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Mon Nov 25, 2013, 05:54 PM

"You're in better shape than me and twenty years older than I am"

Words from my forty two year old neighbor today as I helped him wheelbarrow firewood from a downed tree we were cutting up to his front porch for winter fireplace use. I was wheeling the wheelbarrow and he was just walking besides me and pulling a bit on the steeper sections but he was the one out of breath.

I credit regular bicycling for that, it's really the only aerobic exercise I get since I loathe exercise for the sake of exercise but I really enjoy riding my electric assisted BikeE recumbent around town.

I've come to really like the electric assist I put on my bike, I still get about as much exercise as I did before adding the hub motor but I go considerably further and quite a bit faster, not crawling up the hills in a low gear adds a lot to my confidence level on the road. The rear Schwalbe Big Apple on my machine will need to be replaced soon and I put it on new when I added the electric, I figure nearly 4,000 miles of electric assist now without any mechanical problems beyond having to tighten the rear axle bolts twice and one broken spoke that needs replacing. I'm going to strip the bike down and repaint/restore it as soon as the weather is too cold for regular riding, probably in December, it's going Emergency Vehicle Yellow from the current red.

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