Brooke Love is an Assistant Professor at Huxley College of Environmental Sciences. She splits her time between Western’s campus and Shannon Point Marine Center. In addition to being part of fascinating research into the CO2 levels of the oceans, this year, Brooke received one of two prestigious WWU’s Excellence in Teaching Awards! Brooke borrowed the Viking eBike, and has this to report about her experience.
I have been meaning to check out one of the eBikes for a while, and I finally got around to it last week. Now that I have gotten a taste of eBiking I can’t wait to spend more time riding one. I used to ride to campus pretty regularly, but in the last few years, with taking my son to school and other considerations, I kind of fell off the wagon. Now that his school is near our house again, I am poised to get back into riding to work at Western. I checked out the Solexity eBike and rode it home to the Columbia neighborhood. On this first day, the only challenge was getting up a few steps onto the porch where I was planning to park it. It was heavy! After finding a flatter place to store it under cover, though, I was excited for the morning ride. Riding up the hill to Western and being able to choose just how much I wanted to work at it was amazing. It turned a sweaty 3 or 4 mile ride with a big hill at the end into a pleasurable jaunt. I set the electric motor to assist me enough to allow me to get my blood flowing a little, but not be panting and sweating when I got to work. It was lovely.
I rode the Solexity to the store and put some groceries in the pannier (that comes with the bike). I rode it to a coffee shop loaded with my laptop and work gear. I explored a trail that I often drive past but never knew where it went. (It turns out it does not go where I was hoping to go, but a little extra distance on the eBike was fun, and now I know where that trail goes!) I felt more confident riding in traffic, knowing that I had some extra power available. Riding to work became something that I could look forward to rather than something doable but a little daunting first thing in the morning. I am a big fan of this bike, and I hope to get an eBike of my own soon! It was certainly a novelty to start out with, and that was part of the appeal, but I can easily see how an eBike would quickly become a go-to transportation option in our house. Thanks to Viking eBike for letting me get a taste of what I hope is my eBiking future.