After several months of back pain when I rode the Civia exclusively on my Southern Walnut Creek our-and-back, I got to feeling well enough to ride several of my neglected non power assist bikes. Several chiropractor visits and losing 20 pounds have been pretty effective in reducing day to day lower back misery. So off I went for successive rides on the Giordana, Alain Michel and Cannondale (purchased used from Bike Farm several years ago and shown below—one of my favorite bikes ever!)
Quite a change from the Civia, those three. A lot quicker handling, which I had to get used to again. Like fast but high strung thoroughbreds. And my legs produced the same less than impressive speeds. Not the bikes’ fault. But I made my 21.5 miles just the same.
But back to the Civia. Even on bad days, when my back ached and legs felt like rubber I still managed to ride 1-2 mph faster and if it hadn’t been for the Civia I probably wouldn’t have ridden at all many days. At my age it’s more important than ever to ride regularly. Lost fitness is increasingly hard to recover. Add my 10 mile almost daily commute to the Farm and my resting pulse is usually in the mid 60s and sometimes the upper 50s, which is an indicator of pretty decent fitness for someone my age (67).
And to assure I get a good workout, I seldom use turbo mode these days, except on those pesky hills and into roaring headwinds, sticking to mostly touring and sport modes—and I go almost as fast as in turbo mode.
All in all, more proof that an e-bike is an excellent addition to any serious older cyclist’s collection of choice bikes.
After all, it’s not what you ride, it’s how hard and far and often you ride. Your body doesn’t know the difference and certainly doesn’t care.
I am so glad I added the Civia North Loop to my stable of trusty, fun to ride, two-wheeled steeds.
Bike Farm has an ever increasing offering of e bikes including the bitchingest mountain bikes you’ll ever ride, You’ll be conquering obstacles you never imagined possible and having a blast. But e mountain bikes are for another blog.
In the meantime, get out and ride! And don’t take any guff from holier than thous on their $5k carbón bikes. After all, you’re out there riding your best, and that’s all that counts.