I'm finding a few paragliding buddies on this forum:patrickzapwbset
And I'm thinking that these 2 activities (can you really call them a sport?) have something in common: They are minimalist with respect to their mode of transportation and low effort level.
Bicycles are the most common light form of transport on ground and adding an electric motor makes them low effort (maximizing the pleasure/effort ratio).Paragliding
is the lightest aircraft that can keep you flying for hours and do some distance, without significant effort (you can even add an electric motor if you like motors).
Both provide the pleasure of simplicity for their supporting media (ground or air).
Both are nearly silent, inherently fun, and don't rely on a score to be happy. Although one can always instrument an ebike with a Cycle Analyst to report figures and distance flown with a paraglider.
Most people already know how to ride a bike and riding one with an electric motor isn't too much of a stretch, while paragliding requires at least a few days of training before a solo flight. I don't think many on this forum will need my help with enjoying their ebikes, but as an enthusiast of both disciplines it would be my pleasure to guide the interest of this forum's members into the simplest form of aviation if they think it could be enjoyable for them also. I'm in Southern California, a good place for both activities year-round.
In the spirit of cross-exposure, I let a few paragliding buddies get a taste of my ebikes. Today I heard one of them say he is considering purchasing one for his RV.
Reverse discussion on the Paragliding Forum: What's completely different yet similar to paragliding?