Lake Constance, a German summer paradise where crystal clear blue water and white lakeside beaches meet vineyards, medieval villages and breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps in the far distance. With dedicated and mainly flat cycle paths stretching all around the lake, there is no wonder why this region is so incredibly popular amongst all types of cyclists – road bikers, leisure cyclists, families and…E-bikers.
My mother frowned and gave me a rather unimpressed look when I told her I had booked her an E-bike for our upcoming cycling holiday to Lake Constance. With a loving smile, yet a firm tone, I stressed that an E-bike is anything but cheating and that it would simply give her some extra assistance in the odd case of hills to tackle, or if the wind would decide to pick up. Also, she wouldn’t even have to turn the battery on if she didn’t want to! My mother didn’t look perfectly convinced but finally decided to take my word for it and muttered that ‘at least she would be able to keep up with me if I was flying ahead’.
Ironically enough, I was the one ending up moaning and dreaming of an engine that could help me get through the wall of deadly head wind that hit us one, exceptionally hot, afternoon. My mother, on the other hand, was happily overtaking me with encouraging words and a rather smug smile, while I was fighting the wind that I was certain was pushing me backwards. Afterwards, while I was lying on the floor hungry and exhausted, my mother gladly announced that her legs were starting to notice the cycling.
The use of E-bikes is growing at an exceptional rate and the cycling world is delighted to see how these bikes are slowly, but steadily, getting rid of its undeserved reputation of not offering a ‘proper’ cycling experience. The pedal-assist E-bikes, with its motor that boosts the power that is created from pedalling, have managed to fill the gap between cyclists of different abilities, making cycling fun and accessible to a much wider audience. These bikes allow us to enjoy the very same trips based on our own, individual cycling experience and fitness level.
Not only does the use of E-bikes open up a whole new world of travelling opportunities and fascinating destination, in many cases, it is the determining factor that makes us leave the car behind and jump in the saddle to embark on an active adventure on two wheels. What is there not to like!?
It is safe to say that my mother is never going to frown again next time an E-bike passes by!