darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
[personal profile] darkemeralds
Have you ever had that dream where you're not quite flying, but where every step you take carries you a mile across the landscape? Or where you can descend flights of stairs in a single graceful bound?

Riding an ebike is like that.


The Gazelle Arroyo C8 electric pedal-assist bike in black, with a red purse and a box strapped to the rear rack

This is my new Gazelle Arroyo C8 electric pedal-assist bike. Her name is Gudrun. Her battery is hidden under the rear rack. Her almost-silent electric motor is between the pedals.

There are four power levels: Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo. At the bottom of a hill that you wouldn't dream of riding up on a heavy Dutch bike like my Eleanor, you set the motor to turbo, shift down to the lowest gear, and that's when it's like wearing ten-league boots in a dream. You have to pedal, but you're like Wonder Woman when you do.

It's true that you don't get as much exercise on an ebike. I rode Gudrun home across town this afternoon without breaking a sweat, and I want to break a sweat sometimes. That's why I'm keeping Eleanor.

But with Gudrun, I'll be able to do a 20-mile round trip, or pull a trailer of bark dust, or go to the inexpensive acupuncture clinic at the top of the hill--all things that have gradually but inexorably slipped from my grasp in the last three years.

My sister tried Gudrun out this afternoon, and halfway up the street I heard her shout, "This is AWESOME!"

It really is.

*The wonderful [personal profile] lyr, with whom I had a delightful lunch and conversation today, and who is a namer of things, suggested "Gudrun" based on a photograph, and she was right.

Date: 2017-03-19 04:52 am (UTC)
dine: (yay)
From: [personal profile] dine
oh cool! Gudrun sounds awesome (and the name definitely is)

Date: 2017-03-19 01:16 pm (UTC)
maia: (Maia)
From: [personal profile] maia
♥ ♥

Date: 2017-03-19 03:12 pm (UTC)
grrlpup: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grrlpup
Your description makes me want to try it, for sure! I love cross-country skiing (on groomed tracks) because it has that giant-strides, seven-league-boots feeling.

Date: 2017-03-19 05:52 pm (UTC)
maia: (Maia)
From: [personal profile] maia
I love cross-country skiing (on groomed tracks) because it has that giant-strides, seven-league-boots feeling.

YES!!!

Date: 2017-03-19 07:18 pm (UTC)
gherkins: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gherkins
I love that! How fun!

Date: 2017-03-19 08:42 pm (UTC)
gherkins: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gherkins
So Much Fun!

Date: 2017-03-20 05:55 am (UTC)
ranunculus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Sounds like a great horizon expander!
As a resident of a very hilly neighbourhood I approve.

Date: 2017-05-20 04:56 pm (UTC)
tehomet: (Eddie Izzard and the element of surprise)
From: [personal profile] tehomet
Marvellous! And I love the name. :D

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