e Life

If you’re looking for something different to enhance the quality of your mind body and spirit then e Biking may just be for you.

Triumph Trekker GT

I’m still a relatively newbie when it comes to e bikes but in this article I’m going to explain why I decided to join this global community and why I chose a particular brand.

I’ve had bicycles and motorcycles my whole life and have always had a passion for two wheels.  I had been out of motorcycling for a few years and after watching many youtube motorcycle reviews, could feel myself being pulled back in.  The problem being that I don’t have a garage and in Scotland, you really need to keep a motorcycle garaged to protect it from the winter elements.  I wanted to experience the joy of motorized two wheeled transport again but I needed a bike I could physically pick up and keep indoors.

The solution was an e bike.  I started to realise how many advantages an e bike has over a conventional motorbike.  Because of the weight factor, I would be able to take the e bike on a train or tram and really adventure much further a field.  From the social aspect I could join the Cycle Touring Club and meet other cyclists and join up for cycling holidays.  I would also have the motivation to explore places I had never been to before, locally and in the central belt areas.

As a form of exercise, an e bike would help me burn off much needed calories and enable me to go on much longer rides as e bikes are designed to help eat up any hills on a road trip.

I wanted to combine e biking with my passion for vlogging and photography and I would be able to start producing e bike tour vlogs on youtube, encouraging others to take up biking and visit new places of interest in central Scotland.

I also felt it was time that I join the 21st century and invest in my first electric vehicle, which would help save the planet and help me cut down on my car fuel prices which are just rocketing.

Once I had made the firm decision to commit to purchasing an e bike I had to spend many hours researching for the right brand as I knew nothing much about electric bikes.  I narrowed the search down to a road runner style bike rather than a mountain off roading bike or an electric Tricycle.

Being an x motorcyclist I at once was attracted to the new Triumph Trekker GT which had just come out this year.  I wanted to do something to support the motorcycle industry and as I had never owned  a Triumph motorcycle, I wanted to join the Triumph community.  I was attracted to the bike’s slim design and beautiful color scheme – it is most definitely a lovely looking machine!  I had to commute through to the branch in Edinburgh to collect the bike, and then started teaching myself how to make the thing go.   

An e bike is quite simple to operate,  some have a twist grip that allows you to just go on electric power and many just give you power assist when you pedal.  One advantage an e bike has over a conventional motorcycle is that if you do run out of power on the road, you can at least cycle your way to your destination and charge up the battery.

After adding all the accessories, my maiden test voyage was going up the hills of Milnathort and you can imagine my amazement of cycling up steep hills effortlessly – the torque of an  e bike is insane.

As I write this, I am one of Scotland’s first owners of the Trekker GT and I soon went about shooting a couple of vlogs on youtube to explain how to operate the bike and my first impressions.  I then tried doing my first weekly shop on the Trekker which was a return trip to Cowdenbeath.  I did work out that I was saving approximately £5 a week on fuel costs by making most of my shorter trips on two wheels.  Out of all the bicycles and motorcycles I’ve owned, I can say the Trekker GT is the best bike I’ve ever experienced.

My future plans are to produce an e bike tour vlog on Loch Leven to highlight some of the cafes, farm shops and places of historical and ornithological interest that e bikers and cyclists can make pit stops at.  I’d also like to experience taking the e bike on the train into Edinburgh to see if this could be a viable alternative to commuting by car.  And I’d like to do a cycling holiday in Harris, Outer Hebrides,  as it’s the perfect destination for e bikes with those terrific hills and breath taking scenery.

I’ll finish by saying what e bikers said to me before I caught the bug – If you haven’t tried it, you’ve got to try it!!

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