thumb. You click up or down for more
or less electric assist, and you can also
switch to different screen displays—trip
meter, time, top speed and current
speed. In constant view is your current speed and battery level. Five bars
means fully charged, and then it drops
to four bars, three bars and downward
as you travel more miles.
GOING FOR A RIDE
Okay, so what is a typical ride for
you? Do you normally ride with a group
of friends on standard bikes? If so, you’ll
fit right in with them on the Flow. It
looks pretty much like normal bikes and
doesn’t stand out as being that different.
The people you ride with may not even
realize you’re on an electric-assist bike
unless you tell them.
Perhaps you’re a lady who likes to
ride with your boyfriend, but you’re
bummed that you can’t match the
speed and distance he likes to ride. On
the Flow, you’ll be able to. One of our
female test riders has a normal cruising
speed of 12 mph on her regular bike.
With the Flow set at power-assist level
3, she cruised it at 16 mph and could go
around 10 miles further before she got
too tired. There are five levels of assist,
and at level 4, she could pedal at 18
mph, and at level 5 she could maintain
20 mph. We didn’t spend much time
The bike is capable of
quickly getting to 20 mph
and feels planted cruising
on the streets.