Posted on: 7th October
Wise words from Bill Griggs (Google him😊). Bill is proud owner of a Specialized Creo and Levo and has clocked up 10s of thousands of Kms on his E-Bikes. ✌️Always keep up the good vibes when you’re out riding, 2 wheels is 2 wheels.
Many of you know that I have a couple of E-Bikes as well as my other bikes. I have ridden over 15,000 km on them in the last couple of years and have some perspectives to share.
If you are a cyclist there are a few things to understand please:
- They are a lot of fun to ride.
- They are not motor bikes. I still have to push the pedals especially to go up a hill and can (and do) still get a lot of exercise. A lot.
- The E-Bikes have helped me keep riding with my friends when for various (sometimes transient) reasons I might have given up. And allowed me to keep enjoying it. Which is good for my emotional wellbeing. And my physical wellbeing.
Every time I hear the words like “that’s cheating” it hurts. I get that the words are a “joke” - sort of.
Sometimes I feel like retorting “Have you ridden two sub 10 hours 3Peaks?” “Is your unassisted Norton Summit climb time better than my 15mins 15secs”? “Aged in your 50s?”
But mostly I just smile back and ride off to another part of the road/track. And the next day I might just go out and ride alone. Which I do enjoy too.
However more importantly I see others around me who won’t get an E-Bike when it would clearly help them keep riding with their friends. And one big reason is that barrier creating by the “it’s cheating” perspective. And so they ride less and less. And they find it more and more stressful. And they see friends less. And they exercise less. And some stop altogether.
I get the joking, teasing, HTFU ethos amongst cyclists. But please remember we may not always realise that our words may hurt. Or what is happening in the life of the person we tease.
Finding ways to stay out there exercising is not a failure of any sort.
So can I ask that we choose our words kindly.
And if you get a chance, no matter how fit/quick you are, try out an E-Bike. Seriously, they are a lot of fun.
Bill is the proud owner of a Specialized Creo and Levo. Shop the Specialized range today!
Words by Bill Griggs. Originally published on Facebook.