They are indeed a thing, and we believe they are poised to propel more people into bigger/longer adventures as more and more companies design bikes with bigger batteries and faster chargers.
Riese and Muller is one of the companies at the front edge of this adventure wave, producing more than a few models that are capable of very long distances on a single charge - up to 200kms - depending on use and road/trail conditions and models that can be ridden on moderate singletrack and gravel/2-track roads.
We took one of our demo models - the Multicharger Vario with dual battery - out for our very first #ebikeovernight and it was an enlightening experience. It was a highway ride out to Gooseberry Campground west of Bragg Creek and back again the next day.
Strava Day 1
Strava Day 2
- It wasn't as easy as we expected but it was easier than a normal touring-loaded bike
- You still have to pedal and you feel the distance
- You can bring a few more camp comforts along
- You sit almost the whole time so your saddle and bike fit matter - a lot
In the meantime, enjoy this photo essay of the adventure.
|Mission Control. Tunes? Check. GPS? Check. Hydration? Check. Daytime running lights? Check. Front bag with all the close-at-hands items? Check. On my way out of Calgary using part of our pathway network.|
|Morning pose with the front range of the Rocky Mountains in the background. What a way to start the day.|
In other words - I got 2 bikes rides, an overnight in my tent, and that experience BECAUSE OF the ebike. I rode my bike more. I had another great adventure. All because of the ebike. And this is the magic of ebikes and what actual studies are showing: People that own them ride more often then if they didn't own one.
Magic technology. Truly.
Check out our collection of electric city, commuting, cargo, and yes - touring models - at our shop one day soon.