“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking,” said Arthur Conan Doyle, an avid two-wheel rider, just like myself.
As the warm Floridian sun was rising over my vintage sunglasses I decided to put the pedal to the metal and reach the ocean before tourists flocked to the sandy beach. Twenty blocks flew by in five minutes and here I am — toes in the sand, eyes on the horizon. No, I don`t drive a car. In fact, cars have always given me anxiety. On vacations I ride bicycles. Yes, twenty blocks in five minutes. As a bonus, there’s no extensive pedaling involved. My pink electric beach cruiser from EBIKES FLORIDA did all the work, and it did it fast.
In about three minutes after I saddled the electric bike for the first time, I was fearlessly going with wind in my hair, a full 20 mph, ignoring the traffic and fellow bikers. Florida, for an ordinary New Yorker, stands out by its road quality and accessibility to bike lanes. But this time, even on busy crossroads where cars usually impatiently wait for cyclists to make a move, it was much easier to maneuver.
I rolled around the coast while sun was up. One full battery is enough for more than one hour of non-stop riding, or 20 miles under the wheels. Once the power indicator switched from green to red, I would easily park next to a local café for a quick lunch and a power meal for my two-wheeled friend. Its removable battery can be plugged in practically anywhere for a quick refill, and at the end of the day it takes only 5 hours to fully charge.
The latest climate change prognosis clearly doesn`t call for more carbon monoxide producing vehicles, which could suggest that electric cars are the way to go. But even an electric car without access to an outlet just becomes a big metal box in the middle of a road. An electric bicycle, on the contrary, will always have its pedals. Unfortunately, logic is not something that makes me do things, otherwise, I would have purchased this electric prodigy a while ago.
This handsome cycle was an attention drawer all the way through my short vacation in Boca Raton. And meeting new people was never an issue. Lazy-walking Floridians chatting about the changing color of the ocean gladly switched the topic and asked me how come I don`t use my legs and where can they get one of those bicycles. So, after three days of adventures and many miles under the wheels we became one, and I sadly look at my old bike that doesn`t have a battery and speed switcher and it`s not even pink. The concept of bicycle was totally rediscovered for me that weekend. Just make sure to wear enough sunscreen, because there is now way you will be willing to voluntarily get off this bike.