If you’ve heard about electric bikes and are wondering about their value in the overall scheme of things, consider the following stories. They’re about real people who’s stories are compelling and inspirational:
Polio took its toll on Clint at an early age. In spite of that, in his early seventies he was still accomplishing more than many men half his age. However, one thing that alluded him was the ability to ride a bike. It had been many decades since he was able to enjoy one his greatest passions. With patience and determination he succeeded in test riding one of my first ebikes. The bike sold itself. As we completed the transaction he proudly announced that he would be taking a bike ride with his wife that night…the first in many many years! They now travel throughout the west with their bikes in tow, taking sunset rides together again.
Christy was born with a debilitating condition that required her to use a walker to move about. When she came to see me in her early teens she had never experienced the joy of riding a bicycle. Mom and dad and the family car were her only option for leaving the house. We set her up on an electric trike and proceeded with a series of test rides with me on foot by her side. With each lap around the parking lot she became more animated and enlivened. By the third lap I couldn’t keep up with her anymore! The timid girl that climbed out of the car earlier was now smiling and emboldened in a way that everybody deserves to feel. She can now explore the world with a degree of autonomy and independence that she never experienced before.
Jerry has been riding bikes almost as long as he’s been walking. However, years of extreme mountain biking, telemark skiing, and a couple of motorcycle mishaps have taken their toll on his body. Unfortunately it is impossible for him to ride a regular bike anymore without a great deal of pain. However, his electric bike allows him to ride almost daily, twelve months of the year, enjoying one of his greatest pleasures and maintaining his commitment to a low impact lifestyle.
For these three people and many more, electric bikes are not some frivolous extravagance; they are an opportunity for freedom, mobility, and adventure. It’s an eco-friendly way to move in the world and accomplish the things we want to do. Whether its personal challenges or planetary concerns that motivate you, electric bikes can help you realize your goals. Come test ride the future – it’s here now!
Ashland Electric Bikes
1678 Ashland St.
Ashland, OR 97520