I’m a purist when it comes to cycling, which means that I prefer muscling through my rides on my own accord rather than getting a boost from a motor. At 62, however, and with tens of thousands of miles on these legs (not to mention that I pedal almost daily in the mountainous region where I live), eBikes caught my eye.
I had some experience with eBikes. I had pedaled them on various river cruises (I run a site called rivercruiseadvisor.com), and I rented a Specialized Turbo Levo Comp for riding on trails here in Asheville, North Carolina. Though enjoyable, the latter’ s $6,000 price tag was a luxury that I could not justify, for now anyway. Plus, I learned that eBikes aren’t allowed on most trails and on many gated forest roads in Western North Carolina. With those regulations limiting where eBikes can be used, the $6,000 eBike lost its luster. See Challenges with eBikes.
Then I discovered an eBike that was too good to pass up. Phoenix-based Lectric eBikes bills itself in this way:
We are firm believers that getting an electric bike should be attainable for everyone. This is why we are leading the charge in affordable eBikes without any hidden fees.Lectric Bikes website
I took the plunge. For $900, including shipping to my home, the Lectric XP (for Experience) arrived fully assembled. I simply needed to unfold it, charge the battery and head out for a spin. It was love at first pedal (assist).
This isn’t a review of the Lectric XP. You can find thorough reviews elsewhere online. This is simply a post to convey that I love my Lectric XP. I use it for both errand and “recovery” rides. On days when I don’t feel like huffing and puffing in the mountainous region where I live, I straddle the saddle of the Lectric XP for pedal-assist. It gets me out on days when I might have otherwise stayed in.
At 6’5” the bike fits me well, which was a surprise, given that the bike has 20-inch wheels. And it’s a pleasure to ride.
But the bike’s highest accolades go to the company behind it. Lectric Bikes cuts out the middle man – giving consumers like us more value for our money. Lectric Bikes’ customer service is phenomenal. They helped me resolve a few issues with my bike quickly and efficiently. I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase.
I’m still considering whether I want to purchase new 1-UP components to carry the 60-pound bike on my Boldt. For now, the Lectric XP is giving me miles of pleasurable riding from home, and I hope many more miles ahead.