The weather has been pretty nice here in Maine over the last couple of weeks with temperatures rarely dropping below 20° F. I've been riding regularly on both my electric bikes, the Pedego Comfort Cruiser and the Izip Trekking Enlightened. Both have been great on the snowy streets though it seems like the Izip batteries handle the cold a little better than the Pedego's. I've found the Izip is running about 20 percent below summer capacity and the Pedego might be closer to 30 percent due to the cold. It hasn't really been an issue though; most of my rides are less than eight miles one way (both bikes regularly go 20+ miles in the summer) and I often have time to charge up the batteries before making the return trip home.
One of the more interesting aspects of biking through a Maine winter is hearing people's reactions when they find out I'm getting around on two wheels. Some people are hip to it, and more than a handful of my local friends also get around on bikes all winter, but I'd say the majority of the responses I've gotten have (half jokingly) questioned my sanity.
It's funny because a lot of those people who are aghast at the idea of biking in the winter time think nothing of heading up to the mountains to ski or out to the trails on their snowmobiles.
Q: What's the difference between biking around on winter streets and skiing or snowboarding down a mountain?
A: You have to pay $80 to slide down the mountain.
Heck, they even bike in the North Pole! Check out this video of a bike and running race that takes place at the North Pole. It was minus 26 at the start of the race. Now THAT is cold.
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