Essie the ebike – our love affair
Back in April 2020 I bought an ebike and instantly fell in love.
I couldn’t travel as planned for my upcoming 60th birthday (later that year) so spent some of the money on a new bike – it was money well spent!
In July 2020, I invited Essie to write a guest post on my blog – yes I agree that sounds a bit odd but stay with me! Can I just say we were in the honeymoon phase of our relationship and it seemed like a good idea at the time 🙂
Here are a few snippets from that popular post:
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.
If you missed reading that enlightening post, here’s the link:
Fast forward to February 2022
We hit an amazing milestone over the weekend – clocking up 5000km together!
To put it into perspective that’s like me driving from Tumbarumba NSW to Brisbane Qld (1369km), over to Darwin in NT (3423km), then down to Litchfield National Park (for a day trip) and back to Darwin (214km) – that’s huge!!!
It’s been a busy time lately with lots of activities, with riding being the main one. As I said in my recent post Tumbatrek 2022, I’m feeling a tad tired from all the riding and walking but it was worth it on Sunday when I saw that 5000km roll over. We were out for a Social Sunday ride with friends, a nice 30km to round the weekend off nicely!
Of course I had to stop and take a photo!
I also made a short video of our ride – my return trip was SUPER FAST!!
Benefits to riding an ebike
This article sums it up well for me TOP 9 Electric Bike Health Benefits and I can vouch for all of these, especially no. 4 increased muscle tone (just ask my massage therapist) and no.7 improves well being and reduces stress.
I am keen to go for rides at any time now and I tend to ride for longer than before because I know I will have assistance to get home if I need it.
I no longer think that having an ebike is ‘giving in’, or ‘being lazy’ or equates to ‘getting old’. I am staying young at heart, fit, active, curious, spontaneous and having fun and where’s the negative in that?
As Essie said in the post (by the way I’ve since turned 61):
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?Essie
Doing my bit for the planet
The ebikes have batteries that need to be charged regularly and we use a solar system to do this, which means we aren’t drawing on any of our household power to charge them – that’s a win/win in my book!
I also ride into town more instead of driving the car and use my bike whenever I can.
Since this post in July 2020, the Mathematician has bought 2 ebikes! One was unfortunately stolen off the back of our car in suburban Canberra just 3 months after he bought it so he replaced it (with the insurance money), with a newer version and he was lucky to get one as bikes, especially ebikes have become the new toilet paper during Covid. This means he is now able to keep up with me when we’re out and about 🙂
Many of our friends have ebikes and we ride socially each weekend, catching up for coffee, lunch or just a chat – it’s been fabulous way to stay fit and use our wonderful Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail.
Essie’s amazing, I’m amazing and you’re amazing too – and don’t you forget it!
It’s Wednesday and I’ve woken up feeling amazing – how about you? Let me know what you’ve been up to how amazing you are!
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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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