Emerald City Bike Ride

Highlights from the Emerald City Bike Ride…out and back across the new 520 bridge in Seattle, and down the I5 express lanes. April 3 2016. Hyperlapse to 8X speed/advanced smoothing. GoPro 3+ Hero capture in SuperView.

Bacchetta Giro 26 eBike conversion

Just converted my 2012 Bacchetta Giro 26 with the eZee conversion kit, work done by the good folks at Electric & Folding Bike Northwest. Holy cow. The transformation is amazing.

Before

 

After

 

Color commentary…

  • Went with the front hub kit for overall bike balance, didn’t want to go rear hub and overload the back end.
  • Kit is 500 watts/Lithium battery: good for ~30 miles, cruising speed can go up to ~22mph, however speed limit law for on-road is 20mph.
  • Charging time is ~6-7 hours.
  • Added the eZee rear and front lights. The front light is super bright, will vaporize deer-in-the-headlights on contact.
  • Upgraded tires to Schwalbe Marathon Plus for better stability and puncture resistance.
  • Have both pedal assist (PA) and throttle. PA is great for long pulls on the flats and climbs where little shifting is needed. I use the throttle when getting underway, particularly at a traffic light change.
  • Shout out to Mr. Hawkins at ElectricVehiclesNW.com for the very clean wiring and install job. Recumbent conversions need a little extra fine tuning and custom fitting.

Now for the punch line: I reduced my cycling commute in half. Half. HALF. From 55min to 25. That puts it close to car/motorcycle times, minus the stop-and-go annoyances. In fact, my commute just became awesome, as this is so much fun to ride. Recumbents are typically speedy on flats and downhills, never cheetahs going up climbs, and now the electric conversion makes riding a completely new experience. It’s a different kind of hybrid transportation, far less expensive than a Prius or Leaf, and still get a workout.

Next time someone asks “which bike should I buy?”, I’m going to make sure the word ‘electric’ is somewhere in my reply.

Bad bike

Bad bike. Bad. I told you not to take a selfie with the bear.

This male crossed the trail ahead of me, and started foraging. I stopped quickly on the turn to grab a couple of shots, then he looked over at me. Time to go.

Do not feed the bears.

 

East Summit Trail on Tiger Mountain

East Summit Trail on Tiger Mountain

The initial climb up will kick your butt, then you'll see this greeting

 

East Summit posing

A hazy this day from the forest fire smoke coming over the mountains

 

 

East Summit downhill track

East Summit Trail single track

 

East Summit Trail - more single track

Although it was a sunny day, we took our sunglasses off to get through this section.