Charging on with life behind bars – the handle bars that is!
My name is Essie and I belong to Deb (of Deb’s World fame).
I’m the good looking one in this relationship with more bang for your buck and energy to burn.
I think Deb is a tad jealous of all I have to offer and how good I look.
I lycra your wheels
In case you don’t know, I’m Deb’s trusty steed, the wind beneath her
wings tyres, literally, as I’m her new best friend – Essie the electric bike.
I’m the one she turns to now, the steady as a rock (as long as I’m charged up) mode of transport, the one with the staying power and the one with the stylish looks.
She also featured me, well bits of me anyway, in her family photo challenge Variations on a Theme.
Life in the bike lane
She’s been through a few versions of bikes before me, road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, touring bikes (after a trip to Europe) but I’m her first ebike, a fact I’m very proud of! I’m a Trek Dual Sport+ with great reviews and high quality components – I’m not the cheapest bike on the block but I’m worth every cent, as Deb tells me often 🙂
Apparently she was saving for a trip to England for her 60th birthday around Christmas time, but then COVID struck and overseas travel became just a dream. So instead of going overseas she bought me, and I must say, I’m pretty happy with that!
I think she’s still upset about not being able to travel but one day hopefully things will improve and she can get back over to see her daughter and baby Dottie.
Just keep pedalling
I think she has become a bit smug to be honest, as she hurtles around, leaving the Mathematician in her wake, stopping periodically to ensure he is following along with a grin as if to say ‘where on earth have you been, I’ve been waiting here for ages!‘.
She loves the feel of the wind in her hair, (under her helmet of course), the speed as we whoosh along, the four levels of assistance available to her should she be feeling a bit tired and the simple fact that I know how to look after her. I’m worth my weight in gold and I know it!
She has added a few bits to me like a mirror and a ding-dong bell which she jauntily rings, as we pass walkers along the shared pathways, a little zippered case for her hand sanitiser, and a rack on the back for her panniers.
I provide the pedal assist and it’s not always an easy ride as I make her work hard as well. I keep track of her kilometres left in battery range, the total kilometres we’ve ridden together and the speed at which she’s moving. She likes keeping an eye on the speed!
We work well together I must say.
Deb first rode an ebike when on a cycling tour in Croatia – apparently the hills were huge and she’d only just recovered from an emergency appendectomy – so the ebike was a great choice. She found it a fantastic way of keeping up with everyone and actually found she enjoyed the hills!
She didn’t think she was old enough for one but took the plunge recently, after some of her close friends raved about theirs. The benefits to her and the environment became clear. I can’t believe she’s turning 60 later this year, she’s amazing isn’t she?
These words from this article resonated with her too:
Before I got one of my own, I thought electric bikes were for lazy, unfit people. But that night my legs ache in a way they haven’t since I was a teenager and had “growing pains.” The bike has a strange alchemy. You have to work, but it takes you further and faster. It is just very flattering – like you have suddenly become a lot stronger, the cycling equivalent of a performance enhancing drug.
She often says she feels like she’s riding in the Tour de France now, with that amazing speed at her fingertips, well her toes! She has a power she didn’t have before, and that’s me!
Crank it up! A few things annoy us as we ride along
- Dogs – both on and off a leash – we’re scared of dogs and what they can do to us so we always slow right down. We’re not saying we don’t trust you as you walk your dog but we are quite cautious.
- Parked cars – we worry about doors being opened onto us and also moving out around a parked car into traffic. It happened to us just today when a car could have easily moved over but didn’t and came close to hitting us, although Deb was being very careful!
- People who are walking, running, talking, but don’t keep an ear out for our bell or don’t stay over to the left as we come up behind them. They usually have earphones in and then get a bit scared and are liable to jump all over the path as we slowly and carefully make our way past them. Deb wrote a great post about Ringing your Bell a while back.
- Magpies – they scare the bejeesus out of us in spring!
Other than that we are quite easy to get along with!
Stay calm and pedal on
Deb takes her riding quite seriously and as she’s had a sore knee recently, riding has been her exercise of choice, so I’m happy with that.
She is a great advocate for rail trails and is very involved in the newly opened Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail – make sure you read the guide she wrote about it.
It’s been great to be a guest here today and I hope I can come back again one day, in the meantime you can find me out riding with Deb 🚴♀️
I’m definitely the wind beneath her….!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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