recent trip, I have been converted! Not just converted I may add, but I am now a fan for life and seriously considering an E-bike cycling Holiday for my next holiday in Europe!
So what makes the E-bike so great and how easy is it to operate?
Mixed Ability Cyclists and Accessibility
We are a prime example of a couple with different levels of cycling expertise. I freely admit that I love to cycle at a nice leisurely pace, stopping often to enjoy breaks and take in the wonderful surroundings. My husband Andy would prefer to be cycling for much longer and take on more challenging routes! By hiring an e-bike I no longer worry about having to struggle to keep up or that I am holding him back! This means we can experience the same trips together which makes it more enjoyable.
Make no bones about it; e-bikes are still getting you exercising. They are not mopeds! They are simply regular bikes with a small battery attached that you can engage when the ‘going gets tough’. You still have to pedal. And before you ask, no, you don’t need a drivers licence!
Flexitreks has 4 grades of cycling holidays and I would consider myself to be in the top end of the ‘leisurely ’ group. This means that until now, I have never really looked at any of the moderate or challenging trips. Using an e-bike has opened the door to allow me to visit places that I might not have previously considered. In particular I am looking at our Dalmatia South Bike and Boat Holiday, which I have been eyeing up for some time now!
How easy is it to operate
An E-bike is just a normal bike with a small battery attached. The bike I hired had the battery slotted in just under the seat, which was hardly noticeable. On the handlebars you have a small control panel to operate the bike. You just cycle as normal and when you are flagging a little or have reached a steady incline then you just press the button to engage the bike and it will gently assist! If the hill/incline is very steep, you press the button a second time and you can feel more of a kick! You can press the button four times in all. There is no noise and no fuss – it is just like changing a gear on a bike.
As already mentioned you do need to pedal for this to work, but the difference it makes is just amazing and honestly, it makes the trip even sweeter! Then when you are ready you can turn it off and continue your regular cycling. E-bikes do vary in design but in many cases you can turn it on and off as required.
So if you are new to cycling tours and in particular to e-bike cycling holidays then I would suggest you consider a few of the following tours to see how you cope.