Does anyone have one.....what are your thoughts? I`ve been a cyclist since around 1999 and was at one point very keen. I`d do anything from short winter club rides around 30 miles up to summer 100 milers. I`ve always been a "larger" rider (14.5 stone..ish back then) and always struggled on hilly Audax / local rides, but always done them.
Lost the love for a few years and then started back with a mate from work. He soon lost interest so we stopped. When I went off work with depression in August 2018, I started again....loved it (only doing 25 - 30 miles though...getting older now haha).
Anyway, as some will remember I ended up in hospital October that year when my carotid artery dissected and was told no more riding. Sooooo 20 odd months later I dusted the steed off (the aneurysm had decreased in size and looked stabilised) and started doing short 3 milers...hilly, it`s Wales after all. I`m up to 17 miles now. I then started to think about my issue and thought, do I really want to be going up hills like I used to..100% effort?
So my thoughts turned to e-bikes. I...like most used to think...woah that`s cheating until I did some research and realised they`re a great benefit to a lot of people (some will still think it`s cheating no doubt). After some deliberation I took the plunge. Decided on an Orbea Gain....lowish drive train spec to keep cost down. Got to the shop and though nah, don`t compromise so specced Shimano 105, same as my Cannondale. That was 3 weeks ago and there`s another 3 weeks before I get it. It`s gonna be a whole new experience and I`m looking forward to a new lease of life in my (early) retirement.
Here`s a pic...Orbea Gain D30
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