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The awesome folks at Currie Technologies are sending me an Izip Trekking Enlightened electric-assisted bike to try out for the next three months. The bike is a stylish re-creation of a classic European commuter and comes with a lithium battery-powered motor that kicks in extra power when you pedal. I should get 20-30 miles of range before I have to plug it in to recharge.

I'm fully embracing my new carless life. I'm a proud bus-pass carrier and ultimate frisbee ride moocher ... er ... I mean carpooler. I've been getting a lot of miles in on my Sector 9 longboard and will be just about set once I get a good bike under me. Having an electric-assisted bike will make getting around hilly Portland, Maine, a lot easier, especially when I'm hauling a trailer with two kids and groceries up from the Whole Foods at the bottom of the peninsula.

You can buy a Trekking Enlightened online here and take advantage of Currie's offer of free shipping.

Want to live greener? Move to a walkable city (Portland, Maine, is great), sell your car, get a good bike and get to know your neighborhood.

I'll post more once my bike gets delivered and I put it through the paces of a car-free, small Maine city lifestyle.

(A huge thanks to my pal Michael d'Estries of Ecorazzi, for introducing me to Currie Technologies. He's one of the green blogger greats, and not just because he hooked me up with a cool bike. :D )

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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

Trekking Enlightened: My new electric bike
My new bike has a lithium-charged motor that kicks in just enough added oomp to power me through hills and headwinds.