Forty -eight days on the road, and no comfy hotels for this group.
Tents or rare chances to sleep in school gyms were the accommodations.
Ortlieb waterproof panniers to carry the two extra batteries.
To ride an e-bike requires a certain amount of cycling
skill. The throttle is the easy way to get started on an e-bike.
It could be a lot of work to pedal the heavy bike from place
to place. The throttle helps you easily catch up, gives you a
boost up the hill, and
makes multi-level terrain more tolerable.
setting on the controller is another story.
I have had pedal
assist on a previous
bike, but never really
liked it till now. I was
surprised how much
I like the Pedego
My husband really
likes the pedal assist
because I can pace
him at a steady speed
and cut the headwinds with my upright position and create a vacuum behind
me for him to ride with ease. He also can help me control the
level of pedal assist between levels 1, 2 and 3 depending on
how fast he wants to ride. Level 1 is about 8 mph (up steep
hills), level 2 is about 14 mph for flats, and level 3 is about
17–18 mph and good for pace lines and tailwinds. He sets
the pace and lets me know when to pace him at a higher or
lower level of assist. I can pull the front for most of the ride
and push a higher speed than we might otherwise ride. The
pedal assist is very steady and wonderful for pulling through
a headwind. It is heavenly!
“The pedal assist is very steady and wonderful for pulling through a headwind. It is heavenly!” The disc brakes get a little squeaky, and I keep them clean with an alcohol wipe that helps keep the squeaking to a min- imum. The seven-speed drivetrain meets most of my needs;
I guess I would prefer a double chainring in the front for a
greater range. I haven’t found a hill I couldn’t climb with the
range of gears on hand, so I am very satisfied with the components. I replaced the click shift on the second day of the
tour with a Shimano click shifter because I dropped the bike
and broke the plastic parts inside the original shifter. I have
been cleaning the chain weekly and have had no trouble with
I would like to apologize in advance to all of you cycling
“purists” who fight against the e-bike. I know the hard-core
bicycle industry people are having a hard time advancing this
type of bike. Just know that for me, it is the ideal situation to
get me back on the road having lots of fun.
Day 1: 63. 5 miles.
Starting at the
The big riders lined
up for a photo oppor-
tunity. There are 13
and four crew mem-
bers. Charlton and Lynn
organized the event and
are professionals with a
bicycle touring business
called VeloSante. Lynn
completed the Big Ride
Across America herself
a few years ago, so
she knows what a cyclist needs for daily peak performance.
Charlton has been organizing and leading bicycle tours as a
professional all his life. We are lucky to be in good hands.
Washington state is really far up north, so it is a chilly
place. Today’s ride was from Redmond to Easton through
beautiful scenic forests with gigantic trees. As we climb up
into the Cascade Mountains, it was very cold (given the date
is June 16th). The temperature was in the 40s most of the
day. We started the ride in rain, and within the first 10 miles it
was pouring, and we were soaked.
“As an old lady, the e-bike has breathed new life into my cycling aspirations.
I can keep up with my husband.” I wore neoprene toe covers and Coolmax polyester socks, but they both got soaking wet from the rain, so my feet were really cold and wet all day. I started out with a fingerless
glove, but switched to a full-finger winter cycling glove as it
got colder up in the Cascade Mountains. We stopped a few
minutes at a cafe and thawed out our feet before going back
out into the rain.
The ride ended in a glorious national forest campground
with giant trees and a sweet pine-forest scent. The 63. 5 miles
led us to Lake Easton State Park, where we were served a
wonderful hot meal of pasta and an amazing salad prepared