We love meeting other business owners and learning what it is that they are doing to make a difference in this ever changing world. As we ventured up to Victoria British Columbia Canada, we rented electric bikes from a new company. We thought it would be a fun way to explore the island and yet still get some exercise and not be out of commission for the rest of our time. We were right. It was great fun!
They offered 3 styles of bikes. The Big Bear was a monster of a bike with huge fat tires and a heavy duty frame that would go off road and on ride easily. Kurt decided on that one. I had decided on that one originally until I saw it and tried to get on it. It was not a good fit for me. I chose the 500 XT bike. It had big fat tires and was built to go off road and on road but the frame and weight of the bike was much less. The smallest bike was more of a cruising bike for around town, since I have never been known for staying on the well traveled path, I knew this was not the bike for me.
All three of the bike styles had generous seats with extra padding, which made for a much more comfortable ride. The electric motors could be turned on with the throttle at any time or could be put in pedal assist mode that had 4 different levels. This was great because if you had it in assist mode 1 once you started pedaling it would just assist you by giving you a power boost but it didn’t stay on and only worked when you were pedaling. They even had a button where you could tell the bike you were walking it and it would walk itself, it was great!
I found that I was able to keep it in pedal assist level one for the entire day. I was able to ride all over the island and pretty much didn’t pedal at all on the hills and just let the motor do the work. Then when I was off-roading, I still didn’t need to put it up any higher, if I needed a boost I just hit the throttle and away I went. Unfortunately for Kurt this was not the case. With his bike being so much heavier he found the batttery life depleted much faster than mine. Either way after spending 8 hours biking all over the island, it allowed us get and see things much easier and quicker without all the stress on the knees or feet.
They made it so convenient by bringing the bikes to us, they would have even met us at the ferry if we wanted them to, then picked them up when we were done. They offered us great tips in places to check out and tips about each of the different bikes. Their warm hospitality was such a welcome delight on a chilly day. So if you ever get the chance to go to Victoria, British Columbia Canada and you have the time, rent one of their bikes.
You can find them at https://www.ridetheglide.ca/ .
You will be so glad you did, we know we sure were! When you rent from them be sure to tell them you heard about it from those crazy American real estate investors from Arlington, WA, they’ll be sure to treat you right!