By George Harvey
Have an old bike you are not using for one reason or another? Maybe you should add an electric assist!
When I gave up my last car, a 2001 Prius, my world shrank to only those places within walking distance. I was able to expand the range again by buying a used Gary Fisher mountain bike. While I had been able to walk a few miles at most, now I could take much longer trips.
Even with a bike, however, my range was still limited by any steep hills I might encounter. A real breakthrough came when I added a Dillenger electric assist to my bike. With that, I could go places that were previously out of the question.
The proof of this came shortly after my seventieth birthday. To renew by driver’s license, I had to visit the closest DMV branch, a twelve mile round trip. The clerks at the DMV must have chuckled when I walked in, and they saw the contrast between my black bike helmet and my white beard.