E-bikes offer both younger and older seniors the opportunity to once again enjoy the health benefits – and the sheer fun – of riding a bike. Denver’s Bob Seible has found so much joy in his e-bike adventure that he now spreads the good news to other seniors. Bob has previously written about how he escaped isolation and enjoyed healthy exercise with an e-bike that he built himself! In this guest post, he writes about how he educates others about e-bikes. Over to Bob:
Tom Nardi and Kenny Fisher (founders of FattE-Bikes) promoted their new company and the e-biking experience to visitors at The Sustainability Expo (a part of the Solar Decathlon 2017) in Denver Colorado recently.
Hats off to Average Joe, his lovely wife and their blog for bringing me together with Tom and Kenny, two real e-bike devotees here in Denver, passionate about the future of this mode of transportation. FattE-Bikes is still in its embryonic beginnings, but these two men have a well-developed view of their mission in which we younger seniors happily have a part.
The word “gospel” simply means “good news,” and I cannot think of a better description of the e-bike experience, especially for seniors who might mistakenly believe that the simple joys of the bicycle have long since passed them by. Take, for instance, the lady talking to Tom Nardi in the photo. She is 80 plus and no longer able to drive. I asked her if she ever bicycled in the past. She looked amused and said, “Why, I bicycle all around NOW, but I think I might be needing a little boost. So, I am looking at these electric bikes.” Tom and Kenny had some good news for this lady.
I talked with a few of the “mature” visitors at the show and was not surprised at how little they knew about e-bikes. Tom and Kenny had a great rapport with questioners all different ages, but I felt compelled to put in my two cents worth to those who were my age.
Chances are, they were feeling constrained by afflictions or situations like those that I face: extra weight, diabetes, COPD, asthma, macular degeneration, or just being out of shape. I could add “pride,” and the fear of being laughed at. Pride also could have kept the joys of biking from me, but happily it did not.
I felt an instant connection with the few folks I got to chat with and was happy to feel I had perhaps ignited a spark of wonder and curiosity after our brief visits.
This is the connection I felt with Joe and this blog, and which I felt when I met Tom Nardi and Kenny Fisher. These folks seem to genuinely care about people who may not be feeling so relevant in society any longer. They are not “pedaling” some panacea for aging; they are letting us older folk know that we can still enjoy some long-lost happiness. And I call that good news. Fellow seniors, I say: chat with your doctor, and then go take a spin on an e-bike! Soon, I hope that you will be having as much fun as I am!
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