Dang it, just posted a reply and it got lost somewhere in the void, don't you just hate that?
As I was saying, indeed, it was a really nice day with a lot of very enthusiastic onlookers that were enamored with the electric assist booth (probably a combination of us being the most interesting of displays and maybe a bit of the fact this was the first time in weeks upon weeks that we have had a sunny day,,, NO RAIN !! ). I'm going with the former,,,,,
It was a hoot, no doubt for us as well as the passersby. I think it surprised quite a few of them about the ease of use these critters offer, not so daunting after all, these electric bikes. Even though everyone's ride was somehow just a bit different from each others, some more than others, but all very very well thought out and functional. I enjoy that part, the ingenuity to put together each of these rides in slightly differing ways but all function and perform wonderfully.
Thanks Duane and David for the test rides. That's the first time I've had a chance to ride a BMC powered rig and a MAC motored bike. Amazing products both, very quiet, certainly torquey enough and both were easy peasy to pedal, human power only. I like that very much !
As a group we had discussed getting together for a "non static" event. The only thing I can think of may be hooking up at the Human Power Challenge out at PIR this Memorial Day weekend (May 28 - 29th). Some years back, I got the OEVA (Oregon Electric Vehicles Assoc) to join us with a static display of their vehicles and that was a great addition to our symbiotic party out there. And about 4 years ago, I started the ePower Challenge to coincide with the HPC event at the same time, the ePower Challenge being the first insured, legit electric assist bike race in the USA, so I don't think the HPC folks would balk at having our presense at the track. I ain't the chief cook and bottlewasher for that outfit anymore, but I think it would be very doable if we want to have a bunch of us out there, we just need to approach the OHPV (Oregon Human Powered Vehicles organization) who run the show and see what they think. The "non static" part of it may be a bit more sticky, we would need to get insurance to run around on the track, and that will have to be talked about. But if folks are interested, we should start a dialogue soon, as in, now-ish
, it's only a little over a month away and it will take some doing to get it lined up. This may also give a few more of the folks who wanted to be with us yesterday, a chance to hang with the group in a month from now.