We, well more accurately, I have been considering getting e-bikes for a few years now. Lori, not so much. She is of the opinion that any device that she can fall off of is best to be avoided and she is firmly in the walking camp. She comes by this opinion after a few adventures over the years riding our bikes on bumpy gravel roads and one particular experience with loose dirt and some tree roots on the bike trail at Clear Lake.
I kept bringing up the possibility of getting ebikes on the premise that she would then be able to keep up with me and I wouldn't constantly be leaving her in the dust, so to speak. Her response was to go ahead and get one for myself and she would walk. She has finally relented to the subtle but constant suggestions, kind of like water erosion on a rock. Eventually water wins.
The e-bike craze seems to be accelerating and we have noticed in our travels that, what started out with a few E-Bikers, has now become a steady stream of e-bikes on the road and trails. Even at home while out at Birds Hill Park we have noticed them.
I have spent some time researching different components and e-bike companies and had pretty much decided on what we had to have. Or rather, what I wanted to have. We did rent a couple of bikes in Scottsdale a few years ago so we had some practical experience but mainly I went with online reviews and Youtube videos. Friends from Calgary who we have met up with in Gold Canyon the past few years have extolled the virtues of e-bikes which only made my trigger finger itchier.
I had narrowed it down to a couple of Canadian companies. To be clear all components come from China but the design, assembly, shipping and support are handled by Canadian operations. I had pretty much decided on an outfit out of Vancouver called Surface 604 however lately my Facebook feed was inundated by a company called Biktrix out of Saskatoon. They had a new line of bikes which was higher end than we needed and more money than I expected to spend however the mind can justify many things given enough time. Their new line was also being initially offered through a crowd funding campaign at a pretty good discount so that became the tipping point.
Not sure I will be into winter riding unless it happens to be in Arizona but a few short trips around town will probably happen as soon as we get a good Bonspiel thaw in February.
The following is the post I put on the Biktrix group Facebook page for those interested. I have also put a few pictures at the bottom of the blog.
My Biktrix story so far.