Over 50? E-Bikes May Be For You!

Like many bike enthusiasts, Gary Kaye from Tech50+ recently returned from Interbike. After three days of touring the show floor, Kaye selected a few of his favorite e-Bikes, one being Elby.

The blogger noted how many electric bikes have cornered the market on elderly riders with features like our step-through design. E-Bikes have come a long way, and are quickly proving they can be fun for riders of all ages. To get the full story head over to Tech50+.

Starting a Revolution

FullSizeRender

It’s no secret, American’s love cars, but a revolution is starting to build momentum. Asia and Europe lead the way, approving of e-bikes for some time now. Now it’s our turn to evolve our laws and embrace electric bike industry.

Colorado is making moves. They are ahead of the curve with adapting laws and accepting e-bikes, but there is still a long way to go. To read more about Colorado’s electric bike legislation, head over to The Denver Post. 

Locking Your Bike Correctly

Preventing bike theft is one of the most important steps you can take as a bike owner. We’ve already discussed finding the right lock for you. Learning the correct way to protect your bike could be the difference between keeping your new ride or making another purchase.

Momentum Mag recently published an article with great tips for keeping your bike safe. From lock types to locking etiquette, head over to their site for the full story.

Elby Bike and Global Guerrilla Gardener & TEDX Talk Thought Leader meet in LA! (Love at first ride!)

Elby Takes on LA Rush Hour with Another Commuter Race

With all the excitement about the recently launched Metro Line, The Hollywood Reporter decided to send its staff on a race from DTLA to Santa Monica to see which means of transportation would fare the fastest. Senior Writer Gary Baum took his car, Senior Writer Seth Abramovitch grabbed the Metro, and Features Editor Peter Flax hopped on an Elby.

Baum stole the win via car, but Elby was a close second finishing a mere 4 minutes later. For the full play by play, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.

Elby Marketing Guru Lisa Silvera Clocks the Quickest Commute Aboard an Elby

IMG_3696

Yesterday Elby took Manhattan & Brooklyn for today’s Gothamist story about commuting in New York City. Pitting a cyclist, a straphanger, and a man in an Uber, Gothamist wanted to see just how long the afternoon rush hour commute would become once the  “L” Train is shut down for construction.

IMG_3695

The trio set out for the Bedford Avenue “L” station in Williamsburg from Union Square in Manhattan at exactly 5pm and just 19 minutes later Silvera and her Elby rolled up to the Bedford station without running any stop signs or traffic signals along the way. And without breaking a sweat. That’s Elby for you!

IMG_3697

Read the full story on Gothamist.

Commuting In Style

By now, the benefits of ditching your car for a day or three or three hundred are as well known as your grandmother’s Facebook password (hint: it’s her cat’s name, all caps). We’ve heard it all: health benefits, cost savings, mood enhancement, saving the world, look better in tight pants, you name it. If you came of age in the last 30 years, it’s just common knowledge by now. Add to that the growing prevalence of electric assist bikes and you’d think these United States would be the envy of Amsterdam by now.

So why aren’t the streets clogged with bikes, ruling the pavement while your great-uncle putters along in his ailing, rusted Hyundai Excel?

Well, it’s complicated. But it’s getting simpler.

The first hurdle in commuting is often not the bike. It’s not the street traffic. It’s the clothes. Packing your, ahem, personal bounty into a size 0.5 lycra body stocking before going into the office is a tough sell. We’ve watched the Tour de France and even those guys aren’t exactly pulling that scene off. Most of us have a look we like: it’s an expression of ourselves, it’s unique, and, for the most part, it flatters us.

What if we told you that, all that practically-sprayed-on clothing can be left to the middle-aged weekend warriors and the bird-chested Euro pros? What if we told you that you can continue to turn heads while leaving the car in the driveway, saving gas, the environment, and your waistline as you go?

Consider your sartorial bike commuting myths so so busted:

  • “My boot cut jeans will get caught in the chain.”
    • Elby’s drivetrain is enclosed in a weather-proof sheath that keeps your pants legs clean and your chain well-lubed. Also, boot cut jeans are so back again.
  • Padded shorts?
    • Elby’s saddle is a far cry from the heiny hatchets worn by pro riders. Your sofa finally has competition.
  • Warm clothing?
    • Sure, you’ll want an extra layer as you’re rolling in your own personal 20 mph jet stream, but that could be anything from Mr. Rogers’ fave cardigan to Drake’s puffiest windbreaker.
  • Perspiration?
    • Maybe with other bikes. Elby’s high torque motor will do most of the work while you soft pedal your way through your own breezy wind tunnel. Unless it’s Tempe in August, we suggest leaving this one to the sweathogs on traditional two-wheelers.
  • Helmet hair?
    • Pack a comb. Probably the only non-negotiable on this list, and for good reason. Helmets save lives. The ones available today are lighter, more comfortable, and more stylish than ever before, so don’t be shy about it.

 

Remember, bike commuting is a habit. The first few times will be an adjustment to something new and different, but that’s what growth and change is all about. By the end of the first week, though, most people are hooked and riding that momentum for all its worth.  Do it on an Elby, and you’ll be a convert before you get home.
And you’ll look damn good while you do it.