Well, the monstrous winter that we were dreading/dreaming about didn’t quite materialize as predicted. All the precipitation has been surely appreciated and the colder-than-I-remember temperatures seem to be behind us. The early portents of spring are nudging forth in gardens all around town. For dedicated bike commuters, it’s a welcome turn of the yearly wheel. For everybody else, its time to start thinking about bicycles again!
As we begin our ninth year serving the needs of our region, it’s great to see the momentum building for electric bikes in all categories. Different folks are finding varied uses for their e-bikes. Entrepreneurs are hauling tools and equipment, moms are shuttling kids to school, parents are considering their teenage children’s first e-bike rather than a car, and even trail riders are enjoying the increased range and capability that’s available with electric assist. Everyone else you see gliding past with smiles on their faces have discovered how much fun it can be to travel ‘greenly’ about town and turn every trip into a pleasurable adventure.
Now that the U.S. is finally beginning to embrace e-bikes in a substantial fashion, the industry is expanding offerings that are tailored to our specific desires. We Americans love power and speed, so bikes destined for our soils are endowed with more of both than are the bikes sold in Europe and Asia. Here in Ashland, that’s especially helpful with our profusion of hills to be navigated. In the U.S. the maximum allowable top speed without pedal assistance is 20 mph and motors can be as large as 750 watts. In Europe and Asia those numbers are 15 mph and 250 watts. Also, manual throttles are not allowed overseas either. They want to be sure that all e-bike owners are pedaling whenever the motor is giving assistance – no relaxing while the bike does all the work. While I understand their perspective, I’ve got to say that I’m glad to be living and riding in the USA!
So if you own an electric bike, this is a great time to schedule your spring tune-up to be sure that your ride is ready for the season. If you haven’t taken the plunge just yet, it’s also a great time to explore your options. Days at the shop are more relaxed than they will be in a short while, so we can be extra attentive with you, and there are still some excellent specials to be had on a handful of remaining bike models that have been updated for this year. Come see what the e-bike buzz is all about. Experience how much fun being a part of the solution can be on two wheels!
Ashland Electric Bikes
1678 Ashland St
Ashland, OR 97520
Check out their website here