A blog by Turbo Bob
I hadn’t even had this BionX 48v Special Edition Kit a week and already many people have had a chance to see what it is all about. We went on a group ride with the San Diego County Bike Coalition last weekend and were able to bring it along. Unlike our own E-bikes, this one is easy to lift into the station wagon for just such things.
As the riders started to assemble, few noticed this little speedster in disguise. During the ride, it became easy to see it was special. I always bring my point and shoot camera to rides like this. I will swing wide of the group to get shots. I also like to ride to the front, pull over, and take pictures of the riders coming by. Then, I rejoin the pack, and slowly work my way to the front again.
Responses to my BionX electric bike kit
With the extra power the BionX kit offers, many people noticed my acceleration and speed passing them to easily take the lead. Many times I passed, stopped, and snapped as I continued the ride. The interest in my electric-assist bike started to rise. Part of the reason Bert at NYCeWheels sent me the kit, was to let people give it a go.
So that is just what I did. At a red light, I traded bikes with one of the riders I had only met that day. I gave him the quickest run-down on the controls and we were off again. He gained control very fast and he was smiling big time. Enjoying the fun with BionX bike kit? I do believe so. I let him ride it for more than a few miles. I could tell he was impressed.
At another red light, I swapped with a guy named James. He too, quickly mastered the few extra controls and powered down the road. I didn’t see him smile because he was flying way ahead of me. Later the thanked me and told me he thought is was great. The BionX 48v kit has a lot of power and will get your attention with even a short test ride. I was glad that was a short one because we hit a grade and I was on his bike with no power assist.
Post ride BionX test rides
When we finished our ride, several of the group wanted to get a closer look at this powerhouse. Everyone interested got a chance to take it for a spin. A few were leary of the electric motor’s power at first, but became accustomed to it almost immediately. You can set the level of assist with the simple push of a button. Plus you can get full power just as easily. The slight extra weight of my BionX bike was only mentioned before the ride, never after.
One women who helped organize this ride and rides a lot, gave it the longest run of everyone. I was beginning to wonder if she planned on giving it up. She rode up and down the hill near the watering hole many, many times. I walked out in the street to take her photo a couple times, but it seemed as if she wasn’t coming back. She just loved this BionX converted E-bike so much. I think she was still thanking me for the ride after we finally left.
Electric bike kits always a conversation starter
I have gotten this type of response many times when I hand out rides on the different electric bikes I ride and test. The BionX 48v Special Edition Kit has an even stronger effect because of its simplicity, power, and speed. Electric-assist bikes are here to stay. Why not jump on the bandwagon today? Want to try it out? Look me up: Turbo Bob.
“Cycling is unique. No other sport lets you go like that–where there’s only the bike left to hold you up. If you ran as hard, you’d fall over. Your legs wouldn’t support you.”—Steve Johnson.