Well, I did it. Or at least I’m going to try to take some credit: my dear husband has started cycling to work.
(insert polite applause here)
This is a big deal to me – my V8 pick-up driving, early rising construction worker hubby is riding his bike to work. In steel toed boots. I’m very proud.
I will admit to you that he is not doing very much pedaling. Most of the work is done by his Magic Pie. But I would like to point out that a Magic Pie does not run on an eight cylinder gasoline engine.
Now, DH usually gets up just after five, and is on the road at 5:30. The roads are deserted at that time of day – yesterday he didn’t encounter a single soul on a 2k stretch of the Queensway at the foot of High Park. He comes home before three – before the start of the afternoon rush. He also has to carry his tools – not every day, but often enough. He’s got his lunch to carry, and boots. They weigh considerably more than regular footwear. For these reasons, and more, he decided to go electric.
After much research – he settled on the Magic Pie. Rear hub motor, powerful battery, great reviews, awful name. Makes me hungry every time I say it.
Over the weekend he overhauled his old bike: new rear rim, new tires, kludged the battery on to the rear rack, tuned the brakes and shifters, new front rack, new panniers. Monday he didn’t ride, I wouldn’t let him: no helmet. So Monday afternoon, off to MEC, purchase helmet. Tuesday was the inaugural ride. His commute time only increased by 7 minutes. From thirteen minutes to twenty minutes. Can you believe that? I can’t.
So what are the benefits? Plenty. We are going to save SO MUCH MONEY. About twenty dollars a day. That’s one hundred dollars a week. Four hundred dollars a month. That deserves caps: FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH. That’s just gas and parking to downtown five days a week. Then there’s the parking location: he used to have to park a long way from his site and hoof it two, three, ten blocks back and forth. Now, he gets to park outside the front door. Or the back, or inside, or where ever he likes.
Anyway – I think it’s awesome.
I will update with some pictures of his bike and his setup a little later. I’ve also got to update y’all on the progress on my Galaxie, my new tires are on, and I’m almost finished with the rear rack.